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Everyone has noticed the anxiety of ‘information overload’. I have even experienced ‘information under-load’ – the feeling that I have become unplugged from the flow of what’s going on. However overload is much more common.  In Chris Anderson’s ‘The Long Tail’ (p116) he references Sturgeon’s Law which states that “ninety per cent of everything is crud” – and I supppose the Web is not immune to this law either. The challenge is to find the 10% that is not crud. Filtering is one of the main ways to deal with this problem. That’s what makes ‘Newsmap’ so fascinating – a way to see what is news in different parts of the world at a glance and focus-in very quickly on news that is relevant to you.


I had known about this for a while and forgot to mention it  – it is an event I would have given my right arm to attend – Boosting Our Collective Intelligence: Getting Smarter Together – if you have visited this link you will see that exciting things are already happening in the area of Collective Intelligence in Europe.

‘With the recent advent of the global Internet, it is only now that we humans are approaching the information exchange capacity that cyanobacteria communities have possessed for over 2 billion years on earth.’ (Margulis and Sagen, 1997, Fortey, 1997)

…and with the proliferation of social networking systems we are about to tap into that huge resource…I can’t wait to see what we will create.

I have just become aware of a great new resource for those of us who want to be able to set up a blog very quickly. This morning I set up a blog at Tumblr and was up and running in five minutes was going. You can go to my tumblr blog to see what I achieved in those five minutes – not BoingBoing I know but then it did only take five minutes.

Welcome to ‘Getting Clever Together’ a blog dedicated to an exploration of ‘Collaborative Intelligence’ , CQ as I call it.