1. Tim Rayner, thanks for including my blog post on curators in this fabulous gift wrap! I would like to elaborate a bit around the “dumpster diver” metaphor. The stuff dumpster divers salvage from containers may be perceived as trash from our point of view, but from theirs it is far from that. They specialize in salvaging the stuff we throw away we too soon in our consumer society. The reason they are dumpster diving, is because they are looking for stuff which they feel do not belong amongst trash. When we rummage through social streams, it can often feel like going through trash.

    I find the following interesting with the dumpster diver metaphor:
    – It communicates the hard work curators put in. Curators spend lots of time, wading through trash, to find nuggets that they can gift their tribe.
    – It communicates that the value of stories change. When curators share, the value of a story is imbued by the curator’s social capital. The value of the story is also transformed during the negotiation that occurs during the sharing.

    Keep up the good work! I am happy to have found you, and your blog. I look forward to the exchange.

  2. Reblogged this on KnowledgEvolution and commented:
    Social media as gift culture: building tribes!

    Different systems attract different crowds, and each has a distinctive set of values and expectations. To key into these crowds, you need to feed them appropriate gifts – content that will appeal to the specific community (or communities) that you are addressing.
    By filtering content and selecting choice gifts for specific crowds, we create prismatic, multi-faceted, identities. If we are playing the reputation game correctly, the identity that we create on, say, LinkedIn will be subtly different to the identity that we create on Tumblr or Facebook. There is nothing inauthentic about this, assuming that we allow that our identities are multi-faceted in the first place. The real problem is the stress and difficulty of maintaining this activity over time. The challenge of engaging with multiple flows of information and selecting choice content for multiple communities puts many people off. It is not just the time it takes to process the information on various channels. It is the pressure and anxiety involved in figuring out what information to push to different crowds in order to create a specific type of identity.

    Tribes are different. A tribe is made up of specific individuals with whom you have established a personal connection. Tribes emerge out of sharing circles, when small groups circulate content amongst one another. As we share with one another, we take on definite identities for the people that we share with. We emerge out of indifferentiation and stand out from the crowd.
    Tribes make social media simple. With a tribe on each site, the business of sharing and engaging across multiple channels becomes much, much easier. Tribes act as content curators, filtering out and sharing relevant material from the overwhelming flow.

    1. Filtering: tribes as content curators
    2. Sharing: tribes as targets
    3. Gifting: tribes as witnesses to gifts

    Social media can be psychologically fragmenting. Working across multiple channels forces us to fracture our identity and present different parts of our person to different crowds. The secret to maintaining your personal integrity online is to find a tribe in each channel and to build it through a reciprochal exchange of gifts. When you are engaging with tribes across multiple channels, you are dealing with people who reflect your passions, talents, interests, or desires, and who hold up a mirror to whatever aspect of your identity you care to share in that particular context.

    Your tribes witness your gifts. By standing witness, they give you the confidence you need to express your true self in its various fractal incarnations. Tribal communities are catalysts of self-realization. When we are sharing with tribes, we can legitimately say: ‘I gift – therefore I am’.

  3. this is a fascinating and positive look at the effects of social media. There is so much here that could help new and uninitiated music bloggers to be more effective and share their creative works. They need to start getting on the social bandwagon and I’m trying to start it with a monthly link party.

    Would you consider linking this post to my September Choral Linkup?

    Holly Massie
    with the Stairwell Carollers, A nonprofit choir helping Ottawa/ Hull charities for over 35 years

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