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  1. Thank you. I’m listening and this is a rare find. I wonder about these dynamics again and again. In some ways I suppose every new post that I write, each new tweet confirms the ongoing experiment. Overwhelm hits more and more often but so, too, does my sense of definitive communities which I actively seek to cultivate. Recently I thought about how my reasons for staying on Twitter, for example, have to do with both gaining and contributing. As a woman of color, I have thought frequently about what it means to achieve a certain degree of public visibility based on my writing on social media. How might that differ from your experience as a male, as an academic, as white? It would be an interesting conversation to have.
    In the meantime, thank you for sharing these thoughts. This is the kind of post that makes me want to be sure that my archiving systems are reliable enough to insure that I don’t lose it two clicks later.

  2. Thank you for your blog post. I like the shift in thinking you created in my thinking by simply linking the idea of lurkers to listeners.

    I think it is important when thinking about social to bare in mind that the various algorithms are there to make it the best experience from the social networks point of view. So, every time you log in, Facebook wants it to be the most engaging experience possible. Our stories are being distributed for us, but with an agenda. Most people’s earned visibility is only around 3%. If you think that one of your friends is oversharing, according the the Edgerank Algorythm logic, it is because you keep clicking on their stuff. I keep telling my students to keep looking out for the human in the timeline. Listening and talking in the most human way possible.

    I enclose a link to a fun guide I wrote for artists and cultural entrepreneurs. It is a marketing guide that tries to stop the whole experience being toxic.

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