Interesting Social Media Test: Free, a book by Chris Anderson, as a collective audio listening in Spotify & notes and talks in Qaiku

spotify

This morning I found out in Twitter that some guys were going to have a collective listening of Free, a book by Chris Anderson, in Spotify. For this, there was a chain, or a qaiku, made to Qaiku where participants could communicate and keep collective notes.

The idea was that everyone would listen every chapter at the same time and thus the notes from everyone who wanted to write them, would be submitted to the right part of the listening session’s message chain.

It was also an interesting way of enhancement to the learning experience when participants provided links and messages to extra information about matters in the book – although some information seemed a bit hard to take in use: for example paper magazine articles are not that easy to link. 🙂

People acting this way without someone whipping us to do so, clearly indicates how we can collaborate and share our knowledge with each others and thus expand the amount of information we may gain, even from a single one book.

It would be interesting to see would it change the learning experience to more effective if a book was listened to like this, chapter by chapter, but after each chapter the participants would stop to discuss about the subjects they just heard about. Then after a while when the conversation was diminishing, would carry on.

It was a shame that I couldn’t participate to this as intensely as I would’ve wanted to. Despite of it this experiment left an interesting aftertaste and visions of new ways of eLearning and collaboration in learning and how they could develop to be a standard way of doing things. Hope to see more things like this in the future!

Here’s a link to Juhana Kokkonen’s [juhana2 in Qaiku] post about this at Juhana.org: http://juhana.org/2009/08/avoin-ad-hoc-opiskelukokeilukutsu/. He originally invented the idea.

Tero Heiskanen’s post [in Finnish], written almost in real time during the listening, can be found here: http://teroheiskanen.net/2009/08/26/free-ilmainen/

Not having a revenue model is the new pink

One thing I don’t understand with news about Web services and start-ups is this: why do people always cry about start-ups and alike not having a revenue model or not currently making big bucks or even profitable business?

Haven’t people learned anything from the past? They wondered this same thing with Google, and look at it now! They are now wondering it with services like Twitter, Spotify and still some people do it even with Facebook.

I believe everyone should finally understand that this is the new way of creating concepts and making business; not starting with a polished and totally finished product which you can immediately sell as such, but starting with creating a large community and after having it [if you are worth it], creating and releasing extra in the service – hopefully with meaningful stuffing – for those who want to pay and use it to the max.

The trick of course is to have an innovative approach and ask “Well, now we have all these people here – what are we going to do with them? How can we do profitable business with all this and still keep people liking us?”

I believe it’s really OK in the start to have a half-ready concept which you can put out for public. That way you can more easily tweak it according to what people are saying about it and what they really need.

Here’s the CNET News’ article about Twitter putting out pro accounts

Social Media Revolution

I first saw this in Future Social Media group in LinkedIn and in Mashable, and thought it was so good as a wake up call, that I wanted to pass it on here. This great video is by Erik Qualman, here’s his blog http://socialnomics.net/

I’m not subscribing to all the figures and facts of this video [see the comments in his blog to learn more], but the video makes you think over things, and I believe that’s the most important thing.