Reflection for Badge #2

As David Warlick said it (2009), “Technology has inspired a shift from a hunting-and gathering information economy to the domestication of the information landscape.” (p.13). Over recent years, social media tools have been becoming more prominent as being the main resource of information for the younger generation. More and more, we tend to gravitate towards the usage of online tools to help make the information overload more manageable. An amazing example of such social media tool would be Pocket. Pocket is a social bookmarking site which one can use to save articles for later, but not only… Pocket gives you the ability to recommend and see recommended pieces by peers. As outlined by Daniel Nations (2016), this simplifies completely the process of finding relevant information, we no longer have to go through thousands of pages, online or in the library, to find the one that would best suit our needs. Through tags and folders, social media tools like Pocket, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr and many more, give us a more tailored result for our search and make our lives easier by organizing the overload of information we come across daily. By simply giving us the option to like, tag, favourite or put onto a board/folder, social media is already giving us a platform for a more structured use and reuse of all the information we find interesting.

Sources:

  1. Nations, D. (2016, November 2). What Is Social Bookmarking and Why Do It?. Retrieved from https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-social-bookmarking-3486501
  1. Warlick, D. (2009). Grow your personal learning network: New technologies can keep you connected and help you manage information overload. Learning & Leading with Technology36(6), 12-16.
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