This week, we’ll be talking about connections, both the in-person links that create crowds and the digital ones that create, well, the Internet. Briggs talks specifically about “crowdsourcing” – what do you understand that term to mean? The term “the wisdom of crowds” was popularized by James Surowiecki, but it’s been around for a while. Some take issue with the idea that crowds actually have any particular wisdom; a crowd, after all is just a thrown rock away from a mob. Here’s a little tune on the subject from Nova:
Moving on to links and linking, consider some ideas from these posts:
- Way back in 1997, David G. Post described some common questions and criticisms of the humble link that are still pertinent today. There’s even some nifty history of where links come from, like why are they blue and underlined? (scroll down and skim!)
- Bill Thompson talks about links as the key component of “the semantic Web.” This one’s a little wonky, but at its heart is the idea that the meaning of a link comes from how it’s used rather than just where it goes.
- Did you know that the way you use links affects how your posts show up in Google search? It’s true! You probably realize that using bland link text like “click here” is an amateur move, but the quantity AND quality of your links affects your PageRank, which determines where you show up in search.
- So how do you write good link text? Again, avoid “click here” or actually posting the full URL. Try some of these strategies for writing quality links (from Harvard – fancy!) and drawing search engine hits.
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