Like Nancy White, SQUIDOO's arrival diverted my time although unlike Nancy I succeeded only in exploring what it takes to create just one "lens". Congratulations Nancy on your efficiency in creating lenses and also observations about early adopters "snatching" lenses and will they be maintained? How long I wonder before we see lens topics for sale on eBay?
Seth Godin's ebook "Everyone's An Expert" is worth downloading and reading to be informed, challenged and entertained by observations including:
"Searching online should really be called poking online."
"in fact, before you get it, before you discover the meaning, there is no right answer."
"The first version of the Web was about using computers to assemble clues."
"The second version of the Web is about enabling people to share meaning."
The "Everyone's An Expert" thesis is especially interesting in light of the New Yorker piece by Louis Menand 2005-10-05 reviewing Philip Tetlock’s book, “Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?” In describing the book's lesson Menand writes:
"The accuracy of an expert’s predictions actually has an inverse relationship to his or her self-confidence, renown, and, beyond a certain point, depth of knowledge. People who follow current events by reading the papers and newsmagazines regularly can guess what is likely to happen about as accurately as the specialists whom the papers quote. Our system of expertise is completely inside out: it rewards bad judgments over good ones."
Will SQUIDOO impact our perceptions of who are the experts? I'll be watching.