January 3, 2011 by Doug Blandy
Howard Rheingold’s notes on building a personal social learning network.
1. Explore — it’s not just about knowing how to find experts, co-learners, but about exploration as invitation to serendipitous encounter.
2. Search – Use Diigo, delicious, listorious, to find pools of expertise in the fields that interest you.
3. Follow candidates through RSS, Twitter. Ask yourself over days, weeks, whether each candidate merits continued attention
4. Always keep tuning your network, dropping people who don’t gain sufficiently high interest; adding new candidates #pln
5. Feed the people you follow if you come across information that you suspect would interest them.
6. Engage the people you follow. Be polite, mindful of making demands on their attention. Put work into dialogue if they welcome it.
7. Inquire of the people you follow, of the people who follow you. But be careful. Ask engaging questions – answers shd be useful to others
8. Respond to inquiries made to you. Contribute to both diffuse reciprocity and quid pro quo
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