Fun Friday Links: Twitter Founders on Creative Conversation, the Future of Interaction Design and Maps of all Indiana Jones/Star Wars Action

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January 18, 2013

Welcome to Conspire’s Super Happy Fun Friday Link Time, a weekly collection of cool discoveries from around the Web. Most times the goal is to get you thinking differently about communication, collaboration, culture, and life in general. Other times, LOLCAT ATTACK!

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The Long and Short of Creative Conversations

This is an interview between Charlie Rose and Twitter founders Biz Stone and Ev Williams. Lots of really great nuggets of information here, including this gem from Stone:

“The long-form conversation, long-form journalism, deeper dives, more meaningful and relevant approaches to what’s happening in the world–that’s what’s really important. And in our experience, that’s what drives a lot of the tweets, retweets, and links that get passed around on the platform. They originate from someone like you. They’re clips on YouTube of conversations you’ve had. They’re articles in The New Yorker, etc. These are the things that get passed around. Without longer-form, deeper-dive, more relevant conversation, I don’t think social media would have anything to be social or media about.”

CIOS Ignore Collaboration

What are your IT leaders doing? According to a recent CEB study, it’s spending too much time and money on automation, and not enough on actual collaboration. Time for a wake up call! According to this article, the culprit isn’t an unfamiliar one: the way we work is changing too fast to keep up with any sort of strategy.

“Although austerity drives have led to a focus on process automation, this isn’t producing the scale of improvements needed in employee productivity,” said Andrew Horne, U.K.-based managing director at CEB.

The Future of Interaction Design

A fascinating documentary exploring the ways we currently connect and how we’ll connect in the future. This handful of industry thought leaders agree on one thing: in order to see the most success, the road we choose must lead to processes that feel as natural as possible. Blaise Aguera y Arcas, arhitect of Bing Mobile and Bing Maps, says, “…these are all augmentations of our abilities of humans. And when the augmentation really works, then that extension of yourself feels natural and beautiful and does what you want.”

We may think that the technology we have now is pretty close to that standard, but as Younghee Jung, Research Leader at Nokia points out, “I do feel that as of now, we are in a phase where we are a little bit confused of what is really important in life.” For example, she wonders whether or not she is really “with” someone if she’s checking her phone while in their company. What can we do to shift the feeling of being pulled in a thousand different directions to an all-encompassing, seamless flow of communication?


A Map Of All the Action In Star Wars/Indiana Jones

There’s not much to say beyond the header, so here’s a visual for you: