communication

Finishability

“Fin­isha­bil­i­ty” is a qual­i­ta­tive term that describes the ease of being able to screed and fin­ish con­crete. But you could also use it in other con­texts, such as in com­mu­ni­ca­tion. If you’re equipped with a cer­tain fin­isha­bil­i­ty, peo­ple will lis­ten to you, under­stand you and coöper­ate with you. Think of fin­isha­bil­i­ty as an anti­dote to infor­ma­tion over­load, as the Econ­o­mist’s Tom Standage sug­gests. One of the inte­gral fea­tures of the Inter­net are

Does behavioral data facilitate the next quantum leap in human evolution?

What makes Homo Sapi­ens supe­ri­or to other ani­mals? We are weak­er and slow­er, but our brains are 3–5 times big­ger than those of our near­est species, the Orang Utans. Are the achieve­ments of build­ing the atom­ic bomb or invent­ing the inter­net the main dif­fer­en­tia­tors? Of course not — what makes Homo Sapi­ens supe­ri­or is his abil­i­ty to com­mu­ni­cate and to be social — his cul­tur­al foun­da­tion. About 300,000 years ago,

The unpleasant discusssion

Today, I had a quite strange and unpleas­ant dis­cus­sion. It was about busi­ness strat­e­gy and sales, and the both of us dif­fered quite clear­ly in our views on how to ‘do it right’. I was­n’t in the best mood, and from my per­spec­tive, the other guy behaved in an ego­is­tic, slight­ly arro­gant and self­ish man­ner. He used typ­i­cal killer terms, such as “total­ly clear” or “as I’ve always been say­ing” to under­line his

A Reply: You can learn something from somebody and everything from all.

This is a guest post by Janine Pfahl, a com­mu­ni­ca­tions and learn­ing expert. Janine replies to my ear­li­er post., which you might read first. While paus­ing for a moment in the spring sun­shine to read Michael’s text „You can learn some­thing from every­body and every­thing from all“, our dog posi­tions his snout on my key­board and starts to com­mu­ni­cate in his own way. It’s absolute­ly clear what he wants to tell me. Not

Why the F**k Social Media?

What The F**K is Social Media? View more pre­sen­ta­tions from Marta Kagan.

New (?) comment feature launched on YiGG

Using twit­ter for some time it took us months to real­ize the unique value of this small com­mu­ni­ca­tion fea­ture we launched on YiGG today: the ‘@username’-feature. From now on YiG­Gers get per­son­al mes­sages after being addressed with @username in a com­ment. A small fea­ture, a big effect on com­mu­ni­ca­tions: now, YiG­Gers know that they had ben addressed or men­tioned in com­ments with­out recheck­ing news entries with own com­ments or using our spy-called

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