Make Your Data Personal
What arose was moments of intense activity, others of dormant pondering and thought. Some moments of physical exertion and others of slumbering hibernation.
What began to appear was patterns, some from within but others from without. Where I had stumbled blindly - coincidently - into this relationship, then things had worked well. Where, however, I had stumbled blindly against those forces at work, there were few benefits other than confusion and exasperation.
Updates on Absolutely Zilch
What can we do with the tsunami of information that arrives each day into our collective inboxes? The friend requests from the railway board or the national electricity company? How do we find our own voices in this chaotic free-for-all, dominated by the mundanity and transience of "information updates” that contains no news?
A Return to Balance
I would suggest we take out time to find out own patterns. Our own cycles of work and play and look to see how they interact with the greater global traffic stream. To filter more - to filter out that nonsense of “Follow” “Friend” and “Share" in order to see with greater clarity those people amongst the swarm that really resonate. Data, stats and figures - if they are to mean anything useful in this new age - must be leveraged away from the mainstream, and taken on board in a personal and meaningful way between smaller and smaller groups of deeply connected people. This is the trend of 2014. This cannot be done with 25000 twitter followers and be-freinding your National Supermarket Chain. It is time to get real, to make data work again for a positive and personal gain so that we may be able once more to put things back into balance.