At least two things are needed for social networks to become self aware ‘platforms’ for collective intelligence:
- A much greater percentage of the connections in the network need to be accessible and usable by anyone in the network.
- The connections need to include information about connection weights.
Connection weights can help individuals and organizations better manage privacy and attention.
Weighted connections and real-time adjustments in the weights can also track reputation and collective desires and can facilitate and reveal collective decisions.
The trick is to add connection weights in a way that is actually usable.