Social Networks as Platforms for Collective Consciousness

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.

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2 Responses to “Social Networks as Platforms for Collective Consciousness”


  1. 1 May October 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

    That’s what astounded me a while ago… I somehow got sent a link to page turn FB purple as a fight against Child abuse. And it already had over 300 000 ‘likes’ – with thousands of thousands of people pledging their support to ‘end child abuse’ – now if each of these people could have donated a few dollars/pounds/rands to their local home for abandoned children along with that instead?? (I posted the page for Home of Hope who I support here in Cape Town South Africa more out of anger I must admit than really expecting anyone to take up the challenge to help ONE child. And the teenager who runs the page deleted it!) There is so much potential there for doing good on a massive scale, for real potential. How to harnass it?

  2. 2 Lanny Schleifer November 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    That is actual however you must check your site pace


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