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Tuesday
Jun302009

Introducing Speed Linking: Week #1

Several years ago, I started sharing links for my readers by bookmarking interesting things I discovered on the web through Delicious.

I always knew that there a small problem in doing that: only the RSS readers of this blog (and a handful of other Delicious users) would benefit from seeing those links.

To resolve that, I'll start "speed linking" once a week.

Speed linking was introduced a few years ago and made popular by Darren Rowse over at Problogger. "Speed linking" is simply a convenient way of rounding up five to ten links I think you'll find interesting and thought-provoking. I'll post the links here, collectively, in one weekly post.

Speed linking will also allow me to share more than just corporate video related items.

For example, if I find links on communication strategies, new media solutions, interviews with interesting people and such, I'll share them in one post. (If you missed my "Five in the Morning" post for Steve Woodruff, you might find that an enjoyable and "off-the-beaten path" read.)

I'll speed link every Tuesday and we'll see how it goes. For those who subscribe to my blog through RSS, I'll continue to occasionally post to Delicious, as well.

Ok, let's get going!

Here are five links that caught my eye this past week:

1. I don't know how I stumbled upon the "Soul of Athens" but I'm sure I glad I did. A beautiful website dedicated to capturing the spirit of the Appalachian spirit, people and culture. The media, comprised largely of still photos, is produced by students at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication and E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Be prepared to stay a while; the stories are fascinating.

2. Here's a most interesting question: Who Owns Your Tweets – Twitter, You Or Anyone? A must-read, even if you're not on Twitter.

3. Why do we pursue some ideas and abandon others? My friend Rajesh Setty has a neat riff on The Three Stages of an Idea.

4. Be sure to put The Documentary Blog on your radar. The Documentary Blog finally joined Twitter, if you want to follow them.

5. Beware (be aware) of abstruse ideas. Branding guru Tom Asacker shares an interesting psychological study on flawed reasoning and how it relates to branding.

BONUS: This just came thru my feed. About.com announces PBS's 4-hour special, "The Ascent of Money," will be airing in July. This looks incredible!

Happy linking!

---Tom

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