Last week I found some really interesting sites.
The first one was Quora.
I found a blogpost that highlighted some good reasons to get involved there. I clicked through and was indeed immediately hooked.
It is a question and answer site, where anyone can ask and answer all kinds of questions. But apart from that, you can follow people as well as topics and specific questions.
I thought it was a very good idea to get to know my way around there, because I really love searching for answers to questions I have.
But even more, I love it to hear different opinions and see discussions about certain subjects.
I read somewhere that much of the knowledge is still not in a useable format on the web.
And when you think about it you would say that probably 90% of the information that people have is still in their heads, not on the internet. So we’re trying to get that information out of people’s heads, so it’s not on sources that are hard to access on the internet, and get it into a really useful format to make a valuable database.
So I signed up and learned a lot already. Not yet participating much, but I think I certainly might later on.
Bookmark and Highlight
On there, I also found another interesting site called Diigo. Nothing very special, but for me a great tool. It is a site to bookmark webpages, while at the same time you can highlight that what struck you most in that article.
Which is really great. I did not use it much yet, but it is something I did myself often with copy and paste the most interesting parts of an article.
But not in a very organised way, with the result I could never find anything back. And if I did find it back, I could not find the original source again.
With this site (which has a great browser extension) it is really very easy to bookmark an article and at the same time highlight the essence of why I found it interesting.
Fiction and Non-fiction
And finally, the third site that I found this week, was Goodreads. I think I found it earlier, but never took the time to look around the site. But now I did and signed up.
After that you could start by adding books to a shelf. Books you read already, books you are reading at the moment and books you want to read later.
So I started adding those books and found out some interesting facts while doing that. I am still going through the really huge collection on the site, thinking back about the books I once read and how I would rate them.
One of those facts is that I read only a few fictions. Most of the books I read are non-fiction. But most of those non-fiction books I did not read from start to finish. I just read what I found interesting, what caught my attention at that moment.
But I remembered that there was a period in my life that I did read non-fiction. I read all the books of Agatha Christie when I was young. Some of them even more than once. And I really loved them at that time.
Open but Critical Mind
But after that, there where very little fiction books (with a few exceptions). Most of what I was interested in, where books that had to answer the many questions I had. Which is why I only read them partly. Once I had the answer, I already had another question that lead me to another book.
And suddenly I realised that was the reason why I got so interested in Quora, as soon as I saw it. For me it has the potential of more than just ‘one has the question and one has the answer’.
I definitely see the potential of some sort of collective dialogue. Or debate. Or as I said in my post Debate or Dialogue, at best a combination of both.
The open mind and respect of a dialogue combined with the critical and opposing nature of a debate.