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Recently someone mentioned that she wishes I posted more often here. Me too.

But until that happens, if you want to learn vicariously from the Web 2.0 books I’m reading, see my Twitter page at http://twitter.com/MTRitchey. When I read a Web 2.0 book, I mark it up quite a bit. Then each workday, I transfer my book notes to Twitter. When something strikes me as extra profound or as needing some synthesis into learnings and action items, I transfer it from Twitter to this site and start expanding.

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There’s probably no better way to learn a subject than to write about it as you research. Groundswell authors Li and Bernoff used del.icio.us to categorize the sites they learned about during their research. Each time they found a site that taught them something new, they created a del.icio.us entry for it. They annotated the entry regarding what they learned from the site. Then they tagged the entry. These tags, like file cards a student uses to take notes for a research project, eventually became the organizational heirarchy of a book’s chapters and headings. Brilliant way to write a book one step at a time.

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