Chapter 4 | Social-Digital Know-How: The Arts and Sciences of Collective Intelligence
One is taking a part of the Web’s collective intelligence my tagging, commenting, wiki edit, curate, or blog. Scientists say that these are the tools and online skills which enable us to communicate media to organizes collective action. I completely agree with that the online tools have made it easier to keep organized in all different aspects our lives. As well as enrich our lives…
It mentioned about working together by sharing and acting together which is also known as collective action. Many things in our lives we use collective action to make choices and decisions such as what market to invest to start a religion. Aspects of collective action are networking, coordination, cooperation and collaboration was clearly explained.
Networking is the easiest aspect because it can be done by handing out business cards, flyers, attending conferences, hanging out in a chat room, or commenting on a blog. We all network all the time. It is simple, easy task and I feel we do it naturally.
Coordination is when ideas are shared which are then coordinated to make a decision. The only way this is going to work is if everyone contributes and share their ideas, wants, and wants. Recently, I have planned a trip to girl’s trip to Las Vegas. I started a group chat room to get an idea of what everyone wants to do regarding the trip. Some of the decisions I wanted coordination with is which hotel to stay and things everyone want to do. I realized that coordination is not efficient if not everyone contributes. What I did was to listen to the ones who had an opinion and from there made an itinerary incorporating everyone’s (who spoke up) wants.
Himmelman defines cooperation as “exchanging information, modifying activities, and sharing resources for mutual benefit and achieve a common purpose.” The purpose of our trip is for all of us to have a great time and experience. Cooperation was accomplished when we shared our resources to get VIP and club entry because we did not want waste our time standing in line to get into the hottest club. A few of us knew somebody, who knew somebody that could work out a VIP deal for us. One of the girls managed to work out a deal through one of her contacts. This would have not been possible if we did not cooperate. Everyone has connections and networks combined, the possibilities are endless.
Like Rheingold would say,”A virtual community is like a party host,” and I know that is true because that is what I do. As you can see I do lots of planning from parties and trips. I plan all these events though the internet using media and online tools. The more events I plan the more I learn.
One of the latest tricks I learned that you might find helpful is how I get complimentary hotel room upgrades. It is known online as the “sandwich trick.” Basically, what is it is tipping the front desk at check out to get free upgrades. The “sandwich trick” is basically putting money between your ID and your credit card when checking in. Usually $20 or the amount you think it is worth. Be very friendly with the person who is checking you in, and referring them to their first name. Then casually and nicely say, “Do you happen to have any complimentary upgrades?” I have tried at Mandalay Bay, Caesars Palace, and Planet Hollywood all in Las Vegas and it has been successful for me. I usually start with $20 and depending on what freebies they give me I will give them more. I’ve got early checkin while others had to wait, adjoining rooms, upgraded rooms, mini fridge (usually a daily charge)… Try it next time! What do you have to lose, $20?