Finding authentic information within a socially networked world

As the socially networked world expands and revolves around us growing bigger and gaining momentum with every new Tweet. It is important as Information professionals that we are able to retain our role but also evolve and create new roles and definitions for the profession. The finding of authentic information that is credible and relevant still remains the pertinent point of it all. Being able to evaluate the quality of information ,its source and relevance and use it well ,is all part of an information professionals role. Maybe in this highly socially networked world our approach to doing this task will have to change. The socially networked generation have it all at their fingertips and their sources are collaborated by their peers, we as information professionals must be open to these new formats and accessibility and general acceptance that this information is valuable and usable, even if it was previously approached with scepticism. A large proportion of the information at the touch of a button (Google, Wikipedia) is being constantly checked and rewritten and authenticated.

  • Firstly Information professionals need to Respond: to their users, their needs, preferences and apply Web 2.0 tools that will suit their user generation.
  • They also need to Rejuvenate ,reinvent and be innovative in their role of information professional Which will require them to be fluent in Web 2.0,be tech. savvy and have a good understanding of how social software works and is best used to make it pertinent to the user generation.
  • Understand Social media/Listen/Contribute
  • Be aware of safety and security concerns for the individual and the organisation. Be informed and up to date on how to tackle this issue and the change response accordingly.
  • Find new ways of accessing information and using it
  • Authentic? Question but don’t simply disregard what many take as real and important sources of information


References and Related Articles

Yardi, S., Romero, D., Schoenebeck, G. & danah boyd. (2010). Detecting spam in a Twitter network, First Monday, 15(1)

Lorenzo, G. (2007). Catalysts for change: Information fluency, Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and the new education culture. (March). Retrieved from

Wittenberg, K. (2007). Credibility of content and the future of research, learning, and publishing in the digital environment. The Journal of Electronic Publishing,10(1). Available;cc=jep;rgn=main;view=text;idno=3336451.0010.101 

Freeman,W.(2012).Prompting authentic blogging practice in an online graduate course. Computers & education,59(3),1032-1041.



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