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Bringing the sexy to critical thinking in social media

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Nothing sells quite like sex, so Susan Silver at 12Most tapped our deepest desires in her list of twelve ways to make critical thinking in our social media lives sexy as a supermodel wearing thigh-high boots and a little black dress. (Or whatever your definition of sexy is; ours is more a sensible pair of glasses and a cardigan, but to each his or her own.)

Flaunt that brain power, baby, it’s Friday!

1. Finding the author name

We do not attribute authors in a consistent way online. This means credit often gets buried. You must give more than cursory glance to find the true mind behind that written piece. Remember: the person who shared it may not be the person who wrote it.

2. Checking outbound links

Check the outbound links by hovering over them. A title or a url should pop up. Make sure that the author is referencing some trusted resources. If they link to some questionable websites then you do not even need to waste your time to read the thing.

3. Looking at chatter from people who share

There are some people glibly sharing anything they come across and we must use tools to cut through the noise. For Twitter this is easy — just type a url into the search box. You can organize the results by who has shared in your personal network. Google+ ripples are another way to see the same information.

Full story at 12Most.

The sultry side of social media.

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