Jay Cross helps people work and live smarter. Jay is the Johnny Appleseed of informal learning. He wrote the book on it. He was the first person to use the term eLearning on the web. He has challenged conventional wisdom about how adults learn since designing the first business degree program offered by the University of Phoenix.

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Automagically discover best content every day

posted on
November 25th, 2011
Just Jay

In a buzz session at DevLearn this year, I described how Working Smarter Daily uses social signals to choose and display a fresh selection of relevant articles every morning. It’s also a dynamite research tool; you can search articles by topic, author, and/or timeframe.

What’s Under the Hood

Internet Time Alliance selects the sources from which the articles for Working Smarter Daily will be chosen. Currently, it’s tracking these blogs:

Next Year
We’re updating our sources for the coming year and we’d like your suggestions. We are after quality, not quantity.
Our interest is working smarter, not training or HR or technology. Working smarter draws upon design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, and complexity theory. Working smarter embraces the spirit of agile software, action learning, social networks, and parallel developments.

What blogs do you find enlightening in these areas? Are there any of these you don’t find valuable?

By the way, if you are interest in a similar take on eLearning, visit eLearning Learning. Or check out Nancy White’s Communities and Network Connection.

These sites run on Tony Karrer’s Aggregage software. We’ve recommended the approach to Internet Time Alliance clients. It’s a worry-free way to provide targeted content on whatever subjects you deem important.

Working Smarter Daily is sponsored through the generosity of Xyleme.




  • Stephen Downes - November 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm -

    It’s nice that it tracks Half an Hour. But it it’s not tracking OLDaily, it’s not tracking the best. ;)

  • Abellinger - November 26, 2011 at 2:14 am -

    Hi Jay
    Can I recommend an additional blog – it’s from Nigel Payne
    I thoroughly recommend it.
    Thanks for all your insight

  • Harold Jarche - November 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm -

    But OLDaily is focused on a much broader area than we’re looking for with the Working Smarter Daily. Maybe there’s a tag of category set we could follow instead, Stephen. Suggestions?

  • Harold Jarche - November 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm -

    Recommend: “I am concentrating at the moment on how new patterns of communication transform work, organizing, management and… increase the quality of life”

  • ruah dijual - November 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm -

    thank you, keep nice the post

  • OpenSesame - November 28, 2011 at 9:54 am -

    A couple of ideas – perhaps a stretch? 

    Seb Paquet:
    Beth Kanter:
    Clay Shirky:

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