Not long ago, a client asked me to draw up a blueprint of a hypothetical informal learning platform for a large enterprise. My ideal chunk of content (article, video, mp3, whatever) in this future scenario had these characteristics:
- simple to upload
- once online, easy to read
- easy to find online
- readers rate value
- comments at the item level
- can search within content
- can categorize with my own tags
- tracks number of readers
- provides a few lines of summary and thumbnail of each item
- can zoom in on favorites
- can be embedded in a blog post
Ratings allow the cream to rise to the top. Tags make it possible to look at things from multiple perspectives.
Here’s the ah-ha. Every one of the capabilities is built into Scribd. There’s no set-up required; it’s just built that way.
Background: Two days ago I began uploading articles to Internet Time Group on Scribd. I’ve uploaded 39 documents to-date. My analytics section reports 787 viewers but that involves some double counting. If Joe reads 38 articles, the statistics report 38 visits.