Mariam Cook
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Not sure how this just popped up over my screen :-o ... but yes, let's all vote everyone... and check out the different sides of the European debate on  http://positiondial.com/topic/66/UK-in-Europe﻿
The moment has arrived: it's time to ACT! For election news, info and stories, visit http://www.elections2014.eu/en #EP2014  ﻿
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A Google+ Experiment in Collective Intelligence
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Please help me run an experiment to test whether the "wisdom of crowds" actually works here on Google+ and see if this community can collectively guess the number of Cheerios in the below glass vase.

The three conditions for a group to be collectively intelligent are diversity, independence, and decentralization. Here are the two steps to run this experiment:

1) Without looking at others' responses (to ensure the independence of our guesses), comment below with your single best guess on how many Cheerios are in the vase. It's one vase, not two; just shown from two different perspectives. Only one guess per person, please.

2) Share this post with your circles to help increase the diversity and decentralization of our guesses.

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Individually, the probability of your guessing the right number of Cheerios is really low, of course. But if there truly is wisdom in a crowd, then when the answers of a large number of people are averaged together, it should converge on the right answer. That's the theory, and that's what we're testing here.

I will let this experiment run until 8PM GMT on April 18. At that point, I'll go through each comment, everywhere it's been shared, plus it to mark that it's been recorded as I input its guess into a spreadsheet. I'll calculate the average and look for some other results and then share our collective guess with you in a follow up post to report on just how wise we are - collectively. To make sure you get it, I will post a comment on every place this post is shared, pointing back to these results.

The ten people with the closest guesses will be featured prominently in that follow up post and I'll also highlight the people who shared the post in which those top ten guesses occurred as a way to recognize at least some of you for helping to ensure the diversity and decentralization of our guesses.

Thanks in advance for your help. I can't wait to see the results and share them with you.

Again, the three conditions for a group to be collectively intelligent are diversity, independence, and decentralization. If you're interested in learning more, here's 's "The Wisdom of Crowds" book on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Wisdom-Crowds-James-Surowiecki/dp/0385721706

And here's the Wikipedia article on "Wisdom of Crowds":
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wisdom_of_Crowds﻿
Seems you can't pin to Pinterest direct from g+ using the Pinterest Chrome plugin. Can someone please fix ﻿
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Trent Park victim of the recent high winds battering Britain - a reminder to bend and sway your branches in the storm﻿
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I just accidentally found a humerous picture when looking for some serious information. It's convinced me it's time for a coffee. Have a laugh then get one yourself!﻿
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checking out whether you can share photo straight from twitpic..﻿
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just chatted to the nice people at Spherical Images.. impressed by this: http://www.sphericalimages.com/royal-wedding-giga-pixel-panorama.htm﻿
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Planning to re-read on the way to work... an argument against the 'Like' button, similar to mine on Guardian last year﻿
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304584004576415940086842866.html?mod=e2fb

Just as stand-up comedians are trained to be funny by observing which of their lines and expressions are greeted with laughter, so too are our thoughts online molded to conform to popular opinion by these buttons. A status update that is met with no likes (or a clever tweet that isn't retweeted) becomes the equivalent of a joke met with silence. It must be rethought and rewritten. And so we don't show our true selves online, but a mask designed to conform to the opinions of those around us.﻿
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First time I've clocked this... there are more +1s on this article than Facebook likes (OK so the article itself might have something to do with it)... but given that Google+ is still limited and in beta and Facebook has half the world on it... that's some impressively rapid take-up﻿