In my history studies years ago I learned the importance of citing sources, preferably the original or ‘primary’ sources, in anything I wrote. That training served me well as a public servant and has also been valuable in several consulting assignments.

But a lot of that citing was on the basis of manuscripts or printed texts, from an analog world. Obviously, our digital world provides a lot more scope for instant manipulation of information – and not always responsibly.

Just how can we have confidence that a blog post, for example, is reliable, or useful?

Robert Scoble’s story of a link path – How the blog trust network works… shows that if you have a degree of trust in the judgement of the person offering the initial link, there is a good chance you will be able to access valuable content.

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