Category Archives: Library 2.0/Web 2.0

Online Social Networks Conference has begun

The conference began yesterday with a bunch of folks from all over the world logging in, introducing themselves and pulling up a chair — an avatar chair! Howard Rheingold, Joi Ito and Lisa Kimball did an audio keynote that was most cool to listen to:

LISTEN TO IT HERE!!!

Some points I made notes on: (and these are rough! Please listen to the 16min file!)

What do we call online social networks? Early on it was more social and less technology. These days it’s focused more on the technology (blogs, wikis). Has the quality of social networking improved in the last 20 years?

Things are moving very quickly in the realm of online social networks — new stuff such as blogs, wikis and social networking software. People are making new kinds of social arrangements.

Blogs create positive feedback but have negative feedback as well. Conversations can occur across blogs that can include or ignore people. How do we include folks adn exclude unwanted elements.

Presence: How do i become a part of an online community? How do we make people know we are here — online — and participating in communities? We share photos at flickr. We create anmd diseminate mutimedia content. We find new and different ways to let people know where we are. (SMS, etc)

The internet really improved the way OSS is diseminated… and now we are seeing similar improvements in create social environments for people to visit. We are now exchanging information, developing tools and interacting on a global level.

Messaging over mobile phones has changed social networks yet again… the behaviors of the social networks chanmge when folks can participate from anywhere.

I have been spending time in the meeting space and the presenters “Green Room” (which has a lovely green backgroiund :-) ) as well as loads of reading the introductions from various particpants.

Aaron and I present our work next week. I look forward to the interaction, questions and new avenues of thought that come from this experience!

Social Software and Conferences

THANK YOU STEVEN!

http://www.educause.edu/apps/er/erm05/erm0513.asp

It?s a bit ironic to attend a conference on deeper learning and the improvement of teaching and to find oneself sitting in a large auditorium, watching PowerPoint slides, and listening to someone deliver a traditional-style lecture. Even if the presentation is thought-provoking, even if the presenter is charged with enthusiasm, even if the slides are animated, even if the podium is shared with a panel of highly respected thought leaders in learning theory, even if . . . , one is left with the feeling that a grand opportunity has been missed, that gathering together so many creative and talented people could have resulted in an experience with a very different quality?or at least different from that of sitting in a lecture hall.

Must digest… this is good stuff.

Tagging my Musings (Images)

Chad at Hidden Peanuts just posted this:

http://www.hiddenpeanuts.com/index.php?p=53

..where he ponders the tagging of images. Guess what? I’ve been doing the same thing at Flickr. I didn’t realive the text string I was using “Posted via Michael’s Treo 600..” was becoming tags. So I have been going through and tagging some photos.

It’s kind of fun — sort of like “Metadata for Dummies” — which is me as I dip my toe in the python pool…

My flickr stuff:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsphotos/

AND I have to say I really get sucked in to flickr and all the different folks posting there…