Archive for the ‘Social networking’ Category


Sunday, October 7th, 2007

Just talking with a friend about the privacy aspects of new forms of social networking. She, cialis like me, was quite shocked by Slifeshare and its potential implications. Martin Weller talks about this on his blog. How much do we know to what extent we are being tracked and by whom?? With all the developments of these web 2.0 technologies and beyond - they clearly offer many benefits but also many risks to our privacy such as increased surveillance.

Reality around the virtual…

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

“Reality around the virtual” was how Will Woods ended his blog the future of web apps, arguing for the importance of the context - the concrete, the real that adds to the virtual. One of the things that i really identified with was Will’s comment

“The things that disappointed me were that I was bombarded with a hundred different ’sponsors’ or mini site vendors Blurb, widr, yuuguu, wakcopa, pluck, baagz, zend, etc. so why the stupid names guys?!? - It was a bit overwhelming, I’m just about getting my head around Facebook and MySpace and now I’ve got aobut 50 more to explore (if I get the energy!). They weren’t disappointing in themselves, it’s more that I know that nine out of ten of them will be gone in a year or taken over by Google, Yahoo or Microsoft.”

So how the heck do we keep up? And should we????

More on scaling the social web

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Tony Karrer joins in the debate on scaling the social web referring to George Siemen’s article but also Chris Anderson’s point about what he terms social networking being a feature rather than a destination.

I can’t help feeling that we are still in the first wave of hype when it comes to social networking - there is a mixture of excitement and enthusiasm for the potential, coupled with the usual doom and gloom merchants. There are lots of experiments being conducted to explore how these kinds of tools might facilitate new forms of communication and collaboration and ideas for how they might be used to support teaching and learning. Emerge is one interesting example, using Elgg the project aims to support the JISC’s forming of an “effective and sustainable community of practice” (CoP) around the Users and Innovation Development Model (UIDM).

So what’s the verdict? Well i think the jury is still out… in reality some aspects of social networking will have a significant impact, others will fade away; the reasons will be the usual complex ones of personal preference, peer pressure, context, ease of use and relevance.

Groundhog day - the technology release

Terry Mayes puts a nice spin on the ‘technology revolution or not’ referring to the film Groundhog day - the film where a guy wakes up to find he is living and reliving the same day.

I know variants of this have been said time and time again about technologies (introduction of radio, TV, video, the Internet…) but how much truth is there in it and is it different this time??? (Answers on a virtual postcard please…).