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Update: The email which I mention in this post was intended to have its address list BCC’d and hidden. Please bear this in mind when reading, and definitely read through the comments people have left. I’m a big fan of Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach . I think she does a fantastic job of generating conversation and I consider her to be an expert in community building. However, that being said, something she did recently kinda sorta rubbed me the wrong way and brought to my attention an issue that has been on my mind increasingly lately. We all want our online activities to be successful, and most often ‘success’ is defined by traffic (visitors/reads) and interaction (comments).
This my response to Jen Wagner’s post on Friendship and 140 Characters Fascinating conversation. My reaction? OK, once again, I venture into the realm where people write sonnets and I am going to sound all – blah, bub-blah, bub-blah, me-too, bub-blah, me-too.
Most bloggers prefer mundane tidbits to deep thoughts, and backed by voice transcription and video sharing, the cell phone may soon be the tool of choice There are dozens of Weblogs that seemingly anyone who is anybody in the technology industry reads regularly. Lisa Hsu's blog isn't one of them. A doctoral student in computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan, Hsu occasionally pens a post about topics like "secure shell protocols," a software standard for protecting data on a computer network. More often than not, however, she's just musing about mundane things that only her friends would care about: details of a trip to the dentist, random Web discoveries, or maybe a new movie.
My most recent Tweet (a short update to the Twitter service) was this :
Lanzado por la statup californiana Obvious Corp. en octubre de 2006, Twitter comenzó a convertirse en el nuevo boom de la Web 2.0 en marzo de 2007 cuando obtuvo un Web Award en la categoría blog durante la conferencia South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals (SXSW) celebrada en Austin, Tejas. Como suele ocurrir, para definir cada nuevo medio de comunicación y perfilar sus funciones, es necesario recurrir tanto a las metáforas (comenzando por el nombre: twitter significa gorjeo), como a los medios anteriores ( Twitter es un aplicación web de microblogging, una mezcla de blogging con red social y mensajería instantánea). Ya se han hecho habituales en la web social las explicaciones simplificadas en tres pasos para presentar cada nuevo medio.
The presumption in the design of most networks is that the value of the network increases with the number of nodes in the network.
I looked at my Twitter webpage yesterday and it occurred to me that I was seeing the streams of consciousness for several of my friends mixed together. Its somewhat strange, because a stream of concsiousness is such a personal thing. But inhibitions have droppped sufficiently, and technology has made it sufficiently easy that people post short updates about whatever is happening with them. And I do mean “whatever”. One person might be partying while the other is deciding what to eat and a third person is simply bored.
Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media: Twitter for Nonprofits: Waste of Time or Potentially Useful?That's a screencast (with time speed increased) of what is I think -- is a twitter group coming from SXSW Festival , a major new media/emerging technology event happening in Austin, TX. Twitter is a " Multi-Person SMS System " that lets you follow your friends via the web, IM, or cell phone and you broadcast what are you doing now an? While there are some good reasons why you wouldn't want to use this tool, seems there's a lot of twitter experimentation going on. Chris Brogan sent me an invitation back in October and my initial reaction was ... why? What is this ?
Hard to believe that only 10 or 15 years ago we interacted with coworkers and colleagues with memos and phone calls. Email and instant messaging changed all that. Now there's a new communications revolution coming. These services mix contacts, instant messaging, blogging, and texting, and they're poised to make email feel as antiquated as the mimeograph.
1. twittervision , 2. Twitter Meta Moo! too far?
How have you used twitter to collaborate? Tell a story about how you have used http://www.twitter.com to collaborate. Please indicate the context as well (I.e. in a K-12 classroom, in a virtual team, etc.) Towards the bottom of the page, there are two additional sections: one on "I wish Twitter could do this" and Queries about application of twitter in various contexts.
Ok, yes, I admit: I finally joined the Twitter fever , and I am in fact enjoying it. All for higher research purposes only, of course. Ahem. Anyway, in this post I'd like to share with you some of my first findings/impressions about being a (still newbie! :) ) Twit.
“So let me get this straight…you’re just letting people know what you’re doing when you do this?” “Right.” “And you call it ‘Tweeting’?” “Well, uh, yeah. It’s kinda like a bird letting you know where he’s at, I guess.” “And you do this how often.”
A while back, I posted on Twitter and how I didn't "get" it. In short order, I got several comments advising me to stick with it and telling me that the secret lay in the matter of friends. So I have stuck with it and I have made some friends (only now the terminology has changed, so I'm following people and little over half of them follow me in return).