Month: May 2009

The four stages of the average Twitter user | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com

Still confused about Twitter? I think I “get” it, but I still find myself not bothering to tweet. Guess I think I’m not that interesting. Jason Hiner explains The four stages of the average Twitter user effectively.

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End of a term

This has been the weirdest term. I wind up saying that every term, but each time it is true. I had good classes this time, and accomplished a lot of stuff that we often don’t get to, and yet there was much I didn’t get to do with several classes. It’s also true, though, that I am so, so burned out. I’m teaching this summer, but I’ve already decided we’re going to do it “old school,” with a minimum of computer usage. Just do it the old-fashioned way. I think maintaining the tech support for the courses I’m teaching is just getting to be too much on top of the teaching.

Plenty of tech stuff to do, still, but it will be in support of what other people are doing. Perhaps this will be the positive version of the old saying concerning the cobbler’s children going barefoot. We’ll see.

In any case, congratulations to the graduates, and to a lesser degree to us all for making it through another one.

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Current marketing take on SL

Aliza Sherman notes the cycle of Second Life hype, followed by SL bashing, followed by more hype, followed by declarations that SL is dead. Not so, she says, in “Second Life Is Social Media.” It’s not about education, but it is about the nature of the medium, and much of it has implications for education and other activities in SL, including the downsides. Take a look.

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The darker side of social networking

End of a term. Not a lot of posts lately. Not much time today, in fact, since I’m grading like crazy. Still, I wanted to share a post by a friend and colleague with a unique set of talents: artist, actor, and accomplished geek. Not many people have the mental capacity to bring artistic skills and sensibilities into the same skull as technological skills, but Kathrine Bailey does.

The particular post points out some of the social dark side of social networking, along with a warning more techy in nature. It’s a good reminder that brings together elements in a creative way. As Yoda might say, “Exposed you may be!”

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