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A colleague here is looking at learning more about social media (from a use / management pointo of view rather than a technical one.

I'm going to be pointing him at the following as good sources to keep in touch about what's going on with social media - feel free to add your favourites in the comments!:

Seth Godin: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/ (Marketing in web 2.0)

Adam Tinworth: http://www.onemanandhisblog.com/ (Journalism and social media)

TWItip: http://www.twitip.com/ (twitter tips)

Guardian Internet pages: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/internet (general technology)
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http://laughingsquid.com/clay-shirky-on-cognitive-surplus/

Bookmarked for myself more than anything else - Clay Shirky talking from a couple of years ago on what we're doing with all our free thinking time - 20 minutes but really inspiring about what are we going to do with all the spare time we actually now have.

Shirky's point - that at a back of an envelope calculation, there's 100 million hours of work and human thought in Wikipedia thus far.

The USA watches 200 billion hours of TV per year. Or 100 million hours per weekend watching advertisments.

So by not watching the adverts, the USA alone could generate 52 Wikipedias per year.
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Some of this will be old hat to some of you, but I've just finished running our regular 'What can you learn in 15 minutes' day - this one about Web 2.0.

It's a pretty simple format. Get 10 or so presenters, and ask them to talk about one thing for 10 minutes - it's kind of like the 'Pecha Kucha' concept, only because we're actually trying to teach rather than just perform, we don't make people use PowerPoint, and we don't make them auto forward their slides.

The aim is more to inspire and inform than to teach, but there's a whole heap of penumbra stuff going on as well to do with promoting ourselves as a service.

Anyway, today we were streaming the presentations live, so people who couldn't make it to the hall could watch them. As well as the committee of the conference I gave a paper to last year on running sessions like this, there were several of the people in the Library school here watching too. As one of our presenters was talking about Twitter, I thought that I really should Tweet something about it. So I took a photo, uploaded it, and gave it the #ucl hashtag.

When I searched for the hashtag, I found the tweets that the library school were publishing. So I started talking to them, answering questions, getting feedback from the people on the live feed and passing it to the presenters. It _really_ opened up the day for me - put another layer of value onto what we were doing.

And while I was watching one of the presentations, I was sorting out a meeting with the people from the library school about running a similar sort of day but with much wider participation from academics across the University.

So - twitter - not just for twits!

 

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With many thanks to Jonny Chung Lee (who's the chap who has posted all those cool videos about using Wii Remotes in interesting ways and who's blog you can follow at [livejournal.com profile] procrastineerin) for pointing me towards this. It's an anthropological talk about Youtube and it's inspiring.

Fair warning, it's also an hour long. But I've just sat here enthralled, not only by the subject matter, but by it's presentation. Starting with Gary Brolsma, who you probably know better as the Numa Numa Boy, discussing LonelyGirl15 and the YouTube community's reaction to her, and weaving in how the way we communicate changes how we communicate - this is well worth a watch for anyone interested in how society is affected by and affects the internet.

My third post on Livejournal, back in April 2002, I posited that Livejournal (and the Web) were more about connections than anything else.

I still strongly believe that to be true.


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