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Toward Peeragogy

Toward Peeragogy | AJCann | Scoop.it

In 1971 in Deschooling Society, Ivan Illich predicted that learners of the future would find each other and use information technologies to form "learning webs" and "networks" - prescient terms, considering that the ARPAnet was only two years old at the time. Did we finally get there?

h/t Matt Mobbs  http://www.scoop.it/t/mjmobbs/p/1043136011/toward-peeragogy-dmlcentral

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TweetDeck goes all HTML5

TweetDeck goes all HTML5 | AJCann | Scoop.it

If you wondered where Twitter was taking Tweetdeck, here's the answer.

I regard this a s a positive development, given that It's possible to run HTML5 services as desktop apps.

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Seize the opportunity, interesting

Seize the opportunity, interesting | AJCann | Scoop.it

Seizures have long been associated with misconceptions and stigma. Exponential growth in Internet use has seen the rapid expansion of social media, such as Twitter, for health promotion. In view of the popularity of Twitter, we sought to explore how seizures are being portrayed on this social networking website and to consider its potential for information dissemination. A 48-hour Twitter search was used as a preliminary data set to determine an appropriate classification scheme of "seizure"-related posts ("tweets"). Analysis was then conducted using "seizure" tweets from a 7-consecutive day sample period. Tweets were analyzed and coded by two independent reviewers. Predominant categories were Metaphorical (32%), Personal Accounts (31%), Informative (12%), and Ridicule/Joke (9%). This study supports the notion that stigmatization associated with seizures continues to flourish, as 41% of "seizure" tweets were derogatory in nature. Although Twitter could be used to disseminate accurate information on seizures and epilepsy, this study suggests that it is currently propagating negative attitudes toward seizures with potential for fueling stigma. In recent years there have been significant advancements in technology offering many new methods of sharing information. Social networking sites allow real-time communication while providing the opportunity for exchange of information and opinions. Twitter, a website launched in 2006, allows users to communicate through "tweets" limited to 140 characters. Twitter's popularity has drastically increased since its inception, with approximately 110 million tweets per day from 200 million users worldwide, as of January 2011 (http://blogs.forbes.com/oliverchiang/2011/01/19/twitter-hits-nearly-200m-users-110m-tweets-per-day-focuses-on-global-expansion/). Such social media facilitate communication about an array of health-related topics including seizures and epilepsy.

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Is Klout stalking your kids?

Is Klout stalking your kids? | AJCann | Scoop.it

As Klout states in its FAQ, "Klout collects public data in order to accurately measure influence. Users can control the data available to Klout by changing the privacy settings on individual networks." Oh, really? In which case, one would assume, one could adjust Facebook settings so Klout "will never access your private data unless we have explicit permission," as the FAQ continues. It sounds reasonable. It sounds like it would be easy to opt out, right? No - it's not easy to delete your Klout profile.

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Oh, Delicious - where did it all go so wrong?

Oh, Delicious - where did it all go so wrong? | AJCann | Scoop.it

So what happened?

AVOS didn’t understand how people were using the website

AVOS didn’t get how people were using the API

AVOS didn’t understand they were playing with a live product

 

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Two practical and useful social media guides for research and policy engagement

Social media has a significant impact on how individuals communicate, interact and collaborate and should be an important and necessary component of any researcher’s toolbox. However, there is much to be discovered, explored and understood regarding its capabilities, utilities and practical uses as a tool and mechanism in conducting research.

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Beware online confessions

Beware online confessions | AJCann | Scoop.it

Why do we reveal so much about ourselves online, especially since we also claim to be worried about privacy?

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George Siemens - if social media goes so does connectivism

George Siemens - if social media goes so does connectivism | AJCann | Scoop.it

"So George Siemens has lost interest in social media ... I should say from the start that I never bought Connectivism, as it muddles up primitive epistemology, dated social psychology and pedagogy to produce a nexus of thinly connected ideas around an abstract noun. Not for the first time have such vague, unsubstantiated ideas gained currency among educators. For me, the real problem is duplicity. Surely he's thrown out his connectivist baby with the bathwater of abandoned social media."

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#ukolneim reflection

#ukolneim reflection | AJCann | Scoop.it
Yesterday I went to the web metrics meeting at the OU. Having had chance to think about it overnight, here is my reflection on the day.
Brian Kelly set the tone in his introduction - in a time of financial stringency, numbers matter. Reluctantly, I do buy into this never mind the quality feel the width argument. My response will be pragmatic - collect all the numbers I can and use them mercilessly.
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Where networking works

Where networking works | AJCann | Scoop.it
Web users in Germany are less likely to visit social networking sites than any of their European neighbours, according to a new study of internet habits published by the European Commission. Only 37% of German internet users make use of such services, compared with 80% in Hungary.
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Keep Calm and Carry on, Twitter!

Keep Calm and Carry on, Twitter! | AJCann | Scoop.it
"In any case, I hope Google+ succeeds. Given the blog posts saying this will kill Tumblr, Twitter, Foursquare, etc, you might wonder why I feel that way. Well first, I don’t think competitors kill companies and services."
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The Insidious Evils of 'Like' Culture

The Insidious Evils of 'Like' Culture | AJCann | Scoop.it
Oh dear, WSJ doesn't get it:
""Like" culture is antithetical to the concept of self-esteem, which a healthy individual should be developing from the inside out rather than from the outside in. Instead, we are shaped by our stats, which include not just "likes" but the number of comments generated in response to what we write and the number of friends or followers we have. I've seen rock stars agonize over the fact that another artist has far more Facebook "likes" and Twitter followers than they do."
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Social is for sharing, not hiding

"Yesterday I got a call from a journalist about Google+ and its Circles. He was not at all hostile to Google, Facebook, or social, but even so, implicit in his questions was a presumption that privacy is our highest priority in social services."
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Too much buzz

Too much buzz | AJCann | Scoop.it

Most commentary on social media ignores an obvious truth—that the value of things is largely determined by their rarity. The more people tweet, the less attention people will pay to any individual tweet. The more people “friend” even passing acquaintances, the less meaning such connections have. As communication grows ever easier, the important thing is detecting whispers of useful information in a howling hurricane of noise. For speakers, the new world will be expensive. Companies will have to invest in ever more channels to capture the same number of ears. For listeners, it will be baffling. Everyone will need better filters—editors, analysts, middle managers and so on—to help them extract meaning from the blizzard of buzz.

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In Defense of Friction

In Defense of Friction | AJCann | Scoop.it

There are reasons to believe social computing systems should not automate social interactions.

Oh yes.

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JISC to pioneer the use of social media technologies to improve the discovery of educational content

JISC to pioneer the use of social media technologies to improve the discovery of educational content | AJCann | Scoop.it

Pioneer? Some of us have been doing it for years ;-)

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Facebook and brain changes - NHS Choices

Facebook and brain changes - NHS Choices | AJCann | Scoop.it

"The study is capable of showing there may be a relationship between the variables but cannot determine whether online social networking causes a change in the brains of people, or if larger brain structures cause a person to be more inclined towards forming large online social networks. ... The Daily Mail’s assertion that Facebook increased the size of the amygdala is incorrect."

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Here is how you can game Klout

Here is how you can game Klout | AJCann | Scoop.it

Should you invest in Klout based campaigns?
No. How can a brand like Audi depend on such a flawed analysis and scoring model? How could other marketers who are currently offering perks on Klout.com rely on such a flawed and what seems to be easily game able system?

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Why Facebook is the New Yahoo

"Sure, Facebook looks massively successful. With a mind-boggling 750 million users, the social site can do no wrong, right? Wrong. Look closer, and it looks like Facebook can do nothing right. The company has tried and failed to launch or integrate new services that might thrill users. But users aren’t thrilled. And now its strategy appears to be: Just copy Google+. Don’t look now, but Facebook is quickly becoming the new Yahoo."

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Facebook changes privacy settings

Facebook changes privacy settings | AJCann | Scoop.it
Facebook has announced a major revamp of how users control their privacy on the site. The Google+ push back is underway.
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Google Plus defines an era of disruption at a moment's notice

Google Plus defines an era of disruption at a moment's notice | AJCann | Scoop.it
"The only good monopoly is the board game"
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Twitter=quitter? An analysis of Twitter quit smoking social networks

Widely popular, Twitter, a free social networking and micro-blogging service, offers potential for health promotion. This study examined the activity of Twitter quit smoking social network accounts. A cross-sectional analysis identified 153 activated Twitter quit smoking accounts dating back to 2007 and examined recent account activity for the month of August 2010. The accounts had a median of 155 followers and 82 total tweets per account; 49% of accounts had >100 tweets. Posted content was largely inconsistent with clinical guidelines; 48% linked to commercial sites for quitting smoking and 43% had tweets on e-cigarettes. In August 2010, 81 of the accounts (53%) were still active. Though popular for building quit smoking social networks, many of the Twitter accounts were no longer active, and tweet content was largely inconsistent with clinical guidelines. Future research is needed to examine the effectiveness of Twitter for supporting smoking cessation.
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Has Digital Illiteracy Turned Us Into Social Commodities?

Has Digital Illiteracy Turned Us Into Social Commodities? | AJCann | Scoop.it
“The dot com boom failed because people didn’t want to buy shit online. They were just talking to each other,” said Douglas Rushkoff in a recent keynote speech at the WebVisions conference in Portland. “Content was never king. Contact was always king.”
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When Google Circles Collide

When Google Circles Collide | AJCann | Scoop.it
"Given the level of control that Google+ is offering, I should be thrilled with this great new tool. But I’m not. It solves the wrong problem, particularly with Google Circles, the Google+ feature that lets you share different things with different groups of people. And it doesn’t do anything to solve the biggest problem with social networks today: increasing the signal to noise ratio."
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Publishers and the internet: a changing role

Publishers and the internet: a changing role | AJCann | Scoop.it
"Once in a while, someone will say something that's so self-evidently true, and so unexpected, that you'll spend the rest of your life working through its implications. For me, one such truth is "A publisher makes a work public, it connects a work and an audience" Cory Doctorow
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