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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Social Media Time

Nielsen’s research states that 18% of time spent online is spent on social networking sites and services. At first glance, this seems a bit high – especially considering the figure is 3x’s greater than last year. However, if accurate, it provides strong support to the reports claim that “this growth suggests a wholesale change in [...]

Social Search

Google just announced Social Search. The services helps you “to find publicly available content from your social circle”. Google extracts information on your social circle from three sources: Google Reader subscriptions, Google Profiles, and Google chat (GMail). They use the term “surfacing” connections to describe not only adding your friends, but one additional degree: your [...]

The Web in 5 Years: more of now

Interesting thoughts from Eric Schmidt – CEO, Google – on the web in five years. It’s interesting to note that we are seeing increased consolidation of ideas and concepts around the future of technology and the web. Schmidt’s comments don’t provide anything new. It’s a laundry list of topics and predictions that most people who [...]

Go Grandpa!

By now, I think the view of innate generational differences in technology use has been sufficiently debunked (see Mark Bullen’s Netgenskeptic site). NY Times highlights the appeal of technology among the elderly: “Some of the highest growth rates in broadband use are happening among the elderly. The Pew Research Center found that broadband use for [...]

Communicating complexity

I’ve been following Indexed – a site that uses simple visuals to communicate complex relationships and interactions. For example: the relationship between information and confusion. The simplicity of the approach somewhat hides the impact. We live life in flows, but we are remembered by artifacts. A blog post, a paper, or an image are artifacts. [...]

Falling of the cliff

When change happens in a networked environment, it’s rapid. We’ve seen it in the financial markets, music industry, TV (YouTube), and, perhaps at it’s most pronounced, the newspaper industry. For example, consider these results from major publications in the US. Only one had increased circulation – others had enormous drops – up to 25% in [...]

A Personal Cyberinfrastructure

At Open Education in Vancouver in August, Gardner Campbell argued that cPanel could be used as an LMS. If you’re not familiar with cPanel, it’s a fairly accessible interface (similar to Ensim) for managing websites on a server. Adding a wiki, a forum, a blog, or a chat room only requires a few clicks. Gardner [...]

Twitter and status updating

Twitter has been criticized for its lack of relevance to younger internet users (teens). Some progress is being made on that front, according to a new Pew report. In terms of numbers, 1 in 5 internet users utilize Twitter (or similar status updating) service. From a quick read of the article, I don’t see any [...]

Networked Learning Hotseat

In preparation for Networked Learning 2010, conference organizers have arranged several “hot seat” sessions. A hot seat is basically a week long (mostly asynchronous) discussion on a particular theme/topic. Starting Oct 26, Stephen Downes and I are hosting a discussion on the impact of learning on networked technologies. Attendance is free for the online session, [...]

Economy and Internet Trends

Mary Meeker delivered a presentation to Web 2.0 conference recently looking at the state of the economy and the Internet (powerpoint/pdf slides). From slide 28, a quick look back over the last few years: 2004 – China Internet – Opportunity is Immense 2005 – Broadband – Becoming Pervasive, Driving Growth in Communications / UGC 2006 [...]