Facebook and privacy seems to be a topic that crops up now and then. Honestly I really don’t understand all the hoopla about it – it’s very easy to keep things private on fb: don’t post it!

So by posting things you should really know that chances are good other people might see/read/comment on it – so if this freaks you out, maybe the way to go is to take responsibility for your own privacy on the net, and not rely so heavily on systems to protect you.

In line with this Dave Lee King posted about fb and privacy and I complete agree with him. Here’s a little snippet:

First, there’s the “update me with your stuff” things, like status updates, new photos, and new videos:

  • If you want those to be private, you shouldn’t post them. Period.
  • Hello! Nothing’s private on the web. Even on Facebook.
  • If you want to share a status update with just some people, you can do that. Which is more than Twitter gives you.

Basic info, like:

  • Name: um … don’t open a Facebook account if you don’t want to share your name.
  • Gender: That’s rather apparent, isn’t it? Is it bad that you know I’m a guy?
  • Birthday: Hmm. I don’t really care. Should I?
  • Relationship Status: OK – so I have a recently divorced friend, and it was rather painful to watch his relationship status go from married to single to it’s complicated … back to single, etc. Maybe a case of sharing too much info, rather than one of privacy. So if your life’s on a rollercoaster ride … don’t fill that one out.
  • Current city: big whoop. Google already knows this.
  • Hometown: That’s sort of important when connecting with past schoolmates.
  • Religious and Political views: I have em. So does everyone else.
  • The New York Times also posted an InfoGraphic on Facebook Privacy that’s quite interesting (It’s small, so click on the NY link for a bigger version):

    And a cute cartoon:

    Twitter reached it’s 10 billionth tweet the other day and Mashable designed a great infographic to show the evolution of the tweet.

    Next time someone asks me about Web 2.0 and it’s uses in the library I’ll be directing them to the image below (uploaded by Henley: Collective Intelligence v stupidity and I saw it on Stephen’s Lighthouse).

    Because honestly, this really is how libraries sometimes plan and manage their web projects …

    Jay Deragon posted a very thought-provoking post on The Relationship Economy talking about how bosses who chase “all things social” without relevant knowledge do not always insure that the chase is aimed at the right things or the right people.

    Here are a few of my favorite quotes from his post:

    Asking for something you don’t understand and thinking you can find people who understand to deliver you something you don’t understand is a set up to failure.

    Hiring people with a “social something” title isn’t the secret sauce that makes your organizational social. Only those with authority, power and control over people can make the changes required for the entire organization to be social.

    Before hiring people to use social bosses need to learn what it means to be social. That requires a totally different knowledge and skills set than just using social.

    Asterisq released Mentionmap a web app for exploring your Twitter network. Discover which people interact the most and what they’re talking about. It’s also a great way to find relevant people to follow.

    It loads each user’s Twitter status updates (tweets) and finds the people and hashtags they talked about the most. The data is displayed using Constellation Framework, a graph visualization library for Actionscript.

    In this data visualization, mentions become connections and discussions between multiple users emerge as clusters.

    Clicking a user will display their network of mentions as well as details from their profile. You can also search for friends by typing their Twitter usernames into the search box.

    This is what Mashable‘s twitter map looks like:

    Royal Pingdom just released their study on the ages of social networkers and they looked at sites such as:  Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, Slashdot, Reddit, Digg, Delicious, StumbleUpon, FriendFeed, Last.fm, Friendster, LiveJournal, Hi5, Tagged, Ning, Xanga, Classmates.com, Bebo:

     Here are some of the findings:

  • The average social network user is 37 years old.
  • LinkedIn, with its business focus, has a predictably high average user age; 44.
  • The average Twitter user is 39 years old.
  • The average Facebook user is 38 years old.
  • The average MySpace user is 31 years old.
  • Bebo has by far the youngest users, as witnessed earlier, with an average age of 28.
  • Thanks to the iLibrarian for posting about this!

    Dave from Information is Beautiful posted a new infographic on What makes Good Information Design:


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    My apologies for not posting the Best of eLearning Learning last week – I do have a good excuse though… we’ve moved into our new house last week and I’ve been busy unpacking boxes!

    But here is Tony Karrer’s list , it’s a bit different as this is the Best of the month of OCTOBER. I’ve mentioned some before in earlier post so I’m simply hosting Tony’s list here. I’ve also added Jane Hartman’s list of best sites she’s discovered.

    Best of eLearning Learning

    Featured Sources

    The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals.

    1. Online Games for Teaching Business Concepts and IdeasKapp Notes, October 16, 2009
    2. Learner Personas for eLearningThe eLearning Coach, October 5, 2009
    3. Rapid Learning Management SystemseLearning Technology, October 20, 2009
    4. Twitter for learningSticky Learning, October 25, 2009
    5. The Standalone LMS is Deadtrainingwreck, October 24, 2009
    6. Educational iPhone Apps to Make You SmarterKapp Notes, October 8, 2009
    7. User Interface Design For eLearning – UpdatedThe eLearning Coach, October 25, 2009
    8. eLearning Portal IntegrationeLearning Technology, October 13, 2009
    9. The Semantic Web comethUpside Learning Blog, October 4, 2009
    10. 6 talks that every presenter or trainer can learn fromFree as in Freedom, October 28, 2009
    11. Moodle is now certified SCORM 1.2 compliantThe E-Learning Curve, October 23, 2009
    12. Presentation: A Pocket University (or iTunesU at Oxford University)Dont Waste Your Time, October 8, 2009
    13. Presentation Backchannel MultitaskingeLearning Technology, October 29, 2009
    14. Top 8 Reasons Why Training Providers Are Adopting eLearningUpside Learning Blog, October 29, 2009
    15. Video Games, Education and Entertainment StatisticsKapp Notes, October 5, 2009
    16. iPhone…The Ultimate Learning Device (My 10 Top Learning Apps)Electronic Papyrus, October 6, 2009
    17. Instructional design – pah, who needs it?Spicy Learning, October 2, 2009
    18. Power of informal learning in developing managersInformal Learning, October 20, 2009
    19. E-learning on a shoestringClive on Learning, October 26, 2009
    20. Articulate Interaction – How to Navigate an Articulate Based CourseDiscovery Through eLearning, October 22, 2009
    21. Customer Competencies, Co-Creation, and Brand CommunitiesSkilful Minds, October 20, 2009
    22. Personal Learning Environments – Concept not ToolLearning Technology Learning, October 16, 2009
    23. Game-Based Learning Impacts Youth Behavior/AttitudesWeb Courseworks, October 15, 2009
    24. Mentoring vs. Training — Why Social Networking Isn’t EnoughaLearning, October 13, 2009
    25. The Power of X – Experiential Learning in Today’s WorldPerformance Learning Productivity, October 7, 2009
    26. To get Twitter you gotta Tweet!Leveraging Learning, October 6, 2009
    27. Scenario Based LearningSpeak Out, October 4, 2009
    28. Whose learning are you responsible for?Internet Time, October 12, 2009
    29. Finding Good Photos for Your eLearning ScenariosLearning Visions, October 30, 2009
    30. 3 Steps to a Driving Question for Project Based LearningBlender – Training Solutions, October 16, 2009
    31. CCK09: does Connectivism want to change the world?Ignatia Webs, October 9, 2009
    32. Social Media and Records RetentionEngaged Learning, October 6, 2009
    33. There’s nothing rapid about Rapid eLearningGetting Down to Business, October 5, 2009
    34. Quick Explanation of Google Wave – VideoMinuteBio, October 2, 2009
    35. Design Consulting Tool: Empowering Leaders So You Can Create Effective DesignDesigning Impact, October 28, 2009
    36. The Land That Never Was…Or Is It?Off Course-On Target, October 28, 2009
    37. LMS Envy: The Love-Hate Relationship with TechnologyLiving in Learning, October 27, 2009
    38. pcLearning4U is Open for BusinessCourseware Development, October 23, 2009
    39. 30-Minute TrainingTake an e-Learning Break, October 21, 2009
    40. Language that homogenizes creates losersAdventures in Corporate Education, October 20, 2009
    41. 5 Reasons Why You are Not Being PromotedLearn and Lead, October 19, 2009
    42. Guest post: “What’s New in Human Trafficking”Business Casual, October 12, 2009
    43. Computer-based Games in Classrooms: Leveraging the InstructorVikas Joshi on Interactive Learning , October 9, 2009
    44. The danger of a simple storySimply Speaking, October 9, 2009
    45. Your learner journey can start here…ThirdForce Blog, October 9, 2009
    46. Adapt your course management system to fit your instructionWISE Pedagogy, October 7, 2009
    47. Is The Whole World Dumbing Down?Blogger in Middle-earth, October 6, 2009
    48. A mobile future for communications and learningLars is Learning, October 5, 2009
    49. The Importance of Reflective PracticesDesigned for Learning, October 4, 2009
    50. Drop-By-Learning (DBL)ZaidLearn, October 27, 2009

    Other Sources

    The following are the top items based on social signals.

    1. How to Create Screencasts You Can Be Proud Of, October 13, 2009
    2. How I create and publish podcasts » Moving at the Speed of Creativity, October 26, 2009
    3. Free Powerpoint Twitter Tools, October 6, 2009
    4. 5 great resources to find out about Google Wave, October 14, 2009
    5. Increased complexity needs simplified design, October 5, 2009
    6. 15 Interesting Clip Art Styles for Your E-Learning Courses, October 6, 2009
    7. Learning to teach through video | In the Library with the Lead Pipe, October 14, 2009
    8. Intro to social learning environments: a social learning resource, October 17, 2009
    9. Borrowing from the Library to Support Workplace Learning, October 1, 2009
    10. How to steer your client away from an information dump, October 13, 2009
    11. These PowerPoint Experts Can Make You a Star, October 20, 2009
    12. Why You Shouldn’t Use PowerPoints in (Most) Online Courses, October 26, 2009
    13. 3 more Google Wave resources, October 31, 2009
    14. The Future of the Training Department, October 21, 2009
    15. Twitter Research – Best of eLearning Learning, October 12, 2009
    16. The Project Management Tip You Can’t Ignore, October 27, 2009
    17. Defining the ‘e’ in e-learning, October 15, 2009
    18. Do learners really need learning objectives?, October 2, 2009
    19. A History of Social Media, October 8, 2009
    20. PKM: our part of the social learning contract, October 15, 2009

    Hot Topics

    Google Wave (21)

    1. 3 more Google Wave resources, October 31, 2009
    2. 5 great resources to find out about Google Wave, October 14, 2009
    3. Google Wave Invitations Available, October 13, 2009
    4. Quick Explanation of Google Wave – Video, October 2, 2009

    Twitter (137)

    1. Free Powerpoint Twitter Tools, October 6, 2009
    2. All things Twitter, October 14, 2009
    3. To get Twitter you gotta Tweet!, October 6, 2009
    4. Twitter for learning, October 25, 2009



    Best of Jane Hartman

    If you don’t have Jane Hartman‘s blog Jane’s E-learning Pick of the Day bookmarked, you are missing out on some great links. Jane blogs primarily about e-learning and she always has something of value to share.

    Here is her pick of the sites she’s bookmarked this week (as always my comments are in italics):

    1. Become a PowerPoint Power User this post gives some advance tips on using PP such as using more than one guide; Building Presentations for Distribution to Others; Scrolling Credits; Create a New Design Template and Jumping to Screens

      More PowerPoint articles here

    2. Comprehensive List of Free Online Classes and Online CoursesOpenCourseWare Consortium is an innovative and comprehensive database of free online courses from elite colleges like Yale, Stanford, and MIT. It looks really worthwhile
      More online courses and resources here
    3. 100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom – Unisa recently opened up a Facebook account and this would be a great post for the powers that be to read as they offer great tips
      More Facebook articles here
    4. Beyond Google – Improve Your Search Results – this post from Free Technology for Teachers gives 15 great tips to improve searching while in google
      More Google Wave articles here
    5. Corporate Culture, Not Technology, Drives Online CollaborationCorporate culture can make or break a project (and an employee for that matter) Web Worker Daily explains some integral elements of a collaborative corporate culture
      More social media strategy articles here

    Thanks to Sacha Chua (in her own words a enterprise 2.0 consultant, storyteller, geek, and more) I stumbled upon compfight which searches through Flickr for CC (CreativeCommons) pics.

    Like Sacha I like the layout of the results page and they seem to fit in a lot more pictures than Flickr:

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    You can limit the search to include only CC images as well as images that are “safe” – which is always a handy feature.

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    Just remember to properly acknowledge the image owner.

    Educause released their report on how undergraduates use technology. They ask students about the technology they own and how they use it in and out of their academic world.

    They also look at how skilled students believe they are with technologies; how they perceive technology is affecting their learning experience; and their preferences for IT in courses.

     In addition to studying student ownership, experience, behaviors, preferences, and skills with respect to information technologies, the 2009 study also includes a special focus on student ownership and use of Internet-capable handheld devices.

    Some of the “m-learning” findings include:

    •  fewer students have desktops, preferring laptops instead
    • Two-thirds have computers that are two years or less
    • more than 90% use their university or college website weekly
    • more than 40% said they contribute to video websites and wikis while more than 30% contribute to blogs and use podcasts
    • VoIP is use by one-third of students
    • 9 out of 20 students use social networking sites as individuals, this drops to 2 out 10 that use social networking as part of their course
    • about half of students see themselves as early adopters of technology
    • 80% of students feel they are confident about their online searching skills

     You can download the full study, key findings, roadmap and survey instrument from the Educause site.