Local government shouldn't be on Facebook

Interesting post by Simon Wakeman, where he puts into words what many have been thinking about how organisations (non-governmental too) use Facebook "I don’t think councils should have a presence on Facebook for themselves as a council. I think it’s the wrong approach and I think it misses the point about the way people interact on social networks.". He's right, groups or fan pages — or events which seem to work well on FB — for specific happenings, but becoming a "fan" of your local council isn't very likely. [link]

Paul Bradshaw gets Twitter to help do a radio interview

About Twitter of course. What's interesting is not so much how people are very easily able to guess what "the media" with ask about Twitter — but how the responses to the questions varied so widely. Ask people whey they use LinkedIn or Facebook and it's all about "friends" or "business contacts", Twitter is just another method of communication with no "use" built in. That's what makes it so powerful. [link]

DIYcity: reinventing your city by building web apps

A very interesting looking site, that wants people to try and test their ideas about using the web to help improve our living spaces.

"Twitter bots, aggregators, social software, mobile apps – we use these things more and more in our daily routines to make our lives better. But can we also use them to remake our cities altogether? DIYcity is a place where people figure these things out by actually building and launching applications that address the problems around them." [link]

Ze Frank's new blog on online partcipation projects

Ze Frank has long been the master of mass participation on the internet, if he's involved with something you can be sure that all the barriers for people to join in have been broken down. He's started a new blog with "notes and advice to someone like me" — which is you if you're going to try anything online that you hope people will join in on. [link]


I'm trying out a new bit of software called sweetcron – it's a blogging platform of a sort, but it really built for collecting together all the little things you do around the web; things bookmarked on delicious, shared on tumblr, tweeted on twitter. I don't expect that one built as a "lifestream" collecting all my web activities will be very interesting, but I've been impressed with the software and ease of setting it up. [link]

Social Media Classroom

A free system to create social media in the classroom – available to download – that includes “integrated forum, blog, comment, wiki, chat, social bookmarking, RSS, microblogging, widgets , and video commenting are the first set of tools. … curricular material: syllabi, lesson plans, resource repositories, screencasts and videos.” It’s based on Drupal, which I find difficult to use (setup and customisation expecially) from a techincal point of view, but most of this is done for you here. [link]