Local government shouldn't be on Facebook

POSTED IN | TAGS : , , , 25 February 2009

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]

RSS as legislation

POSTED IN | TAGS : , , , , , , , , , 24 February 2009

Aaron Swartz's Raw Thought reports that the US Government's new Stimulus bill requires that each government agency report the money it gives out in RSS, it's not just unstructured text, but will have to be reusable data. This is a real big deal for standards of data disttibution and re-use. [link]

Paul Bradshaw gets Twitter to help do a radio interview

POSTED IN | TAGS : , , , , , 18 February 2009

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

POSTED IN | TAGS : , , , 16 January 2009

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]

Will Jonathan Ross break Twitter?

POSTED IN | TAGS : , , , 8 January 2009

My latest blog post for the Birmingham post explores what happens when a social network goes mainstream – invariably it stops working. [link]

Ze Frank's new blog on online partcipation projects

POSTED IN | TAGS : , , , , , 8 January 2009

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]


POSTED IN | TAGS : , , 13 December 2008

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]

Twitter 101, Part 4: Tips for Being Successful on Twitter

POSTED IN | TAGS : , , , , 4 November 2008

Being "sucessful" on a social media service is a bit of a lose term, but this post has some good points to consider especially if you ae thinking of tweeting for an organisation. [link]

Social Media Classroom

POSTED IN | TAGS : , , , , , 25 October 2008

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]

Passion and the business case for blogging

POSTED IN | TAGS : , , 7 October 2008

Great coverage of whether "passion" for the subject is important in blogging. My take – yes of course it is. [link]