twitter4teachers is a PBwiki (Peanut Butter Wiki) listing of teachers who work in different subjects, grades, countries and use Twitter. Very useful if you want to identify fellow teacher-twitterers and follow or exchange experiences with them.
Thanks to Phil Bradley for the alert.
Companies should not dismiss staff who use social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo at work as merely time-wasters
I wanted to read the original report on the Demos site, or at least the press release, but there was no sign of it at 8.33 am UK time on 29th October 2008. So we’ll have to make do with the BBC article.
TweetWheel Find out which of your Twitter friends know each other. Does what it says on the tin. Enter your Twitter username and a wheel of your users will appear. Hover on a user to see how many friends they have in common and click on their name to view their Twitter profile.
Thanks to Jane’s E-Learning Pick of the Day for the alert.
The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and CILIP in Scotland (CILIPS) have introduced Twitter to their suite of Web 2.0 services. SLIC and CILIPS aim to use this service as an additional communication tool, allowing members and other interested professionals using Twitter to receive instant updates on the activity of both organisations. Updates are at: http://twitter.com/scotlibraries. Tweets will cover topics such as CPD opportunities, new reports and publications, working party activity and all the latest news from SLIC and CILIPS. All information posted on Twitter will be distributed in alternative methods for those members who do not use or cannot access this service.
Proving the value of Twitter, especially to potential business users, is hard work. Chris Brogan’s blog posting on 50 Ideas on Using Twitter for Business is a great starting point for ideas on how you can seriously use Twitter. He also lists ‘The Negatives People Will Throw at You’ and ‘Some Positives to Throw Back’. My personal favourite in the list is number 11: Instead of answering the question, “What are you doing?”, answer the question, “What has your attention?”
This article in Business Week does what its says on the tin.
“Microblogging lets an airline, for instance, monitor customers’ gripes—and tweet back. Is this a creepy trend?“
Companies mentioned include JetBlue, Comcast, Dell, General Motors, H&R Block, Kodak and Whole Foods Market.
Ann Smarty at Search Engine Journal compares Facebook Group and Facebook Fan Pages for encouraging networking and publicising you organisation’s activities. She cites the two major differences as being
- Unlike groups, fan pages are visible to unregistered people and are thus indexed (important for reputation management, for example);
- Unlike pages, groups allow to send out “bulk invite” (you can easily invite all your friends to join the group while with pages you will be forced to drop some invites manually). Groups are thus better for viral marketing, meaning that any group member can also send bulk invites to the friends of his.
Other features are compared and the comments are worth reading for other people’s experiences.
Library 2.0 at the University of Wolverhampton is a guest post on Brian Kelly’s UK Web Focus from Jo Alcock, Academic Information Assistant for the Harrison Learning Centre, University of Wolverhampton. She summarises how they use blogs, Facebook, wikis and online calendars to support users. The major part of the posting is about the barriers they have encountered such as issues with external hosting and software, lack of awareness of the technologies being used, the need for culture change, and user needs and experience.
What “Not To Do” while you grow your blogging empire lists eight things not to do when blogging or commenting on other people’s blogs. They should be obvious but some people still do them 😦 . The ones that I find especially annoying are irrelevant comments (they are usually an unsubtle form of spam and I delete them as such), anonymous comments (I agree with Rajesh Setty that you should have the backbone to stand behindyour comments), and copying content without attribution.
Thanks to the British Library Business and IP Centre’s BIPC Twitterfeed for the alert.
Twiggit is an automated service that lets your friends on twitter know what articles you digg. Every so often it checks for the last article that you voted for on digg, and updates your twitter status to reflect this. Options include the ability to only tweet the articles you submit rather than digg, pause the service at anytime, change the frequency of when to check digg, completely remove your twiggit account.