Some people flatly refuse to tweet because it’s boring. Yes, it is boring to read “I’m going home now” or “having chicken for dinner”. But a flick through the tweets of those I’m following reveals some interesting stuff indeed. People really post about interesting things. Here’s a selection:
- Interview with Mark Zuckerberg: he’s big into integration, single sign-ons with Facebook at the centre of things.
- 40 people who changed the internet: the list is predominantly male and American. There is a grand total of 1 woman in the entire list.
- Review of Kevin Kelly’s new book: the reviewer isn’t hugely positive but yet manages to create a curiosity about the book. It sounds like an in-depth philosophical view of the technology-driven world. Example: “technology is an emerging state of cosmic reality” – that calls for some pondering.
- Social consumers and social marketing: I started off my professional life in marketing (in the pre-internet world). It didn’t last long. The whole thing felt like a combination of paper-pushing and how-to-get-suckers-to-part-with-their-money. Now, it’s all changed and internet-marketing is one of my more enjoyable subjects to engage in with students. Social Currency is more than just a concept. Brands mean something to customers, and customers are in charge of the transaction
- If third level education costs more, should third level education then be shorter in duration? – I don’t agree. But this is exactly what is being speculated on in the UK. College is as much about personal development as it is about learning the content of a particular domain. I’ve always been fascinated by how students change and mature between their first year and their third year. I don’t see the same gains being made in 2 years. In terms of the academic learning, I wonder if a 2-year degree is more about the dreaded, and ultimately wasted, “cramming” as it is about immersion in a subject to the extent that a deeper understanding is achieved, even if some domain facts become blurry with time.
- If I were a rich woman would I live here? – in fairness, it’s a plush location close to all amenities, but think of the traffic and the pollution. I do like the floorplan and the reclining statue at the bottom of the bed. The bed in the bathroom (or the bath in the bedroom) I’m not so sure about.
- John Seely Brown’s “The Power of Pull” – I’m ashamed to say I purchased this some time back and still not have got around to reading it. There are simply too many good books screaming read-me-read-me. The line “If I aint learning, it aint fun” caught my attention.
- The top 10 social networking sites and forums: Surprise surprise, Facebook is way above and beyond the most popular. Why don’t I know more about Mocospace and Mylife? Am I missing something?
- The Times Higher Ed claim to have a preview of the Hunt report: and its unsurprisingly not pretty in places and rather intriguing in others: the general feeling seems to be that it lacks a sound academic base and anything build on sand tends to be blown apart quite easily. So far so uh-oh.