What Twitterers are tweeting about
Posted by pennybridged
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.
Posted on November 4, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged 2-year degrees, apartment, book, facebook, funding, higher education, hunt report, internet, john seely brown, kevin kelly, mark zuckerberg, social consumers, social marketing, times higher education, twitter. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.