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Steve Ransom

Job seekers getting asked for Facebook passwords - Yahoo! Finance - 6 views

    Wrong, yes. Yet, some really NEED the job and are willing to sacrifice their privacy and rights... and in this economy, I understand that.
Steve Ransom

The Social Network Paradox | TechCrunch - 18 views

  • Instead, there is a new trend happening: We’re not really paying attention to our friends we’re connected to online. Take Twitter, for example. Twitter used to be a great place for many early adopters to talk tech. It wasn’t so long ago that there were few enough people on Twitter that you could read every single tweet in your stream.

    But as the network began to become more dense, and people found more people they knew and liked on Twitter, they began following hundreds of people, and reading all those tweets became impossible. This is such a fact of life that entire companies are based on the premise that you have too many friends on Facebook and Twitter to really pay attention to what they’re saying.

  • Therein lies the paradox of the social network that no one wants to admit: as the size of the network increases, our ability to be social decreases.

  • As the number of bits, photos and links coming over these networks grew, each of those invisibly began to decrease in worth.
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  • But as the number of friends begins to increase—particularly over that magic Dunbar number of 150—the spell begins to wear off. At this scale, we simply can’t easily keep track of it all. When our number of connections rises above 150 everything becomes simply comments, as real conversations tax our already limited ability to interface with the network.
  • That mythical thing, social connection, doesn’t flow over these networks; information flows over these networks. The only reason the network ever felt meaningful was because, at small scale, the network operated like a community. But that breaks apart at large scale.
  • The thing about all these is that they’re not a shared experience—they are my experiences, which I am sharing with you, but you probably cannot experience with me—my thoughts or fascination with the article I just posted, the feeling of getting on that plane, or the thrill of watching the Sharks tie the game. Perhaps you can compare your notes of your own experience of these things; that’s what most Twitter conversation seems to be, to me, but the experiences are not shared.

    This differs from a discussion in a community, such as the type that occurs on SB Nation game day threads. The conversation does not center around any one individual’s experience, but rather the collective condition of the community. The conversation is the experience. Each comment is driven with the purpose of evoking and expressing the emotions that the community experiences, and particularly the ones they hold in common.

    Great article.
Steve Ransom

Google+: The Dark Side of the Circle | Edutopia - 69 views

    An important piece to consider an many different levels, not just with Gogle+ By @irasocol
Steve Ransom

For teachers on Facebook, professionalism trumps fun - The Globe and Mail - 33 views

    Lots to wrestle with here: Bottom line - be wise, professional, kind, and have integrity. If we all followed these, there would be on problem
Steve Ransom

Siphoning the Fumes of Teen Culture: How to Co-opt Students' Favorite Social Media Tool... - 28 views

    Ten Guidelines for Integrating Social Media Tools and Spaces into the Classroom:
Steve Ransom

Everloop: Home - 22 views

    A social networking service targeting kids ages 8-13
Caroline Roche

Connect Safely |Safety Tips & Advice - 0 views

    safety tips for social networking
    Excellent site for parents and teens about internet safety for pupils. Parents guide to Facebook, cyberbullying, sexting and other really good tips
Chris Liang

Bloomfire / The Simplest Way to Spread Knowledge - 69 views

    Impressive site to connect people in a collaborative work/social setting.  It essentially lets you setup a private network of users in an interface inspired by facebook, youtube, and yahoo answers.
mbarek Akaddar

E - Home - 3 views

  • E on your phone allows you to share online & social business cards with anyone through 3 taps of your finger
Kerry J

How many Toms does your ELGG need? | Educational Technologies - 6 views

    Your ELGG (an open source community platform) users might not be overly concerned about their friend count, but they very often might need to make a connection with your organisation right off the bat if they have questions about how to use the site or need to understand what having a friend or contact entails so they have the confidence to start engaging with other users.
    If you currently use or are considering implementing ELGG, you may want to think about starting your members off with at least one default friend.
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