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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.
Tom Daccord

K-3 Teachers Guide to Twitter - 0 views

    Teachers Guide to Twitter - hoping to encourage K-3 Teachers and others, to give Twitter a try.
Jacques Cool

Twitter - A Teaching and Learning Tool | - 0 views

    A very comprehensive post about Twitter and learning.
Roland Gesthuizen

40 Twitter Hashtags for Writers - 0 views

  • The point of this is to make it easier to find all tweets containing writing advice : you just search for “#writetip”. Similarly, you could find a stream of publication tips by keeping an eye on tweets with “#pubtip” in them.
    "Using relevant hashtags in your own tweets also increases the likelihood of others seeing your post and becoming a follower. They're a great way to engage with a particular community of Twitter users. The following is a list of some of the hashtags that will be of interest to writers. The list can never be exhaustive because anyone can invent a new tag at any time. Most are self-explanatory, although some need explanation"
Roland Gesthuizen

Five Reasons People Get Unfollowed on Twitter - 0 views

    Despite the lack of explanation, there are definitely reasons why people get unfollowed on Twitter. Here are five of the biggest reasons why people get unfollowed:
Lisa Thumann

Twitter and Status Updating, Fall 2009 | Pew Internet & American Life Project - 7 views

    RT @Pew_Internet: RT @nonprofitorgs The median age for a Twitter user is 31. MySpace = 26. Facebook = 33. LinkedIn = 39.
Roland Gesthuizen

Send Your Google+ Posts To Facebook and Twitter #Extension - 0 views

    Google+ does not have a quick way sharing your posts to Twitter and Facebook, this extension will add a link "Send to …" to each post. Once clicked, it will bring up an internal dialog asking you where to share your post.
Scott Kinkoph

Twiducate - Social Networking & Media For Schools :: Education 2.0 - 47 views

    Twitter-like website for educators and children to use as a class or school. Embed text, images, videos, links and even Google Docs files. The site has a live chat functure open to just the class.
Phyllis Traylor

TwitterGadget iGoogle Twitter Client: Keyboard Shortcuts and Tips - 0 views

    TwitterGadget Keyboard Shortcuts & Tips
Roland Gesthuizen

The Two Faces of Social Networking - iPads in Education - 0 views

    "Whether through Facebook, Twitter, Facetime or others, mobile devices allow us to develop "learning communities" beyond the boundaries of any physical location. In giving workshops to educators and parents, I often highlight the concept of learning community as one of the most important advances of a 21st century education."
    An intresting blog post by Sam about social and emotional aspects of connecting through social networks.
Roland Gesthuizen

PS told to use social media - but face 25-page rule book - 0 views

    OTTAWA - A Conservative government obsessed with message control issued new guidelines to encourage public servants to use social media tools like Facebook and Twitter to talk to Canadians but they will be vetted like any other communication strategy.
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