Clyde Street

Learning, Teaching, Performing


Following and Learning

426740099_ac40fa20b8_oI have had a Twitter account since 2008. I used TweetDeck then as my aggregator.

My use of Twitter has been limited to peripheral participation for much of the time since 2009 although my WordPress blog has a default to Twitter as does my lIASIng feeds with a focus on high performance sport stories.

I have used Twitter #tags to tweet live from conferences and workshops.

I follow 475 Twitter accounts mainly in educational technology and sport. I am awe struck by the insights they share and the links they provide to other creative thinkers.

In the last year I have been using as my daily Twitter aggregator and have found it an outstanding resource. It has become an important start of the day read for me (along with Stephen Downes’ OLDaily).

Today’s brought me some great links including:

The latter two links were shared by Harold Jarche. He has been an important guide for me since my first days on Twitter. Harold’s latest post (30 December) is Tools and competencies for the social enterprise.

In preparing this post I have revisited TweetDeck, downloaded the 2.1.0 version for Mac and will start using it again in 2013.

In 2012 I have enjoyed a remarkable diversity of learning opportunities by following thought leaders and sharers on Twitter. With a change in my responsibilities at the University of Canberra in 2013, I am looking forward to following more of my Twitters leads.

Thanks to a tweet by Paul Wallbank I am mindful that I follow no residents of Jakarta and Tokyo. Both these cities led the tweets around the globe in June 2012. (Semiocast monitored 1.058 billion public tweets posted from 1st June to 30th June 2012.)

Photo Credit

Twitter Visualization (Ross Mayfield, CC BY-NC 2.0)

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I happened upon three discussions of environments yesterday.

The first came via Stephen Downes with a link to to a post about the Telefonplan School in Sweden. The school was designed by RosanBosch.

Other designs include the Efterskole, Brotorp and Sodermalm. These are some of the links to the coverage of these designs.

Shortly after reading about school design I was on my way to Canberra listening to Radio National. Michael Dunlop was Cameron Wilson’s guest on Bush Telegraph. The trail for the conversation was:

A new CSIRO study shows that ecosystems we grew up with will be changed so much as a result of climate change that they will look, sound and smell completely different in years to come. The study is the first Australia-wide assessment of the magnitude of the ecological impact that climate change could have on biodiversity. It says the scale of the problem could have major implications for conservation policy and the management of Australia’s system of national parks and reserves. The report predicts that by 2070 most places in Australia will have environments that are more ecologically different from current conditions than they are similar.

Shortly after interviewing Michael, Cameron spoke with Danica Leys. She is a co-founder of the social media platform AgChatOz, a community forum for rural Australians to connect and discuss issues affecting their lives. AgChatOz hosts a weekly discussion on Twitter on Tuesday nights from 8-10pm.  This week there was a live event in Canberra.

There is more information about AgChatOz at their web site. I liked the rationale for social media use:

The great thing about #AgChatOZ is that allows farmers to tell their side of any story. It is breaking down barriers of rural isolation and allowing for consumers to engage with farmers and understand the inner workings of a farm and rural environment.

With more than 50% of the world’s population under 30 years old, more than 80% of online Australians familiar with Twitter, and Facebook reaching nearly 1 billion users, it is no surprise that social media is one of the most powerful communication tools of the 21st century.

Social media has allowed users of the AgChatOZ platform to have a global reach with relative ease. Our discussions have trended globally on Twitter more than twice, which has been one element of measuring our success. The calibre of groups and individuals participating and continue to engage also prove we are reaching the right audience, not purely “preaching to the converted”. We often engage with; Ministers, peak farm lobby groups, environmental groups, farmers and city consumers to name a few.

Social media can empower and connect country people, it can assist in bridging the gap between “country and city” and it allows for the paddock to plate story to be told. It is vital and crucial in building relationships and forming a better understanding of the diversity of rural people, their lives and industry.

Most importantly, it is crucial to remember that social media is simply a tool in the process of communication. Social media is not a “silver bullet” to the issues the industry faces and will continue to face, but it does provide a free, powerful and limitless platform to be heard.

My environment day ended with showing a friend the INSPIRE Centre on the University of Canberra campus. It has been built with sustainable principles and supports approaches to learning evident in Swedish plans and #tag conversations.


Photo Credits

Telefonplan School



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Australian Fandom Online

Laura Hale has submitted her PhD thesis for examination.

The title of her thesis is Australian Sport Fandom Online: the online shaping of demographic, geographic and social characteristics of the Australian sport community in response to events.

Her abstract is:

The Internet has a glut of social media data available for use by researchers interested in the online sport community. Most of the existing research fails to use these data and relies on qualitative data to understand fan behavior and production. This thesis argues that a quantitative methodological framework provides a fertile approach to describe and understand existing Australian online sport fan communities.

The methodological framework presented in this thesis is called Social Response Analysis. This analysis is informed by multiple existing approaches in order to examine online communities. The methodology is used to develop and present multiple case studies in Australian sport, with a particular focus on the National Rugby League and the Australian Football League and events that took in these communities during 2010 and 2011.

This thesis argues that the value of Social Response Analysis is that it provides a grounded methodology that clubs and sport marketers can use to understand better their fans, their characteristics and how the online community composition changes over time and in response to events.

Some of the contents of the thesis include:

  • Popularity of Australian sport fandom on Twitter
  • Soccer: A History of and Characteristics of Australian fandom
  • Australian Fans at the World Cup: Foursquare and Gowalla Checkins
  • Cycling: A History of and Characteristics of Australian fandom
  • Anna Meares: Twitter Growth in Response to Gold
  • Rugby league: A history of and characteristics of Australian fandom
  • Online Activity in the Wake of the Melbourne Storm Controversy
  • NRL Semi-Final: Raiders Fandom versus Tigers Fandom in Canberra
  • Joel Monaghan’s Mad Monday and the Online Canberra Raiders Fan Base
  • Code Flirting and Greg Inglis: Rabbitohs and Essendon Fan Response Online…….. 123
  • Australian Rules: A History of and Characteristics of Australian Rules Fandom
  • Google, the Melbourne Demons, Port Adelaide Power and That Game in Darwin
  • The Impact of Jason Akermanis’s Comments on the Western Bulldogs’s Online Fan base
  • Data Absent Context Can Change the Meaning: Did Julia Gillard Hurt the Bulldogs?
  • St Kilda Saints Nude Photo Controversy
  • #Fevola @BrendanFevola05
  • Derryn Hinch: Journalist traffic Versus Wikipedia Traffic in Response to St Kilda Controversy

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A4 #Autism

I was fortunate to be on the road relatively early this morning.

It was a beautiful drive from Braidwood to Canberra. A first day of daylight saving.

I was fortunate for another reason …

I heard Bob Buckley’s interview with Ross Solly on ABC666 about World Autism Awareness Day.

I admire Bob’s work immensely. He is a passionate advocate for A4 (Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia).

I think anyone who manages to combine a lifestyle that includes working in computational genetics, being a parent of a child on the autism spectrum and playing remarkable music will bring passion to advocacy in a very distinctive way.

There is a Twitter stream around the world today using #worldautismday and #autism.

This is the fourth World Autism Day.

Photo Credit

Bob Buckley (ANU)

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Zine Time at ACCSS 2010

I had an opportunity after the Asian Conference of Computer Science in Sports (ACCSS) held at the Japan Institute of Sports Sciences to explore the functionality offered by OpenZine.

I had posted previously about Zines and had found out about OpenZine since then. “OpenZine is a publishing platform with web browser based tools that provides an easy way for anyone to make their own magazine, for free.”

I thought it might be an interesting way to share some of the social aspects of the Conference.

I used some of the photographs taken by Rafet Irmak and myself to illustrate the Zine. It was possible to add video to the Zine and I will try this next time I use the template.

There is a tweet function built into the Zine. The tweet that went out on the publication of the Zine was:

The Zine is at this link.

I apologise that the site contains adverts and I appear to be promoting a Thai Girls Dating website! I am not sure if this is because I have posted the Zine from Japan. I do apologise for any offence the adverts may cause. This feature of the Zine may limit my use of it.

The concept of the Zine is great for someone like me who has little design knowledge.