Clyde Street

Learning, Teaching, Performing


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Fossicking in the Social Web

According to Wikipedia, fossicking is a term found in Cornwall and Australia referring to prospecting.

“This can be for gold, precious stones, fossils, etc. by sifting through a prospective area. In Australian English, the term has an extended use meaning to rummage.”

My engagement with the social web is akin to rummaging but through trusted networks I do find rich seams of resources and opportunities.

Recently (thanks to Diigo) I have rummaged through:

This morning (thanks to Stephen Downes) Crocdoc and Osmek.

Of late I have not been visiting Twitter or Facebook but know that they are there. I have started to use LinkedIn much more and have joined some new groups: ICALT, Sport for Development, Sports Performance Analysis and World Class Athlete Development.

Fossicking is a very popular activity in my village. It is an old gold town and there are hidden treasures. It seems very apt that I should be rummaging around too!

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Gold minehead

Bernard Otto Holtermann


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It Is Personal

A few days ago I received a link to Paul Adam’s Real Life Social Network v2 presentation at Voices That Matter Web Design Conference held in San Francisco in June 2010.

My link came from a Diigo list.

I am surprised how long it took me to catch up with this presentation.

I was the 614,122nd visitor to Paul’s SlideShare presentation.

The metrics for his presentation are fascinating:

I am fortunate that I got there after Tim Greenhalgh. He commented:

This is one of ‘the’ definitive Social Media presentations. Just to you let you know that Paul (@padday) has moved on from Google and is now at Facebook. His last email to me suggested he is having a lot of fun developing the FB social network! You can read about his New Year move on Techcrunch.

Tim’s comment took me to Liberate Media and on to this post by Lloyd Gofton about the demographics of social network use. I read the post with great interest having been primed by a number of leads provided by Stephen Downes recently to personal learning environments.

Educational Projection: Supporting Distributed Learning Online (15 March)

An open university prep course (15 March)

Welcome to access4ed.net (15 March)

Being Safe Online Is Being Safe In Life (14 March)

I had also received a link from Jane Lofton via Diigo Teacher-Librarian list to Movers and Shakers 2011 (The People Shaping the Future of Libraries). It included this group:

I was disappointed that Gwyneth was the only innovator I had encountered in my own personal learning environment.

Reflecting on this I returned to Paul’s presentation to discover where some of the downloads of his work occurred:

There is a very long list and I include part of it here to reflect on Paul’s discussion of weak and strong ties. I note (slide 122) that “online social networks make it easier to reconnect and catch up with weak ties”.

My personal learning environment is in a state of considerable flux and I wonder if it has a great deal to do with deciding to work in open spaces.

I am exploring a new range of tools to inform my learning environment. This week, for example, I revisited Netvibes, looked at CourseKit, looked at LiveBinders, checked out Linkable, tried SnipSnip, glimpsed Embedplus, and learned about Mikogo.

Perhaps I ought to plot this learning on some of the new timeline tools available (such as Tiki-Toki)! If I do, I understand that this will be profoundly personal and might be of some interest to my strong ties. If I do choose appropriate tags it may be of interest to weak ties too.

I am delighted that Paul’s presentation has helped me clarify some of these issues.

Photo Credit

Yellow Umbrella