Beth Kanter is attending this session...
My note: My blogging is a bit handicapped as I just gave myself the mother of all paper cuts on a fairly thick manilla folder. Ouch!
Social Network (Dana Boyd) (I've heard of her... great article about MySpace/Facebook dichotomy):
- Construct a public or semi-public within a bounded system.
- Atriculate a list of other users with whom you share a connection.
- View and traverse your list of connections and those made by others within the system.
- Find long-lost high school friends.
- Make new friends.
- Find work.
- Market. Have to be careful, though... if you're blatantly marketing, ppl would chew you out.
- Connect by sharing. Sharing a part of yourself in the network. Might be what you're interested in.
Can find support from folks doing the same kind of work.
How private and sensitive is your data?
Issues in small towns: people know alot about you!
60,000,000 "active users" (what is an active user?)
Peter's problems with FB:
* Invites: so many aps ask you to spam your friends.
* FB interface is kind of clunky and nonintuitive; not a web interface. (My note: I think it's much better than MySpace.)
* FB "feels slow" (I wonder how so?)
* Irritating applications (e.g. "vampires", "zombies" aps) (My note: I agree! That stupid FunWall spam--telling me messages sent to other friends--so annoying!)
* Spam: friends using aps can be used in ads, as if they are recommending that program (also annoying)
FB doesn't share well--it's a silo.
Create your own social community.
Map out buildings of campus for other folks to use
Google Streetview (very cool--get 360 view of a point on the street)
Google OpenSocial -- work at MySpace, LinkedIn, etc.
* Apache 2.0 license. Owned by Open Social.org, open source.
* NYT, Nike, PayPal, others that use this standard.
* FB considering it.
* Officially about 1 1/2 years old. Answer question: what are you doing? Or answer question: what are you paying attention to at the moment?
* What's really amazing: can access it through multiple systems (e.g. IM, widgets, Twirl, texting from cell phone, etc.)
* Can follow like-minded people.
* Can direct message folks without others reading it. However, replies don't in themselves give context... context is timeframe in which you tweet, or you give context of reply.
* Status reports. Doesn't have to be open to the world.
* Aggregate and publish links from many posts.
* Announce blog posts and podcasts.