my network (via Facebook)

I found a link to Nexus in my reader this morning thanks to a post from Information Aesthetics, and decided to check it out. It's an app for Facebook that graphs out a member's network, indicating connections and clusters. Here's my network: Moving the mouse over any dot within the Nexus app highlights that person, and their connections. It's pretty easy to see things like the University of Calgary folks (the lines of dots in the middle), the Northern Voice folks (on the left side, mostly), family members and old high school friends (the unconnected mini-networks outside the main circle)....

March 25, 2008 · 1 min

Eduglu and the aggregate social tag cloud

I've been monkeying with a Drupal site that looks like it could fulfill most (even all?) of the mythical Eduglu concept - a website that aggregates all feeds published by students in a class/department/institution, and helps contextualize them in the various groups/cohorts/courses each student participates in. It's getting really close - it can currently suck in all kinds of feeds, auto-tagging items, and even lets students create their own groups and associate feeds with them....

February 13, 2008 · 2 min

Blogs and the Twitter Effect

While chatting with Scott at ETUG, he commented that he was frustrated with Twitter. Both because of the constant flakiness, and the negative effect it's having on many people's blog posting activity. I'm definitely posting less frequently since getting bitten by the Twitter bug. At first, I didn't see the problem, but then he explained it. If people are pumping their content and energy into Twitter, something that is by nature largely ephemeral and transient (both in server uptime and lifespan of content) then the blogosphere is effectively losing out....

May 26, 2007 · 2 min

iUofC.com - student online campus community

iUofC.com is a community forum site created by students at UCalgary, offering a central off-campus student-managed place for students to share information about classes. It's currently a rather empty shell, with forums created for every class. As students find out about it, it's starting to slowly grow. iUfoC.com Screenshot The thing that blows me away about this "web *.0" stuff is that students are willing to take on large scale efforts completely on their own....

September 28, 2006 · 1 min

SocialLearning.ca is back on the air

After a nearly month-long hiatus due to an unforeseen DNS snafu, SocialLearning.ca is back on the air. There's still some work I need to do to get the entire site up and running (mostly just porting content from the old Flexinode to the new CCK custom content types). I should be able to tweak the content types on the fly, so after much ado, SocialLearning.ca is open for business once again....

September 5, 2006 · 1 min

Dabble is a Drupal site!

Dabble was just pushed into full public mode, after being in a beta (does anything ever really leave beta?). Looks like a pretty cool site - the main goal appears to be a social network growing around videos published around the internets. It is a pretty thorough implementation, completely done in Drupal. It looks like it's pretty heavily depending on a few modules in addition to the core (namely, video, playlist, tagadelic, buddylist(?...

July 24, 2006 · 1 min

ETUG Social Software Workshop Debriefing

Our session this morning went really well. I think we were able to walk the line between force-feeding the participants with the relentless firehose of super-cool social software stuff, and having a fun interactive session that served as a solid starting point for people wanting to play with Web 2.0™ toys. The session was completely full, with Harry quietly jamming to the groovy vibes of Sesame Street. It was pretty cool having Harry in the session, and he was good enough to let Keira participate....

June 1, 2006 · 1 min

Ready for our Social Software workshop for BCCampus

Brian managed to swing me an invite to co-host his Social Software session at the BCCampus Spring Workshop on Educational Technologies 2006, which will be held at North Island College in beautiful downtown Courtenay BC. (actually, I've never been to Courtenay/Comox, so am looking forward to seeing the area - I'm flying in on a Beech 1900D, so that leg of the trip should be interesting). The session should be fun....

May 30, 2006 · 2 min

Flock is getting closer to Prime Time

I took another look at the current dev. build of Flock, and it's definitely getting closer to a final release. The quality is noticably better than previous builds - I don't get the spinning beachball of memory thrashing hell I got before. There is only one nit I have left to pick with Flock. It's got the best rich text editor of all of the standalone blog posting apps I've tried (and I've tried a LOT) - except for the lack of an ability to sort and/or filter categories for application to a post before publishing....

May 29, 2006 · 1 min

The Vancouver Education Blogging Sessions

Over the last few days, I've been privileged to be a part of some extremely interesting and engaging discussions about the nature of "blogging" in education. The Social Software Salon and Edublogger Hootenany sessions were incredible, unstructured, free-flowing, and unbelievably interesting. Essentially, there were no "presenters" and no "moderators" - both were completely open and lively discussions that I was lucky to be present for. There were several recurring themes that emerged from these sessions, stated from multiple perspectives by several people with different backgrounds....

February 11, 2006 · 4 min