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:

  • 4094 views on http://www.readwriteweb.com
  • 3006 views on http://www.skepticgeek.com
  • 2509 views on http://techcrunch.com
  • 2165 views on http://mashable.com
  • 2122 views on http://smarterware.org
  • 1894 views on http://www.googlewatchblog.de
  • 1775 views on http://www.tech-wd.com
  • 1404 views on http://social.venturebeat.com
  • 1353 views on http://www.allfacebook.com
  • 1222 views on http://thenoisychannel.com
  • 1130 views on http://www.tomshw.it
  • 1102 views on http://static.slidesharecdn.com
  • 1006 views on http://www.insidefacebook.com
  • 834 views on http://www.pcinpact.com
  • 793 views on http://www.ovelho.com
  • 742 views on http://valleywag.gawker.com
  • 741 views on http://mrjamie.cc
  • 725 views on http://www.alexlcohen.com
  • 684 views on http://gawker.com
  • 663 views on http://www.sg.hu
  • 642 views on http://www.simplyzesty.com
  • 613 views on http://gregorypouy.blogs.com
  • 605 views on http://www.bigspaceship.com
  • 586 views on http://www.ritholtz.com
  • 561 views on http://venturebeat.com
  • 540 views on http://battellemedia.com
  • 523 views on http://wearesocial.net
  • 520 views on http://googlewatch.eweek.com

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.

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