onsdag 30 november 2011
The first impression of it was quite nice. To put it simple, this is the social network with the purpose to engage and interact with fellow researchers. It helps to keep up with your field in which you are interested e.g. from conferences, jobs and the latest publications, to the topics your peers are discussing.
So give it try :)
From this video we can check how things are changing very quickly.
tisdag 29 november 2011
Do you remember the lecture with Pernilla when she mentioned that many organizations feel the preassure of using different social media tools? I found a nice article in The New York Times about that issue. Perhaps it could be a nice extenssion to this discussion.
To stop sharing any external information with Facebook, I would recommend using the browser plug-in Facebook Disconnect. The software blocks Facebook widgets on external sites from automatically sending your information back to Facebook, but Facebook itself will still work as normal!
Get it here
I have been moderately interested in sustainable development and sustainable technology. The subject has felt a bit boring, but Zapico's lecture made a difference. He, in some way, inspired me and opened my eyes to see the importance and value of sustainable development.
måndag 28 november 2011
I just found this video were employees talked about the development of Google as a search engine. I found it actually very interesting as it is related to our last seminar. What would we do without Google?
In the video they are mentioning that the search engine developed in the way users were asking for it. Furthermore, they mentioned their search algorithms and when they became better it was possible to personalize the search results to the users. Of course they were not mentioning how it works and what information is actually hidden from us.
Finally, after watching the short film Google seems to be the bester search engine so far. Well, I guess everything as advantages and disadvantages. I am curious about the Star Trek Google version...probably it isn't that far in the future since Siri seems to be a big success. However, I also post one of my favorite jokes about Google and what they are able to do!
I really like the approach! In our last assignments we also focused on relationships and I for one think social media is changing how we see relationships and interact with people we know. In a network of 50 friends you of course need to make decisions that can be unpleasant for some of your friends that didn't make the cut, but those 50 people really matter to you and you also share very private moments with them, because they are not just some acquaintances.
Here is a short article about the network from Wired.
What do you guys think, how will relationships evolve further in social media? Would you be able to limit your friends to 50 people?
söndag 27 november 2011
Relating to Mathias post about crowdsourcing some time ago and of course our discusions/literature about open source and peer production I found a great examle how crowdsourcing and open source ideas can be used for R&D.
It's quite short video, but just a short summary, what it's all about. It relates to several today's hot topics: social media, open source, environment. Britta Riley present how idea growing your own food in small apartment evolved with the help of social media and open source approach. So who is planning to grow own salad? :)
A group of researchers led by College of Charleston business professor Bing Pan wanted to know how skillful young folks are at online search. His team gathered a group of college students and asked them to look up the answers to a handful of questions. Perhaps not surprisingly, the students generally relied on the web pages at the top of Google’s results list.
But Pan pulled a trick: He changed the order of the results for some students. More often than not, those kids went for the bait and also used the (falsely) top-ranked pages. Pan grimly concluded that students aren’t assessing information sources on their own merit—they’re putting too much trust in the machine.
This reminds me of my parents generation who - if another blatant generalization is allowed - might think everything that has been seen fit to print in a newspaper must be true. Thank goodness for the X-Files teaching me not to trust anything.
You have probably already read this article since it appeared in the newspaper Metro couple days ago. The article is in Swedish, and it is about the rumours that Facebook is creating its own cell phone. People speculate that it is a further development of the operating system Android.
lördag 26 november 2011
That reminded me straight away of this scene from the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory...
fredag 25 november 2011
torsdag 24 november 2011
onsdag 23 november 2011
Six Four degrees of separation
I just read an article on Mashable, which goes back to our lecture about network theory, Barabási, Milgram and the others.
Apparently an Italian university wrote a study with the help of Facebook itself, and they found that - in our Facebook dominated age - for 92% the average distance between people went down to about 4 instead of the 6 mentioned before, for another 7,6% it's 5 degrees. And it keeps getting smaller and smaller, year by year.
You can read a bit more here, it's not a long article.
tisdag 22 november 2011
Be careful with using Twitter hashtags in your company's PR campaign. Things might go incredibly wrong!
(a) log onto www.twitter.com;
(b) tweet a response in 140 characters or less to the @QantasAirways tweet 'What is your dream luxury inflight experience? (Be creative!)?'
(c) tweets must include the hashtag #QantasLuxury.
Not so much!
The airline posted a seemingly innocent tweet this morning using the hashtag #qantasluxury asking for entries to a competition with suggestions for a dream in-flight experiencehttp://www.news.com.au/travel/news/fail-qantas-red-faced-after-twitter-campaign-backfires/story-e6frfq80-1226202445747
Little did they know just how "creative" - and angry - the responses would be as Twitter users seized the opportunity to have their say in their hundreds.
While many of the tweets were sarcastic, most were from passengers unhappy with the state of the airline or who had experienced the disruption first-hand.
Extract from Twitter.com/QantasLuxury:
#qantasluxury was being abandoned at Heathrow for 4 days in the snow with no customer support while trying to get home to 8mo pregnant wife!
#qantasluxury is sitting on the tarmac for 90mins staring at a full-page SMH ad claiming "We're back on schedule!". Then returning to gate.
#QantasLuxury "Still calling Australia home" even after you've driven the airline into the ground to offshore it.
måndag 21 november 2011
I really like this comic strip which touches on the subject we discussed during this week’s guest lecture with Pernilla - the problem that we often need to use so many social media services that we can’t keep track of them all. In the lecture we discussed this problem in the E-teaching context - we students now have so many effective, totally comprehensive platforms that they simply stop being effective. If all teachers just used one of the platforms either one would be fine. But when some teachers use the course homepage, some Bilda, some KTH Social, some a separate homepage, some use 2 different blogs =), some email most information, and the majority use a combination of 3 or 4 of these ways of getting information to the students, the advantages of having the most effective path of communication for each separate message are lost to the disadvantage of too many paths. And by the way, isn’t this really a “social media tool”-related extension of the babel objection phenomenon? Anyway, in my opinion, this strip kind of describes why there always will be so many social media services out there..
The Guardian - Topman removes shirts