The integration of video and voice Apps on networking sites such as Facebook and Google+ makes me ponder the sustainability of Skype as a stand alone platform despite YouTubes’ acquisition of Skype earlier in 2011.
One of the Voip apps available on Facebook can be viewed here. Ohio University Libraries utilise “Skype as a component of its virtual reference toolkit“.
How often do you Skype?
One of my favourite podcasting providers is LearnOutLoud.com. Daily delivery of a diverse array of stories, biographies, historical events and artistic memoirs.
The following graphic illustrates the ‘how it works’ of podcasting.
An advocate of full service Internet for all, irrespective of location, frustration swells at the limits imposed on rural and regional residents whose download limits or digital streaming capacity, as provided by their available ISP, hinders access to the convenient world of podcasting and pod-listening.
Mainstream = main street of a hi-tech city scape.
3. Engaging with government
The Australian Government’s 2.0 agenda is outlined in the appointed Taskforce’s definition of the agenda in terms of three pillars:
The taskforce’s Government 2.0 agenda
- Leadership, policy and governance to achieve necessary shifts in public sector culture and practice.
- The application of Web 2.0 collaborative tools and practices to the business of government.
- Open access to public sector information (PSI).
Government 2.0 presents challenges to some long held government practices and has the potential to change the relationship between government and its citizens.
The link to the publication Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0 can be accessed here.
4. Interactive networks
This link to an interactive World Map of Social Networks, is not only informative and fun, but illustrates the increasing dominance of the largest Social Networking environments.
5. Qantas, Telstra & Twitter
Issues of online privacy and trust remain for another blog post, however, the fortnight musings would be remiss not to include reference to the management and rectification of mistakes in an online world [Module 2].
Telstra/Bigpond outage was inconvenient for many, however, Hannah Suarez summarised my thoughts on the issue of privacy:
Qantas, remaining vigilant in its public relations efforts post the October 30, 2011 ‘no flight’ go, was quick to tally with Telstra’s bungle via Twitter:
What do you think …. bragging rights, or another blunder?
6. IP flexibility
As per Module 2 thought provocation, when thinking about how the flexibility around intellectual property enables a digital economy where the creative re-use of online objects and data sources allows for the creation of new objects and products, the infinitesimal capacity of the human brain, it’s embodied – though not always released – creativity and flexibility, will evolve existentially, exquisitely, exceptionally, excellently, expediently … at speeds not even the imagination can limit.
7. QR Codes
The quick, instant, contextual, information offered responsively at the consumers will, QR Codes will, IMO, increasingly gain mainstream traction. Not only does the 7,089 character capability offer a vastly diverse array of information storage relative to the 30 ASCII charset of barcodes, but the highly adaptable graphical nature of QR codes explodes a world of opportunities for those who embrace and utilise them.
I can visualise a QR code on every timber roof truss – a friendly, unobtrusive construction plan; a constant and easy reference for all trades on the job.
8. Tags & tagging
- “is the application to an online resource of a word or phrase as descriptive metadata”
- “quick and dirty” way to enable discovery
- Sharing not just categories and resources but also shared meaning
Louis Rosenfeld’s terminology, “Meta-data ecology”, encompasses the notion of a hybrid approach to tagging where folksonomy and taxonomy influence one another. Of course, global variations in spelling and semantics pose challenges to this congruence, however, the science of tagging and the science of memetics will no doubt tackle this head on.
2006: “Your World, Your Imagination” (rapid growth)
2007: “Your World, Our Imagination” (slowing growth)
2008: “Our World, Our Imagination” (stagnation)
2009: “Our Disneyland, No Imagination” (stagnation)
2010: “Our Facebook, No Imagination” (stagnation)
2011: “Our Mess, Hire Someone with Imagination” (stagnation)
2012: “Your World, Your Imagination.” (renewed growth)
Five wasted years. Sigh. We live in hope.
10. Marketing in a connected world
As per point number 5 above, marketing has unleashed its own new life. One of the interesting articles read this fortnight is 20 Cool Trends in College Marketing.
As we embrace access to libraries of, and in, a diversity of locations and mediums, it surprised me to note that the State Library of Victoria, Australia will be closed between 24/12/11 and 3/01/12.
It surprised me that no-one may wish to
or video …the SLV … let alone borrow a book !
A holiday season renowned for r ‘n r …. and r ! (rest, relaxation and reading). Quite perplexing!
13. Google +
Revisiting my account with Google+, two things stand out:
1. Pleasingly, another password is NOT required, (assuming existing gmail account)
2. Displeasingly, in under 3 clicks, everyone I knew, had contact with, irrespective of email host, was presented to me on the Google+ screen. Not certain I like such power of suggestion !
14. Enabling the conversation
In an online world where “your community decides on your value” (Laura Papworth) the winners are indeed those who enable the conversation.
The online world is not a technological revolution but a psychological revolution. Where individual thinking and collaboration meld. A revolution where we participate in constructing and evolving the culture, standards, creations, places and spaces we visit.
At this point, I’m liking the notion of a little ‘r and r’
Government 2.0 Agenda. (2009). Retrieved from: http://www.finance.gov.au/publications/gov20taskforcereport/summary.htm
Web 3.0 (2011) In Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_3.0#Web_3.0