Bec in the library

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges

INF506 Module 2: Web 2.0 technologies and social software December 23, 2011

Microblogging – which came first, Twitter or FB’s status updates? Surely they are based on the same premise: a snapshot into someone’s life.

Still finding it a strange concept – wanting to know everyone’s thoughts as soon as it hits them (ie: Twitter). I follow a few people now that I need to for our course. Not convinced it’s that awesome. Yet. I’m open to gaining a new addiction!

“With internet access restricted by many repressive regimes, social media sites can offer a voice and a connection to the outside world for those affected by political conflict.”

Mmm, given the censorship and control the Chinese government are using to control worldwide SN – and the introduction of local SN, the above comment is certainly interesting. I wonder if the local SN sites here are able to be used to move the masses, aka the Jasmine Revolution, or is there just as much control as is used on worldwide SN?

Tutor question
What value does a user-generated folksonomy offer in comparison with a taxonomy designed by information professionals?

Users can often interpret and use information in totally different ways than we as IPs would assume or think. Users utilise information for their own purposes that may not be in line with why we’ve chosen the content. By allowing folksonomies to flourish, the information has the possibility of reaching more people, faster, for a larger variety of purposes.

Tutor question

Think 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.

This whole concept is actually incredibly hard for me to get my head around. To my mind, once you put your work/ideas/feelings about in cyber space, how can you ever keep track of them or how they are used or re-used by others? CC have so many great options for protecting your work but how many users/re-users are actually abiding by it? The notion of communal creation is amazing, it’s ground breaking, it’s exciting but I also worry that it means any original ideas are going to be lost in the construction process. How do we safeguard our students’ intellectual property?


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