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by Stephen Downes
September 25, 2007

E-Learning 2.0 in Development
I'm going to keep today's newsletter short as I have just finished my talk from this morning and have nother session this afternoon. This is the link to the slides from my talk today at the Brandon Hall conference. I have audio, but it's locked in a Windows-only recording device. The conference has a Technorati tag, a Flickr group and a Twitter tag. janet Clarey has a short comment from the talk; so does Harold Jarche. Stephen Downes, Slideshare September 25, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , , , , ] [Comment]

The question is not only, can Facebook survive its new mass popularity, but also, can we survive Facebook? Canadians, especially, have taken to the site. "If, as Marshall McLuhan said, the medium is the message, then perhaps we Canadians are being changed by simply using the site as frequently and intensely as we have been in recent months." I'm not worried; Canadians are pretty wired as it is, and a site like Facebook isn't going to change the national psyche too much. Related: will Microsoft pay ten billion dollars for Facebook? Jesse Hirsh, CBC News September 25, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Piggy Bank
Google has a mashup editor. Microsoft has a mashup editor. Yahoo has a mashup editor. And then there's Piggy bank, which is open source. "Piggy Bank is a Firefox extension that turns your browser into a mashup platform, by allowing you to extract data from different web sites and mix them together. Piggy Bank also allows you store this extracted information locally for you to search later and to exchange at need the collected information with others." Via Henry Story. See also Mashmaker at Intel (more). Various Authors, MIT Simile September 25, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , , ] [Comment]

How to Avoid Sounding Like an Monkey
So is it a 'socal graph' or a 'social network'? Some of the recent work in the field has started to talk about the 'social graph'. But as Dave Winer - correctly - points out, the term means (basically) exactly the same thing as 'social network'. With the advantage that people have heard of it. More discussion of this at Nick Carr's website. Me - I'm on record as supporting the term 'Open Social Networks' to describe what we're doing. Dave Winer, Weblog September 25, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]


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