[Air-L] facebook, twitter and annoyances

live human.factor.one at gmail.com
Mon Nov 2 07:36:22 PST 2009

Here in the corporate world, we've decided we find microblogging  
useful also.

But not the branded sense of using Twitter (although marketing uses it  
certainly, as I do personally.)

We have installed laconi.ca on a server (open source microblogging  
application), and from there we use it internally to dialogue (or  
'tweet') with other colleagues and coworkers from around the world.

I've found it incredibly useful, eye-opening, and entertaining: useful  
to ask those general company questions and collaborate/share tech  
information, eye-opening to learn about what other people in the  
company do around the world, and an entertaining back channel when  
there are quarterly livestreamed company presentations.

Sharon Greenfield
Digital Ethnographer

On Nov 2, 2009, at 4:52 AM, David Jones wrote:

> Interesting discussions so far. We use Twitter as a primary  
> communications
> stream among some of our professors and PhD students at Old  
> Dominion, and it
> works wonderfully well for the most part. It's flexible in a way I  
> don't
> think FB statuses can be. Sure, you can use to it update people about
> relatively mundane, everyday parts of your life. But, given its ties  
> to
> other services, I think it has so much potential to be a powerful
> communications stream. It has an inherent ability to quickly network
> different media, services, and people on an ad hoc basis (a la the  
> Iran
> elections situation). For me and my fellow doctoral students at ODU,  
> it's
> allowed us to network with people who have similar research interests
> outside of ODU.
> The real power behind Twitter comes when you work through a third- 
> party
> client that allows users to quickly access some of the other  
> services that
> network into Twitter, like Twitpic. Tweetdeck is a pretty popular app
> amongst me and my fellow students. It's quick, flexible, and it has a
> drag-and-drop feature for images and links that often comes in  
> pretty handy.
> We've taken to using hashtags to organize tweets into class and
> organization-specific streams. We track conversations about reading
> material, research interests, etc. And we use it as a way to  
> disseminate
> links to information and longer conversations that might happen in  
> other
> spaces.
> As someone said earlier, the one annoyance I've found is the  
> overwhelming
> number of bots and spam.
> Dave Jones
> Old Dominion University
> djone111 at odu.edu

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