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    Clive Holtham posted a link on 23 November 2008 - 12:02pm.

    Ofcom International Communications Market Report Nov 2008

    Excellent 300 page up to date report, much of it international comparisons including emerging markets, of a wide range of communications technologies. Not happy with the definition of Web 2.0 in the glossary, though.

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    [video]Andy Gibson posted a video on 22 November 2008 - 10:03pm.
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    Ukulele Johnny B. Goode

    I want to learn this so much!

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    Andy Gibson posted a note on 22 November 2008 - 9:18pm.

    Ukulele heroes

    My friend John and I are going to become YouTube ukulele heroes.

    a) it's easier than starting a band (no drummers); and
    b) we have the perfect blend of competence and incompetence

    Setlist so far includes:
    * No Surprises
    * All Along the Watchtower
    * Two Princes (just need to nail the solo)
    * Brown Eyed Girl

    Now working on:
    * Johnny B. Goode
    * Are You Gonna Go My Way
    * Stairway to Heaven
    * Under the Bridge
    * Ukin' On A Prayer
    * No Whippet, No Cry
    * Black Dog (no, really)
    * Hey Ya

    Suggestions welcome!

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    Amy Sample Ward posted a link on 21 November 2008 - 4:11pm.

    Beth Kanter's refelctions on using social media game in Romania

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    Simon Hedley posted a link on 21 November 2008 - 8:39am.

    Essential reading - read this change your life

    This is a great collection of books that are not just motivational but really life changing, with interesting perspectives and more.. as the name says Read This Change Your Life at

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    yu cap posted a note on 21 November 2008 - 6:11am.

    learn spanish

    hi,i m direct,a boy from china.i wanna learn spanish because i think it's very interesting and useful.i 'd like to make frieds you and open my eyes to the world,thank you!

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    Andy Gibson posted a link on 20 November 2008 - 11:29pm.

    The nature of power is changing

    Great 'world 1.0 -> world 2.0' post from Euan Semple. Best line:

    "It is not about technology but about a shift in behaviours from a command and control mentality to an instigate and nurture one."

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    Clive Holtham posted a link on 20 November 2008 - 5:15pm.

    Wiki Matrix

    A matrix for evaluating wikis

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    Amy Sample Ward posted a link on 20 November 2008 - 3:33pm.

    the continuing saga of the ROI of social media

    Discussing ROI for social media use - things you can measure vs those you can't.

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    Amy Sample Ward posted a link on 20 November 2008 - 3:31pm.

    Teenagers’ Internet Socializing Not a Bad Thing - New York Times

    “It may look as though kids are wasting a lot of time hanging out with new media, whether it’s on MySpace or sending instant messages,” said Mizuko Ito, lead researcher on the study, “Living and Learning With New Media.” “But their participation is giving them the technological skills and literacy they need to succeed in the contemporary world. They’re learning how to get along with others, how to manage a public identity, how to create a home page.”

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    Amy Sample Ward posted a link on 20 November 2008 - 3:26pm.

    Identify audience/users when selecting tech tools

    Good blog post reminder about appropriate tool for task, but inappropriate for those working on it.

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    Clive Holtham posted a link on 19 November 2008 - 12:57pm.


    Opinionated piece on the essential nature of web 2.0 tools not least in the public sector.

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    Andy Gibson posted a note on 19 November 2008 - 11:48am.

    Too much technology

    I've just had a very interesting e-mail exchange with Rowena Young at NESTA about social innovation and social technologies, and particularly the need to reach out beyond the normal early adopter communities into the much larger community of 'non-webbies'. In Rowena's words:

    "We are concerned most with the application of innovation to social change and impact, so novelty gets tempered by what difference it's actually making."

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    Andy Gibson posted a link on 18 November 2008 - 11:40pm.

    What is Twitter and what's it for?

    Nice paper by Luke Razzell about Twitter, how it's being used and what it's really useful for. (Thanks Euan!)

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    Dougald Hine posted a Blog entry on 18 November 2008 - 6:14pm.

    London Free School - This Weekend!

    If you're in London this weekend, take a look at the London Free School weekender. There are all kinds of sessions from recycled glass fusing and clothes making, to a discussion on permaculture and the mysterious-sounding "Workshop of Nothing".

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    Andy Gibson posted a note on 18 November 2008 - 3:21pm.

    Becoming a teacher

    This week a couple of friends of mine asked me to teach them how the web works, and the basics of what they'd need to know to commission their own websites. So I found myself in the strange position of being their teacher for the evening. I think I did okay, so here's what I did, and what I learnt:

    1. I asked them what they wanted to learn. (Easy to miss this one.) They basically had enough questions to build a clear map of the lesson, and it meant I could use examples from their lives to illustrate my points.

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    [video]Andy Gibson posted a video on 17 November 2008 - 11:35am.
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    The SEO Rapper

    This scares me a little bit.

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    Paul Miller posted a link on 17 November 2008 - 10:08am.

    Google SEO tips

    How to get higher up on Google. By Google.

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    Andy Gibson posted a note on 17 November 2008 - 12:21am.


    I realised this week that I have started:

    1) a website to promote curiosity and learning;
    2) a consultancy advising people on harnessing human sociability; and
    3) a campaign to help people be more conscious of how to manage their minds.

    And so now I:

    1) have no time to learn anything;
    2) never see my friends; and
    3) am really stressed.

    The irony of this is not lost on me.

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    Clive Holtham posted a link on 16 November 2008 - 11:58pm.

    Work Literacy 08 Online Learning Event

    A very nice discussion and analysis of an online learning community:

    "So what did I learn or what was reinforced?
    * A loose-knit online learning community can scale to many participants and remain effective.
    * Only a small percentage ~10% of members will be active.
    * Wikis need to be extremely focused on real tasks/projects in order to be adopted.
    * If facilitators can seed good questions and provide feedback, then conversations can flourish.
    * Use a very gentle hand in controlling the learners and some will become highly participative.

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