March 4, 2010
Interesting article about faculty and social media, touching a tiny bit on online presence & digital identity ( because you know — say it with me kids — if you’re not building your digital identity, someone is building it for you…)
but also further removes the illusion that faculty members — or anyone, for that matter — can maintain a completely private life on the Internet.
Heh. Did we think otherwise? Come to think about it, is any part of our life private? Our financial transactions and life are stored online, webcams almost EVERYWHERE, so what IS private?
Faculty may make efforts to preserve their private lives, but professors really have “24-7” jobs and can never fully distance themselves from their identities as educators held to high standards, said Brad Ward, who advises colleges on using social media.
I think that the EXPECTATION that we ALWAYS have to represent our institution or company is outdated and doesn’t fit very well with social media. If you expect to participate in social media, there has to be understanding that people will be… well… people. Otherwise, it just into yet another digital platform for pr and publishing.
February 8, 2010
Presentation in January:
- Uses of facebook
- Social media netiquette
- Privacy issues (including changes in Facebook privacy; content vs. action)
- You are your brand
February 6, 2010
I surely hope this is the last fb update for a little while. Everytime I teach a class on fb, everything changes! LOL
So, many of us (including myself and probably 85% of my friends who post images to fb) have been having problems with the uploader, especially with firefox (firefox, you used to be so dependable, but that is another post….) We’ve updated java, done all of the other magic tricks, but no luck. Of course, alot of us have had all sorts of issues with fb (nothing like a new version rolling out to cause breaks in current functionality…). Btw, more here about the new version of fb…
Anyhow, fb has been aware of the uploader problems, and has created a new uploader developed in house. More here. Lots of chatter on the net about this (just google it.. lol)
Important to know for Firefox users:
Facebook has started rolling out the new uploader and it should be coming to everyone within a few weeks. When you want to upload a photo, you’ll be asked if you want to install the photo uploader plugin. Facebook says that this shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes. What it doesn’t say is that the plugin is only available for Firefox, 3.5 mind you, not the latest 3.6 as Facebook says it has disabled it in 3.6 due to a security vulnerability, for Google Chrome but only on Windows and very recently it has been made available for Internet Explorer 7 and above.
Also, some chatter about a new email system from facebook, too.
February 5, 2010
Just in case you weren’t one of the 800000 to be surprised with a new version of facebook yesterday, you can read all about it at mashable. Also, lots of broke stuff at facebook today: likes missing, PM not working, etc.
Sigh. I wish they would give us a bit of break before they roll out a new change, or perhaps, allow us to opt into the new change, instead of just surprising it on people. My mom already has the new version, but no one else I know does. I know, my mom! LOL Oh, and you can see the demo, here.
I’m beginning to think facebook is throwing anything out they can, to see what might stick. Not really a good business or web design model…