Social networking

The decentered library network presence

Think of two trends in the development of the library’s network presence. These have emerged successively and continue to operate together. A centripetal trend producing a library network presence centered on the institutional website, as the library wants to offer an integrated service. A centrifugal trend, unbundling functionality and placing it in a variety of … Continue reading The decentered library network presence

Twit-therapy .. a quick note

I am reading Bedsit Disco Queen: how I grew up and tried to be a pop star, a memoir by Tracey Thorn. Here is a quick note to record what I thought was an interesting discussion about Twitter. Thorn writes about frustration with record company and producer, and goes on to say … If I … Continue reading Twit-therapy .. a quick note

Gamification: services and libraries

I have been interested to see more notes in my tweetstream about peoples’ exercise or diet regimes. They are typically generated by network services as a by-product of some activity, running or cycling, for example, and are part of a motivating framework. The Withings bathroom scale is connected to the network, allows you to set … Continue reading Gamification: services and libraries

Spotify and Klout: fungible influence

Popular music streaming service Spotify has just launched in the US. For some background see the Ars Technica story. One of the interesting aspects of the launch was the tie-in with Klout. Klout is one of several services which provide analytics around social media activity. It aims to be the ‘standard for influence’, tracking social … Continue reading Spotify and Klout: fungible influence

Analysing influence .. the personal reputational hamsterwheel

Analysing influence has been a central part of academic life. We are very familiar with citation analysis. This is possible because the system allows that metric to be measured and it is seen to be meaningful. As new measures have become possible in a web environment they too have been taken up. See for example … Continue reading Analysing influence .. the personal reputational hamsterwheel

Academic reputation enhancement … redux

Two things prompted this note …. First, there is an interesting report in the current issue of Nature on the ‘online image’ [editorial] or ‘online reputation’ [article] of researchers and what their attitude is to it and to managing it. More of this later. Second, I have recently returned from Bangkok where I participated in … Continue reading Academic reputation enhancement … redux

The amplified event …

I introduced the phrase The Amplfied Conference several years ago to describe the way in which a conference experience might be shared by people who were not physically present, through the amplification provided by a range of network tools. On reflection, of course, such amplification is also a way of enhancing the experience of people … Continue reading The amplified event …

The power of pull redux .. with examples

I have written about the Power of Pull before, an interesting book by John Hagel, John Seely Brown, and Lang Davison. For a fuller discussion see the earlier blog entry (People are entry points too … redux). Here is a short version. The authors discuss the shift from managing ‘knowledge stocks’ to participating in ‘knowledge … Continue reading The power of pull redux .. with examples

The institution and the network … a question of scale

I was interested to come across this passage in a presentation [ppt] about library strategy by Dr Paul Ayris of University College London: Challenges Identifying the needs of UCL researchers and students, and recognising the most appropriate tools to meet these needs Fitting such developments into an electronic world which now focuses work not on … Continue reading The institution and the network … a question of scale

Changing communications ….

I was struck by this comment by Om Malik as he talked about the acquisition of the TechCrunch group of blogs by AOL. Earlier this week, when he announced the acquisition, it dawned on me what a pivotal moment in the history of blog-based media entities it was. Five years ago, we were the upstarts, … Continue reading Changing communications ….