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Links 1 through 10 of 213 by Vance Stevens tagged socialnetworking

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Social media's popularity continues to grow, connecting people with just about everything they watch and buy.The latest Nielsen insights provide some answers on exactly how powerful this influence is on consumer behavior, both online and off.

The value of the time consumers spend online and on social networks and blogs continues to grow, most visible through the influence on purchase decisions. For instance, 60 percent of people who use three or more digital means of research for product purchases learned about a specific brand or retailer from a social networking site.

As the influence of social media – and those using social media – continues to grow, it’s crucial for traditional media, retailers, brands and advertisers to understand how different consumer segments use and share content. Nielsen’s “State of the Media: The Social Media Report – Q3 2011” presents a snapshot of the current social media landscape and audiences in the U.S. and other major markets.

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Online and off, the place we’re in or the site we’re on plays a role in setting the mood and tone of our conversations. The place itself even helps set the tone for who you should bring along with you.

We can foster a variety of different social interactions online if we provide the unique tools to support them. There is room online for more diversity in what we share. Once we move beyond the current formula, we can connect in new, unique ways online — all with the goal of getting to know each other even better.

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Finley provides three vignettes that "challenge me, as a teacher, to respect that teens (not all, of course) crave recognition of their social media autonomy in many (but not all) contexts. Howard Rheingold, describes these explorations as sacred journeys where teens find themselves. Therefore, I should wait for students to signal that commentary on their social media processes and products is welcome. I should always encourage best-in-class technologies, when permitted. Lastly, using social media for didactic instructional purposes echoes, After School Specials by underestimating adolescents’ intelligence."
He then offersTen Guidelines for Integrating Social Media Tools and Spaces into the Classroom

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I know that Summify is used on http://stream.aljazeera.com/ but the results I see from friends tend to report corporate blurbs out of character with them, and to use it you have to give Summify far-reaching access to your accounts, including for gmail access to your address book and for twitter, the ability to change your profile. They are up front about it, but I don't know if this bang is worth the buck.  What do you think?

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Sense-making with PKM "set of processes individually constructed to help the flow from implicit to explicit knowledge." Managing the flow of knowledge, "akes more time than many of us have," and "The lines between learning and working are getting blurred."
Flow of knowledge needs to make implicit knowledge explicit through Internal (How do I deal with this) and External (who can I work with on this) processes. Entails a continuous loop of 4 elements: Internally sort, categorize, make explicit, retrieve; and externally Connect / Exchange / Contribute. This enables one to observe, reflect, put tentative thoughts out; and read, listen, converse, reflect
more about attitude than a set of tools, but the presentation shows what tools go with which part of the flow 
PKM is "part of a social learning contract" where We have "obligation" to participate so that we can learn from each other. "Cooperation is the glue that holds together the important social networks in which we work and live"

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On Facebook I place all my contacts in to Friend lists, (I have about 30 now). These can be broadly categorized by:

Professional
Family & Friends
Social Game players (I own up, I play games, although this, of course is about my research in to the use of games in education … cough cough)
Using the ‘Custom’ privacy settings Facebook allows me to select which list of friends I permit to view all the various areas of information about me, including posting to my wall. So Family see/do everything. Some Professional, for example, do not see photos of my children. Game players see nothing at all.

It does take some effort to set up the groups and privacy settings but once they are done, you don’t have to think about it again. When you ‘Add a new friend’ you just assign the person to one of your lists. As an additional measure I do look at the privacy settings periodically to see if Facebook have changed anything.

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(CNN) -- There's no denying the cultural impact of Facebook. It has united almost 700 million people, including most of you reading this, becoming the greatest social introduction platform the world has ever seen.
But there are also some recent signs of "Facebook fatigue." There is only so much you can do to socialize online, especially after you've exhausted your friend list. Some people also complain they're spending so much time on Facebook that they're short-changing the rest of their lives.
Evidence suggests a small but increasing number of users -- at least in North America, where Facebook use is especially saturated -- may be shunning the site. The site lost more than 7 million active users in the United States and Canada last month, according to data from the blog Inside Facebook, although Facebook disputes those figures.
Others are consciously reducing the time they spend on the site.

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I : FINDING & USING CONTENT

Find things on the Social Web
Search with GoogleSearch Social Web with other toolsUseful sources on Social WebKeep up to date on the Social Web
Monitor new web contentRead practitioner blogsSubscribe to feeds with RSS reader

II: CREATING & SHARING CONTENT
Sharing weblinksscreencastspresentationsideas by blogging by podcasting

Co-creating content
Working collaboratively on a document using a wiki

III : JOINING & BUILDING NETWORKS & COMMUNITIES
   15.  LinkedIn   16-17 Facebook   18-19  Twitter   20. Google Buzz and Plus   21. Yammer   22. Other communities
IV : IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY
Team productivity
Sharing calendars and scheduling eventsSharing filesReal-time communicationsUsing other team productivity toolsPersonal productivity
Use a good web browserUse a personal dashboardCurating contentUsing other personal productivity tools

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Access to many media empowers only those who know how to use them. We need to go beyond skills and technologies. We need to think in terms of literacies. And we need to expand our thinking of digital skills or information literacies to include social media literacies.

Social media—networked digital media such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and wikis—enable people to socialize, organize, learn, play, and engage in commerce. The part that makes social media social is that technical skills need to be exercised in concert with others: encoding, decoding, and community.

I focus on five social media literacies:

* Attention
* Participation
* Collaboration
* Network awareness
* Critical consumption

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