Category: Social Networking Services

  • Contradictory Messages from Educators

    I’ve slacked off updating this blog for the last month or so as I tackled finals and increasing demands at work. So I’m going to slide back into things here with an easy one… While many elementary and high schools have banned cell phones, at least one university has made them mandatory in the name…

  • New SNS Resources and Research: JCMC, OCLC, ENIAS, and Facebook Pages

    Several new resources and articles focusing on social network services (SNSs) (Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, etc.) have been recently published or released: A special issue of the Journal for Computer-Mediated Communication (JCMC) focused on SNS edited by danah boyd and Nicole Ellison has finally been published. All of the articles are available online for free. Of…

  • Current Student Affairs Technology Publications

    Three very recent publications in student affairs literature discuss technology: I have a brief article in the current issue of Leadership Exchange, NASPA’s quarterly magazine for senior student affairs officers. The article is entitled “The Offline Challenges of Online Video” (which is a much better title than the one I had for it) and it’s…

  • Video Of And Materials From Social Networking Services Pre-conference Session

    I’ve finally made the time to encode the video from a 3-hour pre-conference session I ran at this summer’s ResNet Symposium. Although the session was entitled “The Impact of Social Networking on ResNet Users,” it was broader than the title indicates (the title changed several times as the it was being put together). In many…

  • Updates on Old Topics and Quickies

    I’m as settled into my new place and job as I will get so I hope to resume substantive posts soon. In the meantime, here are a few updates on topics previously discussed here and a few quickies: Lawsuits against college and university students accused of downloading or sharing mp3s continue and institutions continue to…

  • Facebook Flyers Worth It?

    A few months ago, Valleywag posted a brief discussion of the supposedly dismal clickthrough rate of Facebook flyers: .04%. Clicktrough rate is a measure of the percentage of viewers/visitors that click on a particular ad or link and a .04% rate is indeed miserably low by most measures. For some reason, this discussion was noticed…

  • ResNet Symposium Social Networking PDS Powerpoint

    The room in which I will be presenting my Social Networking Services Professional Development Seminar (PDS) session tomorrow at the ResNet Symposium is less than perfect. To assist the attendees, I have made the presentation available here (minus the videos) so they can follow along on their own monitors. I’ll post a proper follow-up to…

  • Impact of Anti-Social Networking Website Legislation on Higher Education

    We’ve seen and are continuing to see attempts by state and federal legislators to restrict the use of social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace on computers with Internet access funded by the (state or federal) government. Although DOPA was not passed into law last year, Sen. Stevens introduced a similar law earlier this year.…

  • Virginia Tech: Making Meaning of This Tragedy Online

    There are many academically interesting aspects of the uses to which online tools are being put as students and professionals struggle to make meaning of the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech. The most visible aspect, one already noted in the popular media, is the use of social networking tools like Facebook and MySpace. Students, alumni,…

  • More Facebook Recommendations and Thoughts

    After attending so many sessions about and related to Facebook at last week’s ACPA/NASPA Joint Meeting, I’m a bit burned out on the topic and trying to take a break from it. However, I’m teaching/facilitating a 3-hour session on social networking this summer at the ResNet Symposium so I can’t afford to get away from…