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Information services and social media

As part of a session at the UCISA event ‘Using Social Media to Communicate’ I facilitated a task designed to explore attitudes to the use of social media by information services. Participants were asked to write comments about what information services should/shouldn’t do with social media and position them along a line of preference. The opinions expressed are presented here in the hope that they might be of use to services (re)considering their use of social media.

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Why JISC projects should blog

Most JISC programmes require the projects they fund to setup a blog. However, it isn’t always clear to projects why this a good idea and how it will help them, the programme and the community. To help address this, we’re looking to produce a guide to blogging for JISC projects. I first want to address the ‘why?’ so that hopefully the ‘how?’ will become a little easier. I’ve summarised my initial thoughts on this here , but would welcome any that you have, so please leave a comment or get in touch.

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Clay Shirky on the power of social media

Interesting TED talk from Clay Shirky on how media has changed to social media and the impact of that on citizens, institutions and government.

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Survival of the Twittist

Charles Darwin has always been a hero of mine (I was a science geek before I became a tech geek), so it seems fitting to post something relevant to his work on the great man’s 200th birthday. In The Origin of Species, Darwin defined the characteristics of the environment that enable natural selection to drive evolution. With a little imagination, we can find similar processes at work in social systems like Twitter.

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Being less del.icio.us with Diigo

I recently moved from one social bookmarking service (delicious) to another (Diigo) and was pleasantly surprised how painless and worthwhile an exercise this was. So here’s some notes on why and how you might want to move too… Delicious has been around a while now, which means it’s well known and has lots of users. …

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