Information has a social life!

Just want to share with you some interesting bits and pieces I’ve been looking at whilst working my way through the INF206 Modules … it’s my duty to pass these things on, because ‘information has a social life’ and we don’t want interesting pieces of information to feel left out just because they’re a bit geeky …

I’m blown away by the statistics shown in this interesting  Socialnomics YouTube clip about social media use, especially the fact that if Facebook were a country it would be the 3rd largest behind China and India.

Another interesting YouTube clip made by Kevin Kelly on The Technium echoes my own thoughts on Web 2.0 technologies where he says, “we have to use things in order to find out about them … we actually have to engage with the technology.  The only way to determine whether something is good for us, bad for us, is through use …”

What distinguishes Web 2.0 technologies is the fact that they are easy to use; anyone can upload a video to YouTube or publish content on a weblog – effectively creating their own website, or share photos with others through flickr … there are any number of tools available in the social media landscape, as illustrated here by Fred Cavazza and the majority of them are freely available at no cost to the subscriber.

Charlene Li in a podcast at Talis brought up some interesting points about using social media in an organisation.  Li tells us that social media calls into question some of the traditional ways that things have been done and that it is about a new type of relationship, one that provides opportunities for dialogue with clients.  She comments that “the tools are easy to use, the hard part is defining the relationship you want, changing the way you do things …”  Social media is a culture of sharing and social media technologies allow for that sharing on a large scale.

Another statement that I’ve seen, but can’t place where right now, is that ‘social media is not a revolution it is an evolution’ and I wholeheartedly agree … for all the different types of social media tools available to us today, what is popular now may no longer be with us in five years time – possibly to have morphed into something completely different or perhaps fallen by the wayside as the crowds move onto newer methods of communicating and sharing.  Some interesting statistics on social media usage in Australia as at Oct 2011 and perhaps a way to keep on top of what’s new at Mashable: The social media guide.

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11 Responses to Information has a social life!

  1. Ying Bernard says:

    Hey there are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own. Do you require any html coding knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Brigitte says:

      WordPress uses what is known as a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor which basically means you don’t have to know anything about HTML coding. Getting started with WordPress is really easy – go to for more information and to sign up – even better, it’s free

      • Brigitte says:

        Bernard, I’ve put together a few little extra tips to help get you started on WordPress.

        Visit for heaps of info, also go to their Support page for help – type your question in the search box.

        If you choose to set up a WordPress blog, your dashboard is the place to start if you want to do anything – it’s basically your workshop and all the tools that you need to get your blog up and running are here.

        From the Navigation panel on the left, choose Appearance for Themes, widgets, backgrounds etc. If you’ve had a look at the wordpress website, you’ll have some idea of the range of themes and different looks you can choose from.

        Tools also has a number of features and apps you might like to use.
        Settings are where you can set your privacy levels.

        Tip: you can post something quickly from your Dashboard using QuickPress, but for a more in depth post you might want to click on Posts → Add New. This gives you more room to work and you can Save your draft and Preview your post before Publishing.

        I hope this helps! Happy blogging!

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  3. Hi there would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using? I’m looking to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a hard time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

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  6. Brigitte says:

    Hi, thanks for your comments – it has taken me on quite a journey trying to work out what is happenning with the site. It would appear that it isn’t broken but the truncated posts appear when I include a post in the ‘INF206 OLJ’ category. These are my assignment related posts. If you end up on this page just click onto ‘Home’ in the banner at the top and it will bring up all of the current posts in full. I will look into removing the OLJ category once I’ve finished my course which might solve the problem 🙂

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