Mobile is our future

16 December 2008

I love those folks at the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
They release the coolest information. The newest report, The Future of
the Internet, includes some information on the mobile web. Take a hard
look at your cell phone right now. Think you'll be getting a Smart
Phone if you don't have one already? I suspect it will eventually be
the only option.

Now, you're fairly on top of things, so none of this will be a surprise to you. But isn't it nice to have your suspicions confirmed?

Some tidbits from the report:

  • The mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the internet for most people in the world in 2020.
  • The transparency of people and organizations will increase, but
    that will not necessarily yield more personal integrity, social
    tolerance, or forgiveness.
  • Voice recognition and touch user-interfaces with the internet will be more prevalent and accepted by 2020.
  • Those working to enforce intellectual property law and copyright
    protection will remain in a continuing arms race, with the crackers who
    will find ways to copy and share content without payment.
  • The divisions between personal time and work time and between
    physical and virtual reality will be further erased for everyone who is
    connected, and the results will be mixed in their impact on basic
    social relations.
  • Next-generation engineering of the network to improve the current
    internet architecture is more likely than an effort to rebuild the
    architecture from scratch.
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    Dear Santa …

    11 December 2008

    From today's Shoebox Greetings blog

    Shoebox Greetings Random Russ
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    Technical Upgrades

    9 December 2008

    There's been a slight technical upgrade at my blog host, Typepad. You and I both reap the benefits.

    are a lot of great back-end features that make my life as a blogger a
    lot less hassle. But the commenting feature has changed as well, and
    it's rather cool. You now have no reason not to come make comments!

    are now threaded. This means you can reply to someone else's comment. I
    can't tell you how fantastic that is! So if Ed says something that Jane
    wants to respond to directly, she can.

    The comment form has changed a bit as well.


    different? Well, first off, your comment is amazingly important, so you
    can write that first. URLs in your comment will be automatically
    hyperlinked as well. Once you get your thoughts down, then you can
    enter in all the fun information like your name, email (not displayed),
    and your own URL. As usual, you'll still have to enter a CAPTCHA code
    to post (anti-spam mechanism), but you will get a chance to preview
    before posting.

    Finally, you can optionally sign up for a free
    Typepad Profile that will show your photo and previous comments as part
    of your post. It's pretty cool, albeit not required.

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    Upcoming …

    3 December 2008

    This Friday I’m speaking on Blogging Tips and Tricks for the Cincinnati AMA (that’s Marketing Assoc not Management Assoc by the way) Non-Profit Special Interest Group.

    It looks to be an intimate group of us, so we’d love to have you attend and join in the conversation. Those of you who have heard me present know that I hate to talk at you, but prefer to generate discussion. So even if you’re a seasoned blogger, we’d love to have your input!

    Friday, December 5, 2008
    7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

    Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati
    3805  Edwards Rd, Ste 500
    Cincinnati, OH 45209
    (Located at Rookwood Commons)

    Members – Free!
    Non-Members – $10

    Register Online

    See you bright and early Friday!

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    Suggestions for My Cloud?

    26 November 2008

    I need your suggestions.

    I keep a lot of my older data on two external drives: a Seagate 250
    GB hard drive holds all my photos from 2002 forward, music, video, and
    other personal files. A 1 TB Western Digital holds all my
    business-related items.

    Some of this stuff is scattered between my two laptops as well, but mostly not due to space considerations.

    This has always worked well for me – until yesterday.

    I plugged in my Seagate to grab my holiday playlists only to
    discover that there is no data on my Seagate. It’s telling me I need to
    reformat my drive – that it’s a blank disc. What? I’ve tried it on
    several different computers at this point, both PC and Mac. I’ve
    accepted that my data is somehow, magically gone.

    Now, my music is backed up on my iPod and my photos since 2005 are
    on Flickr. But everything else? Not so much. This has convinced me,
    more than anything else, the benefits of also having an off-site
    backup. You know, in the Cloud.

    I know there are a bunch of companies out there, such as I have around 200 GB of data, and that will only increase. What do you recommend for price, capacity, and ease of use?
    Leave your thoughts in the comments. I hope to have found something by
    next week, and believe me, I’ll take your suggestions to heart.

    Thanks, and happy Thanksgiving!

    Photo Credits:
    – Lost Data
    – King Cloud

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    Questioning Conference Tools

    19 November 2008

    I moderated an unconference this year at the Wine Bloggers Conference.  I rapidly followed that up with speaking at DevLearn, so I couldn’t make it to Elliot Masie’s Learning 2008 for the first time since the event started. Truly, the Wine Bloggers Conference was probably more fun, as far as that goes, but I still missed a lot of things about the Masie event.

    I think I’ve compared and contrasted  these conferences before, but with a new ASTD technology for the upcoming TechKnowledge, I wanted to do it again.

    I enjoy ASTD TechKnowledge, and every year it gets just a tiny bit more technical, which makes me happy. In the past, there was no real way to communicate with the speakers, beyond recording their email address at a session. Well, ASTD has now implemented their Speaker Feedback System. You enter the speaker’s first name, last name, and session number. You can then fill out the form and it sends an email to the speaker.

    Now, more often than not, I’m a speaker at these events. I already have an inbox of 431 work related emails, not to mention my other email accounts. I am not overly thrilled that this is the tact that ASTD has taken. Sure, it opens up a dialogue with the speaker, which is more than we had before, but email does not open up that big of a dialogue. It’s one on one and does not include group discussion.

    This brings me to Masie’s conferences. For every conference, Masie offers a Wiki. Each session has a wiki page, complete with speaker bio and session information. You don’t need to have knowledge of the speaker’s name or session number. You can search on what you’re interested in.

    At Learning 2007, I spoke on Blogs. Had you searched the conference wiki for blogs, I would have popped up. It was topic-based search, which is amazingly useful. Not only that, but conversations about the topic could start on the wiki (anyone could participate) before the conference started and continue after the conference ended. As opposed to using handouts, I put all of my resources – most of which were hyperlinks – on the wiki. Folks thought this was brilliant. It’s so much easier to click than to type out a long, nonsensical hyperlink. And because it was a wiki, anyone and everyone could contribute to group discussion beforehand.

    Alternatively (and just as easily), ASTD could build a community group on Ning where each session has its own discussion group. Again, this site could be chock full of information and build itself on group input and collaboration. Not only would this help the speakers with their presentations and audience, it would help the attendees by generating useful discussion.

    ASTD already requires that speakers create tree-killing handouts that include job aids and workbooks. Now we’re getting direct email as well. Wouldn’t a wiki or discussion forum, where everyone could join into the conversation work better? ASTD also offers fantastic Learning Labs – basically unconferences – where people discuss what they’ve learned so far. These sessions have individual wikis. Imagine integrating these sessions into an overall wiki, where they were searchable and easy to find for everyone. 

    Again, I really enjoy the ASTD conferences, and I particularly enjoy the people I meet there. I appreciate the opportunity to speak at TechKnowledge. But I would love to somehow work with them to tweak their conference tools. I love that they’re trying to get attendees and speakers more connected, but I feel like they’re missing out on the opportunity for great discussion.

    UPDATE: Just heard from ASTD, and they don’t want a group discussion. This baffles me completely. Group learning, group discussion, INFORMAL LEARNING – that’s the future. Not email. They are also setting up a social network via LinkedIn, so I’m not sure how well that will work. My money is on the idea that they’ll use the built-in discussion group features in LinkedIn and call that ASTD Connect.

    Also, they hadn’t thought of a Twitter backchannel. Of course, the great thing about that is we can set it up ourselves if need be. I can’t even describe the amazing DevLearn Twitter backchannel and how much it brought to the conference for me.

    I appreciate the effort, but somehow feel like they are missing out on the important points. I often feel like ASTD, and I include my local chapter in this, facilitates Learning 1.0 and sort of looks at Learning 2.0 but shies away like a scared bunny.

    What do you think? As a speaker, would you rather have attendees email you or participate in a pre-session discussion? How about as an attendee? Would you rather send an email or participate in an informal, online discussion? I ask because I’m fully willing to admit that I’m wrong on this. Let me know.

    Disclaimer: This is my third year leading a session of some sort at TechKnowledge. I am the frustrated webmaster (and recently the VP of Technology) for our local chapter. I’ve tried repeatedly to get on the Planning Committee for TechKnowledge as well – apparently I don’t know the right people. I want to fix this – not complain about it on my blog – but they make it difficult.

    Crackling Logs and YouTube

    18 November 2008

    I have to say, I think this is a positively brilliant idea.

    Obama is going to record his Presidential "Fireside Chats", pioneered by FDR, and post them on YouTube. Ah, our first Web 2.0 president is continuing with his social media power. And I think it’s fantastic.

    Think about it – When FDR started those Fireside Chats over the radio, the radio was the global means of communication. People listened for entertainment and for news. It was the Internet of the 1930s.

    The Fireside Chats are still broadcast on the radio (did you know that?), although I couldn’t tell you where on the dial to find them. They’re usually only 4 minutes long, so posting to YouTube is perfect. I bet they get a lot more response than those radio addresses over the last 8 years. They don’t require any time from network TV and really, they can film this with a laptop and a flip video camera. It’s not a big-budget item, but it does get the message out.

    While we’re on the topic, have you seen It’s the transition web site, and it’s fantastic. It includes a blog with latest news, as well as short videos from key members of Obama’s transition team. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to work with Obama’s social media team. I have a definite knowledge of this stuff, but his team is the best in the business. It makes me wonder, in what ways will they use social media to broadcast the inauguration?

    Here’s the first Fireside Chat. Let’s call it pre-Presidential. What do
    you think of this idea? A better way to communicate with the masses?

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    The world of eLearning is an interesting place. To let us all in on it, eLearning gurus George Siemens, Jay Cross and Tony Karrer have organized the free online conference called Corporate Learning: Trends and Innovation 2008.

    The conference runs November 17 (today!) through the 21st online. You can follow the conference blog, participate in the community site, or just participate in the sessions. It’s not all learning specific either. For instance, one of the first sessions is an interview with one of my favorite authors, David Weinberger (Cluetrain Manifesto, Everything is Miscellaneous).

    conference draws thousands from within and without the industry,
    worldwide. It follows on the heels of last week’s DevLearn, and I
    suspect it builds on the energy from that event, as well as making it
    easy for folks who didn’t get to attend. After all, this one is free
    and can be participated in from your desk. It fits into most corporate
    training budgets at the moment.

    Here are just a sampling of the speakers and topics over the next week:

    • Alvaro Fernandez: Brain Fitness for Peak Health and Performance
    • Kevin Wheeler: The Future of Talent
    • Dave Wilkins – The Amazon Model and Forum Model – the intersection of LMS and Learning 2.0
    • Nancy White – Online Social Architectures – Networks and Communities
    • Marcia Conner and Jon Husband: ROI of Web Learning
    • Allison Anderson: Corporate Learning Ecology

    So many of the sessions are relative to more than just the learning
    industry, so I hope you’ll join us for this free event. Follow the
    conference Twitter account (you can also tweet to it by direct
    messaging the account), and participate in any way that you can. Note that all sessions are on Pacific Coast Time.

     | Posted by | Categories: Conferences, eLearning, Web 2.0, Web/Tech |

    The latest tweets from the Write Technology Twitter Feed:

    • 14:22 Am officially tweeted out folks. Check back Monday when I’ll be back on the Twitter bandwagon. 🙂 #DevLearn08 #
    • 14:58 Goodbye #DL08 #Devlearn08! Great new friends, great seeing old friends … thanks for lots of learning and a great time. Cheers! #


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    The latest tweets from the Write Technology Twitter Feed:

    • 20:46 Have a seen a lot of tentative (and I suspect first) twitters from #devlearn08. Welcome, all, to twitter! #
    • 00:18 A little nervous about my Twitter presentations tomorrow. The #devlearn attendees, myself included, are a tough and varied crowd. #
    • 10:00 Breakfast Byte on Twitter today – hope everyone is happy with more of a discussion than a fancy presentation. 🙂 #devlearn08 #
    • 10:16 Could everyone out there say hello to my Breakfast Bytes session on Twitter? Wave hi or something. 🙂 #
    • 11:40 Thanks everyone for the breakfast byte hellos! It was fantastic! You’ll be put into service again this afternoon, ’round 1:30 PST. 🙂 #
    • 11:59 #devlearn08 #dl08 This reminds me of the 1st ep of Mad Men where Don is scribbling advert ideas on the back of a napkin in a martini lounge. #
    • 12:09 #devlearn08 I hold that some of the best conversations happen in bars, along with the best ideas. #
    • 12:16 #Devlearn08 related: I once wrote a blog post called it all starts with paper, inc the original DOODLE for Twitter #
    • 12:16 Sigh – I’m really a purple or blue pen person. What does that say about me? (Don’t answer that.) #devlearn08 #dl08 #
    • 12:20 Original paper sketch of twitter: #
    • 13:49 If you’re new to Twitter & at DevLearn, tag your tweets with #devlearn08 or #dl08 to enter the conference stream. (I forget all the time.) #
    • 13:58 #Devlearn ILS Challenge: Design a game to help predict a player’s ethical qualities #
    • 14:22 Changing your thinking on ROI and social media: #
    • 14:24 Twitter Brand Perception by users: #
    • 14:35 Off to go have a quiet lunch and get my thoughts together before my afternoon presentation. Just acquired more info to share! #dl08 #
    • 16:08 Having loads of Twitter trouble right before what? My Twitter presentation. Figures. #
    • 16:13 Could everyone out there who is tweeting send a big hello to my afternoon Twitter group? They’re here to learn about tweeting. #
    • 16:43 Directory of Learning Pros: #
    • 18:00 Thank you everyone, for saying hello to the Twitter session. Instant feedback is always impressive. 🙂 #
    • 18:01 Session 608 – everyone should join us! 😉 #
    • 18:26 Slightly worried that #dl08 session 608 is devolving into a vendor presentation for Intro Networks, which we used for Masie conferences. #


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