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November 5 Links

In this class session, we examined the work on flow theory primarily through the catalyst of Stowe Boyd’s writing on his blog Message, about the web of flow, streaming and flow applications.

Flow theory is itself based on the writings of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. Three of his books on the subject matter include, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (New York: Harper and Row); Creativity : Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention (New York: Harper Perennial) and Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement With Everyday Life (Basic Books).

All are encouraged to read how this theory is being applied to the design of applications that encourage the public to find flow through optimal engagement.


October 15 Links

Examining the impact of Twitter is the subject of our class sessions for the next few weeks.

During this session, we looking at the prospect that we are making the machine more intelligent. We watched the short clip by Michael Welsh.

We also began to probe the usefulness of Twitter as its capacities are extended through third party applications. More of these tools will be posted in the weeks to come. Students were advised to look at video interviews of Evan Williams, one of the cofounders of Twitter.

October 8 Links

Videoblogging has been around for over 5 years, and in this time period, the methods for storing video have improved.

Excellent resources for creating good videos are still available at freevolog and at Steve Garfield’s blog. Video storage options now include YouTube, Google Video, BlipTv and Vimeo.

October 6 links

At this session, we examined folksonomies, taxonomies, and classification systems.

I mentioned that David Weinberger’s blog and books were a good source of information on this topic. Though we are focused on the practical aspect this semester, it is also important to examine the theoretical shifts in how information is being classified, including how this participatory Web is impacting knowledge creation.

October 1 Links

Many of you have realized that podcasting can impact you in one of two main ways: 1. it impacts how you list to audio, and 2. it may encourage you to become an audio producer yourself.

To listen to podcasts, iTunes has made it quite simple. iTunes was a late player to the game, and other podcasting directories include: Odeo, Podfeed, Podcast Alley, and PodOmatic, to name a few places. One can also go on a site and locate it’s podcast: for tech news, I enjoy IT Conversations, and NPR.

Many of you would like to create your own podcast. For the mechanics of this process, I refer you to a prior post that I created in 2006 while teaching skills classes on social media, which provides all the information for how to go about creating a podcast. The tools discussed her remain the most effective and cheap methods for creating podcasts.

Finally, to store your audio files, you can use services like Odeo (create an account) to store your podcasts.

If you are interested in podcasting from your iPhone, try AudioBoo.

September 29 Links

This session concentrates attention on the significance of photoblogging to the evolution of social media as a platform for hosting user-generated content.

The readings mention Flickr, but also of interest are sites such as Smugmug and Photobucket, which power many popular photo sharing blogs. To create accounts at these sites, simply enter the homepage and follow the step by step instructions for creating accounts.

Photos have often been used to spread Internet memes such as the Kanye West and the Yo Dawg memes. Many photo places allow amateur photographers to get exposure to their work without much monetary compensation; yet, individuals see the trade offs as beneficial to their career.

Many of you may prefer to use Twitpic, allowing your photos to be linked from your twitter account. Utilizing this service is also a good way to get your photos posted.

Regarding foundational videos, the Mentos Viral Video was mentioned as was Numa Numa. No one can detail a history of viral video without mentioning many others such as the Star Wars Kid, Cheerios and Milk, This Land is Your Land, the Howard Dean Scream, The George Allen Moment, and more recently, the kid who visits the dentist and the baby dancing to Beyonce’s All the Single Ladies.

To store video on the Web, you can create accounts at such places as Vimeo and YouTube.

September 24 Links

For this session, we talked about some of the reasons for the social press release’s popularity. During this session, we mentioned the significance of such tools like CSS and PHP, which are both easy to learn, especially using W3C School’s tutorial base.

If you find yourself interested more in the design of systems, you can use as a starting point, A List Apart.