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Essays Upon the Internet

March 30th, 2010 · Comments Off on Essays Upon the Internet

…a couple of interesting things out there about living and writing online.  Elizabeth Stone has a very interesting piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education about how Facebook may be changing the concept of grieving (for those who spend their time on Facebook). On Techcrunch Michael Arrington suggests that the Internet’s ability to be a conduit for gossip may change the concept of reputation such that it becomes a null set. Also, Thomas P. Barnett has an interesting piece on blogger as writer in World Politics Review, where he reflects what he can do with a blog, and how it has changed him as a researcher and commentator.  One might not agree with all the conclusions, here, but worth a read, all three.

Tags: Blogging · Essay on Technology · Facebooked · Research How-To

Facebook Usage

February 17th, 2010 · Comments Off on Facebook Usage

Ben Parr at the blog Mashable reports that “user[s] spends more time on Facebook than on Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Microsoft, Wikipedia and Amazon combined.” Wow.  He’s got the numbers to make his case…I was wondering the other day if Facebook doesn’t take the place of postcards. That the sort of stuff we might have dashed off on a postcard is now the stuff of a Facebook post. That’s a lot of postcards. Of course, you can’t collect Facebook posts, whereas you could collect postcards. I can remember one of my mother’s neighbors who had a collection of Manchester New Hampshire postcards that numbered into the hundreds. I can remember some of the cards and I can remember him but I usually don’t remember what I do on Facebook…

Tags: Facebooked · Information Studies

Facebook Privacy Update, Not That Good?

December 10th, 2009 · Comments Off on Facebook Privacy Update, Not That Good?

…an update on my update. While reading Atlantic Magazine Online (yes, I’m goofing off), I came upon this item, Facebook Privacy Policy Makes Users Feel Hoodwinked, which chronicles a variety of strong negative reactions to the new Facebook Privacy Policy from across the blogsphere…

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Google Chrome Frame, Facebook Privacy

December 10th, 2009 · Comments Off on Google Chrome Frame, Facebook Privacy

…this is slightly incredible, but there is an application for Google’s browser, Chrome, called Frame. What it does is, well, I’ll quote from this article in Slate by Farhad Manjoo” “Chrome Frame does this by replacing IE’s guts.” Ergo, it inserts the Chrome process into IE…wow…

I’m having recollections from science fiction movies where some alien life from drills down into the human noogin and inserts itself into one’s corporal frame….unfortunately there was a security hole in Frame, apparently, which Google insists has been fixed

In other news of all things webical, Facebook is thinking again about privacy. The Washington Post has the story

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Virtual Farming In Facebook

December 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Virtual Farming In Facebook

…there has always been something about the Internet that is, well, weird.  There has always been something about the Internet that prompts people to do weird things.  Back at the end of the nineties there was a web mega-site called The Center for the Easily Amused where one could, for example, visit the Psychic Ant Farm. You asked ants a question and in a online glass case they formed out an answer.  This was the day of the this-is-me-this-is-my-cat web pages, and I remember reading somewhere an author pondering these by asking whether the owners of these web pages would you put up a billboard in your yard with a picture of your family, contact information, and all their assorted personal interests? No, of course not, but you’ll do it online…

…all of this by way of introduction to Virtual Farming in Facebook. I know someone who does this, daily, and likes it a lot…in Atlantic Magazine Dave Thier had this interesting commentary, the Strange Appeal of Virtual Farming

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Waiting on Facebook Friends

October 21st, 2009 · Comments Off on Waiting on Facebook Friends

…today’s Boston Globe has an interesting piece on Facebook, friends, and guilt.  It gets gently to the heart of the matter, is Facebook really about friends.  I suppose that is one positive associated with Facebook: it encourages people to think about what friendship really is.  Can you sustain a friendship over Facebook with photographs and wall posts.  Try an experiment–take someone whom you regularly Facebook (is this a verb like google too?) and write them a letter. You know, stamps, envelope, the whole nine yards. If your immediate response is “But, I’m too busy to write a letter…” you can consider that the results of the experiment.

…and while it’s been promoted here before the best thing ever written about Facebook is by Michael Gerson…

Tags: Essay on Technology · Facebooked

No Tweets, Off Facebook

October 15th, 2009 · Comments Off on No Tweets, Off Facebook

…from the Washington Post, a well written article about twenty-somethings who do not social network. While it is not Civil Disobedience there are some interesting comments made about social networking platforms–what they are and what they result in–by “ordinary folks,” not professional commentators.  A very useful article in terms of how people define genuine experience…

Tags: Facebooked · Information Studies · The Academic Internet

JSTOR on Facebook

September 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on JSTOR on Facebook

…as you may or may not remember we have a SLU Libraries Facebook page, with our Catalog and ConnectNY front and center (under the boxes tab), and now JSTOR.  So, along with all that a Facebook enthusiast might do, you can simply click to our Facebook account and sample the academic journal literature.  Librarians have been thinking about Facebook…quite a slew of libraries have Facebook accounts and friends like the Librarian in Black have argued seriously and with verve that libraries need to be in Web 2.0 places, because, well, that’s where the clientele is.

…on the other hand there is a sense of encroachment felt by students as institutions and well, parents, make their way to Facebook. My in-laws are all avid Facebook habitues, not so much their kids, mind you, but the parents.  Is Facebook a place where colleges students want to think about research? Perhaps not “to be or not to be” as far as important questions go, but the attempts at translating libraries to Web 2.0 spaces ask interesting questions about what people want out of libraries, and what people want out of life online…

Tags: Facebooked · The Academic Internet

Friday Blogging, Facebook and Bestsellers

September 18th, 2009 · Comments Off on Friday Blogging, Facebook and Bestsellers

…ah Friday and autumnal rain.  It was widely reported last week that Facebook has now a membership close to the population of the United States and for the first time, it turning a profit as a company (here is the CNN version of the story). And moving from social networking to social reading, Nina Siegal has offered an interesting essay call Thoughts on Bestsellers, which is about reading, readers, and the future of literature. It’s an analysis of the New York Times Best Seller list over the later part of the twentieth century, and this essay (which is long) is an usual but engaging mix of optimism and pessimism on the future of literary fiction.  Great reading for a rainy September Friday…

Tags: Books · Facebooked · The Academic Internet

Library Facebook Page, Facebook Anon

September 1st, 2009 · Comments Off on Library Facebook Page, Facebook Anon

…with September upon us it is time, it is time, it is time to put off whatever you are doing and spend another twenty minutes in Facebook. We now have a SLU Libraries Facebook Page, so, all of you Facebook enthusiasts, simply look for us “Fanned” on the main SLU Facebook Page, or search St. Lawrence University Libraries and you’ll see all that we’re up to Facebook-wise.

…also, under the banner of all things Facebook, an interesting little piece from Atlantic Online about Facebook’s business strategy.  Seems they are thinking big and trying, according to Derek Thompson, to be  social networking’s “one portal to rule them all”…and under under the banner of something simultaneously sublime and ridiculous a Washington Post feature about people

turning to Facebook for religious companionship

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