what library students pay to talk about

Some of the conversations taking place in the first week of LIBR559m (Social Media for Information Professionals an online course taught by Dean Giustini @ SLAIS – Summer 2011).

So, first things first, we have quite a few new Twitter users (and others) introducing themselves:

My first real tweet! Excited to begin exploring topics in computer based information systems this week! #libr559m
ErolOlcay
July 11, 2011
is no longer able to avoid using Twitter.
feliciachanz
July 10, 2011
Started SLAIS course #Libr559M today. Hello everyone!
d_wilson77
July 12, 2011
This is my first "tweet" ever for #libr559m
DanaOuellette
July 12, 2011
Hi new friends in #libr559m
oceanmeetsky
July 12, 2011
#libr559m My first tweet! I could get used to this!
lea_edgar
July 13, 2011
First Tweet! Now how do I use this thing? #libr559m
jenn_pappas
July 14, 2011
@jenn_pappas Welcome! #libr559m #firsttimes
abedejesus
July 14, 2011
Okay…dipping my toes into Twitter….so far so good… #libr559m
HBomb_Gring
July 15, 2011
Belated hello to #libr559m! Off the grid since Monday, which I quickly found was unhelpful for A) social media B) online classes. #obviously
Fongolia
July 15, 2011
Thoughts about the meaning of it all:
Twitter or Facebook? If both, when do you use either?
feliciachanz
July 12, 2011
@feliciachanz Both are useful to us as librarians. Facebook for events and profiles and Twitter for a live feed of news and updates.
ErolOlcay
July 12, 2011
Is twitter really as stupid as it seems? or am I just too wordy for 140 characters? Seems totally pointless. Don’t know what to say.
DanaOuellette
July 13, 2011
RT @FeliciaChanZ: #libr559m is thinking of how 140 characters forces you to be concise. Maybe many of us use too much to say too little?
Lynn_Pyke
July 14, 2011
@feliciachanz very true. I tend to be very wordy. Maybe twitter will help me be more concise
DanaOuellette
July 14, 2011
#LIBR559M Most of my friends think that Twitter is useless. Maybe I can change their mind. I’ll show them hashtags.
IgregfergI
July 13, 2011
@IgregfergI I think that it can be hard to see the affordance of twitter. Most of my perspective is from a researchers perspective.
abedejesus
July 13, 2011
#LIBR559M I love the interactive nature of this! I’m always trying to follow the tangents. Much different than Facebook (too intrusive).
IgregfergI
July 15, 2011
@IgregfergI #libr559M Greg, I think you’re having a few “this is cool” eureka moments. Has Twitter surprised you?
giustini
July 15, 2011
#LIBR559M @giustini Definitely cool moments. Still figuring it out, but very fun! I feel that I’ve learned a secret.
IgregfergI
July 15, 2011
Someday in the future, will we only think in 140 characters or less? Is this the lowest common denominator? #libr559m
HBomb_Gring
July 15, 2011
@HBomb_Gring Is Twitter the lowest common denominator? #libr559m [Laconic chat can be brilliant. Crisp, to the point, essence of smart.]
giustini
July 15, 2011
@giustini Concise, crisp, yes. An effective tool for getting bits of information out there and into others heads. #libr559m
HBomb_Gring
July 15, 2011
Tweeting is not as easy as it seems; it takes 3x as long to figure out how you want to word it. Requires composition. I like. #libr559m
HBomb_Gring
July 15, 2011
Some interesting links:
I like the ability to see all the blogs in one place so I created a “classroll” for #libr559m on my blog, no real time updates but neat.
feliciachanz
July 13, 2011
@jjackunrau I found this blog post super interesting. http://bit.ly/GWPM7 #hashtags #libr559m
abedejesus
July 12, 2011
#libr559m For a laugh (warning explicit lyrics). Satire on how overwhelming social networking changes are. http://www.theonion.com/articles/new-social-networking-site-changing-the-way-oh-chr,17465/
DanaOuellette
July 14, 2011
Hello #libr559m! I’m still a bit new to twitter and if you’re new too these might be interesting: http://bit.ly/ifsQN5 http://bit.ly/dFgzo5
_iGeekGirl_
July 14, 2011
@_iGeekGirl_ Love the 4 stages of Twitter thing! Must admit, I was (am still?) at Stage 1 for quite a long time! #libr559m
jenn_pappas
July 15, 2011
posted this to the vista forum, it’s a very interesting read so I thought I put it here too, http://t.co/J7KpHyv #libr559m
CampbellTristan
July 15, 2011
#libr559m Sharing some articles for social media aggregators, thinking about trying one out? http://t.co/EgYkDvU http://t.co/f19gx7N
_iGeekGirl_
July 15, 2011
@Aspiring_MLIS Actually I kind of agree with “the biggest negative”, it’s why I don’t use Google Chrome unless I need to #libr559m
_iGeekGirl_
July 15, 2011

Conversation about an article about social media and education research in Malta:

Interesting article about social media in Malta despite its overall pessimism http://t.co/6RDIg0D #libr559m
d_wilson77
July 13, 2011
@d_wilson77 But how relevant is the #malteseteachers’ perceptions of social media & students’ performance? #newmethodsoldmeasures #libr559m
jjackunrau
July 13, 2011
@jjackunrau Are you saying teachers and society need new ways of measuring the effects of social media on students’ learning? #libr559m
d_wilson77
July 13, 2011
@jjackunrau @d_wilson77 While technology changes, we fundamentally stay the same. #malteseteacher said old habits, new venue. #libr559m
abedejesus
July 13, 2011
@abedejesus @d_wilson77 Fair enough. I guess I’m just saying evaluation can’t be solely based on old criteria in a new venue. #libr559m
jjackunrau
July 14, 2011
@jjackunrau @d_wilson77 I often think that the old criteria failed to properly evaluate old venues! #libr559m
abedejesus
July 14, 2011
The writings of Malcolm Gladwell make an appearance in this comment on goals and ideals as compared with the tools of social media [highly recommended]:

And, because of the readings, we have some conversation about Affordances:

I’ve never had such an abstract and philosophical topic such as affordances as the introductory lesson for a course #libr559m
ErolOlcay
July 14, 2011
@ErolOlcay affordance is tricky, I agree, but don’t think it’s philosophical http://t.co/Uyzs49t #libr559m
giustini
July 14, 2011
@giustini I see. Perhaps psychological would’ve been a more appropriate way of describing the term. I understand, thanks! #libr559m
ErolOlcay
July 14, 2011
#libr559m the ipad is a wonderful example of affordance. I love it! http://t.co/tHilB06
FeliciaChanZ
July 14, 2011
Affordance as action possibility: "if there is a pie, and it comes into your mouth, you bite" (-anonymous Russian businessman) #libr559m
KanataKat
July 15, 2011
@jjackunrau Twitter’s kind of shit for archiving conversations #libr559m [Affordance & constraint, me thinks.]
giustini
July 15, 2011
#LIBR559M @ giustini Are you saying the affordances are different? We don’t ask our telephone to blend a margarita. Twitter’s not an archive
IgregfergI
July 15, 2011
@giustini [Affordance & constraint] True. It’s good other services spring up to afford us options to fill (perceived) gaps. #libr559m
jjackunrau
July 15, 2011
#LIBR559M @jjackunrau Very poignant.
IgregfergI
July 15, 2011
@IgregfergI I try sir, I try. #ialsotrynottousethewordaffordance #libr559m
jjackunrau
July 15, 2011
#LIBR559M @jjackunrau I’m thinking: There are no gaps in phenomena. All gaps are our perceptions. Flaws in our descriptive frameworks.
IgregfergI
July 15, 2011
@_RubenLopez @jjackunrau @IgregfergI You guys crack me up. Affordance is more pleasant a concept compared to say, phenomenology #libr559m
giustini
July 15, 2011
@giustini I definitely don’t agree! Affordance is easily one of the most unwieldy concepts I’ve encountered in a while. #didphilosophyMA
abedejesus
July 15, 2011
@giustini @_RubenLopez @jjackunrau @lgregfergi Its just that the word itself is awful and completely unrelated to the concept #libr559m
abedejesus
July 15, 2011
@abedejesus @jjackunrau I jest. I can see our ‘grappling’ with affordances has produced some very good discussion. Me happy. #libr559m
giustini
July 15, 2011
@giustini Of course. #alsogivingyouahardtime #libr559m
abedejesus
July 15, 2011
And here are some more lengthy blog posts about the affordances of different social media technologies:
» Affordances and Online Information Services Erol Olcay’s LIBR559M Blog

Affordances are a tricky concept. I’ve spend the last few days doing my best to wrap my head around the idea and I think I’ve finally got it. I understand the term affordance as the implicit information read from design.
» Affordances or, just a somewhat legitimate way of convincing myself that I should get/need a Kindle Reflections on social media: A student discourse

As we have been discussing “affordance’ this week, I think I will begin my blogging by looking at the Kindle e-reader and discussing the affordances it offers its users. The idea of getting an e-reader has been on my mind for the last two weeks or so which has prompted me to examine the device here.
“Affordance” and blogging | An Enquiry into the Nature of Social Media

I’m still not sure, exactly, what “affordance’ means. As noted on the course wiki and on Wikipedia it can be defined as: An affordance is a quality of an object, or an environment, that allows an individual to perform an action. But what does that even mean?
Affordance: YouTube and VoiceThread

After reading McGrenere and Ho, I was able to differentiate between usability and affordance. I think the term usability deals with user’s experience with a system, while affordance deals with the properties of the tools that are utilized to design a system.
the possibilities of trunk.ly / librarianautica

trunk.ly is a link-organizing/social bookmarking tool that connects up to your social networks and attempts to parse out all the links. The idea is that bookmarking takes up mental effort so instead of you having to categorize/tag links and then go back and find them to blog about them or whatever, trunk.ly just grabs all the links you put through the rest of your socially-mediated life and makes them nice and searchable.

There was also this bit about identity integration:

I don’t want to take care of multiple accounts, but I feel like I need different ones for my private, professional, and fun sides. #libr559m
CourtneyNovotny
July 14, 2011
@CourtneyNovotny couldn’t you have one #professionalfunside ?? #libr559m
abedejesus
July 14, 2011
@abedejesus I guess I see multiple audiences. My craft followers may not be interested in library politics and vice versa. #libr559m
CourtneyNovotny
July 14, 2011
@courtneynovotny From what I understand only craft followers enjoy library politics. And vice versa. #onebigmessypile
abedejesus
July 14, 2011
#LIBR559M @CourtneyNovotny I’ve been wondering about the compartmentalization of social groups in Twitter, too.
IgregfergI
July 14, 2011
@IgregfergI @CourtneyNovotny too funny. I’ve been trying to achieve even greater integration for all my social accounts. #libr559m
abedejesus
July 14, 2011
@courtneynovotny I can totally relate to needing multiple accounts for different purposes. It can be a lot to manage. #libr559m
d_wilson77
July 14, 2011
#LIBR559M What about messages that you want to go out to multiple groups? People belong to multiple groups. Overlap.
IgregfergI
July 14, 2011

Which led into a conversation about Performance, the topic of Module 2:

So reading ahead in #libr559m. Article about performance is unsurprising and I disagree with most of it.
abedejesus
July 14, 2011
#LIBR559M @abedejesus, Where’s the love? 🙂
IgregfergI
July 14, 2011
@IgregfergI #missingcontext for that last tweet.
abedejesus
July 14, 2011
#LIBR559M @abedejesus You didn’t seem to like the reading; I was just kidding with you.
IgregfergI
July 14, 2011
@IgregfergI Ah, yes. Had my fill of articles suggesting social media is something new. Its another step in human social evolution #libr559m
abedejesus
July 14, 2011
#LIBR559M @abedejesus Funny, I was thinking most of the mishaps with social media have less to do with the tools, more with human relations.
IgregfergI
July 14, 2011
@IgregfergI Totally. And the way people use it is fully within the normal tradition of human communication. #libr559m
abedejesus
July 14, 2011
@IgregfergI #pearson also admits straight up that the idea of performance isn’t new. We do it everyday, on or off line #libr559m
abedejesus
July 14, 2011
#LIBR559M @abedejesus & The larger our virtual presence, the more inclined we are to perform for our "audience".
IgregfergI
July 14, 2011
@IgregfergI The way we perform, say gender, offline is the same. We moderate ourselves to conform to social norms: performance. #libr559m
abedejesus
July 14, 2011
#LIBR559M @abedejesus Just thinking: "…our social personalities are the creation of the minds of other." Proust
IgregfergI
July 14, 2011
@IgregfergI Totally! Almost no part of us isn’t a social construction, thus we’re always performing and mediated through culture. #libr559m
abedejesus
July 14, 2011

Also, scattered throughout the week there was a theme of filters and the immersive nature of the social media conversation:

So many things to look at for #libr559m – modules, blogs, tweets, discussion postings. What a stew of information bordering on confusion!
feliciachanz
July 13, 2011
@feliciachanz #libr559m Spend 15 minutes a day browsing. Don’t do too much. Cognitive overload is part of learning how to use social media.
giustini
July 13, 2011
@giustini #libr559m I figured that the “mess” is really part and parcel of social media but it does take some effort be comfortable with it.
feliciachanz
July 13, 2011
Emergence of Terms in a Virtual Social Commons « Social Media

The emergence of the concept of “Filter Failure’ is the result of Web 2.0 concepts. In an on-line social media class, someone tweets their dismay with the new tools they are using. Another person tweets condolences and suggests limiting time in the new environment to prevent cognitive overload.
#LIBR559M I’m exhausted! This week has aged me. Need to work on my filter.
IgregfergI
July 15, 2011
google reader & the filter bubble » lady libriform

A few minutes ago, I found myself approximately three layers deep in social media. I was using Vista, a fairly clunky piece of software that has all of the ingredients of a social media tool (email, discussion posting, feedback mechanisms, etc.)
What to do if you don’t have time to read an article now, but don’t want it to get lost in the web-ether?!?! #libr559m
HBomb_Gring
July 15, 2011
@HBomb_Gring Bookmark it! #libr559m
abedejesus
July 15, 2011
And just to give this highlight reel a good blue bird image for its Twitteriness:

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