Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Different Worlds


I love my social media: blog-hopping, forum-chatting, IM-ing…yet there’s a large number of my friends who don’t feature on any of these. They’re not technologically averse, these technologies just don’t fit easily into their lives.

Take one friend for example: she works part-time, has two small children, and a busy family life. She’s got no spare time to spend on forums and blogs…she’d rather just pick up the phone and call me, or send a text! She misses out on little bits of my life that others don’t…my random thoughts and recent events are often posted on my personal blog, and online friends read that, so when I actually talk to them in person, they’re often quite aware of what’s going on in my life. Non-online friends aren’t, and sometimes I almost resent having to tell them about my life, as I feel I’ve already done that ‘work’ on my blog.

I wonder if, as I get more web-based in my social interactions, these friends will continue to be close friends, or whether something has to give? Will it be their lack of online presence, or will I be cutting my online activity down?

Actually, I think I’m already beginning to cut down my online activity: time with friends and family is beginning to win out against wandering the web…my time online’s becoming more focussed, and I’m becoming more disciplined about where I want to spend my time….MySpace is almost never visited, Bebo very infrequently…blog reading / posting time’s perhaps increasing, I think in response…if my friends blog, I’ll read it…but I don’t necessarily want to spend time reading the minutae of their recent activity on a social networking site, I just don’t feel it’s relevant any more.

Ohhh, I’m so backward!!!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Silent Blogger!

I still exist, have just launched into a frantic and concerted effort to pull my portfolio together for Chartership, so all other activities are on hold, and that includes commenting on or posting to blogs…although it doesn’t include reading them, so I’m still busily reading, just not visibly ‘active’.

I’ve been having fun compiling my portfolio on a Peanut Butter wiki, which has many advantages….and disadvantages! Overall, I think it’s helped me to organise and compile things far better, despite the many frustrations with formatting quirks between it and Word! Have written an article on the process of using it, which hopefully shall appear in some journal somewhere in the near future…

Now, all I have to do is have peeps read it, comment, redraft, and submit…and hope the Board pass it!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Wot, still no Banksy?

The restrictions previously put on Brian Haw in regards to his peaceful protest at Parliament have been ruled to be unlawful.
Still no word on where Mr Haws disassembled protest banners and Banksy artwork from his peace camp are though....

Friday, August 03, 2007

If you use public wi-fi hotspots to access email etc...

…be aware that there’s a large vulnerability regarding cookies, allowing hackers access to your email accounts etc, potentially for years.

More info http://www.out-law.com/page-8352

BIALL call for papers, Dublin study weekend 2008

BIALL have sent out their call for papers for the Dublin study weekend, Thursday 12th – Saturday 14th June 2008.

The theme is:

BEYOND THE PALE

Planning for the Next Information Generation

Topics they’d like to cover include:

The future impact of digitisation of data

Probable trends in respect of electronic resources

How does information become knowledge

The growth of globalisation of legal resources

Will librarians be needed in 2010 ?

You know, I’m even actually considering submitting for a parallel session…what’s the point of being a Web Monkey if I can’t share the fun? Now, to try and work out a topic that I know enough about, that's useful, and that I can make reasonably entertaining...any ideas?

More information here.

The problem with online ads...

....is that you can't control where they're placed, as First Direct and Vodaphone have just discovered.

Facebook do seem to be quite quick off the mark for technical fixes once they're pointed out, but if companies can’t currently choose their placement, and if Facebook introduce that ability, I can see fights over who’s paid what to go where breaking out!
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