What Kind of Tech User Are You?
The Pew Internet & American Life Project asks this in a quiz you can take to get a sense of where you fit in the tech spectrum.
Here are my results:

You are an Digital Collaborator
If you are a Digital Collaborator, you use information technology to work with and share your creations with others. You are enthusiastic about how ICTs help you connect with others and confident in your ability to manage digital devices and information. For you, the digital commons can be a camp, a lab, or a theater group – places to gather with others to develop something new.”

To all of my students: What are you?

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 There is a lot of discussion about the impact of social media on journalism and what role it could/should play in ‘real’ journalism. Those of us who are teaching media in the midst of this revolution are thinking and talking a lot about how and what to teach while riding this often precarious wave. TED Talks, one of the best resources for exploring all kinds of important, timely topics, offers a wide range of thoughtful lectures examining all sides of social media in their series “Media with Meaning.” In his talk, ‘How Social Media Can Make History,” Clay Shirky argues:  

“While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.”

Clay Shirky: How Social Media Can Make History

In his talk, “When Social Media Became News,” James Surowiecki argues the 2005 tsunami transformed social media forever. Check it out:

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Once just a fad, Twitter is developing into a powerful form of communication. What its growth says about us and the future of American innovation

RT @mashable HOW TO: Do Almost Anything Online in 2010 http://bit.ly/6qsI1f

Check out this excellent exploration of Google:
Television Review – ‘Inside the Mind of Google’ – A Peek Inside Google, Its Methods and Repercussion http://www.nytimes.com The best way to watch “Inside the Mind of Google,” Maria Bartiromo’s report on the Internet giant Thursday on CNBC, is to not watch …

Pamela Cytrynbaumhttp://nyti.ms/6mSkp6Inside a Company That Mistook Itself for a Verb

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A quiz on the personalities and happenings that defined 2009 — from geopolitics and gossip to commerce and celebrity.

The Year in Questions – http://nyti.ms/7pvYIh

Pamela Cytrynbaum Reading: “Facebook Fugitive Taunts Cops with Pictures and Status Updates – Craig lazie lynch – Gawker”( http://twitthis.com/2qshrq )

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Remember how, in Catch Me If You Can, fugitive Leonardo DiCaprio kept calling Detective Tom Hanks to taunt him? Here is a convicted burglar doing the same thing, in real time on Facebook. Should we celebrate or fear him?
Advancingthestory.com is one of the best resources a multimedia/new media/any media person can access. The site offers endless practical lessons, tips, heads-up etc…in all things media. …

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It’s a new year, which means it’s time to make resolutions, take on fresh challenges, learn new things and change our lives for the better. Perhaps you want to
Twitter and beyond in the newsroom and beyond
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddO9idmax0o

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10,000Words Twitter in Newsrooms and Beyond
http://www.10000words.net/2009/04/beyond-twitterfeed-innovative-uses-of.html

Advancing the Story blog
http://www.advancingthestory.com/2009/03/13/twitter-in-the-newsroom/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpIOClX1jPE&feature=related

Using Twitter in Newsrooms
http://www.notrain-nogain.org/Train/Res/Multi/twit.asp

LA Earthquake chokes cell phones, not Twitter
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10001912-94.html

How Social Media Works in Disasters
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2235617/social_media_is_a_great_way_to_communicate.html

How Twitter Saves Lives in Natural Disasters
http://venturebeat.com/2008/07/29/socal-earthquake-a-powerful-reminder-of-twitters-potential/

Newsrooms use Twitter
http://publishing2.com/2008/10/29/newsrooms-can-grow-twitter-followers-by-using-twitter-for-link-journalism/


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The U.S. Geological Survey is using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support a student who’s investigating social Internet technologies as a way to quickly gather information about recent earthquakes.

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USGS monitoring Twitter for earthquake details

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A student of mine is writing a story about Twitter on campus for another class. I thought his questions — and hopefully my answers — were worth a blog post:

1) What’s your official title at Oregon State University? What name would you like to be referred by in the article? What’s your age? Finally, how long have you been teaching?

ANSWER: I’m an Instructor in NMC at OSU. Pamela Cytrynbaum. Second reference is always “Cytrynbaum.” I’m 43. I’ve been teaching in one form or another for 12 years.

Now onto our subject.

2) Do you think Twitter is widely used by students on campus? Have you encountered Twitter in any of your classrooms (as an interruption or distraction, perhaps)?

ANSWER: No, I don’t see much use of Twitter on campus at all. In fact, I’ve been surprised at how few students have even heard of it when I raise the question in all of my classes. Very few of my my students — most of whom are new media students — use it. I require my NMC 301 (Writing for the Media Professional) students to learn it and do one assignment where they Twitter an event. It’s important for them to know what it is and how to use it. Once that’s done, it’s up to them to continue or not. Some do.

I think it seems useless to many students. They’ve got texts and Facebook messages coming in…what do they need this shortened social networking tool for? Far fewer students seem to continue on with Twitter after learning it in class than with blogging. I have many students who blog for the first time in my class and then get hooked and build their blogs and keep them going. They see the value in that. I’m not sure Twitter offers enough payoff for the effort. For me, I’ve had lots of fun with it. I use it as storage for all kinds of links I want to keep for classes, to connect with organizations, media outlets, friends, writers, to keep up with their lives and work. I don’t follow anybody who uses Twitter to proclaim an ingrown toenail. I’m looking for actual information.

I’m a working, writing mom. I don’t have one second in the day to waste on that.

3) Do you think Twitter has any potential as a teaching aid? In your opinion, should teachers or campus officials use Twitter to spread information to students?

ANSWER: I can’t speak for any other teachers or tell them what to do. I know from being a Twitter Follower of the Chronicle of Higher Education (and a regular reader) that there are lots of professors arguing for and against the use of Twitter. One story I read was by someone advocating the use of Twitter DURING classes and conference lectures as a way to INCREASE engagement.

Personally, I’d lose my mind juggling that. I’d rather have somebody comment in person so I can see them, hear them, respond one human being to another. But this person argued strongly that for them, Twittering deeply enriched the teaching experience. It’s important to take it seriously, though, and not just ignore or disregard Twitter. There are plenty of stories and surveys that have found Twitter is the top social networking medium for helping people get immediate information on natural disasters, like the Indonesian Tsunami. But, as we’ve seen just yesterday in the news about the swine flu issue, it’s also a mechanism for spreading false or overly-hyped information that can be deeply concerning. Either way, it’s here, and the larger plugged-in world is taking advantage of this technology. We need to check it out for ourselves and make our own choices.

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Twitter is SO last week!

Flutter is the new Twitter!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeLZCy-_m3s