Umbrella 2011 – Session B – Creating a personal learning network and keeping up to date using social media

Key points:

  • Websites are dead. They’re not where development is happening.
  • Instead, development is happening in social media resources.
  • People are cyber-nomadic now. They go where the conversations are.
  • Namechk.com  – find out where you are online.
  • Personalizemedia.com – Gary’s social media count.
  • Facebook becoming a search engine
  • Quora – a Q&A website.
  • Flipboard.com – news collation service.  – getting social media to bring the data to you.
  • Liking and +1ing now influencing search engine ranking. This can be seen on Google.
  • Blekko.com create your own search engines. Uses slashtags to restrict searched sites to particular topics.
  • Search is becoming social. The traditional idea of search is no longer useful.

Thoughts:

  • The idea is to create a personal learning network, but who (realistically) has the time to do that?
  • Can the librarian take on this work – aggregating searches and creating bespoke (subject specific) search engines so that the end user doesn’t have to?
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