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Network Segregation: is that a question?

Bryan Alexander got me thinking about a blog post I started writing 2 or 3 months ago and never finished. I’ll just start from scratch and go from there.

He tweeted: “Wondering if I should stop sending Twitter content automatically to Facebook. Any thoughts, readers and followers?”

I have not been a fan of having a message automatically sent to several networks at once. You can connect together your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts (and probably others) so that whatever you post to one of them is automagically cross posted to the others. Whereas some people probably look at that as an efficient way of communicating something to all your various contacts across all those networks, to me it just seems a bit weird and even unnecessary. It certainly wouldn’t work with the way my own usage of these networks is developing.

My Twitter friends are my most valuable learning network. Almost everything I get out of Twitter comes from educators from around the world to whom I am connected. Here’s an example of a couple of posts today that were valuable to me:

@busynessgirl RT @PCSTech Online Lectures That Will Make You A Better Teacher – http://bit.ly/91yeyC #edtech

@c4lpt The Jane Hart Daily is out – read this Twitter newspaper on http://paper.li/c4lpt (247 contributions today)

None of my family members and personal friends would be interested in that stuff whatsoever. They don’t want to be in my Twitter network and I don’t want them there (sorry).

However, I enjoy Facebooking with those same family members and personal friends. I can somewhat keep tabs on my precocious daughter, follow along for life’s lessons with nephews and nieces and others, and (more recently) get reconnected with lots of my old college buddies.

The biggest problem of having those networks mixed together is probably very obvious. All the Ed-Tech news and notes would just be a bunch of noise to the friends&fam, whereas all the personal “hi, how you doin’?” to the F&F would be completely boring to the Ed-Tech people. Both groups would be more likely to tune you out due to white noise.

Unfortunately, I didn’t quite have all this figured out when I started “friending” people on Facebook a few years ago. So, there’s quite a few educators in there that probably find me not too informative about Ed-Tech issues. Most of them are in my Twitter account, but a few are not. To those of you who are in my Facebook network, don’t be offended when I UN-friend you in Facebook. I really want that to be my Internets tube for personal use and keep the professional stuff in Twitter. I’m sure you’ll understand.

To summarize: Yes, I am in favor of segregating my networks into personal and professional. YMMV.

Twitter Friends

This is a mosaic of the people I follow on Twitter. This group has quickly become the most important source of my day-to-day learning about technology uses in education. Thanks a hat tip to Britt for pointing me to the Twitter mosaic maker.

2008 Web Tools Hall of Fame

Hall of fame iconIt’s that time of the year again. Time to add new web-based tools to my Hall of Fame and to announce my year-end Top 10 (not 12 like previous years) tools. The Top 10 are those tools that are not yet in the Hall of Fame. Think of them of being on the cusp of the Hall. If they have another good year, there’s a chance that they will enter the hall next year.

New additions for 2008 to Barry’s Web Tools Hall of Fame:

  • Twitter

  • Picnik

  • WordPress

Here’s the post from last year when the first six tools were inducted. They are Zoho Suite, Flickr, Skype, Meebo, Delicious, and Bloglines.

And now, for 2008, there are three more to be added.

twitter-logoTwitter – This one snuck up on me. A year ago I did move it up to #8 on my year-end list of tools, but I still wasn’t sold on it. A year later it is completely indispensable to my everyday learning and staying connected with lots of smart people. I have little doubt that Twitter as a thought outlet has resulted in a reduction in the number of blog posts that I write. I’m not saying that is a good thing or a bad thing, but it’s a change in how I communicate. Just a few random thoughts:

Picnik Logo

Picnik – This free photo editing tool is only the second of the free web-tools that I have ever paid for. I bought the premium account partly to have access tot he extra features, but even more for the reason of supporting the company that provides such an incredibly useful tool for my use. For more info: here is the post I made at the end of last year about Picnik.

wordpress-logo-cristalWordPress – Somehow I didn’t even put WordPress on my year-end list of the top web tools. Apparently that means that I was taking it for granted. The site you are reading right now is provided to me (and you) for free at WordPress.com. WordPress is an excellent blogging tool but it is a bit more restrictive than Blogger in that they don’t allow certain types of content (especially flash and javascript) unless they have built a specific tool to utilize the content. This restrictiveness is related to security concerns and is a wise approach to follow. WordPress.org is the free and open source option for hosting your own WordPress blog software. It is not exactly the same as wordpress dot com, but very similar and based on the same original code.

That makes a total of 9 web apps in Barry’s Hall of Fame. BTW, I know how pretentious it sounds to have your own Hall of Fame. This started as a joke but now I sort of enjoy it. These tools are in my Hall of Fame because I use them, I recommend them, and they never illegally bet on baseball.

Coming up next, my Top 10 web tools for year-end 2008.

Twitter instead of Blogging?

One reason that I haven’t been posting much to my blog lately is that I spend most of my time on Twitter. Microblogging really does take the place of “real blogging,” at least most of the time. So, I’ve posted my last 80 tweets below just so you can get a sense about what I’m tweeting about. Clearly, most of these things would never make it into a regular blog post, but taken as a whole, they probably equal the content of a normal blog post.

I’ve got 6 people ready to eat this tonight. Corn dog w/fries.http://tinyurl.com/3fycrv 
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 Two hours to kill in Seoul before going to the Fulbright office for overview of Korean Ed System and Korean Agents for recruitment. 
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Bought unique eel skin wallets in Itaewon shopping district of Seoul. Now off 2 bed. Visiting US Embassy, then Fulbright office on Monday. 
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The little 250ML can of Dew is about 8.5 ounces. Hell, I usually buy the 1 liter bottle back home. Of course that one is diet, this one isnt 
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Finally a Dew in Asia. Vietnam has none, but Seoul does. No need to update my avatar pic from last year – me and Korean Dew still works 
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Frustrating. None of the TinyURLs that I click on will open, but regular links in Twitter do open. What’s up with that? 
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Allergic to something here in Korea. Major sneeze fest since getting off the plane. Did I bring drugs? 
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Just checked into hotel in Seoul. Heading to sportsline.com to check out college football and MLB scores, then need a power nap. Itaewon l8r 
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Wish I was going home instead of Seoul. I’m tired and want to sleep in my own bed. Did buy some funky shoes today tho, they’re cool. 
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Waiting at airport for flight from Hanoi to Seoul. How much did I save with this overnight flight? Will it be worth all the bother? 
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Taxi drivers in Hanoi try to rip you off for 4-5 times more than taxis in Saigon. We took 4 rides today, and was taken for a ride each time. 
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Will spend Saturday touring around Hanoi. Then fly 2 Seoul, but not until late night. Hanoi Horison Hotel is sort of nice, but service sucks 
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Just finished the first ever AACC fair in Hanoi. Only about 200 students today, but that was HCMC two years ago. This year HCMC had over 700 
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@john_st_clair I compare hybrid to F2F, not to online, since hybrid is an alternative to F2F but it is NOT an alternative to online for most 
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@ajwms Only 5% use proctored exams. Seems to be a stable number, or slightly decreasing. 
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I must be following like-minded people. Tweets from twits I follow were running about 5 to 1 against Palin. Yea. Do I need more diversity? 
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Missed the last half of the debate to attend a scheduled visit to a high school in Hanoi. Four pages of Tweets helped me catch up. Thanks. 
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This isn’t a debate! This is where she takes her time to talk about what she wants to – regardless of the question being asked. 
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We have John McCain to thank. Usually when you say “thanks for the warning,” it is said in jest. So thanks John. Thanks for the warning. 
JF. Won’t the hair spray going into her left eye cause her to go blind? 
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Wow, millions of small business make over $250,000? Really Sarah? Do you know the difference between revenues and profits? 
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soccer game reference by Palin in first two sentences of debate 
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@cburell Clay, do you still want to get together when I’m in Seoul? I arrive this Sunday. Sun&Mon nights open, booked Tue PM. Leave Wed morn 
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Has anyone read the book titled Now is Gone? I was expecting great things, but not so much so far. Primer on New Media for Execs & Entrepren 
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Seems to be a fair amount of buzz about the VP debate here in Vietnam. I find that odd, but U.S. news gets a great deal of attention here. 
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Finally a blog post. What I was reading today. http://tinyurl.com/43fnpj 
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@BryanAlexander For presentation content – Michael Wesch. For presentation style – tough call, most of them need more panache (incl.me)
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Let me clarify. If you were facilitating the meeting that you were calling, wouldn’t you be able to attend on ALL of your proposed dates? 
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I like MeetingWizard, but if you were calling a meeting, wouldn’t you be able to attend more than 3 out of the 7 dates you proposed? WTF? 
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Still get a bit disturbed when my food is looking at me. That’s why I didn’t order this at a Saigon restaurant. http://blog.lsc.edu/signs/ 
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Visited the US Embassy in Hanoi this afternoon for the first time. Not nearly as locked down as the one in Beijing. That surprised me 
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While flying from Saigon to Hanoi I finished reading Presentation Zen. Finally the motivation to push me over to a new presentation approach 
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Baseball playoffs!! Finally something other than soccer on ESPN here in Vietnam. Not even one rugby game this year, which I love to watch. 
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@doolittlen Hi Nancy. Are you jumping back in the Twitterverse? 
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Can’t find my entry/exit card for Vietnam. That could make leaving the country a huge problem. Today I’m off to Hanoi,so I don’t need it yet 
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Community College recruitment fair concluded in Saigon. Acceptance (awareness) of online learning is better this time. Enrollments?We’ll see 
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65-yr-old Chinese lady sentenced to death in Vietnam court for a counterfeit banknote scam she ran in several southern provinces. Severe. 
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@javabeanboy Kids definitely aren’t coddled over here as in the U.S. But still, a little bit of safety precaution can go a long way. 
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New helmet law in Saigon. Only applies to adults on scooters or motorbikes. Kids can ride w/out helmet (an do). Does that seem backwards? 
1/2 page ad in Saigon Times Daily. Fly to Manila for $19 US. Subtract $5 if traveling w/out check-in baggage. Dinner in Manila sounds good. 
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Wondering why the staff at the Majestic Hotel think that my Do Not Disturb sign does not apply to them. Who else could I be talking to? 
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Should have used UStream for my session with 5th graders today. Skype is too flaky. Everything worked well when tested 10 min ago on UStream 
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@wcgaskins click PBwiki settings, users: then you’ll see “If your students don’t have email addresses, create accounts for your students.” 
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WebCamMax and Skype kept crashing my computer – blue screen of death while trying to have conversation with my son’s classroom from Saigon. 
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In 30 min. Skype call from Saigon into my son’s fifth grade classroom in Superior, WI. I’m ready with photos, video, and Vietnam fun facts. 
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About 70% of Vietnamese student visas to study in the U.S. were for students headed for community colleges in the states. Big change from B4 
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28% current inflation rate – yet my beer, dinner, hotel room and knock-off watches (same-same) cost the same as they did two years ago. 
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Other Vietnam data. Only 10-15% of the population who are college eligible can attend in country. Not enough supply (seats) for the demand. 
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Fun Facts from Education USA meeting in Saigon today. 70% of population is under 35. Per capita income = $835 US, but many are nouveau rich 
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Off to Education USA and IIE office in Saigon for morning meeting with the higher education ground forces here in the country. 
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Just finished welcome dinner for the American Assoc of Community Colleges hosted by the Vietnamese Assoc of CC. Good people, good fun & food 
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A few hours left before we meet up with AACC group for the rest of the Asia tour for recruiting int’l students. Dinner tonight with VACC. 
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Left comment on Tim Stahmer’s post about teaching keyboarding in grade school. Feel blog post comin on. http://www.assortedstuff.co… 
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Wow -live game updates on NFL.com only available in North America. Oh well.all my teams lost today. 
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Beautiful Monday morning here in Saigon. Looks like a nice day after a major 3-hour deluge yesterday afternoon. Rainy season is no joke. 
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My hotel in Saigon must have fast connection. No time lag on Skype calls home. Audio sucks, but that is coming from USA. Fine here to there. 
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Having much better luck with Google Chrome these days. Much more quick now and hasn’t crashed in days. This is what others were talkin ’bout 
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Guessing that all my friends in Tennessee are pretty happy about the big 4-0 start by the Titans. Surprisingly impressive w/K.Collins at QB? 
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Up in the middle of the night in Saigon to follow the NFL. My two teams (Broncs and Vikes, in that order) are losing. Second half comebacks? 
Sunday is not nearly as busy here in Saigon. Hustle and bustle is only 75% of a normal day. Off to the market. 
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@jth and Puck’s girlfriend(s) 
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Have verbal agreement with three agents in Vietnam to send students our way for e-learning. Now the hard part – contract approval by legal. 
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Checking American college football scores online – nothing on tube here in Vietnam. All you can eat of other football (soccer). No thanks. 
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Another big rainstorm 2nite in Saigon. Will be even more humid tomorrow, if that’s possible. Very hot-it will suck when I wear a suit Monday 
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@austindeb2003 Hi Deb, and welcome to Twitter. Did you go to Gruene Hall for a singer? JJW is my all-time fav, although REK is now my #1. 🙂 
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Today in Saigon I can get to all the sites that wouldn’t load yesterday. Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook, and Ning, for example. Very odd. 
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Twins are losing their mojo. Glad that Sox are also losing. Since my Padres stunk this year, I gotta pull for my #2 team – GO TWINS!! 
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Just finished breakfast on the roof of the Saigon Majestic Hotel. Return to room to see McCain-Obama on CNN. Did I miss McCain’s war story? 
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Will McCain continue to bitch about Obama not joining him for town hall meetings? Did anybody really think that was an issue? 
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Uninstalled TOR after last China trip. Looks like I might need to get it back. If they block websites here, wouldn’t they block TOR, too? 
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Wow, can’t get to Flickr, Facebook, Ning, or YouTube here in Vietnam. Never happened to me previously. Great Firewall of Vietnam? Huh? What? 
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Watched Iron Man on the long flight to Asia. Enjoyed it much more than I expected (yes, low expectations) and now want to own it. Thumbs up 
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I haven’t seen blocked sites before in Vietnam, but I can’t get to YouTube even though other sites are working fine. Are they blocking? 
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Meeting with an agent (study abroad headhunter) in a couple of hours to see if we can do business together. First of several such meetings 
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31 hours in travel status. Now checked in and unpacked at Hotel Majestic Saigon. This was my least fun travel day to Asia. LAX really sucked 
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@Goamick That STARlink wireless network is available now, they just won’t any of us access it yet. They keep saying … soon, soon! Sure. 
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Last day in the states for a while. Crazy busy tying up loose ends. I need to get to the bank. They won’t accept tattered bills in Asia. 
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@bwatwood PPT slides (using clicker q’s again) will be up sometime soon, but the wiki link is already here: https://barrydahl.com/resour… 
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@maryn OMG! That eSchoolNews article is crap. Here is the real story:http://tinyurl.com/6kkbyw Their lack of research is appalling.