Knowledge and Learning In The News - 11/24/2006

A portrait of the internet's new storytellers - Pew Internet
A national phone survey of bloggers finds that most are focused on describing their personal experiences to a relatively small audience of readers and that only a small proportion focus their coverage on politics, media, government, or technology. PDF File.

Debunking three lies about social software - Using Wiki in Education
Three lies about social software is a great piece in which JP Rangaswami examines three lies about social software that need to be debunked. To the idea that social software causes groupthink, Rangaswami counters that social software actually relies on the aggregation of ideas from people with common interests, but not necessarily common views. He says, "Much of what I learn from comments on my blog is from the extensions, the qualifiers, the provisos, even the complete disagreements. This is not groupthink, it's anything but."

Web 2.0: What's Hot and What's Not - Seeking Alpha
Representative examples of the fastest growing websites in each category:

  • 1. Media Sharing: youtube.com, flickr.com
  • 2. Search: google.com, baidu.com, google.com.br, live.com
  • 3. Blog: blogger.com
  • 4. Utility: megaupload.com, rapidshare.de
  • 5. Social Networking: myspace.com, orkut.com
  • 6. Informational: wikipedia.org, digg.com
  • 7. Software: sourceforge.net
  • 8. Portal: qq.com, yahoo.com.cn
  • 9. Commerce: craigslist.com
You Tube vs. Boob Tube - Wired
Until about five minutes ago, remember, almost all video-entertainment content was produced and distributed by Hollywood. Period. That time is over. There was a time when advertisers could count on mass audiences for what Hollywood thought we should be watching on TV. That time is all but over.

Wikis Are Alive and Kicking in the Enterprise - eWeek
Proliferating virally, wiki usage has grown exponentially in recent months, along with other consumer-centric technologies - including blogs, podcasts and RSS - that have made their way into the workplace thanks in part to the influx of the tech-savvy entry-level employees of so-called Generation Y.

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