I signed up for Twitter a while ago. In Twitter you write brief comments about what you're doing and whoever is following your Twitter can keep up with you. I didn't want to use if for more than keeping up with a friend because I just knew it would be distracting.
Then I bumped into Steph yesterday (who I caught on MSN because I couldn't open her page to tag the post on language) and she gave me the link for Twitterific. It's a little application that sits on your desktop where you get notifications of the twitter messages of your contacts and you can easily post your own. In fact, right at this moment, as I'm writing this blogpost, I see David (in London) saying that he's just off out for a meeting (that's the screenshot).
You can also get your twitter messages via IM and SMS but we won't go there. Yet!
It's fascinating how Twitter gives that sense of presence of your "friends". It's just like being in the same location as someone (like being in the same office) and having a periphery awareness of what they are doing.
In the meantime I'm working with David and Nancy on a project and I think that it could help us in our internal communication. We are already using Basecamp and Google calendars, but this adds another dimension. I'm intrigued to see if and how it changes our relationships and practice.
I'm also fascinated by the way that it looks as though I spent a solitary day at the computer yesterday, when in fact I was feeling very social and connected through these different tools. It got me thinking again: how can you help people experience that sense of connectedness while sitting alone at the computer?
It occured to me today that for someone who says she is interested in people and community before tools and technologies - I spend a lot of time absorbed in experimenting and talking about tools and technologies and a lot less time engaging with people.
I'm involved in a community project that involves three tools. There
is a wiki, a discussion group and messages also come by email.
I'm involved in other projects where we are using many many more tools -
at least one wiki, discussion group, blog, basecamp, google docs, calendar, email,
What intrigues me is that I am feeling completely lost in the project with just three tools.
I can't work out what the snippets of conversations relate to.
What's more it bugs me... I mean it really bugs me... that the communication via
email doesn't have the source URL. (Eventually I found it - but it needed
a lot of clicks and a lot of focusing on something I didn't have time
Again, the experience makes me feel humble. It helps me to realise
that when the context is clear to me I don't understand why
people have such a problem with the tools. But when the context is not
clear to me, then I have such a problem with the tools.
Today I had my last Departmental meeting - as my resignation begins in one week's time.
It was poignant - as well as being long-winded.
We were shown a list of specialist areas of excellence in our Institution. It was the subject of heated discussion. There were areas of excellence in Innovation, Internationalisation - and many other things.
I was conscious, in a very intense way, as people debated and discussed innovation and internationalisation, that I am actually getting on and doing it.
* And that, she mused to herself during the meeting, is why you Beverly, won't be going anywhere while you work here.*
So I've been at least two weeks without reading my feeds. My feed-reader is bulging at the seams.
I've got twelve half-finished messages that respond to what people said in my comments or what they said on their blog.
My blog's one big fat mess. I still have no blogroll.
I miss writing on my blog.
Hell's bells, what should do I do first?
Shall I just "mark as read" the 1841 blog posts from friends I haven't read? Shall I finish the half-written posts that relate to conversations that have moved on? Shall I get side-tracked by the question of whether I should change my Feed-Reader (NetNewsWire) as I hear that lots of people are moving to Google reader?
And before all that, should I tidy my desktop which is FULL of different versions of documents in progress?
And while we're at it, wouldn't it help if I sorted out my Contact List and that To-do list? Or should I first work out how to synchronise the different calendars I'm using?
Or - as I have now developed a new system for managing my projects through Favorites and tabs - shouldn't I organise that as it will make everything else much easier?
Maybe it would be better to settle down and read Getting Things Done, a book I bought last year but haven't had time to read.
My name is Bev Trayner and I live in Setúbal, Portugal. The focus of my research and practice is designing for learning in distributed communities. I am particularly interested in connecting people in international communities. Key words are: communities of practice, learning, meaning-making, inclusion, multiliteracies, Portugal, and Web2.0 technologies. Keeping a blog helps me navigate my way through different practices and world views. Phronesis includes pondering on the specifics and the universal. It follows on from my previous blog "Em duas línguas".
Eu sou Bev Trayner e moro em Setúbal, Portugal. O objecto da minha investigação e da minha prática é o design para aprendizagem nas “comunidades distribuídas” (virtuais). Estou particularmente interessada nas ligações entre pessoas nas comunidades internacionais. As palavras-chave são: comunidades de prática, aprendizagem, a produção de sentido, inclusão, multi-literacias, Portugal e as tecnologias de Web2.0
Escrevo este blog porque me ajuda a navegar entre diferentes práticas e diferentes visões do mundo. Phronesis, a contemplar o particular e o universal, vem no seguimento do meu blog "Em duas línguas."