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Scholars Use Social-Media Tools to Hold Online Academic Conference

"More than 100 researchers interested in the emerging field of the social history of computer programming are running what may be the first academic conference held entirely using Web 2.0 tools.

There have certainly been online conferences before, but the group's idea is to hold a limited-time online conversation using a bloglike network, Twitter, and Facebook. The leader of the conference, Mark C.
Marino, an assistant professor in the writing program at the University
of Southern California, said that he expected to attract only a few
graduate students but that he has been surprised to get a mix of
professors and students from around the world. "I literally could not
believe the stature of people who were coming to the table," he said in an interview."

Read the full article in the Chronicle of Higher Education at:
Scholars Use Social-Media Tools to Hold Online Academic Conference
http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Scholars-Use-Social-Media-T/21195/

The Riddle of Twitter

Tweet!It’s a blog! No, it’s a microblog! No, wait, it’s a cocktail party! No, it’s something for you to be witty or interesting on so you gain followers! Wait, no, it’s the light infantry! But not for conferences! And not for mundane crap! -- Read More

Social Media Snobbery (or, Twitter is a tool, but you don't have to be.)

If someone corrects me one more time when I say that I “twittered” something (“um, you mean you tweeted?”) I am going to scream. Really. Right at them. And is the term “social media” passé already? I unfollowed the person who tweeted that about thirty seconds after I read that tweet. See, the thing is, I really love Twitter. I follow smart people, who have interesting discussions all day. It’s wonderful. And for the people in my life who say that it’s sad that I have to find those kinds of relationships online, I say: “well why can’t you be more interesting then? Why do you make me go outside our friendship to find satisfying, intellectual conversation? YOU forced me into this!” Ahem. Sorry. Anyway, my point… Ah, yes: Twitter is just a medium. It’s just another method of communication, and in the same way it drives me bonkers when people say it breeds stupidity and hysteria (more so than any other medium? Really? Cable news anyone?...) it also drives me crazy when people act like it’s an exclusive club. So if I don’t get the terminology right, or I don't use the right hashtag, or if I say I just use the Twitter website instead of the Twitter app du jour (Tweetdeck, Tweetie, Seesmic, take your choice...) I’m persona non grata? -- Read More

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