28 August 2008
I made it! Yay! I’m actually thinking of looking up the other “things” programs that have more things and trying the ones that we didn’t do here. I feel like this was a great way to browse the 2.0 technologies.
That is the thing I got the most out of all this; it’s a way to browse. A lot of people asked me why I was taking this course, since I already had a Facebook page and did web design and had tried to use Second Life. My answer was two-fold.
- I only know about 50% of the technologies on this list. About 25% of those I got involved with out of need or invite and never learned their full functionality.
- I knew of all the other technologies, but I had an attitude about them and I wanted the opportunity to see if those assumptions were wrong.
And I did that. Now I have a good idea of all of them, and want to explore more. But it doesn’t mean that I’ll use them all. I think the best thing we can all take from this experience is that there is a great deal of great new stuff out there. But, like you wouldn’t buy every cereal in the aisle, you won’t “buy” all this technology. And that’s okay. We don’t have to like it all, but we do have to know about it. We have to be able to answer questions about what it’s for. We have to be able to recommend it to someone for whom it may be useful, even if we do not find it useful personally. And I think now, we would all agree, it only takes a short time here and there to learn enough to reach a reasonable point of knowing. If we want to go further, great, but that base level isn’t optional, nor difficult to attain.
I will think more on some of Mara’s questions and post more later, but having reached the end, these are my first reflections.
27 August 2008
What differentiates a podcast from regular streaming audio or video is that the delivery method for podcasts is often done automatically through RSS – interested listeners or watchers can receive updates through RSS when new content is posted. – 23 Things Podcast Description.
I had no idea that this was the difference! Podcasts are another one of those 2.0 technologies that I have continually had the opportunity to become exposed to, but deftly avoided. I really had no idea until today what they really were. And now that I know, it seems like something I’d be interested in, but am not sure where to start.
And of course, like most things, a divine intervention. My partner was driving me to my Chiropractor’s appointment and in my Vicodin induced haze, I admitted that I really have no idea what in the world is going on with gas prices or the economy or what drives economics. You know, the kind of confession you would really only make under the influence to someone who would never tell on you (and then you go any tell the world in your blog because your embarrassing ignorance of the subject makes a good point).
He mentioned that one way he keeps up on economics is listening to the Marketplace show on NPR, but then he noted that it was on when I was at work or sleeping. And then I had a moment…I asked him if it was podcasted. He said he didn’t know, but if it was I should subscribe to it and then I could listen to it any time. Ta da!
Since I am on complete house rest, I pulled out my iTunes and decided to figure all this out. After a few failed tries, I ended up with a weeks worth of Marketplace podcasts and a subscription for more. I can listen to these while I ice my shoulder on the couch. At least I will have something to do. And also, now I “get” podcasts and I wholeheartedly approve. Maybe I’ll look for more tomorrow.
23 August 2008
Google Docs has been on my personal to-do list for a while…that and iGoogle, sigh. Just this week I got my first invite as a Google Docs collaborator for a meeting agenda. Suspiciously, this agenda was written by another 23 Things participant…I’ve got my eye on you, Mary! So, I got my first chance to edit a collaborative document and so far so good! The only objection I have to it is the part where you share the doc. It’s really confusing. For instance, I wanted to send my updates for this agenda to all the contributors and add a couple more contributors, but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how! Perhaps if I bothered to do a tutorial, or read some instructions. There seems to be a trend emerging where I won’t “stop and ask for directions.” That’s no good.
That first part there was written in Google Docs and posted to my blog from that application. It was a snap to set it up. Oddly enough, it didn’t post to my blog immediately. It was listed as scheduled in my post manager. I wonder when it would have posted, as it is 6:42 and it said it was scheduled for 5:42. I’ll have to investigate this further and I’m sure it has something to do with mismatched time zones.
I’m finding that the collaborative element of Google Docs is much like a Wiki, and I think this is where a lot of 2.0 confusion comes from. So many of these tools overlap, it’s difficult to know when to choose which one. When would it be better to choose Google Docs over PBWiki? I guess you’d have to play with both of them more to answer this question, but who has time for that. Sometimes you just want to know “this is the tool to use, learn this one and go.”