Facebook, much?

Last week I presented a workshop on Social Media, Networks, and Learning, as well as the Yap-Robben Model of Leveraging Social Learning Technologies in Corporate Environments for the Canadian Society for Training and Development [London Chapter]. The participants had the opportunity to dialogue on the pros/cons of social media, social networks, and social learning.

We started with a discussion on Social Networking. For those who may need a refresher of what social networking is about, check out what Lee and Sachi Lefever put this together.

We then talked about Albert Bandura’s Social Learning theory [Attention-Retention-Reproduction-Motivation].

Efimova's Knowledge Workers Framework

A live collaboration presentation with my co-researchers and friends, Jeffrey Keefer and Joost Robben [via Adobe Connect] followed. We discussed Lilia Efimov’s blogging practices of knowledge workers and moved onto how a notion and an insight can transform into a research dialogue onto a usable material for workplace learning.

The following is a set of links I’ve discussed in the session as well as additional references. Note that this is not by any means an exhaustive list of these services but a flavour of what is out there for you to have a dialogue with your teams at work when you make your decisions regarding implementation of social learning technologies:

Reference Blogs:
Social Media Marketing Industry Report, , Collaborative Enterprise , Scaling the Social Web, Social Media Governance Guidelines, Jeanne Meister’s Harvard Business Review post Intel’s Social Media Training, Cathy Gonzalez’ Benchmark’s post: Role of Blended Learning in the World of Technology, Intel’s Social Media Guidelines

Really Simple Syndication:
RSS Reader, Google Reader, Feed Demon were the ones discussed. Others could be found here and here

Further Reading and Websites to Check out:
2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today, Geotaggging on Twitter, Twitter for Educators ideas can be found here and here, Stephen Downes’ What is Connectivism?, Caleb Gattego’s Silent Way color chart, English Fidel, First English Word Charts,FourSquare – Explore your city, Centre for Research into Online Communities and E-Learning Systems, Hacker Conference click here, Also check out the 2010 Blog Services Review

After reading all of this and you sigh and say to yourself “I’ve had it with social networking?” then you can delete your online presence using either the Suicide Machine or Seppukoo. I don’t suggest it but maybe some of you want to just not worry about social learning.

A shortened version of my presentation deck is below:

My Categories of Online Social Communication – now some of these are mashed up so I may sometimes put them in categories where we primarily use them but they have other features as well that may well put them in other categories. So decide accordingly and make sure you know the features of the software that you will require for your organization.

Blogs: Blogger, LiveJournal, Open Diary, TypePad, WordPress, Vox, ExpressionEngine, Xanga, Squarespace, Windows Live Spaces, MySpace, b2evolution
Micro-blogging / Presence applications: FMyLife, Jaiku, Plurk, Twitter, Tumblr, Posterous, Yammer,
AQA2U, Identi.ca, Prologue, ImaHima, OpenMicroBlogging, Ping.fm, Qaiku, StatusNet, Seesmic, Sideblog, Soup.io, Thumbcast, Traction TeamPage, TXTMob
Enterprise Microblogging: Present.ly, Cyn.in, Communote
Social networking: Bebo, BigTent, Facebook, Geni, Hi5, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Orkut, Skyrock, Qzone, Vkontakte
Social network aggregation:
NutshellMail, FriendFeed
Events: Upcoming, Eventful, Meetup.com, Events
Enterprise Social Collaboration: Elgg, Social Sites Professional, Atlassian, BroadVision’s ClearVale, Concursive Corporation -open source, Cyn.in-open source, eXo Platform, Google Sites, IBM Lotus Connections and IBM Lotus Quickr, INgage Networks, Jive Software , Jumper 2.0-open source, Microsoft SharePoint , MindTouch-open source, NewsGator Technologies, Novell Pulse, omCollab-open source, Open Text, Oracle Beehive and Oracle WebCenter , Socialtext , Traction Software, TikiWiki CMS/Groupware (open source), XWiki

Wikis: Wikipedia, PBworks, Wetpaint
Social bookmarking (or social tagging): Delicious, StumbleUpon, Google Reader, CiteULike
Social news: Digg, Mixx, Reddit, NowPublic
Opinion sites: epinions, Yelp

Photography and art sharing: deviantArt, Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa, SmugMug, Zooomr
Video sharing: YouTube, Viddler, Vimeo, sevenload ,12Seconds
Livecasting: Ustream.tv, Justin.tv, Stickam, Skype
Content Delivery Network: Edgecast
Music and audio sharing: The Hype Machine, Last.fm, ccMixter, ShareTheMusic

Product reviews: epinions.com, MouthShut.com
Business reviews: Customer Lobby, yelp.com
Community Q&A: Yahoo! Answers, WikiAnswers, Askville, Google Answers

Media and entertainment platforms: Cisco Eos

Virtual worlds: Second Life, The Sims Online, Forterra , Second Life Education Wiki
Game sharing: Miniclip, Kongregate
Information aggregators: Netvibes, Twine, Alot.com, Pageflakes, iGoogle

Social media monitoring: Sysomos Heartbeat
Social media analytics: Sysomos

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