What is social networking? How are we using social networking to support learning at BYU?
Past two years building social networking sites for classes in the Information Systems department at BYU
A brief history. . .
A wee walk about. . .
Goals of Island 1. Connect people / knowledge which aren't connected but should be 2. Provide tools for supporting learning communities (classes and otherwise) 3. Provide tools for building library of knowledge
Social Objects (or sharing devices)
“ The Social Object, in a nutshell, is the reason two people are talking to each other, as opposed to talking to somebody else.” – Hugh Macleod
Or in other words, take away the social object and the two people now have no reason to talk to each other.
When was the last time you talked to some of your old coworkers?
Social objects are the tools we use to provide us opportunities to socialize with others
You get married and have a kid – your marriage and child are social objects
You go bowling on Wednesday night with some friends – bowling is a social object
Two women shop for cloths – the mall and clothing are social objects
Drupal is a great social object
Drupal is really Dries' brilliant and diabolical plan to get him tons of really smart, interesting fun friends. . .
Sounds crazy but. . . It worked!
I joined the Drupal community for the community
Successful social networks have good social objects at their core
Or strong communities form around good social objects
Flickr = photos Dogster = dogs Youtube = videos
What are Drupal's social objects?
Drupal itself Modules in contrib and core Documentation Issues Larger topics such as social networking, education, semantic web, performance, etc.
groups.drupal.org == a bunch of social objects
Objects become more valuable when they become social objects (Drupal is great software but it's even more cool because it helps you find good friends)
How to build a social networking site around social objects?
"Define the objects, name the verbs, network the objects" – Chris Messina
Flickr Verbs == upload, download, embed Network == comment, share via url, or updates sent to other social networks
Dogster Verbs – create profiles (for their dogs), give gifts, adopt other dogs, post videos and pictures, and find dog related businesses near their homes.
Drupal Issues Verbs – create, change status, comment on, discuss (in irc, email, g.d.o), enlist help, write code for, test patches (really another social object)
Drupal's key to success == it's a great social network
A thought exercise: Paper towel social network Object = paper towels of all sizes, colors, purpose, origin Verbs = buy, sell, trade, write about, post videos, comment on
Education and social objects
Quality of content not critical as long it's a good social object (i.e. it gets students talking)
“ For instance, content that may be imperfect is often good for encouraging others to participate, or content that is contentious may be better at stimulating debate. The very hard lesson for academics here is that the educational value is not in the content itself but the social interaction it begets.” – Martin Weller
Turn homework from an object to a social object
Resources: Social Objects in Education: http://nogoodreason.typepad.co.uk/no_good_reason/2008/01/whats-a-social.html Kyle Mathews: “What are Social Objects” http://kyle.mathews2000.com/blog/2009/02/21/what-are-social-objects Kyle Mathews: “How to Design a Social Networking Site Using Social Objects” http://kyle.mathews2000.com/blog/2009/02/27/how-design-social-networking-site-using-social-objects
How Island will use or does use networked social objects?
Island's social objects # Groups # Posts (discussions, blog posts, job postings, events) # Comments # Status updates
Something about how I'm trying to increase the amount of socialization around the social objects + increase velocity of socialization with real time stuff
Link people to people through objects Not people to objects
Future of Island (or how mining for collective intelligence will help BYU students find cool people to do learn with and do great stuff)
Import lots of data from: Twitter Flickr Delicious Facebook Wherever else that'll be so kind as to share
Mash it all together, let people interact, detect patterns, display patterns, repeat.
Key Question: Is there something happening in my network I should know about?
Complex Adaptive Systems
Kyle Mathews and 8 others are attending the lecture “How to bring about world peace on less than a buck.”
Fred Buizman and 2 others commented on John's post “How to install Drupal in 5 minutes while juggling a tricycle.”
Beets Robinson and 7 others recently joined the “Web Services” group
What are people from your major saying? What are people saying about the big football game? What events are popular with people you follow?
Who is like you? Who should you follow? What groups should you join?
Let's make the world a better place through social networks
Resources: Jyri's lecture on nodal points http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiWjAVcWK4g Tim O'Reilly's def of web 2.0 http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complex_adaptive_system https://island.byu.edu/wiki/social-gestures-ideas-wiki
Starting a company selling Island-like software to Universities!