We Were All N00bs: Learning the Social Web by Using the Social Web


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Short presentation on thinking about our own initial Internet experiences and applying that to training others to use the Net.

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We Were All N00bs: Learning the Social Web by Using the Social Web

  1. 1. We were All N00bs: Learning the Social Web by Using the Social Web Nathan Flinchum Community Technology Center Librarian Roanoke Public Libraries Roanoke, VA Computers in Libraries 2009
  2. 2. The Deep End of Web 2.0
  3. 3. Common Concerns <ul><li>There are too many different sites. </li></ul><ul><li>I have to sign up for everything! </li></ul><ul><li>Why don't they look/act/work the same? </li></ul><ul><li>It can seem overwhelming! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Ask Yourself: How did you learn the Internet? Web 2.0?
  5. 5. You used it.
  6. 6. Why did you use it?
  7. 7. <ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Expression </li></ul><ul><li>Build Community </li></ul>Something you liked used the Web as a tool
  8. 8. Our “on-ramp” to the Internet <ul><li>A single site or group of sites about a subject </li></ul><ul><li>Fandoms (Movies, TV, Books) </li></ul><ul><li>Hobbies </li></ul><ul><li>Collecting </li></ul><ul><li>Lifestyles </li></ul><ul><li>Dating </li></ul>
  9. 9. “ On-Ramp” Qualities <ul><li>Largely self-contained </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of skill levels and experience </li></ul><ul><li>One set of tools </li></ul><ul><li>One set of rules </li></ul><ul><li>One set of skills to learn </li></ul>
  10. 10. Example Catie
  11. 11. Catie... <ul><li>Knits and Spins </li></ul><ul><li>Married with kids </li></ul><ul><li>Friends and family all online </li></ul><ul><li>Had email but didn't use the Internet much </li></ul><ul><li>Web seemed foreign, complicated </li></ul>
  12. 12. Ravelry (www.ravelry.com) <ul><li>Social Network for Knitters!! </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds of thousands of members!! </li></ul><ul><li>Patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Stash Pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Works in Progress and Completed Work </li></ul><ul><li>Advice and Help </li></ul><ul><li>Friends (Global and Local) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Catie on Ravelry
  14. 14. Advantages of Using an On-Ramp in Computer Training <ul><li>Safe “sandbox” environment </li></ul><ul><li>limits effect of goofs </li></ul><ul><li>promotes trying new things </li></ul><ul><li>Skills are applicable elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>learning without &quot;learning&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Student Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Skill-Sharing/Knowledge-Building </li></ul><ul><li>Peer and Mentorship Building </li></ul><ul><li>**We know more about our online friends </li></ul><ul><li>than we do about our coworkers!** </li></ul>
  15. 15. Creating an On-Ramp
  16. 16. RYO Social Network/2.0 Service <ul><li>Ning (Social Network) </li></ul><ul><li>Wetpaint (Community Site) </li></ul><ul><li>PBWiki (Wiki) </li></ul><ul><li>Laconica (Microblogging a la Twitter) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Make it Private! It's a safe place to play!
  18. 18. Your political career is safe.
  19. 19. Make Friends and Steal from Them! Learn from others by copying from their profiles, posting comments to their posts, and creating your own content in response to theirs.
  20. 20. Steal from Us! Find this presentation (along with many others) and all my computer class materials at the Roanoke Public Libraries Presentation Site: http://roanokepl.wetpaint.com Nathan Flinchum [email_address] justnathan.info Justnathan on Metafilter, Twitter, LinkedIn, Delicious, Diigo, etc., etc.