Materials in the pre-internet days
How has the web developed over the past ten
• The first phase was documents linked together.
• The second phase we start seeing opportunities for interaction
with others. Social behaviour was being bolted on to websites.
• We are now entering the third phase, where websites are being
rebuilt around people. Social behaviour is the key feature. It is
not bolted on.
Paul Adams, GROUPED
How have I used the web over the past ten years?
Pre 2003: I browsed the web and used it to download worksheets and
2002: I joined my first online discussion group, the TTEdSIG for IATEFL.
We had monthly discussions.
2003: I did my first fully online course.
2008: I started a blog.
2009: I joined Twitter. I changed my Facebook page.
2010: I opened a Youtube account.
2010: I stopped blogging.
The shape of a language teacher: another
way to look at development
C. Gabrielatos 2002
Status updates often contain social
gestures and people often respond by
liking or commenting on the
content, not because they actually
like the content but because they
want to send out a social signal to
build the relationship. In many
cases, the conversation that follows a
status update is much more important
than the status update itself.
Source: The psychology of sharing – New York Time Insights 2012
What do we share online?
Content that evokes
high arousal, whether
positive (awe) or
negative (anger or
anxiety), is more viral.
In turn, content that
evokes low-arousal, or
like sadness is less
“We're lonely, but we're
afraid of intimacy. And so
from social networks to
sociable robots, we're
that will give us the
illusion of companionship
without the demands of
The real Lindsay
MY SECOND SELF 1 (ONLINE GAMES)
An anonymous relationship
Offline relationships unlikely or not expected
Aspects of identity can be radically changed or explored
The real Lindsay
The Facebook Lindsay
MY SECOND SELF 2 (SOCIAL NETWORKS)
A ‘nonymous’ relationship / The second self
Offline relationships real or possible
Identity will be closer to real identity