Posts Tagged ‘facebook’


September 4, 2009

This looks interesting —

The NY Times ran a feature on this service on Sept. 3. Basically, it uses your facebook account to identify your social network and perform a Yahoo! Answers-type of function with only your facebook friends and friends of friends. You questions get routed to only people who’ve identified themselves as willing and able to handle questions on a given subject.

You can read the NY Times feature here:

Is there a way to use this with Langley’s facebook page?

—Bob Allen


Uncle Sam’s atwitter!

June 12, 2009

Uncle Sam recruiting posterAn Army order instructs network managers to unblock certain social media sites

An Army order directs network managers across the country to stop blocking soldiers’ access to certain Web 2.0 Web sites such as Facebook, Flickr and Twitter, according to several media reports today.

… Access should be available to Facebook: Delicious, Flickr, Twitter and Vimeo via the Unclassified but Sensitive Internet Protocol Router Network.

As reported on, the order states: “The intent of senior Army leaders to leverage social media as a medium to allow soldiers to ‘tell the Army story’ and to facilitate the dissemination of strategic, unclassified information, the social media sites available from the Army homepage will be made accessible from all campus area network.”

The two faces on Facebook

April 7, 2009

13295f83b4297a76Why do some people create separate pages for their personal and professional lives?

Call it a self-induced, modern-day schizophrenia, but people are starting to split their personalities between separate Facebook pages in the latest movement to live online without having your entire life there.

Interesting idea, could be confusing. Read on, a article.

NASA outstripped by luddite folk musicians

February 10, 2009

I got friended by a singer this morning, she’s connected to a bunch of others in the traditional music community, including the incomparable and intensely sociable Switched At Birth With An Irish Kid Myron B.  I was somewhat surprised to see just how many friends he’d accumulated and it got me thinking.

This one guy has over 400 friends and he hasn’t been on Facebook all that long. 

In the last six months it was my high school class that poured onto Facebook in all its 40-something glory.  Now I’m seeing the folks from the trad. Celtic music scene in there, folks who swore adamantly they’d never use email, what a lot of “bollocks.”  Who’s to say how long they’ve been there, but I’m only seeing them now.  It’s actually very exciting, but what it says to me is that New Media have actually “arrived.”

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Are our new efforts already obsolete?

February 5, 2009

imagesThe joys of dipping our toes into the swamp of social media/networking (whatever you want to call it) come with  built-in pitfalls … are we already behind … too little, too late … on our way to extinction like the dinosaur … or are we right on time … riding the wave to success? Here’s an article that looks at that conundrum.    Kathy B.

Something new, something old

February 4, 2009

GYI0000473742.JPGNot very long ago the notion that Facebook, Twitter, and other social media tools might have a useful function at work was, well … something you didn’t talk about maybe? Because (a) you didn’t know what it was, and (b) it sounded like something that could get you in trouble?

Here’s a thought along those lines from Devora Rogers of the Emerging Media Lab:

It wasn’t long ago that employers were trying to figure out how to forbid staff from accessing their social networking profiles while at work. Just three years ago, when I worked as a producer for a reality TV production company, the HR Director released a note to all staff: Use of IM during the workday is grounds for termination. Period. Wow, I thought then.

Now, observes Rogers, “It’s becoming a legitimate way to do business.”

We’ve come a long way baby – and it makes me realize how we should have been here long before this, and how far we still have to go.

Today we have both internal and external social media activities at LaRC: NASA Langley, Technology Gateway and Yuri’s Night Twitters, 40th anniversary of Apollo Facebook and Yuri’s Night accounts, openLangley and an affiliated FB group, an upcoming LaRC Facebook, and internal blogs like this one and TeXpo and The world is flat, and a bunch of people Yammering …

We’ve got Baby Boomers in the office signing up to personal social networking accounts … it’s gone mainstream. Earlier this week I convinced the 60-something vice president of the International Association of Sheet Metal Workers to join Facebook and become a NASA friend. And our own Duncan Mciver has an Langley Alumni Association FB account.

What is next?

– M. Finneran

Langley Twitters and FBs

January 20, 2009


by Mike Finneran

A new Twitter is available that provides updates about NASA Langley Research Center. It’s “NASA_Langley” and is so new that as of this post, nothing had been tweeted yet … so now’s your chance to get in on the ground floor! Check it out at Langley.

Facebook Pokeman App

December 17, 2008 you’re on Facebook when someone rings the doorbell, and you know it’s that guy again who’s been trying to serve you legal documents. The ones related to your divorce for “abandonment by Internet.” So you ignore it. A few minutes later you’re “poked” on Facebook  and …

You’re busted!

Check out “Facebook ‘pokes’ can be used for court notification.”

All things to all people

December 12, 2008

CNET columnist Don Reisinger makes some trenchant observations on what Facebook could learn from its competitors in a post here.

Summary: FB should add a music streaming service (MySpace), a profile design tool (Friendster), and a way to share long written pieces (Bebo).

Convergence anyone?

– Mike F.