Posts Tagged ‘social networking’

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.


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

Don’t let the buyer beware

January 30, 2009

customerservprior2jWhen people want to “do” new media and social networking, are they trying to check a box? Are their intentions pure? Both? It’s hard to know sometimes

A lot is said about customer service. Sounds good … what is it? If it is saying yes to whatever anyone wants, that might be customer service in a 5-star hotel, but not necessarily what it should mean here. We should all be each other’s customers. And that means asking the tough questions and giving the tough answers, and working together honestly to find solutions.

What are you trying to accomplish? Who are you trying to reach? What resources will you commit? Enquiring minds want to know … and help you get there. – Mike F.

More Vatican social networking news

January 17, 2009

pope_benedictHot on the heels of endorsing an iPhone prayer book app, the Vatican is back in the news with the announcement that the Pope is getting his own YouTube channel.

“The voice of the divine word must also resonate over the radio, Internet channels with virtual online distribution, CDs, DVDs, iPods, and on television and cinema screens,” the Vatican said in a statement.


More adults than kids use social networks!

January 15, 2009


This just in from the Pew Internet & American Life Project:

“While media coverage and policy attention focus heavily on how children and young adults use social network sites, adults still make up the bulk of the users of these websites. Adults make up a larger portion of the US population than teens, which is why the 35% number represents a larger number of users than the 65% of online teens who also use online social networks.”

Other findings:

  • “At its core, use of online social networks is still a phenomenon of the young”
  • “Personal use of social networks seems to be more prevalent than professional use of networks”
  • “The share of adult internet users … on an online social network site has more than quadrupled in the past four years”

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.