Posts tagged social networks
This month Tony Karrer’s blog asks the questions:
- Where is your time spent?
- How much time do you spend and how did you find time for all the relatively newer things like reading blogs, twitter, social networks, etc.?
- What are you doing less of today than you were 3-5 years ago?
- Do you have less of a life with all of these new things?
Where is your time spent?
With the amount of information available at the touch of a button I think the best way to answer this to say how I manage my time on an average day and how it now fits into it.
It takes me an hour door to door to get to work and I spend this time, on the way to work catching up with the latest and greatest information. This usually involves either listing to podcasts and/or catching up on my Google reader feeds on my phone. I’ve found google reader a great asset as I can mark interesting stories for my friends to read and they do the same, I also may send a tweat. When I get off the train it takes about 10 minutes before I’m at work so I use this time to check the days calendar and any outstanding emails from the previous day. I’m usually quite strict about emails and only read them 3 times a day, I find they can be quite distracting if your constantly getting pop-ups about new emails. That actually reminds me of an old boss, one day he came into work and tipped his entire in-tray into the bin and announced if it was urgent someone would tell him eventually.
Seems like only yesterday I was walking around Toronto University but yesterday saw Professor Barry Wallman from Toronto University and Alexandra Marin release their paper Social Network Analysis: An Introduction (PDF). Its a great introduction into networking concepts, its probably one of the most insightful and relevant I’ve found to date. Social networks are maturing and I feel its important to understand how social networks can really be harnessed to influence and shape the way we learn. Informal learning accounts for 87% of a persons learning and this is accelerating as more people use online wiki’s, blogs, pod-casts and social networks to learn, people and are managing their own learning and linking with other like minded people on networking sites.
Professor Barry Wellman is a professor based at the University of Toronto (and a very nice campus it is too!) where he directs the NetLab and studies networks: community, communication, computer, and social. His research examines social support, virtual community, the virtual workplace, community, kinship, friendship, and social network theory and methods. His pioneering work with networks pre-dates the hype and hysteria that is currently online social networking.