Saturday, February 19, 2011

Things you find on the intertubes

Last night I asked a question on twitter about what the best tool would be to replace my delicious account. I'm one of those people that gets all worried once rhumours start circulating that a service will be ended and so I've been trying to make sure I find a replacement social bookmarking tool for a few days.

At the same time, I'm growing increasingly frustrated with having accounts floating around the internet that mean that I have to remember a string of login details and none of them talk to each other. So at the risk of putting all my eggs in one basket (but I think it's a pretty safe basket), I'm trying out Google Bookmarks. Having used for for all of about half an hour at this point, I'm a little disappointed at the 'social' aspect of the bookmarking, but hopefully I find it easier with time and they also invest some better development in the function.

In the coming months I'm also going to be designing and launching some online learning with a community of adults in Australia and as part of this project I'm really hoping to include as many information sharing tools that are easy to learn and use as possible. Fingers crossed Google Bookmarks makes the cut and I don't have to bombard the learners with yet another login process.

An avid twitterer in my field directed me to this article outlining 9 more alternatives to delicious that I think I will take a look at. Given I'm already using evernote on my phone, and I'd like to combine the note taking, image capturing and bookmarking functions all in one, I'm thinking that and diigo might be a shoe-in. (sidenote: ask Yahoo! Answers what the alternatives to delicious are and you'll get a hilarious result)

Friday, February 18, 2011

The New Social Learning

I read this book a couple of weeks ago in about two days. Straight up, that's a win. If you can make a business-related book easy enough to read so that people can knock it over quickly, you're on a good thing.

I think maybe I was the wrong audience for the majority of the chapters, as I'm already convinced that creating learner-controlled, technology-enabled learning that seamlessly interacts with information sharing and daily business function is the way to go.

That said, I did really enjoy the layout of the book - each chapter deals with a different aspect of addressing social media for business and corporate learning contexts. Starting with the basics of the arguments for social media at work and then moving to more detailed sections on how to approach change management and implementation, this book could be picked up by any manager and provide convincing arguments for embracing social media. I particularly enjoyed the section at the end of every chapter that provides hints on how to address objections from others.

In case you're interested in what others had to say about the book, you can read about it here, here, here and here. The authors have also cleverly created a web presence for the book including additional information, here.

It's practical, quick, straight-forward and relevant - all things that people looking to convince others about the benefits of social learning and social media need to make clear.

If that was enough to convince you, go buy a copy (if you're in Australia though, book-o it first, just to make sure you're getting the best deal).