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3 @ NMC Summer Conference

It’s been a jam packed day at the New Media Consortium 2003 summer conference in lovely (humid) Blacksburg Virginia (Hokie-land, Virginia Tech). The Maricopa Learning eXchange got a large dose of exposure today, and I am thinking many people are going home thinking “Gotta do a Google on RSS”

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Social Media Recap from NMC 2010

cc licensed flickr photo shared by cogdogblog It’s a few weeks gone by in the rear view mirror, but like last year I wanted to post some notes from the social media aspects we wove into the 2010 NMC Summer Conference. Our host this year was USC, but we had the conference in Anaheim at the Disney Resort. If you want just the headlines, I;d say Twitter Was Big (No Surprise) but this year with More Insights, Photosharing Was Slightly Down, Conference Blogging is a Win, and There’s No Match For Being There. Pathable Social Media Site  This was the second year we use the service offered by  Pathable that provides a platform for connecting and communicating with other attendees. We are able to create accounts for all conference attendees via an API from our own custom registration system, and it transfers some of their user profile information from our drupal […]

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Social Media Recap from NMC 2009

Since it is already a week in the rear view mirror, this ought to be my last post about the 2009 NMC Summer Conference. Heck, it’s time to start thinking about 2010. However I wanted to record, primarily for my own sake, while fresh in my mind a recap of the social media tools we used (and other related factors) for our conference. I resisted using the title of “report card” ;-) cc licensed flickr photo shared by alumroot Most of this follows what we provided for attendees as our “conference tech tools”. Previously, On NMC…. For background, in the 3 previous NMC conferences I have been involved with since starting my job there in 2006- we’ve done mainly a “tag this conference” approach where we ask people to tag photos, web sites, blog posts e.g. 2006, 2007, 2008 where I cobbled together some summary pages using mainly my own […]

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Paging @KathySierra…

cc licensed flickr photo by laffy4k Dear @KathySierra, I realize that you are, like, a big internet A-list star with lots to do and horses to tend, but am a bit saddened my twitter direct message to you has not generated a reply. We are really, really, really interested in enticing you to keynote at the 2009 NMC Summer Conference, which will be in Monterey Bay. With some guesswork and my fuzzy California geography sense, this ought to be a short commute for you. In August, when I was at WordCamp 2008, Matt Mullenweg shared with me that he had made all the arrangements with you to speak at that event over twitter direct messages– how cool is that? I thought it was worth a try. But hey, I know people are busy, so this is my second effort, yes a bit tacky I admit. You gotta try. I was […]

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So it shall be written. So it shall be done.

In the house of CogDogBlog, most blog posts are written in the moment; no draft and reviews, just… splat. But this one has been bouncing around; it seems petty, whiny, un-necessary. Yet it keeps grinding away in my gut. Let’s see what happens. Countless are the times I watched the epic Cecille B. DeMille production of The Ten Commandments. One of many memorable scenes was where Moses, after discovering his true heritage and having reacted to the cruelty of the Egyptians toward his people, is brought in chains before Sethi. The old Pharaoh, who had raised Moses as a son, torn between the man he had loved and what he was forced to do, banished Moses (with heavy bass drum beats): Let the name of Moses be stricken from every book and tablet… stricken from all pylons and obelisks, stricken from every monument of Egypt. Let the name of… Moses […]

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Scoping Out Penn State

2009/365/123 Scoping Out Old Main by cogdogblog posted 3 May ’09, 2.49pm MDT PST on flickr Penn State University- a lovely campus even on a grey rainy day. In a 3 day visit it’s not even close to possible to take in a place like Penn State University. I’d like to say there is a big purpose on this blog post (actually that is an every day wish), but to be honest, this blog is going to show up in my presentation today, and I want to have a contextually relevant post. Oops, I keep violating that rule to not blog about blogging. I’ll blog more on that next Tuesday. This visit has a multitude of purposes, one to hang out with my best friend from Mr Murray’s 9th grade Biology class (the losers at Milford Mill who got in the section where they did dissect

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Tweet and Receive

It’s been frequently noted that the response effect of twitter is not a simple matter of opening an account and yelling for help; as a new tweeter you get the tree-falling silently effect. That said, I feel overwhelmingly fortunate to put out a single request and get a string of responses. With this, and despite the annoying flitterings of the service, I must admit to my good friend and colleague Scott Leslie, that I’m not quite ready to lead a charge to another ship. And even more warming, is that in the replies to my question today, I only know half of the responders. That’s right, people I don’t know are trying to help me! One pitfall can be squeezing a complex request into 140 characters… i like the thought process of stripping it down to the bare essentials, lose the articles, commas, spelled out “and”s and get clever with […]

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And Here I Was Worried About Having Too Many Blogs

At one time I bemoaned a future of having multiple blogs to spread my self around. That was so 1.0. I have two personal ones (one just for running or complaining about it), three ones at NMC for various projects, plus our main drupal site which has blog like writing duties, plus others I am losing track of… But its a problem of my own making. And now a new one. I am multiple twittering. Is the “great sucking sounds” any remnant of time? like that I ought to be eating lunch right now or trying to clean the green from my swimming pool or …? So I have my own twittering at http://twitter.com/cogdog. For the 2007 NMC Summer Conference, I got jazzed to create a NMC specific twitter space, to play with displays like TwitterCamp, to aggregate stuff in places like Tumblr and pageflakes. But I see some more […]

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A Tale of Three Taggings

I feel moderately good about our experiment of “tagging” the NMC Summer Conference this year. We put it in the printed program that we were asking participants to tag blog posts, flickr photos, and del.icio.us bookmarks with an “official” tag of nmc2006. I used a local copy of Feed2JS and flickr’s Javascript badge to bring them together into one page at http://www.nmc.org/events/2006summerconf/tag.php. I was going to SuprGlu ‘em too, but had trouble getting to their site the night before the conference. So how did it go? Well, of course, I had a fair bit in there since it was my idea and I wanted it seeded with “stuff.” And I appreciate the numbers of people who did jump in. The aggregation is quite nice. In summary: Tagging with Technorati is the most complex of them all. Unless you have added a plugin to your blog software, getting the content o […]

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