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Tools of the trade

First of I feel I am getting better at this blogging thing, if there is such a thing as getting better at blogging.

This one sentence already explains a lot about my behaviour towards tools and selecting them. I never expected to blogging, ever! Well that sort of changed over the course of the last 2 weeks. To me blogging wasn’t a tool I felt I neither needed nor wanted. But since the start of this course the need was suddenly there so the barrier was taken away, in this case the tool was chosen for me, but with the option of linking from another blogging site.

Since I knew nothing I relied on what given as the best tool and started using it, and whilst using this tool I haven’t run into any problems inconveniences or barriers that keep me from using this tool for my needs. But if I feel my needs exceed the possibilities of a certain tool, I’ll search for another tool.

This goes for any of the tools I use, for example youtube, I used to use it a lot but at a certain point I found out that if I want to listen my favourite type of music youtube just didn’t suit me. I really dislike making play-lists and I hate breaks in between songs. So I turned to Soundcloud where up and coming DJ’s post their entire sets which I can listen without brakes. I still use youtube but my needs diversified so my tools had to aswell.

So yes I select my tools according to my preferences, nonetheless if someone recommends another tool to me I’ll never be shy to try it, since having loads of possibilities to solve a certain problem is always better than having to stick to one or two solutions which limit the outcome.

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Posted in All Students, Group 6, Idea Networks
This was originally published at Nout Hogesteeger

Tools

Now a days, we have many choices for online communities, and attached to them we have a lot of tools, so it is really hard to get to know all of them, everyone uses at least one or two online communities, but one or two is not enough to know about all the tools and different ways to communicate. For example in my case I only use Facebook (that includes direct messages, wall posts, sharing pictures, groups, events, applications, etc.) or Twitter ( that has hashtags, private messages, followers, twits, etc). But what about kickstarter or google +? or the rest of the online communities? 

For my own experience, I chose those options because, my preferences are to get close and be connected to all the people around me, and they are always using facebook and twitter, more than other online communities, so I am always posting comments or pictures in facebook, and for twitter, I am always tagging friends and putting hashtags that I am interested with. But if I had the necessity of using other tools in other online communities, I would learn them. Even though I am not good with technology, I don’t consider myself a technology steward, because I am really new at it and it is really hard for me to understand them.

If you are working on a team, there might be people with other preferences, in consequence you need to have communication and to be open for other options, so you can find a balance between all the group members with one of the many tools that you have. An important point of this is that you can learn a lot from others experiences and preferences, because they might use different tools, so they can help you to be a technology steward. 

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This was originally published at Michelle Franken

Technology Stewardship and Thinking “out-of-box”

 

Thinking out of  box in using tools and technologies is not necessarily a multi-complex task and does not essentially require high levels of expertise. Most of the really interesting uses of online tools and platforms were not imagined by the designers of that service but by the users. Thinking out of box is simply asking ourselves: what do I need? And also comes out of bridging between applications and tools to get a desired outcome which have never been seen before. The Twitter’s case in Iran’s Green Movement would be a good example.

 

In June 2009, the social movement which started with the fraud presidential election in Iran lead to a technological surprise. The surprise was caused by the “out-of-box” use of web 2.0 technologies. The so called “Green movement” started months before the Iran’s elections with the campaign of a reformist candidate. Students and the middle class supporters of the reformist candidate harnessed social media as the main platform of communication. On the election day, when the government realized that it has lost the election, it decided not to give up the power and claimed its own candidate victory! Consequently, to control the following street protests and demonstrations, the authorities arrested thousands of activists, limited the access to Internet and communication infrastructure (e.g. SMS), deported all the international reporters and journalists from the country, filtered many websites such as Youtube and Facebook and aggressively tried to suppress the peaceful demonstrations. In such condition, the surprise took place and, later, nicknamed as “Twitter revolution”.

 

 

In spite of all the limitations and thanks to anti-filters, thousands of videos were uploaded on Youtube and the news from the “citizen journalists” were massively shared and reached the media. What was the surprise then?  Twitter was a micro-blogging service targeted the needs of business people and those who wanted to use their mobiles to broadcast short messages. Before the Green movement, the platform was not meant to be used by citizen journalists or people organizing demonstrations or broadcasting news from the streets. Why Iranian’s chose Twitter? Simply, the Twitter website was not filtered at that moment and it could satisfy the need of the mass which was sending out the news. It took a bit of time for the government to react and that was enough for Iranians to catch the attention of media!

In the Iran’s case, the availability of information was made possible by the technology but the speed of spread was caused by people’s performance. Therefore, it was not only the technology but the social networks on top of the technological networks who moved the information so fast. Users are the ones who give meaning to the technologies and define new applications for the tools.

So, if you were looking for an online space to brainstorm with five of your friends and you couldn’t find the “right” platform/tool for it, would be no problem to join a free poker table in Yahoo games or Zynga and use the facilities for your own activity!

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This was originally published at Project Community Rituals

Need a team organizer? Try Asana!

Need a team organizer? Try Asana!:

Asana is the shared task list for your team.
The place to plan, organize & stay in sync!!

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Posted in All Students, Group 3, Work Teams
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