Notes: Digital Literacy 101

Digital Literacy 101
January 30, 2008 Tips
• Do not put commas after Tag entry – only a space
• Do use existing Tags when possible to eliminate 17 variations of same word
TO DO: Post 2 articles weekly with your name as one of the Tags

How to write your email so as not to get caught in spam net:
YourName (SPACE) At (SPACE) YourDomain (SPACE) Dot (SPACE) Com
i.e.: GMG at Georgetown Dot Edu

On Blogs:
#1 Rule about blogs – There Are No Rules!
• There is a right way to write a thesis paper, not so for blogs.
• If you’re not blogging for business using alter ego can be fun.
• To find your ‘natural’ voice – blog a lot. Really, a lot.
• Getting past inhibitions will differ for everyone – to get past your blog a lot.
• No rules on ‘right’ way to blog for class topics
• GG will let you know if you’re “wildly out of line.”• Be creative – YouTube is ok response to a class topic.
• Central Theme to any blog is the writer’s perspective/point.
• Hopefully blogging will make you a better communicator.

Sites mentioned tonight:
Slashdot – News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters.
Atrios is Duncan Black (Left)
Little Green Footballs – Charles Johnson (Right)
Matthew Yglesias at The Atlantic (Left)
My DD (Direct Democracy)
Fire Dog Lake
The Huffington Post
Flickr – photo sharing site
Scobleizer – Robert Scoble of Naked Conversations
Rocket Boom
Ask a Ninja
Webb Alert
Daily Kos – Founder is Markos Moulitsas Zúniga (Left)

Meta Data – the data about data that helps categorize data.

Think book at Library of Congress – all the pieces of data used to file that book are Meta Data.

Taxonomy – is the practice and science of classification. The Dewey Decimal System used to categorize and file books is a taxonomy. This system does not work on the web.

Folksonomy – Folksonomy is what we do when we tag our entries on (also known as collaborative tagging, social classification, social indexing, social tagging, and other names) is the practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content. In contrast to traditional subject indexing, metadata is not only generated by experts but also by creators and consumers of the content. Usually, freely chosen keywords are used instead of a controlled vocabulary (Wikipedia).

Wikipedia – the geekier the topic the more reliable the info, not so for non-geek entries.

The Semantic Web – an direction the Web may take which would replace Folksonomy with Taxonomy. This could be possible topic for Omni Class later in semester.

Tags – a label (or graffiti). Big part of Web 2.0 to brings order to wildness of blogs. Technorati is driving the tag movement online, enter a tag on their site and get results. The New York Times uses tons of tags in their blogs. Every time the same tag is used it gets bigger in the ‘Tag Cloud’. Good Meta Data Tags on your blog will increase your presence on the Web.

Flickr – photo sharing site where every photo has Meta Data. Not only what you post/tag but built in data from camera or cell phone.

RSS – Really Simple Syndication – created by Dave Winer who gave it to Harvard Law School. Think press clippings or Google Alerts – RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts (Wikipedia). Sign up for RSS and never have to check favorite sites, blogs & podcasts (including Flickr!) – automatically come to you.

Google Reader – best choice for RSS feeds. A Web-based news/feed reader capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds online or offline. It was released by Google on October 7, 2005. (Wikipedia)

Feedburner – Allows weblog owners and podcasters the ability to manage their RSS feeds and track usage of their subscribers.

TO DO: Set up RSS feeds to Google Reader for the web sites listed on the syllabus:
• Jeff Jarvis’s BuzzMachine
• Steve Rubel’s MicroPersuasion
• Jay Rosen’s PressThink
Read/Write Web
• Rebecca MacKinnon’s RConversation

Who Knew? – Robert Scoble of Naked Conversations is famous for reading a ton of RSS feeds daily and synthesizing on his web site. Link to his site and connect to the world!

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