Actually, Facebook is obviously not dead. It has upwards of 60 million users and is worth maybe $7billion. "Facebook is Dull" might be a more appropriate title. I've got a Facebook account and find it completely useless for my work. Do I really need to know that my sister-in-law has been challenged to a movie quiz by someone I've never heard of? Am I bothered that I've only got six Facebook friends? I signed up to see what the fuss was about and to see if there was any worthwhile educational app for it. Couldn't think of one, even though Teachmeet has a Facebook group: I got all the info I needed about it by following the wiki.
I'd written Facebook off as a worthwhile use of my time, and then this came along, spotted by Dougmuses. A beautifully crafted rant about Facebook - with some surprising revelations about the owners. Now I feel doubly vindicated.
Twitter, on the other hand, rocks. I've already blogged about how useful I find it in my working life: it's a constant stream of useful ideas, weblinks and resources. And now people are starting to use it in all kinds of innovative ways. Paul Harrington describes how he picked up on a live streamed discussion with teachers in Bangkok through Twitter. MrMayo has set up a wiki to manage his Manyvoices project using Twitter for collaborative writing; and I am convinced we will see many more such projects develop in 2008.
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