Thursday, July 19, 2012
Though it's taken me a very long time to figure out how to work it, I really like Diggo! I'm constantly bookmarking sites that I like, but if I'm not on the same computer, I can't access them. Not only does Diggo help me by storing my sites in a "cloud" it also enables me to share them with others and have others share theirs with me. This is a great tech tool that can be used among colleagues and with students. If I had a teacher website, I could link my Diggo lists for educators, parents, and my students. I'd be able to customize the lists based on the information and audience. Here is a link to my Diggo library thus far: http://www.diigo.com/user/Pamvalente
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The video called, "Social Media in Plain English," was just that. It was a simple, clear, and amusing way to show the many benefits of using social media today. The example involved a town called "Scoopsville" that was made famous because of the unique flavors of ice cream people were creating. The buzz around the town and its interesting ice cream offerings enabled them to compete with the big ice cream company. Though word-of-mouth helped them to get visitors, people felt that too many flavors, and not enough knowledge about them, made it hard to decide. One ice cream maker realized that if he put a board up and allowed consumers to give feedback to others, it helped consumers to make an informed decision. Other ice cream sellers followed suit, and some realized that their ice cream wasn't particularly liked by consumers. This feedback could help the seller to improve the product or to inform a select type of consumer about the product with free advertisement. In Jared's case, his board was filled with so much positive feedback, it made him very successful. Again, this was free, fast advertisement thanks to social networking. It helped the consumers and the sellers to have the best product possible. That is just one example of how social media is changing the world in which we live.