Links: Fake websites, Digital Literacy, Deirdre without the Lol and Membership Organisations

Yoosk Birmingham.  Question some of Birmingham’s political figures including Deirdre without the Lol.
Fake websites used to teach real digital skills in a US school.  “Ms. Rosalia, the school librarian at Public School 225, a combined elementary and middle school in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, urged caution. “Don’t answer your questions with the first piece of information that you find,” she warned.”

Mark McDonald at Gartner “The public sector mission is a powerful tool and reflects the best of what it means to be in public service.  Use the mission as a leadership tool, because it’s never been more important than right now.” (Via Devon Enterprise Architects spotted by Carl).

David Wilcox: “Clay Shirky really pins down what any organisation relying on members or supporters for its life must do if it is to stay in business as people increasing network online. That means change for campaigning charities, trade associations, and membership bodies who may have worked in the past through a mix of newsletters, events and perhaps not very special services. If they don’t offer more value, members and supporters will stop paying their subs. I’ve suggested this before, Clay says it much better.” The interview is by Amy Sample Ward.


Finally: Obama’s folk say Twitter is a Gimmick: “The problem is that the new tool on the block tends to distract. It’s easy for a lazy and unimaginative campaign flack to sell story of “politician on twitter!”. Case of shiny object moving to shiny object. For organisations that need to invest in deep relationships, new services like twitter are scattershot and dizzying. They burn political capital. Besides, they don’t talk to the people you want to talk to [case of early adopters not being very useful to political campaigns? I’d still consider Twitter to be an early adopter service – won’t change until it has 60 million users, not just 6 million].”

One comment

  1. Jon Bounds says:

    That Obama’s campaign people think Twitter is a “gimmick” says more about them than it does about Twitter — of course it may not be a scalable model, the Pres. himself can hardly interact with his followers, but to dismiss it as no use at all shows no understanding of how communications tools can work.

    They should be thinking of ways to push it into more niche areas where people can have direct input, they should be thinking of how its “context-only” data model affects other huge scale data/communication systems, they should be bloody “eavsdropping”. They should think about how the model (more secure, probably) can work “within” their organisations.

    They’re thinking of it in the “broadcast” model (as the latest Wired makes clear of thier use of YouTube too) — but even so didn’t the effort taken to tweet make that direct communication with the 100,000 (plus thier followers at one step removed) worthwhile? Early adopters are influencers, you’d have thought they’d have twigged that.

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