Topic: Social Networks and Networking
Dr. Moira Gunn sits down with author, Nicholas Carr, to discuss the weird, new, artificial world in which we now live, through the pages of his new book, The Shallows: What is the Internet Doing to Our Brains.
Ben Huh of the website I Can Has Cheezburger, speaks about the Internet as a global trend that allows people to share what they have on their minds. People use the Internet every day and never stop to think that this can be called a "cultural action". What would happen if absolutely everyone could be given a computer? How would the world and human culture change in this case?
These rapid fire talks feature two innovations in healthcare. Founder Carleen Hawn discusses some of the stories from Healthspottr, a website that showcases innovative patient technologies from around the world. Also PatientsLikeMe co-founder James Heywood explains how the platform creates communities around medical conditions, and puts patients in control of their data.
Tim O'Reilly describes the state of the internet operating system. As more services and data move from computers onto the internet, there are new opportunities to create value as well as new risks for lock-in. Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook: which has the right strategy?
Do you set up feeds and alerts, and jigger social sites as headline aggregators? How do you get news on your favorite topics and find out about things you didn't know you wanted to know? And how do you stay informed without showing your hand? Mark Drummond, CEO of Wowd, offers 'a discovery tool for the real-time web.' It dynamically ranks listings. Alert information stays on your machine, while its indexing happens in the cloud, promising the freshest, most relevant results.
What are people doing, socially, on-line? How well can you really know someone on-line? If you see a critical comment, how do you take it? Is the author well-liked or respected by others? Christian Crumlish, curator of the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library, distills on-line social interaction into patterns. He discusses the interrelated concepts of individual, community, and activities and the constructs of identity, presence, personal history, reputation, and trust.
How can social tools provide a vibrant and relevant experience to the people who use them? Amy Jo Kim explains how to create a richer experience through open tools for syndication, support of independent software developers, and especially game mechanics, which she categorizes as collecting, points, feedback, exchanges, and customization. Learn how YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and others use these elements of game mechanics to engage people more deeply.
Twitter may be based in San Francisco, but it's used by folks in nearly every country in the world. In this university podcast, sponsored by the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, author Sarah Milstein shows you the ins and outs of how to use this real-time information network for your personal or business advantage. She offers tips on searching, posting, and making an impact on the world with your ideas.
Jessica Jackley is cofounder of Kiva.org, the nonprofit microfinancing website that allows people to promote international development and break the cycle of poverty by lending as little as $25 to a specific third-world entrepreneur. In this audio lecture, sponsored by the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Jackley talks about how she is revolutionizing philanthropy and inspiring a new generation of philanthropists through technology.
It wasn't long ago that people looked askance at blogs and Facebook, wondering: What's the point? Now such social media tools are being used in nonprofit management and beyond to help social causes. In this brief audio interview, nonprofit consultant Beth Kanter talks about how such tools can be used effectively to create social change.