When Search Isn’t Good Enough

This post was last updated on December 12th, 2011 at 03:15 pm

Search is highly overrated.

I have a serious problem. As I build presentations I get a clear vision of an idea or concept I want to discuss and I immediately want to visualize it. For better or worse, I gain and make meaning with visuals. To that end I’ve continued to create slides that I reuse and share with others. Fortunately others have shared my passion and created a nice set that others are free to use.

Today’s vision was around filtering. Not that kind of filtering but the kind I’ve discussed here. On more than one occasion, I’ve quoted Clay Shirky’s quote about filter failure. It has been begging to be visualized, at least for me. So I head over to flickr and realize that my vision lacked easily searchable terms. I had envisioned a larger quantity of some item with one item standing out. I tried several search terms and phrases but didn’t find what I wanted.

I turned to twitter.

After this initial request:

Over the next 30 minutes I recieved 20 various image suggestions and 4 other ideas of how to create … Read the rest

Video Shoutouts

This post was last updated on September 5th, 2011 at 11:03 am

You know when someone is doing a workshop and they have people shoutout on Twitter telling them where they live and how they use Twitter? Of course you do. You’ve likely been on on side of that or the other more times than you can count.

It’s my turn.

Later this month I’ll be doing my own little presentation on Twitter for local teachers. I’m calling it "The Stupidest Thing You’ve Ever Heard of That You MIght Find Useful". I’ll likely do a twitter shoutout but I’d really like you to take a bigger role. So stealing a page right out of Alan Levine’s book. (I steal many things from Alan so he’s probably just rolling his eyes if he reads this) I’m going to ask you to submit a little video that sheds a little light on the whole Twitter rage.

So if you’d be so brave, send me a little video (no more than about 60 seconds) explaining either:

  • a twitter story
  • why you find it useful
  • how you use it
  • a great twitter tip
  • or anything else I’ve forgotten

Send them to me via email … Read the rest

Fun with Twitter: Lesson #31

This post was last updated on May 6th, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Here’s just another really silly, useless but somewhat fascinating use of twitter. Not necessarily any educational value but pure fun.


Step one: Find someone at a sporting or other large event.




Step Two: Offer a challenge:



Step Three: Watch and wait:



Step Four: End with laughter, joy and acknowledgement of a well completed task.





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Twitter Deep vs. Blog Deep

This post was last updated on June 11th, 2018 at 11:43 am

I’ve never been one to tell anyone how to use a tool and specifically a tool like Twitter. It’s evolving and been re-purposed in more ways that I’m sure the developers had in mind.

smsWhile everyone has their own construct about it, there’s no doubt it’s becoming a significant medium for many individuals and organizations.  Personally, I have to use some restraint as many conversations are only “twitter deep.” For me, that means I respect the limitations of a 140 character space to be limited to superfluous ideas at best.  Certainly, a great link can be posted but the minute a tweet engages people in a meaningful way that requires any degree of unwrapping, my immediate thought is “get a room”.  Frustrations mount as complex ideas are squeezed into a simple text messaging tool.


Exhibit A
Discussions like this are not suited well to twitter or even plurk.  I appreciate how Darren has tried to capture it but again, the responses are disjointed and the limitations likely make it a less than satisfying learning experience. Even as I read the tweets, it requires so much clarification that … Read the rest

The value of presence

This post was last updated on September 5th, 2011 at 11:04 am

I created this from a recent article in the New York Times as part of my continuing development of an interesting quotes set.  Reading the article fully illustrates the value of creating web presence. It may not be for everyone, but it does have value.

Is this a new literacy? Do we need to understand this form or communication? Or is this just pure fluff?… Read the rest