Some weeks have a theme. This one is all about online adventures, as I seem to be stumbling across interesting nuggets on various aspects of tech & new media this week.
1)Getting It From the Source
Although he never found out why the kids ain't tweetin', InsideTimsHead got some insight as to what his students think about social networking. From "What 15 Freshman Taught Me About Social Media;"
It’s also worth noting (as Karlyn Morissette points out in this fine blog entry) that students think of social media as social first and foremost. If they find information they can use on Facebook, that’s a bonus. But when they want information, they’ll go to your Web site. A reminder that while we can be distracted by all the shiny objects that are social media platforms, investing in your institutional Web site — and making sure it’s easy to use and functioning — remains as important as ever.
2)British Thespians Hit the 'Net
David Benedict at Variety has a story about new U.K. company Digital Theater, which is going to make productions available online for download. According to the piece, the companies involved are big time peeps like the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court Theater.
The productions -- filmed live in front of audiences over two or three performances, on between 5 and 11 remote-controlled, hi-definition cameras embedded in the staging -- will be offered as downloads priced at £8.99 (a bit more than $14.50). Offerings are available from the company's website or on the websites of the individual theaters, using a specially developed Theater Player compatible with all major browsers and operating systems.
On one hand, filmed theater usually feels flat to me. On the other, there are so many things happening in the U.K. theatrically that I'd love to get a peek at...
Mark Hefflinger at digitalmediawire.com posts about talks between MySpace and Facebook. The social networks are contemplating sharing content. This would make sense if, as Hefflinger describes it, MySpace begins to focus more on becoming a social entertainment destination and Facebook keeps it eye trained on building the best technology.