Someone has taken some old content I wrote for a course called T171 – You, your computer and the Net, which is available through the openlearn site and put it in Scribd. The course was written in 1998, and at the time hugely successful with 12,000 students. So it was funny to see the old content again. It made me reflect on what it’s like to have content take on a life of its own. My old, ownership reaction kicked in initially and I asked myself if I should mind. But that passed immediately, of course I don’t mind, as long as readers are aware that it’s old stuff and you’re not responsible for updating it. Still, I wonder if it will influence the way you write material when you know it may leave home and set up on its own one day.
Not entirely sure I get the point of Scribd I must say – it takes a doc and converts it to a form of PDF that can be embedded in a page. I get the point of doing that with a Powerpoint presentation (as with Slideshare), or with video (as with YouTube), but not really with text. But maybe I’m misssing something, so happy to be enlightened.