This is sort of web 2.0 desert island discs (I know lots of people have done this before, e.g. here and here). Having heard stories of people having their Flickr or Facebook accounts pulled, I wondered what would be the service I would least like to lose? Here are my top three:
- Blog – okay, it’s not a single service as such and pre-dates the use of the term web 2.0, but it’s my list, so I’m bundling it in. As I said in my post of why educators should blog, I see the blog as the base camp for your online world. Everything else spreads from this identity. For me it is the sine qua non of an online existence, and it’s also the one I gain the most satisfaction from. If I lost this I would feel truly that my professional life (and personal to an extent) was the poorer for it. Blog – I heart you.
- Twitter – yes, in at number 2, and the surprise hit over Facebook. I started back in September when I decided I really needed to give Twitter a decent run. And I’m converted. It makes me feel connected to a range of peers, in a non-intrusive way (unlike IM), it is great for finding resources, it offers access to a support network, and is also good fun. If the future is a hive mentality then Twitter is it’s waggle dance. If I lost Twitter I’d miss out on feeling part of a broader ed tech community, hell I may even have to go to conferences.
- Facebook – I still like Facebook, but as my previous post sets out, Twitter has removed some of the motivation to go into it. Facebook is slightly more friend and institution focused. At the OU we have started developing applications for Facebook, which I think will be a very good way for students to enhance their own learning experience (for instance they can find people on the same course, find a study buddy, recommend courses, and soon share their story, swap resources, etc). I’m sure something else will come along and replace FB eventually, but the questions it has raised about how you support learners in this space and take advantage of the community it offers them, without invading their space will be important ones for us to address in education for years to come. If I lost Facebook I’d lose access to some friends who I only have contact through this and I’d also lose a space where we can think about the future of education.
Honorable mention – Slideshare. I do like Slideshare, it’s just neat at what it does. And recording bad slidecasts is my new favourite hobby.
And that’s it – Flickr, Delicious, LinkedIn, 43Things, YouTube – I could live without them. I like them, but their loss wouldn’t be as catastrophic for me as the above.
What are the three you would least like to lose? Remember to focus on what impact their loss would have, not just on why you like them.