“Education is, today at least, a black box. Society invests significantly in primary, secondary, and higher education. Unfortunately, we don’t really know how our inputs influence or produce outputs. We don’t know, precisely, which academic practices need to be curbed and which need to be encouraged. We are essentially swatting flies with a sledgehammer and doing a fair amount of peripheral damage. Learning analytics are a foundational tool for informed change in education. Over the past decade, calls for educational reform have increased, but very little is understood about how the system of education will be impacted by the proposed reforms. I sometimes fear that the solution being proposed to what ails education will be worse than the current problem. We need a means, a foundation, on which to base reform activities. In the corporate sector, business intelligence serves this “decision foundation” role. In education, I believe learning analytics will serve this role. Once we better understand the learning process — the inputs, the outputs, the factors that contribute to learner success — then we can start to make informed decisions that are supported by evidence.”—How data and analytics can improve education - O’Reilly Radar (via infoneer-pulse)
Follow (asymmetric) - enables you to follow people (those people don’t have to follow you back in order for you to see their content in your stream…you are basically their fan)
Public - your posts are shared in the public
Friend (symmetric) - you cannot read and send each other updates unless you both follow each other (this is called “friend”)
Private - you posts are not shared in the public, instead they are shared with all your friends only (this is called a “walled garden”)
Selective Reading & Sharing - you can also read and share with just a selection of people (this is called “Lists”…this isn’t a primary design feature and isn’t used that much as far as sharing goes)
Follow (asymmetric) - enables you to follow people, just like Twitter, where those people don’t have to follow you back
Public and/or Private - your posts can be shared in the Public, or just shared with All Circles or a selection of Circles
Selective Reading - you can also read posts in a stream from just a selection of people you follow (this is called “Circles”)
Selective Sharing - you can also share posts with just a selection of people (this is called “Circles”)…BUT unlike Facebook, unless “those people you follow in your circle” follow you back, they won’t see your post in their stream, instead they will see it in an alternative stream called “Incoming”.
Posting to Circles
I post about my trip to Melbourne and limit this to my Family circle (this circle has 6 people in it)
Because I’m so used to Facebook I have assumed that all those 6 people will see my post.
Wrong? Only the 4 people that have followed me back will see that post in their “Stream”.
The other 2 people will only see that post if they look at their “Incoming” stream.
The 101 - when you choose a Circle only the people that follow you back will see your post
Posting to Public
It simply means that all people that follow me will see my post in their stream
Just say Judy follows me, but I don’t follow her (therefore I don’t have her in a circle)
And just say I post to a Circle, and not Public.
This means Judy will not see my post at all.
Posting to Individuals (Mentions)
This has nothing to do with Circles.
But just like Circles and Public; Individuals are a selection you can make in choosing an audience to post to.
The way you can post to Individuals is pre-fixing their name with an “@” or a “+”
The difference in limiting to who sees your post using this selection is that it will also send that person a notification that you have “mentioned” them. Which kind of makes it very similar to the Twitter @mention feature. In Google Plus there is a stream called Notifications where you can view all these pushed mention posts.
Google+ requires me to create a mental model: the intersection of actions that I have taken, such as following others or putting them into circles, and the actions they have taken, most importantly whether they have followed me or not.
One snag in this is that there isn’t a simple way to know who exactly will see what you post in Circles when you do so. Another snag is that your stream is defined by the union of all those you have Circled, which is another thing that is not easy to find out.
A confession: I am not currently using Google+ actively. I am sitting out the surge of interest because I actually don’t have a burning need to use it, and the social dynamics remind me of Friendfeed, with the same people advocating it.
Photographer Eric Fischer who calls himself the “Geek of Maps” has posted up some very interesting of Twitter and Flickr user locations across the globe. His stunning images show clearly where people are using Twitter more, Flickr or both. If you look at the maps, there are red/orange dots that represent people using Flickr. The blue dots indicate Twitter users and the white dots are both. One would think that the West Coast used Twitter more, especially California, but the map tells a different story.
“Apple has done what Google and Facebook cannot do: become No. 1 in China.”—
John Quelch, former senior associate dean of Harvard Business School and now head of the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, talking to the New York Times.
This is something that finally got some buzz this past quarter — Apple is killing it in China.
They did $3.8 billion in revenues from Greater China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan) last quarter. And that’s with only four Apple Stores open in two cities, Beijing and Shanghai. In the coming year, they’re going to open a ton more.
And those numbers are coming before Apple is on China’s largest carrier, China Mobile.
When people look at Apple’s already astronomical numbers and wonder how they can possibly go higher, this is how.
The State Of Twitter
If you want to understand what’s going on at Twitter right now, watch this interview thatAdam Lashinsky did with Twitter CEO Dick Costolo yesterday at Brainstorm. It’s about 23 minutes long and covers most of the major issues that the media has been focused on in the past six months. In Apple’s infinite wisdom, this won’t play on an iPad or an iPhone because it is a flash player.
Designer Catrina Dulay came up with some simple illustrations that point out what a perfect world would be like without certain everyday disruptions. Oh how I agree with these! Here are just a few of them.