Google Plus now allows pages for business and organizations to have a presence there and Tim sits down with Leigh Ellis, a student aide at DTLT, to talk about how the social media landscape is changing from the days of Myspace and Friendster to what’s on the horizon.
Jim is back from Penn State and talks with Tim about some of the amazing stuff they’re doing there. We also talk a bit more in-depth about how media production and consumption is changing for higher education with the move to more open source platforms.
DTLT has the unique opportunity this coming Spring to develop and teach 2 courses under the American History program at UMW. Earlier today we opened up the live stream and asked our Twitter followers to help us conceptualize what those courses could look like. On today’s episode we recap what we’ve come up with and stumble upon a few more ideas as well.
In this hodgepodge episode we talk about some of the project’s we’ve been working on over the past week including Media U, a open web framework Tim is building on WordPress to create an iTunes U alternative, UMW Blogs work, and the #cookielove movement on Twitter in honor of Alan Levine aka “cogdog”‘s late mother “The Cookie Lady”.
After Hurricane Irene there was some interesting backlash on Twitter and other social networks about the coverage of it as “hype” and perhaps having been “overblown”. With Tim still without power and sore from a day of cutting and hauling wood from the tree in his driveway, the DTLT guys sit down to talk about what constitutes “hype” in hindsight and the role social media continues to play in breaking real news.