How Social is Too Social?
September 22, 2011
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All that stuff on the right? Too distracting to be educational.
This new Facebook layout (for what, the fourth or fifth time is it now?) really has me thinking; If teachers are pushing to use Web 2.0 services in their classroom, how would one deal with new updates, especially those that come up so radically as Facebook?
The easiest solution I can think of is using Tweetdeck or other third-party apps for social networking. I’ve used Tweetdeck for well over a year, and when Twitter’s website is down, or being updated (who can forget the #newtwitter debacle that so many power users (this is the nicest blogpost I can find on that) absolutely abhorred. That is the downside to Web 2.0 I guess. Change needs to happen, and this is a lesson in itself.
As for using Facebook for any sort of social networking, I believe the new(est) Facebook update has destroyed any chance for that as it currently is. The “ticker” sure is a fun feature; but do I really care if someone I work with that is friends with me made some smart-ass comment on a roommates photo? No. I don’t think anyone does. I suppose this could help teach self-censorship, but the whole “timeline” and “scrapbook” really don’t have much educational value. I share the feelings in this rant. Facebook is not my life. Sorry Zuck. Social networking should not be considered a life, rather a way of networking (see what I did there?) with those met through life or common interests. And that is yet another Web 2.0 lesson for teachers.