Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

Making assumptions

March 21, 2010

I usually discount reports and articles which analyze the differences between generations especially when they relate to technology use and information gathering.  I worry about libraries using such reports to stereotype their users without gathering evidence about how THEIR community really does work. Actually I probably worry more that someone is making assumptions about ME based on age and gender. I bridle at the suggestion that people my age do not use tech and online social networks or I use them less well than my 18 year old daughter.

But today I encountered a generational difference that I wanted to report.

My daughter accidentally wiped her phone including her contacts list. She didn’t have a back up as she uses a non web connected Blackberry phone with a Linux laptop. Backing the phone up is doable but problematic so she hadn’t done it. That is nothing different- we have all been there.

And we all live in dread of doing something similar. I hesitated syncing with Google contacts when they said that the initial sync is one way and will delete the list. Delete my years of data! No way. Not going there. I have my contacts backed up to Outlook on my laptop and the corporate server via Exchange. I compromised with an initial import to Google contacts that I later regretted. Not only have they got out of sync but the implementation of Buzz bought home to me how much I keep my networks separate. The people in my phone list are not the people I regularly email and they are not the people  I connect with on online social networks. There is some overlap. My family and friends that I email or phone are most likely to be on Facebook if anywhere. But my phone list includes businesses that I use. I do not want them on my Facebook list or Buzz. (Sadly my contacts list also includes people I only ever contact by sending a Christmas card to. That needs work but I wouldn’t want to either loose their addresses or have their details in my social network.)

Back to my story. My daughter is attempting to recreate her phone list by creating a Facebook event to bring her plight to her network’s attention. So in her situation the majority of her phone list network IS in her online social network. I rang her to say how novel that was but apparently others in her network have done the same thing.

So there are several elements that I would like to hear back from people:

  • How much does your network segment between different communication tools?
  • How do you backup your phone contact list? How would you need to recreate it if it was lost?
  • Have you any stories that have reaffirmed for you those articles about digital natives doing information gathering differently?

Facebook v MSM.

September 16, 2008

We all know that local mainstream media (MSM) filters the news. There is that old adage that a fire down the street is worth more airtime than the 1000s killed yesterday in the Sudan. But if you try and keep up with all the news everywhere then you can feel overwhelmed. You can set up alerts in Google news but they will be restricted to whatever your interests happen to be at the time.

If there are events happening in the world that we ought to be aware of how do you find out?

I have presented before about the value of online social networks in keeping me aware of the latest news in my web, library and online interests.

Today Facebook came to the rescue in keeping me a bit more aware of a human tradegy happening. My cousin worked for the UN and is connected to me on Facebook. Yesterday my cousin commented on this photo and that comment was on my Facebook newsfeed. It has not been made private so I hope very much that the poster does not mind if I post the link here. I then had to go a seek out the news of what was happening in that part of the world.

I am not sure a what I can do but I am using my meager part of hyperconnectivity to respread this bit of news just to remind us that there are others things happening in the world besides the US election and the release of a new browser. 

Facebook won this round.