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7.31.2010

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7.28.2010

Non-profit "gimmicks"?

Sent this note to a local social-media contact of mine for opinions... but heard nothing back, which may or may not mean anything... so, here's what's on my mind:

...the whole topic there [at the July Social Media Breakfast in Minneapolis/St. Paul] rekindled my "how do you get people plugged into a good cause" questions. The Dream Team 2010 concept is great at first blush (or second or third)... and then I started thinking about it and realized that it's actually pretty strange.

I wonder if this "celebrity"-endorsed contest-type thing is a sustainable fundraising/engagement model, or if it's going to be like the Old Spice personalized YouTube response videos (where the first agency to do it is wicked-clever and the second one to do it is a lame copycat).

Anyway, here's the strange part: Common sense would dictate that if, for example, Land-O-Lakes really wanted to give $25k to end hunger... why don't they just do it? Why the "game" of getting people to sign up and "release" a dollar and tweet it out and whatever?

The plain old answer is, "Duh, Eric, it's for promotion and to engage people in the cause..." and that's true... but then it seems to go back to the point I was inarticulately struggling through with your [...] colleagues at lunch -- that it seems a forced choice between "manipulating the unwilling" vs. "cajoling the indifferent"

Wouldn't it be nice if those who cared about hunger (for example) just plain cared about it with X-many units of "caring-ness" and did what they were going to do without having to play games of tweeting out messages and competing for iPads?

(And you know me -- instead of "hunger" you can sub in "online learning" or "Bible study" or "ovarian cancer detection" or whatever cause resonates with you.)

Not sure if any of that makes sense, but if anyone can understand it, it'd be you. Not sure if there are any papers/thinkers/etc. that I should be exploring on the "community engagement" front, or if the ultimate answer is just "Yeah, that's life; learn to deal with it, bub!"??

(And for what it's worth, I turned it into a podcast over at Ericast.com so you can check that out there, too.)??

Thoughts on the topic?

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7.15.2010

Backup Overview | dpBestflow

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7.09.2010

Grandma memories...

Vi mentioned fond memories of going up to a cabin on Ann Lake as a girl...

Ann Lake, Sand Dunes State Forest | Zimmerman Minnesota Hikes | Trails.com http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGM064-002
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7.08.2010

Can Windows Search be fixed?

Windows_search_sucks

Google Desktop isn't perfect... but I've never had such bad luck as I do with Windows Search. Bad, bad, bad!

And at this point in my life, it's getting to be a big detriment; when a computer tells me that a file doesn't exist, I tend to believe it, and in this case I end up going off on a wild goose chase until I come back to my laptop and sort through my folders one-by-one until I find it.

Can Windows Search be fixed, or is it beyond hope? (I have it installed so that Outlook mail can be indexed... but should I trust it for that, even?)

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Another article to read

I'm not a Patrick Rhone groupie (really!) but I was impressed with his talk and historical perspective and I keep running into references to him since UnSummit4 -- here's another one I need to read through:

Talking Tools: Patrick Rhone of MinimalMac.com | Bridging the Nerd Gap

http://nerdgap.com/post/785571607/talking-tools-with-patrick-rhone-of-minimal...

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7.07.2010

Silent majority of innovators?

Notes to myself from the EduCAUSE Live presentation today:

I wonder if I have a bunch of faculty who are using cool "Web 2.0" tools - Twitter, delicious, Skype, Posterous. I doubt it, but I'll need to ask around to find out.

Accessibility? ADA? (And FERPA? Like Copyright, these are external impositions and faculty rarely have a motive to focus on them -- they're usually "just hindrances"...)

Pragmatic or ethical issue with forcing students to register at 3rd-party sites?

Site obsolescence? What if Click.TV goes under? (Which it did.)

What's IT's responsibility if it breaks?

Engage. Write. Collaborate. Define "newer" faculty. Age? Time teaching?

http://ycedu255.blogspot.com referenced "added threaded discussions and gradebook" -- how?

Modeling use of new technology in "ed tech" courses is very different from "operationalizing" them for other classes across the institution.

Winona State "faculty technology mentor" concept -- give the early adopters a venue in which to engage.

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5 Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Identity

From Mashable... This might have some good advice for me...

http://mashable.com/2010/07/06/clean-social-media-identity/

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7.02.2010

KAPS?

Hadn't heard of KAPS but it sounds like a great idea to pursue/ponder...

Do Your Customers Appreciate You? ??? Todd Youngblood's "SPE" Blog:

http://ypsgroup.com/blog/differentiation/do-your-customers-appreciate-you/

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