Free PDF of the book The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet, by Daniel J. Solove. Grab it while it’s hot. Via Apophenia, who posts a succinct review
Ad Age column: Email deflates critical thinking. I believe it. (And now I’m thinking maybe blog-skimming and Twitter has a similar effect.) Good article, with tips for resisting the email siren song. Via @steverubel.
Just signed up for Yahoo’s new Facebook application, Friendsense. According to Yahoo’s Research Blog, “addresses two empirical paradoxes that have puzzled political scientists for years”: 1.) “the widespread perception among Americans that the US is a politically polarized country, when in fact numerous surveys indicate that Americans are surprisingly difficult to classify into simple categories,” and 2.) “that people also tend to think that their friends’ beliefs are more similar to their own than they actually are—suggesting that people don’t know their friends as well as they think they do.” If you’re on Facebook and interested in survey tools, this might be worth checking out.
Another blog aggregator on the scene: Alltop, which claims to pull the top stuff from the top blogs in 21 categories. No higher ed category yet, but Guy Kawasaki assures me they’re working on it and is even seeing suggestions. (If you have any ed blogs to suggest, post in the comments and I’ll get the word to Guy. He and I are like that, after all.) Blogger Kami Huyse suggests the site might be “a great way to start building a list of blogs in the topic areas that AllTop has chosen to cover, though I have no idea how they classify a blog as a ‘top’ blog.”
Eduweb Conference keynote speakers announced. The conference, July 21-23 in Atlantic City, N.J., will open with Mark Greenfield, director of web services for the University at Buffalo, and will close with Karine Joly of CollegeWebEditor.com and HigherEdExperts.com.
New sites on the radar: BricaBox, a social platform (h/t to Matt Herzberger); Xobni (“inbox” spelled backwards), an email organizing tool in beta test (h/t to Snark Hunting); and Traackr, a social media tracking/analysis site (via ReadWriteWeb).
Taking a virtual break. We all need to unplug from the grid once in a while. This guy’s story makes me realize the value of disconnecting every now and then. And that’s what I’m about to do.