From The Guardian’s tech correspondent Bobbie Johnson: Facebook is so last year – welcome to the hit websites of 2008. Twitter makes the cut, as does Seesmic. But the one that I find most fascinating is Moshi Monsters, a social networking site for kids that allows the little monsters to adopt little monsters of their own.
As Johnson explains, quoting Mike Butcher, the editor of startup news website Techcrunch UK, “Moshi Monsters is ‘Tamagotchi meets Facebook for 7-12 year olds, but with education thrown in.’ … Players ‘adopt’ a monster by buying a small charm which gives them an access code to the website. They then pick their monster, and look after them by solving regular puzzles.”
The monsters kind of look like something straight out of the mind of Maurice Sendak. Maybe that’s why I want to adopt one.
Now playing: Death Cab for Cutie – A Movie Script Ending
As part of the University of Missouri-Rolla’s fast-approaching name change to Missouri University of Science and Technology, we’ve been trying to get the new name out into the social mediasphere. We’ve done this in a couple of ways:
We’ve created a Missouri S&T outpost on Twitter just to see if any alumni or students who use Twitter will join us. We plan to offer news updates from time to time on Twitter, if there is a demand for the service.
Also, we’ve created a Missouri S&T photo-sharing site on Flickr. There, people may view and download images from campus. That isn’t anything new, as several colleges and universities do the same thing.
After Jan. 1, we’ll probably be doing more with social media. Any ideas? I’d love to hear from you. Just don’t ask me to create an island in Second Life.
Now playing: Talking Heads – Warning Sign
If you choose to follow him, that is. And what good girl or boy wouldn’t want to follow Santa Claus on Twitter?
Now playing: The Rolling Stones – Lies
Discovered via a Steve Rubel Tweet: Tweeterboard, an analytics tool for Twitter users.
Tweeterboard is a way of looking at who is influential on Twitter based on their conversations with other Twitter users. There are other services, like Twitterposter, that base influence on how many followers you have. Tweeterboard looks at who talks to you.
Tweeterboard also captures links posted to Twitter to generate a list of the most popular links.
Twitter users have to sign up by becoming a Tweeterboard follower.
Now playing: The Beatles – Girl
Karine Joly of CollegeWebEditor.com has been experimenting with Twitter during the HighEdWebDev conference in Rochester, N.Y. Maybe Twittering from a conference will take the place of liveblogging. Or maybe it already has.
Well, I’ve gone and created a twitter account for myself. There was a lot of talk about Twitter at the social media conference, so I decided to take it for a spin.
Any other Twitterers out here? Holla. Er, I mean, Twitter.
Update: I’ve decided I don’t like the concept of “following” other Twitterers. It sounds too much like stalking, or that the followee has achieved cult-leader status. Already I’ve signed up to follow 20 Twitter users. I’m trying to refrain from adding many more until I figure out what I’m doing.