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November 24, 2008

You will have noticed that over this past weekend a Twitter stream has been incorporated into the Emerge site. This is a trial, but I quite like it.

We took a decision to try this out because a lot of U&I-related conversation was taking place on Twitter. Also, one of the U&I funded projects: M3 developed a set of "Twitter blocks" for incorporation into other sites (VLEs, SNs, SecondLife, etc): consuming our own canine comestables Wink

So, do you like this view into another conversation stream? Is it too much "noise", or a useful dimension?

Are there other features you would like? Do I hear threaded audio commentary? 

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  1. There is a lot of discussion about this issue, but it is not appearing here.

    For me: 

    The stream serves to open a window on a range of related conversations, where jiscemerge is a proxy follower for the wider community of many conversations (perhaps too many?)

    Following a hash tag puts the onus on a lot of people to remember to tag their posts of interest the U&I community. And, a lot of stuff is interesting even if not explicitly stated to be so. I don't think my preference would be to follow a hash tag on the site. Twitter streams are public. Anyone can look at anyones stream, and anyone can follow anyone else (unless explicitly blocked for some reason).

    George RobertsGeorge Roberts on Tuesday, 25 November 2008, 09:30 GMT # |

  2. hi,

    I don't mind my tweets being mirroed in the JISC-Emerge site. However, it disturbs me a bit to see the main page of the Emerge Community so packed with information. I prefered when the blog posts got more visability. As a visual learner I like a "clean" looking site, and right now I feel the main page of the site is a bit overwhelming - especailly if you access it from a small screen, like I do from home (laptp screen is tiny! ;-) ) .

    In this sense, I would rather have a link to the community tweets on the side link frame. I also think some people would rather have only some of their tweets displayed here - the ones directly related with the activity of the community. So aggregating twemes instead of people's entire twitter stream might not be a bad idea! ;-)   

    Cristina CostaCristina Costa on Thursday, 27 November 2008, 08:56 GMT # |

  3. I'd like to be able to see usage stats of blog posts.

    Roddy MacLeodRoddy MacLeod on Friday, 28 November 2008, 11:21 GMT # |

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