RSuite CMS 2008 User Conference by ProQuest


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December 2008

                                                                                                    Highlights From IL 2008                              what they are doing.A post is called a Tweet,

      RSuite CMS 2008                                                                               (continued from page 27)                             and creating Tweets is called Tweeting.
                                                                                                                                                             So what has Twitter been used for be-
                                                                                                                                                         sides random chatting? Some presiden-
                                                                                                    Talk About Social Media …
      User Conference                                                                                   Keynoter danah boyd focused her talk
                                                                                                    on social media and networked technolo-
                                                                                                                                                         tial candidates offered Twitter feeds on
                                                                                                                                                         their websites so users could keep up-to-
                                                                                                                                                         date on their candidate’s whereabouts
                                                                                                    gies: research and insights. As a Ph.D.              and campaign happenings. When the Los
                                                                                                    student at the University of California–             Angeles Fire Department receives an
                                                                                                    Berkeley and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berk-             alarm, it sends a Tweet with the exact lo-
                                                                                                    man Center for Internet & Society, she               cation of the fire to emergency respon-
                                                                                                    points out the different takes on Web 2.0.           ders so they can go directly to the site.
                                                                                                    It’s not just technology; it’s the interaction       It could be used for reference questions
                                                                                                    between people and the technology. It has            in libraries, website updates, or weather
                                                                                                    radically reshaped public use from being             forecasts. In fact, Twitter is ideal to use
                                                                                                    topically organized to being social. You             for anything in which an ultrasimple blog-
                                                                                                    don’t go to a Usenet site to discuss cats;           ging application would be useful (that’s
                                                                                                    you check out what your friends are doing            why it’s called microblogging). And you
                                                                                                    and talking about.                                   can search Twitter content with a special
                                                                                                        Online, you’re only an IP address.               search engine.
                                                                                                    Your profile is your digital body. People                It may seem to many that Twitter is
                                                                                                    repurpose technology to express them-                simply a passing fancy or a device for use

                   ore enterprises are now offering   alyst for the Gilbane Group, Inc. as well     selves as they want to be known. It’s a              only by the younger generation, but the
                   ways to get an up-close-and-       as senior editor of the Gilbane Report, and   decoration exercise. But boyd notes there’s          examples cited here show that it may
                   personal look at their products    Gary Cosimini, business development di-       some awkwardness in revealing yourself               have many serious uses. One thing every-
      in order to let customers see how these         rector at Adobe Systems, Inc. (By the way,    online. Those who collect lots of friends            one agrees on, though, is that you cannot
                    products actually perform in      Cosimini, who has worked at Adobe since       have different reasons.
                    real life and in real time. Re-   1992, was actually the one who first in-          Persistence is great for asynchronous                                (continued on page 30)
      R E P O RT ally Strategies, Inc. is one of      troduced Acrobat to the publishing world.)    communication, but since
         F R O M those companies that recently        While Trippe fielded specific questions       every ephemeral act is now
             T H E turned over the podium
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