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January 2008 Blog Posts (14)

'Facebook fatigue' kicks in as people tire of Social Networks

I thought this was really interesting, mostly because it supports my theory that "social networking" is just another web 2.0 bubble that is highly publicized but in the end it will be forgotten like that website that would overnight you a ham sandwich.


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/31/myspace_fb_comscore_drop/

Added by Samuel Kallen on January 31, 2008 at 1:52pm — 3 Comments

Secure OpenID with MyVidoop

The other day I started talking a little bit about my experiments with

OpenID, a new, portable, and universal authentication scheme for web

sites. I’ve been continuing this since then, and have some newer

information I want to share with you. Originally, one of my primary

concerns was that of security...



[Read the rest at SuperSatellite.com...]

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Added by Michael Fienen on January 30, 2008 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Twitter and its use in the Higher Ed Web Dev Community

Late last year I changed my Facebook status to read "Why should I use Twitter?" Within five minutes, Matt Herzberger had a post on my wall with some resources to get me started. So I decided to take the plunge and have been mildly tweeting (twittering ?) ever sense.



Last December, a social media expert and blogger,… Continue

Added by Seth Meranda on January 29, 2008 at 7:08pm — 4 Comments

dotCMS: An Introduction

I felt it was time to take a closer look at a content management system

I am getting very involved with. One might say I’m drowning in it. I

prefer to think of it as being choked by it, heh. Really, it’s a very

interesting system, and a fantastic tool for the price. I have worked

with a number of CMS's over the years: Coranto, e107, Joomla, Mambo, Wordpress, Drupal, and a few others...



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Added by Michael Fienen on January 29, 2008 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Flip Ultra = Thumbs Up.

The first videos from the Flip Ultra are now online at YouTube. Christina took the camera for the weekend, and in 3 short days we now have video of:

  • Butler Basketball Game
  • Places to eat near campus
  • Inside Clowes Hall during a performance
  • Tour of sorority house

Tomorrow I have to tweak Community Server to allow the videos to be embedded directly into the blogs, but…

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Added by Bradjward on January 29, 2008 at 12:03am — No Comments

Web IS about Customer Service

Gerry McGovern's latest post, "Web professional: Are you ready to serve?," in my opinion is his best yet. He just hit the nail right on the head. This is a point I've been trying to make on my campus for a decade.... and I've made many people not-so happy because I refuse to give-in to the bells & whistles just to serve them and not the customer. There is a way to balance the aesthetics, and throw in the… Continue

Added by Rachel Reuben on January 27, 2008 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Don't Contribute

Why isn’t Contribute equipped to handle large scale (~10,000+ pages)

sites? Contribute doesn’t really have the tools to do anything with

regards to content reuse across a site. So as a result, there’s no way

to develop interactivity (well, really, you can’t develop anything with

it, it’s not a developer tool).....



[Read the rest at SuperSatellite.com...]

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Added by Michael Fienen on January 24, 2008 at 4:38pm — 4 Comments

Getting into OpenID

I spent last night doing some research that I believe to be worth

sharing for those interested in the subject. In an effort to improve

flexibility of this blog, as the announcement above mentions (at least

at the time this was written), I now support OpenID.

OpenID is a neat new technology that serves as a universal login among

sites that support it. Believe it or not, that is more and more places:…

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Added by Michael Fienen on January 23, 2008 at 6:18pm — No Comments

I'm done with IE 6 workarounds

I have recently become very frustrated with IE6's inability to handle PNG files. If you are a person that likes to use sharp great looking images, you'll find PNG to be the ultimate for web browsers. However, IE 6 and older can't render the PNG format. PNG is especially useful for semi-transparent images, which GIF can not handle. There are Javascript fixes, but not if the images ae in your css. There is also PHP workarounds, but this is long huge code, for which I say "why bother when you can… Continue

Added by Jackson on January 16, 2008 at 3:56pm — 7 Comments

RSIZR - content-aware image resizing

Based on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-SSu3tJ3ns , Content Aware image resizing is awesome.



Using the program at http://rsizr.com/ , I've manipulated a few pictures of my old friend James Duke.…



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Added by Samuel Kallen on January 14, 2008 at 4:50pm — 5 Comments

Interacting with students on their turf

Want an easy way to keep track of what your school’s ‘customers’ are saying about you? Check out Google Alerts, and monitor the Alerts as they come in. You can choose to get Alerts as they happen, or a comprehensive email at the end of each day. You can

also get text or HTML emails. I have Alerts set up for “Butler

University”, “Butler Bulldogs”, “Butler U.”, and “Butler Bloggers”.

Here’s a good example: I get…

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Added by Bradjward on January 14, 2008 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Admissions 2.0

The Boston Globe just published an interesting article called Colleges turn to Web tools in hunt for '08 freshmen. While most of the information is not news to us, it is another arrow in the quiver when convincing administrators that Web 2.0 tools are important in student recruitment. I particularly like the emphasis on being authentic.


Added by Mark Greenfield on January 11, 2008 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Visit my blog

As part of my new years resolution to get out into the online community more I've setup a personal blog about Internet Marketing for Higher Education. Come visit it and tell me what you think.

.eduGuru

Added by Kyle James on January 10, 2008 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Blogs about Social Networking

Here are a few of the blogs I recommend on Social Networking:

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Added by Mark Greenfield on January 6, 2008 at 1:20pm — No Comments

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