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  • Brian Kelly 6:58 pm on July 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    After getting my Google+ account a couple of data go earlier today I saw a tweet about the service which provides a vanity URL for a Google+ account. BrianKelly had already been taken so I claimed the ukwebfocus link.  This service is, however, not affiliated to Google. I wonder how persistent the service will be and whether a more formal risk assessment approach to claiming and using such an address should be taken,

  • Brian Kelly 7:51 pm on July 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Facebook Metrics Beyond Numbers of Subscribers 

    A post entitled Facebook gets even more face-to-face thanks to Skype partnership published on the Guardian blog describes how:

    Facebook users will be able to make free video calls to their friends through the site after the social networking giant announced a partnership with the web telephony service Skype.

    The article goes on to describe how Mark Zuckerberg is responding to suggestions that Facebook’s growth in its numbers of subscribers is slowing:

    “We don’t measure the value the internet provides by how many people use the internet but the benefit people are getting, the apps they use and how it is driving the economy”

    The article points out that for Facebook:

    An average 4bn items, from videos to news stories and recommendations, are shared on Facebook every day. The amount of content being shared has doubled since this time last year and, predicted Zuckerberg, will, double again by this time next year.

    Might this be a metric which can be used in the context of repositories?

  • Brian Kelly 8:43 pm on July 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    The Periodic Table Of SEO Ranking Factors 

    A tweet this morning alerted me to “The Periodic Table Of SEO Ranking Factors” which provides an infographic in the form of a periodic table for best practices for search engine optimisation.  An interesting approach to communicating complex ideas.

    In the comments it was pointed out that:

    As I wrote above, I appreciate the attempts at simplicity that infographics like this one provide, as well as the search engine ranking factor opinion surveys that have come out in recent years, but attempts to reduce the complexity of what search engines actually do can mask the complexity of what they actually do.

    From my perspective I feel it is better to start off with the over-simplifications and then build on this once the basics have been mastered.  It would be interesting to see if something similar can be produced for the areas myself and my colleagues are involved in.

  • Brian Kelly 9:23 pm on July 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Where’s the Discussions about Mobile Technologies Take Place? 

    Earlier today I was looking for JISCMail lists about Mobile technoligies in order to send details of a survey on xxx. I searched for ‘mobile’ in JISCMail and found 7 lists:

    MOBILE-IS – Mobile IS
    The discussion group will support research into the use of mobile information systems within the emergency services. It will also facilitate general discussion of issues related to the implementation and use of mobile technologies.

    MOBILE-SIG – Mobile Special Interest Group
    A forum for discussion of all aspects of mobile computing, including mobile websites, mobile application development and increasing access to services from mobile devices.

    MOBILEIP – Mobile IP
    For communications relating to JANET’s Mobile IP work

    PDA-EDU – PDAs, Smartphones and other Mobile devices in education
    This list is for anyone interested in using PDAs , Smartphones, Netbooks, Tablets,Internet Cafes or any other mobile technology for any educational purpose. It is aimed at users, developers and researchers.

    UCISA-MC – UCISA Mobile Computing
    Discussion list for those interested in mobile computing

    MLEARN – mlearn2011- 10th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning
    mLearn was the first conference on Mobile Learning and is widely recognised as the premiere international conference on learning with mobile technologies and learning across contexts.

    Further investigation revelaed:

    Mobile IS – last post in 2003

    Mobile Special Interest Group  no posts in last 6 months (until I posted).

    Mobile IP – last post in 2009

    PDA-EDU  still active: 5 posts lst month, but only a handful in previous months

    UCISA-MC – last post in May 2010

    mlearn2011  active list put archives closed!

    Where does the discussion take place?  Not in JISCMail, it seems!


  • Brian Kelly 11:13 am on July 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Facebook and the Institutional Web 

    Earlier today a tweet alerted me to a post entitled “The Web Is Shrinking. Now What?” which described how “When you exclude just Facebook from the rest of the Web, consumption in terms of minutes of use shrank by nearly nine percent between March 2010 and March 2011, according to data from comScore. And, even when you include Facebook usage, total non-mobile Internet consumption still dropped three percent over the same period.“.

    This reminded me of a post I read a few days ago about a Web site which has migrated to Facebook in order to minimise costs whilst maintaining audience share. Similarly a few months ago I can across an article which described how the pubic Web sites for companies such as MacDonald’s had dropped whilst traffic to their Facebook pages had increased.  In light of the evidence which is emerging what is the future for the institutional Web site?

  • Brian Kelly 11:53 am on July 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Estimated Usage Statistics for the Fifth Anniversary of Blog 

    The 1 November 2011 (four month’s time) marks the fifth anniversary of  the UK Web Focus blog.  To date there have been 354,546 views of the 939 posts.So far this year there have been an average of 259 views per day.  If this daily average were continued on 1 November there would be an additional 31,857 views which would see a total over 5 years of 386,403 views.  However at these daily rates the total would be 402,461 at the end of the year.  If the same number of posts are published as were published from June -November last year there will have been 1,010 posts published although using the publication frequency this year this would total 99 posts!  Hmm, will it be possible to have 400,000 views for the 1,000th post to be published on 31 October 2011, I wonder?!

  • Brian Kelly 9:56 pm on June 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply 

    Early today Sheila McNeil reminded y of the service which is being used at CETIS for managing Twitter posts.   I was interesting to see the statistics the service provides.  I’m thinking that this might be an interesting service to use, especially for a project’s Twitter account. and perhaps the iwmw and iwmwlive accounts.

  • Brian Kelly 3:56 pm on June 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Thoughts on Institutional and Personal Dashboards 

    Tony Hirst has just alerted me to the post on Minding the shop in which back in December 2009 @lessteph outlined a dashboard “which lets me see quickly if our sites are up, what’s hot on them right now, who’s sending us traffic”.

    The dashboard is based on an idea originally developed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

    My thoughts:

    • Can something similar be done to provide an institutional dashboard?
    • Can such a dashboard be published to demonstrate an institution’s committment to openness and transparency?
    • Can a personal dashboard be produced to show an individual’s engagement with social media?


  • Brian Kelly 5:09 pm on June 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Geo-location Photographic Sharing Services at Forthcoming Events 

    Earlier today Aaron Tay tweeted about his experiments with the Color app at the ALA 2011 conference.  It seems that there have been 3 contributors and 17 photos taken in the same vicinity at the conference – and note that if you view this resource in Color app you get a richer interface.

    I tried to use Color at the Eduserv Symposium but had no joy in seeing a colleague’s photos even though she was sat directly in front of me (although it did work when I initially used the app in The Bell).    Perhaps I should try it again, though this time trying to ensure there are more contributors – perhaps at the forthcoming Impact workshop or IWMW 2011.  Or maybe I should try Mobli?

  • Brian Kelly 7:49 pm on June 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Observing the Hearbeat of an Event 

    How might one observe the Twitter ‘heartbeat’ of participants at an event?  How about creating a Twitter list of the participants and using the Twitte StreamGraphs service I mentioned previously as it can display a timeline of tweets for a Twitter list as well as a hashtag,

    Examples are available for the UKOLN’s Evidence, Impact, Metrics workshop and the IWMW 2011 event.

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