Category Archives: Public social networks

01 – Twitter

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Twitter is useful for professional networking, for news and updates as well as a backchannel in conferences and for real-time chats using hashtags.

Cost: Free
Available: Hosted
Websitehttps://twitter.com/
Categories:  socialnetworks, audienceresponse

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 1  2014: 1 2013: 1  2012: 1  2011: 1  2010: 1  2009: 1  2008: 11  2007: 43=

Comments from some of those who selected Twitter as one of their Top Tools

“I have learned more in my professional life through Twitter in the past six-and-a-half years than in the previous 30 years. For me Twitter gives access to smart people who provide an enormous wealth of information and insight through their commentary and links to research, articles and other resources.” Charles Jennings, 2015

“Twitter for learning, connecting, sharing & curating” Kandy Woodfield, 2015

“It’s amazing how much you can learn in 140 characters”  Brian Washburn, 2015

“home to my PLN as well as regular chats and curation efforts …” JD Dillon, 2015

“Easily, my top choice. It’s so simple: follow amazing people = learn amazing things.” David Glow, 2015

“I am pointed to many amazing and interesting things via Twitter.” Clark Quinn, 2015

07 – Facebook

facebook

Although primarily used by individuals for personal networking, it is also seen as a useful tool within education to support both study groups and course sites.

Cost: Free
Available: Hosted
Website: www.facebook.com
Categories:  socialnetworks

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 7  2014: 9  2013: 9  2012: 9  2011: 14  2010: 9  2009: 31=  2008: 24  2007: 17=

Comments from some of those who selected it as one of their Top Tools 

“Facebook for tapping into others ideas & research” Richard Mundell, 2015

“there’s another group that I use like the Skype channel, and of course just what comes in from friends postings is a great source of lateral input.” Clark Quinn, 2015

“good tool to communicate across a wide audience” Diane Lowery, 2014

“I check what my friends/connections are doing, but find myself constantly asking why I am doing this. It feels a bit like voyeurism, since I rarely post in Facebook myself” Jenny Mackness, 2014

14 – LinkedIn

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LinkedIn is seen as a prime professional networking service, for connecting with others professionally as well as for finding jobs. Its range of groups is also considered valuable.

Cost: Free and premium plans
Available: Hosted
Website: https://www.linkedin.com/
Categories:  socialnetworks

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 14  2014: 10  2013: 23  2012: 12  2011: 21  2010: 30  2009: 38=  2008: 30=  2007: 31=

Comments from those who selected LinkedIn as one of their Top Tools 

“Gone are the days of trying to keep track of people in Microsoft Outlook or some other contacts list. LinkedIn does that job well. But LinkedIn is much more than just an online contacts list. It provides a stream of updates from people I know and groups I’ve joined. LinkedIn allows for deep discussions with other professionals – always a great learning opportunity. I’m a member of far too many LinkedIn groups. The Harvard Business Review group discussions alone could probably occupy all of my time.” Charles Jennings, 2015

“I’m connected to some very smart people who are very active on LinkedIn and post some very timely articles which help me stay current on trends and debates within the L&D community.” Brian Washburn, 2015

“I share thoughts there and track a few of the groups (not as thoroughly as I wish, of course).” Clark Quinn, 2015

40 – Google+

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Google’s social networking site is useful for deep conversations, resource sharing and for creating communities around topics and events.

Cost: Free
Available: Hosted
Website: https://plus.google.com/
Categories:  socialnetworks

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 40  2014: 11  2013: 10  2012: 17  2011: 26  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Some comments from those who voted for Google +/Hangout

“implementing it in the classroom this year and use for continuing education. This has become one of my favorite tools to use. It should have been number one but I don’t use it as much as the others due to the fact that not all that I correspond with use it. I do love my Google Classroom and find it easy to navigate and use. You can do just about anything you need.” Virginia Goen, 2015

“Google+ is very good for deep conversations and the live Hangouts feature works well. It is a small select community for me at G+.” Harold Jarche, 2014

73 – Instagram

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Instagram lets you take a picture or video, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, and then post it. You can also share it on Facebook, Twitter and other places.

Cost: Free
Available: Hosted
Websiteww.instagram.com
Categories: clipart/photo sharing, video/animation, socialnetworks

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 73  2014: 85  2013: – 2012: –  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Instagram as one of their Top 10 Tools

“It’s like Twitter with followers. But instead of posting text updates, you post photos.” 2015

Quora

quora

A question-and-answer website where questions are asked, answered, edited and organized by its community of users.

Cost: Free
Available: Hosted
Website: https://www.quora.com/
Categories:  socialnetworks, research

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: –  2014: –  2013: –  2012: 97  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –