Archive for February, 2010

Avatar Rape: Unacceptable Behavior on Second Life

Posted in Social Networking, Stuff You Should Read/See, Web & Enterprise 2.0 on February 25, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

It’s interesting to see what the “community” standards are, and what is acceptable.  This article discusses guides for behavior on Second Life.  From the article:

Educational institutions with a presence in or that introduced students to virtual worlds might want to analyze the phenomenon of avatar rape…

Avatar harassment and sexual assault remain controversial issues because institutions hosting virtual worlds are not accustomed to dealing with — or even discussing — digital forms of these distressing behaviors.

Harassment and assault are frequent infractions in virtual environs, including those frequented by students and professors. London journalist Tim Guest, author of Second Lives: a Journey Through Virtual Worlds, estimated that “about 6.5 percent of logged-in residents” have filed one or more abuse reports in Second Life. By the end of 2006, he writes, Linden Lab, creator of Second Life, “was receiving close to 2,000 abuse reports a day.”


Posted in Facebook, Presentations, status on February 12, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

Visualizing 6 Years of Facebook [INFOGRAPHIC]

Muhammad Saleem is a social media consultant and a top-ranked community member on multiple social news sites. Follow him on Twitter for more social media insights.

Facebook was launched on February 4, 2004 and has come a long way from a Harvard-only networking site in the intervening years. In fact, Facebook has undoubtedly become the world’s largest social network, with over 400 million users worldwide and more than 900 employees. Let’s take a closer look at what kinds of numbers and user activity this growth translates to.

 The following infographic explores Facebook’s growth over the past 6 years.

What gets shared at NYTimes on-line

Posted in Stuff You Should Read/See, Uncategorized on February 9, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

really interesting study of who e-mails/shares articles, and which articles are picked.  Sounds like an great study on Web 2.0…. if they could harness the data to find out click-trus, that would be even more interesting.

Will You Be E-Mailing This Column? It’s Awesome
Published: February 9, 2010
A University of Pennsylvania study found that readers of news in print and online had more exalted tastes than might be expected.

Offering the class again…

Posted in Web & Enterprise 2.0, Welcome on February 8, 2010 by Kay & Project Management

Just an update that the UND Honors Program will again be offering Honors 392.  This time it’s being called “Web 2.1”  for Fall 2010.  As many may know, that term “Web 2.0” is more frequently related to social media.  I’m changing the texts required for the class, and happy to hear any ideas on making the class more collaborative, entertaining, educational, and increasing communication…. the objectives of social media in the first place.

Kay Powell, Honors Program, University of North Dakota