What I get from Facebook

I know, I know, there’s so many people I know who have said to me “I’m not on Facebook, it’s all about what you’re doing and where you are!”

I have to admit that when I first joined, I believed that myself. Slowly though, a few friend requests came through from people who I had come to know from my PLN (The Educator’s PLN), from Twitter and from the wonderful #edchat and #ukedchat that I took part in.

I usually start my computing  day by looking first at how my blog has done overnight. I then go to Facebook before a quick glance at Twitter to see whether I have had any new followers or whether anyone mentioned me.

Often I will find some fascinating posts when I go  to Facebook. This morning was a very good example. I thought I would mention just a few of the things that I encountered.

I started by looking at a posting by a friend , Jackie Gerstein, which was a clip from “America’s Got Talent”

www.youtube.com

This was a truly amazing dance act that combined brilliant moves with high technology.

I then looked at a speech that my friend Chris Anderson (he of TED fame) gave at Harvard…

tedchris.posterous.com

I then found a great posting by my friend Eleni Sikavista entitled:

www.techrepublic.com

This was a great article that started an investigation of my own which led me to post a video from a brilliant video series from Nottingham University called the Periodic Table of Videos.

This was my posting:

Excellent version of a great song by Tom Lehrer by the wonderful Periodic Table of Elements site.

www.youtube.com

Lastly in my hour or so of investigation, viewing, reading I came across this posting from I site I follow avidly “Open Culture“:

What did Washington DC Look Like in 1814? Amazing digital reconstruction gives you a glimpse: http://www.openculture.com/?p=16749

This was a fascinating reconstruction of Washington D.C. in the year 1814 using historical evidence and modern technology.
As you can see from the above links I received these posts because I am on Facebook. I find that it is much much more than just a social “where my friends are and whether they are drinking coffee or becoming the Mayor of some place on FourSquare”. It is an important part of my continuing learning and I would be much  the poorer without it.
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