Archive for December, 2011
As many of you have heard, Samoa is changing time zones and losing a day.
What will their online calendars do? As Flemming Christiansen pointed out in his blog post, users of Notes may have a patch.
I am enjoying the news coverage. Because, when John Lance and I were working on Lotus Notes and the Notes calendar, we’d compe up with all sorts of use cases….
Samantha is flying backward over the internatoinal date line on the same day as Daylight savings time kicks in. At what time do we have it take effect? (and don’t think it’s irrelevant… she OBVIOUSLY used her local replica and worked during the entire plane ride…)
Ted has a recurring private calendar entryfor his “secret tryst” meeting with Samantha. If he reschedules one of the series, how can he be sure it remains a private entry? Betty would give him hell is she found out….
Ted got married on Feb 29, 1992. He made an “Anniversary” entry in his Calendar way back then. Where do we put the anniversary the other 3 years? Feb 28 or March1? or maybe it doesn’t matter once the wife finds out about Samantha….
We had lots of fun embellishing our use cases. But NEVER, even with John’s creative and comic mind, did we EVER conceive of a use case in which an entire country changes the date!
Last Sunday I taught 2 classes at my church about “Social justice” (the idea of creating a society based on justice and equality).
I thought it might be fun for these high-school kids to tie it in with Social media, so I planned to talk about the Arab spring and the role Facebook played, and Occupy wall street.
The first class has 27 kids. Almost all of them had facebook accounts. But. Not ONE of them had heard of the Arab spring or the role that Facebook played.
I was a bit startled. And it got me thinking. These were 14 year olds. So they use Facebook. But with just their friends. They do not watch the evening news with their parents. I admit- My husband and I rarely watch “the evening news” – I get my news on the radio during my commute (and, I admit, a bit from my twitter stream… I heard about the Japan Earthquake from Twitter before the major networks were reporting it.) My own kids might be pretty ignorant of current events and I am not realizing that – because I get my dose away from them, while I’m in the car.
This is making me wonder – is use of personalized social media potentially making people more isolated or “ignorant”? If you can get ONLY the customized news that you are interested in, or only the things your friends are interested in – will you miss important social, political (or technical?) news and information? Today’s technology allows me to get “just the content I want”… but… Perhaps we as members of society also should recieve “the content that we need… to be good global citizens.”
I agreed to teach a high school religious education class next Sunday night. The topic is “What is Social Justice and what can we do to achieve it.” Since it’s with High schoolers I want to incorporate a “Social meida” component and get them talking/thinking about how, if at all, using social media can help achieve Social justice. I’ve jotted some ideas below, but please – add your thoughts and comments as well!
The story of Twestival – talk about it, show various tweets
Would you consider “texting a number to make a donation” use of social media?
Would you consider the use of Facebook and the role it played in the Arab spring examples of “Social Justice”?
Does “putting conference t-shirts on e-bay” and having the money go to charity count as using social media for social justice?
Other examples? Thanks in advance for any feedback
Congratulations to my friends who were notified today that they have speaker slots at the IBM Lotusphere 2012 (#LS12) conference.
(And condolences to those who were not chosen!)