Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Organize and Publicize Your Social Network #edtech

Earlier today, one of my favorite ed tech specialists Steve Dembo (@teach42), posted a link to his new Scoop.it page (which in and of itself is amazing - and we'll have to look at Scoop.it in a future post).  But for now, I want to talk about one of the sites mentioned on that page: Memolane.  I am working on a workshop for next year's conference season about developing a Personal/Professional learning network and have been looking for a way to pull together all of the feeds from my multiple networks.  Memolane may be exactly the tool for which I've been searching.  It allows you to add your Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Picassa, Last.fm, FourSquare, Instagram (jealous since I don't have an IOS device), TripIt, YouTube, MySapce (yuck), Vimeo and RSS feeds all in one location in a neatly categorized timeline.  The best part of this site is that it doesn't just start your timeline the day you sign up.  Oh no, it goes ALL the way back to when you first started using each of these services!  What an amazing way to categorize your social history.  It looks a little something like this:

Now, if that's all this site did, it would be worth it's weight in gold.  But wait - there's more (I think).  Apparently you can build your own story - picking and choosing the pieces of your timeline and placing them in one grouping known as a story.  It also appears that you can work collaboratively with your friends to pull pieces of their timelines into the story.  I haven't quite figured out how to do that yet since I don't have any friends (come find me so we can explore together, I'm JGubbins207, as always).

There are some drawbacks that I see and I hope a Memolane developer reads this post and takes some of my constructive criticisms to heart because I really love the possibilities here.  First, the 12 platforms that you can add are fantastic; but, I want the ability to add my own and not just through RSS - similar to what about.me allows you to do by linking o your different social tools.  Second, I'd like to be able to listen to the Last.fm songs that have been favorited through Last.fm (currently it's Amazon or Spotify - Amazon doesn't seem to work real well and I don't have Spotify installed).  Finally, the search engine to locate friends is fairly week.  I'd like to see the ability to have an advanced search directory where users can tag themselves to make them easier to find.

Other than those few minor issues, I am excited by the prospects that Memolane has to offer! Hope you friend me there soon so we can start building our stories together!
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