Social computing in 22 seconds

Here’s a 22-second run through of a recent presentation I created on ‘New Technologies’ – ie social software/web services etc.


I used images and everyday activities in order to build rapid bridges between the audience and the technologies. (The presentation slot was 35 minutes.) It also meant that the content and audience engagement could be flexible. I’m guessing here, but I suspect that most new developments could be slotted into the structure fairly easily.

It took a long while to prepare and it seems a shame to have given it only one outing. A friend suggested making it into a YouTube movie, but it would be fossilised in time. Not sure whether it’s a good idea or not.

Any thoughts?

11 thoughts on “Social computing in 22 seconds

  1. Thanks for the comment Stuart. I’m guessing that an ‘all in one lump’ movie would be too long. With no audience interaction, ‘fun’ or asides, it would still probably be around the 30 minute mark.
    I could add veotags or put it up as a Google Video and create a set of links to each bit.
    Or, now here’s a thought, we record a live session at your place…

  2. I was at the ABD when you presented these slides, and I do agree that having them available (as a YouTube movie for example) to more people would be great.
    I was also suprised by the “gap” between the web 2.0 technologies that you have presented… and the technological world in which the documentalists from this ABD meeting are currently working in (more Web 0.5 it seems to me).

  3. I assume that you will record your commentary along with the images. I’d personally vote for turning into flash rather than YouTube. It might come in handy.

  4. It would have my voice over it. Definitely.
    I could do Flash from my desktop but, at the moment, I have to create the .swf and the .html files. If you know how I can do it with just an swf that would be helpful. Thanks.

  5. “It would have my voice over it. Definitely.”
    But then I decided not to. I’ve uploaded the slides and notes to Flickr as described on the next post in this blog:
    Or here’s the direct link:

    I’m happy to do more, but I feel that a 40-minute screencast is nowhere near as useful or as usable.
    If you disagree, let me know and I’ll see what I can do. Not this week though. I’m supposed to be clearing out the garage in preparation for a move and then going to the Innovate!Europe conference/showcase in Zaragoza.

  6. why try to 2nd guess where it is the best place to find your video. Post it on as many video sites as you know about. If you want as many people to see the content you created dont limit it to one site. cheers and look forward to seeing it.

  7. Hi Maurice. Thanks for commenting.
    Right now the issue is length. I guess I could try and make a sequence of two or three short movies rather than one long one.
    Still undecided. Comments welcome.

  8. David– please, I beg you. Make this a YouTube video, even if you have to cut it short? Post it on a board at a university; maybe some students will pick it up as a project? Education is the key to user adoption– we need MORE of it. Great content, no, brilliant– blogging about it right now.

  9. Okay, I have a secret plan.
    The person I plan to work with is not around for another ten days. We then have some work to do, but the end result should be innovative and interesting. And it will be (here I go again) on YouTube. Maybe elsewhere too.

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