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Commentary by brainysmurf ()
on link by Stephen Downes, Social Media: An Interview, Feb 28, 2012.
This is a fantastic interview/essay, Stephen. Thank you so much for detailing the mechanics "in the middle". There *is* a great deal of effort involved in playing with and selecting the right tools for one or more purposes of communicating, learning, sharing, connecting and collaborating. I'm not sure that enough newcomers to the scene understand that it isn't all instantaneous and easy. I believe it takes diligence, practice, reflection and intentional action to derive significant benefits from social media.
And, for brave folks like yourself, George, Dave and Jim Groom, it takes even more courage and effort to create something new like gRSShopper, #change11, #cck12 and the #ds106 experience.
I would also be very curious to see all the mechanical stuff shown as an image or flow chart, if you were so inclined. The interactions between so many platforms are fascinating, as noted in Matt Bury's recent image of his PLN.
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