Here be the linkageness. Ready for the weekend. Yarrrr.
A great new development for Google Scholar. You can now search for where a paper has been cited and then search within those papers.
Got time to read this article? No? Then read this article.
Education Secretary, Michael Gove, wants A-level students to return to more ‘deep thought’ so they are better prepared for university. But what is deep thought? To find out, we’ll have to think deep.
Today, our number of weak-tie acquaintances has exploded via online social networking. “You couldn’t maintain all of those weak ties on your own,” says Jennifer Golbeck at the University of Maryland in College Park, who studies our use of social media. “Facebook gives you a way of cataloguing.” The result? It’s now significantly easier for the school friend you haven’t seen in years to feed you a bit of information that changes your behaviour, from a recommendation of a low-cholesterol breakfast cereal to a party invite where you meet the love of your life.
The explosion of weak ties could have profound consequences for our social structures too, says Judith Donath of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, who studies the various ways we communicate using social media. One thing that limited the size of traditional social groups was the time it took to form reliable and trustworthy ties, she says. Online tools have changed that, helping each of us to build a social “supernet”: a network of easily accessible contacts that is bigger than any we have ever been able to manage. “It would be impossible to maintain 500 or 5000 ties without it,” she says. “We’re already seeing changes.” For example, many people now turn to their social networks ahead of sources such as newspapers or television, because their acquaintances provide them with more trusted and relevant news, information or recommendations. However, Donath believes more should be done to maintain privacy and trust in the networking tools.
There are hardly any Vice-Chancellors on Twitter. Mario, understandably, wonders why.
The benefits of a VC joining Twitter far outweigh the drawbacks. An account lets them be personal, engaging, accessible, and helpful. All for a few tweets a day and having to respond to a few quick queries in 140 characters.
VCs could be missing a trick.
I recently wrote about the graduate earning premium and how I’m sceptical of the concept, especially in the long term. IntoUniversity highlights further evidence in support.
Because great ideas are not enough.
We do a lot of stuff that could be done better, or shouldn’t be done at all. Who’d have thought you just need to tie those shoelaces in the other direction…