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Everyone’s talkin’ ’bout it October 8, 2011

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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson by stevegarfield, on Flickr
Most recently I have been very dissatisfied and quite disturbed by my regular radio station, Z99. I am noticing more and more, especially with my children, that their music is typically sexually explicit and very inappropriate for children and youth alike. The other day my four year-old, who remembers and repeats everything, told me that he heard damn, bitch and ass on the radio. Great! Therefore I have resigned myself to either listening to Raffi or CBC radio.

Tribute to Michael Jackson (Wallpaper) by guidosportaal, on Flickr

Today, I decided to improve my French skills and listen to Radio- Canada. I was honestly a little shocked that the radio show to which I had tuned in was discussing Web 2.0. That’s right. Everyone’s talkin’ ’bout it! I also have to admit that at times, I found myself lost in the technology lingo. I don’t often speak tech in French. The topic of conversation was digital eulogies. More specifically, thanks to Web 2.0, how we are able to participate in tributes to those who have passed and to acknowledge their importance to us. We are in essence creating a community of mourners. Specific examples of this are when Michael Jackson, Jack Layton and of course more recently Steve Jobs passed away.

The disk jockey put the question out: How did you commemorate Steve Jobs using Web 2.0? Here are some of the most common answers:

– saw that he died on my iphone, which is a tribute to him!

– sent tweets out on twitter

– posted a status update on facebook

– watched youtube videos of him, and quoted his sayings

I have to admit that I did not even know who Steve Jobs was until he died. *Insert horrified GASP here.* I know this is probably ridiculous to some, but please keep in mind I am relatively new to this whole Web 2.0 world and until a month and a half ago did not even own an apple product. I do now appreciate who this man was and all the many things he did for us. Thanks to twitter and facebook, I was able to learn very quickly who he was and what that means to society. This was my tribute to him- new knowledge, appreciation and now application of his tools.

My first question to all of you, is how did you commemorate  or pay tribute to Steve Jobs?

At the end of the radio show, there was a brief discussion about twitter. It was more like tips about twitter. There was something about ffs? I think this was explained as Friday follows. If anyone knows anything more about this, let me know.

Secondly, the speaker said users should limit the amount of people they follow. He said that if you follow too many people the conversations get missed and so does meaning due to lack of context.

Lastly, he said that all users should share, advise and inform but leave room for retweets. Now that I am more knowledgeable and comfortable with twitter, and would love any other pointers or suggestions.


4 Responses to “Everyone’s talkin’ ’bout it”

  1. kreuj Says:

    RE: radio stations, I really like CBC radio 2, 105.5 in Saskatoon. I’ve been introduced to some great music there. I should qualify this and say I listen early in the morning and after 4:00 because I don’t care for the classical “trends” program that airs mid-morning.


  2. Mark Mcguire Says:

    Hi Sarah

    As explained in this piece on “Mashable” (a popular tech site), “[t]he idea [behind Follow Fridays] is to think of interesting people you already follow and recommend them to others.

    For example, I saw an interesting Tweet (Twitter post) recently by Ignacio, a social worker in Monterey, CA, who is known by his twitter name “SWTechBlog” (Social Work Tech Blog). He is using Twitter to develop his network of connections, and to promote his blog ( I received (an automated) email, saying that he was following me. I don’t have a huge number of followers, so I try to check out the profile and website of people who follow me. I left a comment on his website (about the design of his business cards) and I re-Tweeted one of his useful posts. I suggested that he might want to follow some people outside his field who were also using social media in their work, because they could exchange ideas about technology and business practices. On the following Friday, he recommended me to his followers:

    “I #FollowFriday @mark_mcguire for his wonderful comments about my blog and for helping me cross over to educators”

    By mentioning me to his followers, a few of them (perhaps people of like mind) might have chosen to follow me or have a look at my blog. In the process, all participants build up a network of connections with people who share common interests. It is true that, if you follow people at random, you might end up with too many messages flowing by that are of no interest to you. It is better to have a sensible, simple strategy. Mine is to try and keep my tweets focussed on a few main topics, to find out something about the people who follow me, and to start a conversation with them about something that interests me (and them). I use hash tags to make my tweets “finable” by others who may not be following me. You will build a healthy, helpful network fairly quickly if you go to the trouble of reading profiles, checking out websites (usually a blog like yours), and initiating social contact (even simply re-tweeting someone’s message will be appreciated). Follow good ideas and pass them on. People will thank you for your efforts by sending you more good ideas – and a warm “Thnx” (OK, txt language isn’t very warm, but you’ll get the message).

    And, yes, if you don’t use all 140 characters in a message, you leave room for someone to add something to your message if they re-tweet or quote you. It’s like giving others space to join the conversation. (I frequently break this rule, although I know I shouldn’t!).

    Like me, you are fortunate to have two small children (I, too, have two boys – 9 and 12). As they get older, they will become your unofficial research assistants and tech support! I learn a lot about what’s going on in the world of technology and media by watching what my sons do with computers and other high tech toys. (OK, I admit that I am somewhat interested in technology myself – and their mother? Well, let’s just say it’s a boy thing).

    By the way, you can find examples of blog posts dedicated to Steve Jobs on Ignacio’s blog and on mine (

    All the best, Sarah. I’ll look out for you in cyberspace.

    Mark McGuire

  3. Chelsi Says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I saw this today and thought that it fit with your post quite nicely. People were paying respect to Steve through a candlelight vigil, where the candles were displayed on their iPads and iPhones.

  4. Thanks for this post. I was a bit shocked you didn’t know who Steve Jobs is/was, but I guess I shouldn’t be. He certainly has been a big part of my life. Losing Steve and Jack this year has been horrible – two really great people, for very different reasons. Sad.

    And yes, continue to give Twitter a try. Remember to @courosa me from time to time, and I will try to get you connected to others so that it will all make more sense. Keep at it!

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