Final PostPosted: April 13, 2012
It seems odd – to be perfectly honest – to be writing this final post for my final class. Indeed, this will be the last thing I write for my MLIS degree. I wonder if this is a common thing: a distance class was the obvious choice for the fifteenth class after co-op. It is a nice way to end the experience.
That said, finishing the degree with a class on social media, evades any notions that I have closed the book on my information education. As was noted in Prof. Neal’s final post – social media evolves amazingly fast. I think I should be seeing this final class more as a springboard into these technology possibilities, rather than some kind of door closing.
My perspective on what social media is has transformed significantly. Certainly I did arrive at the class with some appreciation. However, concepts introduced in this class has added considerable depth to how I will approach electronic information. For one (really recent – I just finished an article) example is mashups. Mashups were probably something I took for granted, until I was made to realize what was electronically happening behind the scenes.
I am also interested in urban spaces, so I was keen to watch this Salon series on walking: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/walking/2012/04/walking_in_america_how_walk_score_puts_a_number_on_walkability_.html
The most interesting part of this article was the link to a walkability site. You can enter your neighbourhood and the site will determine – through different mashuped data sources – how walkable that neighbourhood is. Social media meets my corner. Here’s mine:
I love this. And it only demonstrates the potential for what we can achieve with better understanding of how interactive social media works. If anything, I love how social media works with the physical library and expands it outwards. This understanding is crucial and I am glad to have this first taste.