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November 29, 2005

We have a new leader!

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/insite/newsandevents/intnews2/NE1000000133360/

Looks like they have chosen a new VC. Prof. Nigel Thrift is to be our new leader. No idea what he is going to be like, I wonder what the word from Oxford is?

November 22, 2005

Warwick Facebook – social networking for universities

Writing about web page http://warwick.facebook.com/

I came across a website today called Facebook.

Basic premise: Social networking at your university/college/school

There is a great little summary on TechCrunch

They have something like 4 million members, which is a lot, but a lot of websites have more. What is amazing is how addictive it is…

  • 85% of students in supported colleges have a profile
  • 60% log on daily!
  • 85% log on weekly
  • 93% log on at least once a month

This means page views gallore and as Facebook is purely advertising driven, they are making plenty of money.

There is no indication that they support universities in the UK, but David Apthorpe in a fit of good timing pointed out that it does in fact support Warwick (although only 50 or so people have signed up so far so they are not pushing it over here).

If you have a tough time imagining what Facebook is all about, watch this great video

I had been thinking about wanting to build something like this for Warwick, basically as an extension to Warwick Blogs but with more community features…but it's already done. I'm sure we could do a lot of things better and more specific to Warwick, but is there a demand for this kind of thing over here? In some ways it is very similar to FriendReunited but it's more focused on the social side rather than tracking down old friends.


November 17, 2005

Know what people are saying about you

Writing about Trying to get a response from Blinkx from Contemplating the Frame

Following my discovery that Blinkx were being slightly misleading about their deal to show Warwick content, it shows the importance of knowing what people are saying about you or your organisation on the web.

I know we all occasionally do a little vanity search for our name on Google, but ideally you'd have new results sent to you when they happen.

You can sign up for Google Alerts and get emails, or use RSS to monitor Google News

Do you know what people are saying about you online?


November 15, 2005

Warwick media on blinkx?

Follow-up to Google news feeds about Warwick from Kieran's blog

Following my subscription to all mentions of ‘warwick university’ on Google News, I came across this…

blinkx Brings World Leaders, Top Economists and Best-Selling Authors Into Your Living Room With Searchable Speeches From Cambridge and the Ivy League=

Top tier universities from around the world are making content from the arts and humanities, as well as social, biomedical, and physical science
disciplines, available through the partnership. Beyond Cambridge and
Princeton, lectures from institutions including UC Berkeley, Harvard,
Middlebury College, Columbia University, Washington State University, the
University of Glasgow, University College London, the University of Warwick
and the University of York will now be searchable through http://www.blinkx.tv.

If you do a little search on Blinkx and you do indeed find some Warwick videos, but they all seem to be from Warwick TV, the student society. Now, I’m not saying this is not good content (in fact some is great), but it is not quite what you were lead to believe you’d find after reading the press release. I wonder how many other of the universities in that list are actually publishing academic content?


Google news feeds about Warwick

If you want to know what the rest of the world is saying about Warwick, you can do a little search on Google News for "warwick university" and it'll come back with a surprising number of references to Warwick. However, you don't want to do this every day so you can subscribe to a result via the RSS feeds:

RSS feed for 'warwick university' Google News search

I keep an eye on this out of curiosity to see what our press concious researchers and students might be getting up to.


August 19, 2005

Google Video and Warwick 40th fireworks

Writing about web page http://video.google.com/videopreviewbigall?q=warwick&page=1&docid=-2757775609055171471&urlcreated=1124438207

Some techy soul has been good enough to upload their video of University of Warwick 40th Anniversary Gala Concert fireworks display to Google Video

For anyone who wasn't their and doesn't believe how great the display was…take a look. If you've got any videos of your own you want hosted for free and want the world to see, just upload them. Warwick Shootout entries anyone?


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