The New Look…

The new look for the blog/site utilises a caricature created by Luisa Calvo (  at the ReLIVE08 conference dinner.  Luisa is a digital caricaturist working directly on a tablet computer (also displaying it on a HUGE screen behind you at the same time (entertaining for those watching!).  If you are looking for something different to liven up an occasion I would highly recommend her to you! And here is the whole caricature…   


26 Nov 08 My Personal Twitter Revolution…


I have “had” a twitter account for a little over a year. During that time I tried to use Twitter at Handheld Learning 2007 and 2008, but never really “got it”!

Now I do. And how did this revolution come about?

I was privalidged to attend the ReLIVE08 conference at the Open University. During this conference there was an open pannel debate session involving Roo Reynolds (BBC), Bill Thompson (freelance journalist), Claudia “Linden” (Second Life) and Edward Castronova (Economist). Pre-prepared questions were asked of the pannel BUT I was luck enough to be using a laptop to collate a set of personal wiki notes and I also installed TweetDeck (having seen it in action on a collague’s (Carol) laptop.

Throughout the whole 1.5 hour session there was a constant Twitter stream from attendees AND those watching the live TV feeds remotely. This was monitored by the chair and two of the pannel, they also contributed to the tweets as well as actually sharing them with the audience by presenting peopl’e questions and views.

Since the conference I have started following Bill and Roo’s tweets and they have proved to be adictive!

Edward Castronova told the assembled throng that he has no longer “doing” social networking – he had become adicted – and now I’m beginning to understand how…

As to Twitter -I get it, I can NOW see value, BUT I don’t post! – I don’t have anything important enough to say for people to be posting! nick_rvsm

25 Nov 08 Stalking or following?


SO following my Twitter revolution I have become obsessed with finding everything that Bill Thompson puts up onto the internet! It all started as he lives in the small town that I was born in, Sawston, Cambridgeshire. I found this out via his Twitter profile. So I followed his tweets, I tried out some of the programs he is using (like and now I have arrived at’s homepage and blog. I feel like I am Bill’s friend, but I have only ever spoken to him once, about ten words!

Am I a stalker? I guess not. I AM a lurker, I read tweets but hardly ever MAKE any. Am I a paracite? I TAKE information, absorb it but rarely share it?

Maybe this is MY contribution – so Whilst I’m at it – check out – I found this at ReLIVE08 where Roo Reynolds used it to compare information about the conference from three sources – superb. I have played with it by adding Christmas texts – makes lovely card!!!! – enough said! nick_rvsm

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