Replied to Improving user experience with links, notifications, and Webmentions (BoffoSocko)

Use & publish visible data for humans first, machines second. Hiding @, #, and other cruft in links that send webmentions.

I really like this idea Chris. I must admit that I have become more aware of my links since activating Refbacks. There are some mentions which I include for me and I wonder about making them hidden as you are suggesting with the names.

The one thing I would like is a means of easily searching ‘users’ I have mentioned. That is one thing that I liked about Google+. However, I don’t really want the @ or +.

Replied to a post by Sebestian Greger

As I constantly encounter interesting texts, podcasts and events, I thought to experiment with something new on this blog in 2019: I aim to jot down some inspiring quotes I encounter and post them along with references to their source. A list of mini-bookmarks of sort, or a Saturday reading list

I really like this collection Sebestian. It is both approachable and informative. More than just a list of links.
Replied to #tdc2553 #ds106 Reach Out and Tweet Someone (The Daily Create)

meaningful connections flickr photo by wonder-ing shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license Social networks are connecting platforms, or they should be. For today’s invitation, respond …

The voices & ideas who have stood out for me this year as a part of my newsletter @kjinquiry @mrsfint @gregmiller68 @langwitches @BiancaH80 @Obi_Jon_ @davecormier @zephoria @twoodwar @wiobyrne @ChrisAldrich @antonyjfunnell @DrNomyn @ChrisWejr @austinkleon @LaTrioli

#tdc2553 @ds106dc

Replied to Be Someone’s Conversational Follower. by an author (The Tempered Radical)

My goal is to both to add and to find more intellectual value from the time that I spend in social spaces.

More information doesn’t really help anyone to improve. It’s deeper reflection and conversation that matters most. I can encourage those behaviors in others and feed them in myself by becoming a conversational follower and reinvesting in blogs as a forum for extended interactions.

Personally, one of the changes that has made a difference to me is to keep a copy of the comments I make around the web. This is a part of the IndieWeb. Some sites accept comments in the form of webmentions, however those that do not (like your own) I simply cut and paste. I find that this extra effort has made the exercise more meaningful. Someone who might have something to add to this is Chris Aldrich.
Replied to Badges! DIY Gamification by an author

I’ve been working on my website and added a new feature: Badges!

It’s basically like little digital awards you get on Foursquare, Untappd, etc. except I made them myself and award them to myself. It’s a way to get motivated and also share my achievements and skills on my website. Like the “Skills” section of LinkedIn, but self-hosted and DIY. 95% inspired by the kids show “Hey Duggee,” and 5% inspired by the * Scouts.

To see all my badges, check out

I really like this use of badges Chris. I was meaning to share with you my notes on Open Badges, but never got around to it. Your iteration reminds me of Don Presant’s discussion of ‘self assessment‘.
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:synth: !!! working on adding custom emoji to my wordpress site… if I type `:synth:` it should be converted into a little image of a synthesizer, like this: :synth: (hopefully it works). What happens if this also gets posted to my Pleroma instance?

This is something that I would love to add to my site. Instead of pasting in the emoji I could write :thump_up: and it would translate. In part I have never really had the time to dig in. Did you add something to your child theme?
Replied to What I don’t know – Colin Devroe

It is true that many assume that programmers know so much more than many of us do. There may be a few superheros out there that have the time and interest in learning “everything” but I can tell you in 25 years I’ve never met one. Even the most brilliant minds in our field usually have a focus.

Coming from the perspective of implementation, this is something I have had to learn moving into the world of development. I presumed that those around me had all the answers. What I learnt fast is that they simply had the ability to put two and two together quicker than me. The challenge I have had to face is the feeling that someone does know the implications when making a decision, which is not always guaranteed.
Replied to Goodbye Facebook, Goodbye Google+ by Ryan BarrettRyan Barrett

Facebook, surprisingly, wasn’t much harder. I’d gradually become dissatisfied with the company over time, so I was already using the product less and less. I only posted six times in 2018. Regardless, it’s still the one social network that has all the people I care about in real life. I’ll miss posting pictures of my daughter and knowing my extended family, high school friends, and other parents at school will all see them.

I like your point about Facebook Ryan. I must admit that I have not shared there for a long time and also deleted my content, but I can not bring myself to delete my account. I am reminded of Naomi Barnes’ push to go beyond avoiding to discuss what next.
Replied to Issue [#327]: Happy New Year! by Doug Belshaw (Thought Shrapnel)

I had a bit of an epiphany when I realised that one of the main uses of AI is, or will be, voice assistants. In practice, that means a lot less time spent looking at displays and a lot more time interacting with devices using natural language. To do that, voice assistant need to know the context in which you operate, so they need to have data on you.

I’m not delighted to be handing over so much data to Google, but given their GDPR-compliant controls, I’m willing to give it a try. The Lenovo device is in our kitchen and has replaced our DAB radio, and the Onkyo speaker is in our bedroom. Both of them have hardware switches which mute the microphone when they’re not being used.

I really am not sold on all this move to smart devices Doug. My wife recently purchased an iWatch and has taken to messaging directly from it. I now need to check if she is talking to her phone, watch or me. I have also noticed this on public transport. I have two particular reservations:

  1. What if everyone was talking at once? What would that look and sound like?
  2. What about the conversations that may not be appropriate for speaking out loud in public or in private.

I respect there are some who see such constructive uses as a God send (read Richard Wells reflection), however this depends upon an appropriate space.

My other question is uses beyond the novel. Yeah I can ask Google a question or play a track from The National, but what else? I am really interested in what particular workflows you develop in conjunction with your smart things.

NOTE: I have written this response in the open web and respect your desire to restrict such conversations to paying subscribers, which I am not one, sorry.

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What confuses me about this debate are all the people who get into teaching via post-grad degrees. No ATAR there 🤷‍♂️
Replied to “Known Issues” by Paul LindnerPaul Lindner

You can find this engraved sign in the Shreve Jewelry Store elevator in San Francisco.  It says:


I really like this Paul. Having swapped hats with my work, moving from a focus on implementation to a more technical appreciation, I have found myself appreciating that not everything can be or should be solved. Sometimes it is much easier to just live with the minor issue. The challenge is helping others see it that way too.
Replied to Weeknote 01/2019 (Open Educational Thinkering)

While I’m backing up my photos before Flickr deletes them, I think I’ll probably purge some of my blogs as well, linking to versions of my posts from my wiki. There’s no real need for me to have more than this blog for my personal updates, Thought Shrapnel for reflecting on what I read, and my wiki for everything else.

I cannot help but laugh Doug. For so long you have adamant about having different spaces for different purposes? Looks like I will have a bit of work to do to clean up my feeds and fix up a mountain load of dead links.
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I have experienced a combination of LMS (Sentral, Compass, Synergetic) and social media (Facebook pages). I have discussed the use of Slides for newsletters in the past. I also think that there is scope for storing ‘newsletters’ in Google Drive to embed elsewhere.

Personally, I think that it is a balance between where parents are and where you want them to be. I think a lot of people baulk at something like Edublogs because it is another space to log into, however I have significant concerns about sending people to places like Facebook and other such sites because of the issues with algorithms and advertising.

What annoys me most though about most forms of notifications is that they often send out a link to the information with just enough detail to get you to click, but not enough to be content.

Replied to 2018 in review and a look forward to 2019 – Ben Collins (Ben Collins)

Create two other courses. The shortlist at the moment includes: 1) “Beyond Sheets” on what to do when your data outgrows Google Sheets, 2) Regular Expressions in Google Sheets, 3) a Data Studio course, and 4) Google Sheets for Educators

Congratulations on your year Ben.

Thought I would place my vote for the ‘education’ course. Although all of your courses provide insight and opportunities within education, I feel that there is real scope for an explicit education offering. Although there are some great offerings in regards to introductions (including your own), I think that a course which collated a range of educational scenarios would be a real benefit.

Replied to My Instagram Problem (bavatuesdays)

I never planned to get on Instagram, and I was even less inclined to enjoy it. But 616 posts and 18 months later I’m realizing I am deeper in then I ever intended. I tell myself I can quit anytime, but now that Twitter holds little joy for me and Mastodon feels like a temporary rebound relationship, Instagram has quietly become my go to.

It is interesting having gone somewhat quiet on social media. I think what you highlight in this post is the power and presence of a personal community in driving the connections. I am finding that although I may have certain values if the consensus says something different then it does it really matter.

At work, I refused to share my contacts with WhatsUp (and Facebook Inc) and the answer has been that I am excluded from certain conversations. In this circumstance I have lost out?

I like your point about transferability and think that maybe as you point out that this maybe what matters most. This then allows for such projects as Manton Reece’s transfer of Instagram to or Jonathan LaCour’s move to transfer Facebook content using Micropub. A part of me wonders if I retired my Known instance to early?

Replied to Something Weird is Happening on Twitter Right Now by an author (Tempered Radical)

What if instead of using social spaces to simply share content, we made a New Year’s Resolution to engage in more conversations with one another? What if we made a commitment to ask more provocative questions or to play the Devil’s Advocate more often?

Even better Bill is if we had such conversations from the comfort of our own backyard using bridgy and webmenbtions, rather than someone else’s playground?