Another idea for a project: social networking. Most of you already know something about social networks such as MySpace and Facebook. Social networks are ways of connecting to more people than you could ever connect with face-to-face or of staying connected to people that you can't get much face time with. Here's a little video to explain it all:
I've started a little social network thing in this IDST class with Twitter, a little app that allows a group of people to post brief messages to everyone listening, usually just a quip about what you're doing, how you're feeling, or what you're thinking. Nothing much - just barely more than chatter, but somehow it can build a sense of community, and occasionally some magic happens.
But there are more powerful, more sophisticated social networking tools. I've just joined EduBloggerWorld at Ning. In a way, Second Life could also be considered a social network, as it really isn't much of a game. I can see some of you using Ning, or some other tool, to create a social network that allows a loosely connected group of people, such as a college class, to connected a little better to be more productive. Well?