The “Social” News Release

Mark Glaser explores the evolving press release, highlighting agencies and organizations that are experimenting with an old information artifact. Replace fluff with facts, provide prominent contact info, include links to related material (audio, video, social bookmarking sites), distribute with RSS feeds (that is, make them well-organized web pages, not html mail) and allow comments. Mark also provides a good resource list for PR folks ... and educators. It's our job to help students learn how to critically evaluate material like this, especially since they can be at the top of search results. Tip via Twitter.continue reading →

Google Docs Goes Offline

From Techmeme via Twitter: Google is rolling out (ie, not everyone can get it immediately) Google Gears, which is a first-step in offline use: You'll know you have the feature when you see a little "offline" menu item in the upper right of your document window in Google Docs... The feature's first-use case is, "I'm amending a document and I lose my Internet connection," Norton said. Document creation capability will come eventually... Google Gears runs on Firefox 1.6 and above (but not beta 3) on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It also supports Internet Explorer 6.0 and higher on Windows. There is no support for Safari, Flock, Opera, Maxthon, or mobile browsers. Of course, this will mean versioning issues for documents created collaboratively if people are working offline. (Like on an airplane, perhaps.) More later. I'm not one of the first chosen few. ;-) Update: doh! I hadn't installed the extension…continue reading →