So this is a great video showing some powerful technology connected to a social networking site. In this case, the software is analyzing images from Flickr and making an actual visual (or virtual/physical) representation of a real structure. The video has been passed around the web and is really worth checking out. However, the underlying connection or mash-up, of the social network data and the software's ability to interpret that data is what is very interesting.
Imagine applying the same concept to a learning situation. Your facebook or (social network of your choice) data and your
Once you have a "goal" or even a topic of interest, the system could begin to search the social network for all activity that is happening around that topic and begin to analyze the activity. That activity would mostly like lead to connections of conversations through blogs, images through Flickr or more structured like slideshare, videos through YouTube or Viddler. So the data collected would include a
- community of people interested in the activity
- conversations around the activity and
- related content to the activity.
Hopefully, more on this later.