Before the Christmas break, I discovered http://academic-networking.blogspot.com/ which is an informal blog about another JISC project looking at academic social networking. I really enjoyed reading it, it gives an insight into the process of user centric design on a academic social media project. And it appears to have quite a few parallels to the project I’m working on. Handy! With the Linksphere project, there are two separate sites (Linksphere.org and a currently University of Reading only Social Network style site) which should hopefully both aggregate this post from my blog to those separate sites if I have tagged it correctly, which is great! However, is it appropriate for the usability side of the project (aka UCL) to set up a stand alone blog about the user evaluation that’s going on? In the same vein that the Research team at Cambridge have done at academic-networking? Or is that spreading everything just too thin? Should everything be all kept in one place? One of my fears with the Linksphere sites is that my writing style is just a wee bit informal and not at all technical, but perhaps that is a concern that the users of Linksphere are also/or will experience, therefore it’s interesting idea to try and address.
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Ah yes, how formal should one be?
Although I am sure there are some academics who would argue that all communication should be third person passive, I am firmly of the opinion that a personal, lively mode of writing is what engages the vast majority of readers.
I certainly don’t think there is a problem with your writing style with respect to making contributions on the LinkSphere social networking platform (although, obviously, if users decide otherwise I will be in a bit of a fix myself!).
Hopefully next week I will get the site to be open to the Big Wide World (in terms of read access – logging in will still require a UoR username) and we can really start inviting further comments.