Facebook now has 2 billion monthly users… and responsibility

Editor’s note: What a milestone. Facebook now has 2 billion monthly active users. This article also features a useful chart showing the monthly user numbers for some of the other big social networks.

Is Media Multitasking a Myth?

Editor’s note: It’s not surprising that heavy users of social media consume information across lots of networks and at the same time. Maybe it is more surprising the extent to which they become less good at filtering information. What’s the lesson? Try and focus on doing less and do it better – and that includes using social media.

Social media as powerful method of learning – the evidence

Editor’s note: Great article from Donald Clark on the power of social media as a learning tool.

Inside The Growing Social Media Skills Gap

Editor’s note: Is your workforce in need of developing social media skills? As this piece points out, how to use social tools effectively is not something people just pick up.

5 Trends That Will Change How Companies Use Social Media In 2016

Editor’s note: The CEO of Hootsuite, a social media management tool, says that in 2016 organisations will use their employees more to amplify their work – the technical term seems to be ’employee social advocacy’. Some interesting and realistic trends here.

How good are social networks for learning?

#social media could be making us stupid, according to #robin hoyle, author of Informal Learning in Organisations. In his Learning Live conference session Liking ain’t learning – could social networks be making us stupid?, Hoyle suggested that the way people use social networks meant that they weren’t actually learning anything in any depth. We caught […]

Two innovations that have changed learning forever

Editor’s note: Social media and mobile phones have given learners everywhere a capability to discover, create, repurpose, share and amplify content, according to Steve Wheeler.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media

Editor’s note: Social media researcher Danah Boyd writes a powerful response to a teenager’s view of social media. This article sets out why we all need to be wary of biases around what’s written about people/cohorts/generations when it comes to technology.

How to Recognize Snake Oil in Your Personal Learning Network

Editor’s note: David Kelly urges people to look at the snake oil merchants in their personal learning networks. Thought-provoking piece that raises some good points about who you are following online and why.

How social media is reshaping news

The ever-growing digital native #news world now boasts about 5,000 digital news sector jobs, according to our recent calculations, 3,000 of which are at 30 big digital-only news outlets. Many of these digital organizations emphasize the importance of #social media in storytelling and engaging their audiences. As journalists gather for the annual Online News Association conference, here […]

Video of the week: Social media or social minefield

Research on how people use social media from Wharton Business School. Thanks to @BKneuer for sharing.

Putting social media to work

Editor’s note: Analysis of the CIPD’s latest research of the use of social media tools within organisations. Interesting to see the benefits these tools are bringing to organisations.

32 tools providers discuss their favorite social media software

Editor’s note: Great list of tools for managing your social media efforts (and that will help save you time).

CIPD social media research

Editor’s note: Perry Timms, CIPD Social Media Engagement Adviser, provides some tips on using social media and mobile technology to support learning.

This year on Twitter

Editor’s note: Twitter’s end of year round-up is worth looking around (there is plenty of it). Great example of how to present data as well as to see what people have been talking about on a global level.