Being a small collection of linksÂ from myÂ Twitter posts ofÂ the past weekÂ that deserve a fewÂ more than 140 characters.
Last week Google announced that HTML 5 would be the default format for all videos on YouTube. Most YouTube have no idea what that means (or the explanation in the post) but in the larger picture of the web, it’s good news. AndÂ one more sign that Flash is dying as a media distribution format, which can’t come fast enough for those who do understand since the technologyÂ is still buggy after all these years, not to mention a major security hole.
After last weekend’s Super Bowl, no one should be surprised that the NFL has annual revenues of $9.5 billion. What should shock you, not to mention the people leading this country, is that they are still aÂ tax-exempt nonprofit organization. And it gets worse when youÂ add in the billions ofÂ subsidies from state and local taxpayers that are used to pay for stadiums and other team facilities. “You really couldn’t ask for a better symbol of everything that’s wrong with US predatory capitalism.” Indeed!
Last week, the FCC decided to make some changes to reclassify internet service providers (like Verizon and Comcast) as “common carriers” under something called Title II. What does that mean to most of us who use the internet? David Weinberger asked an expert and theirÂ explainer is well worth a read.Â The issue is not that complicated but this isÂ a major change that goes a long way toÂ maintaining a “neutral” internet.
And finally, Fast Company speculates onÂ why introverts are the best networkers on Twitter. I’m not sure I buy the premise, but much of theÂ advice in the article could still applyÂ to working with introverted students. And with helping everyone make the best use of social media.