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Why Did Facebook Buy WhatsApp?

The news that Facebook purchased WhatsApp came as quite a shock to many. With a whopping $19 Billion  price tag for what seems to be a run-of-the-mill messaging app, more than a few people are wondering if Facebook is just throwing around billions of dollars with no rhyme or reason.  You know what’s cool? $19… Read the full article…


Top Tech Gifts for Holiday 2013

With Black Friday upon us, you are probably gearing up to dig through the dizzying array of tech products, upgrades and gadgets available this season. As always, technology manufacturers have queued up their best offerings for release just in time for the gift-giving frenzy a few short weeks from now, but there are also many… Read the full article…


Chris Brogan Speaks to #RotoloClass

Chris Brogan, author of “Trust Agents” and a leading voice on social media and “human business”, spoke to #RotoloClass last semester.  Chris addressed the current state of “human business”, as well as how social media can be applied to organizational goals. You can watch some highlights of his Q&A, including Brogan’s take on social media… Read the full article…


How to Write an Effective Blog Post

Since I began using blogging as part of my courses and professional practice, I’ve learned that asking someone to “blog” can be a vague request. Even though we’ve all seen and read many blogs, it can still be difficult at times to explain the characteristics of a blog post, or what kind of information it might include. In an effort to better communicate the best practices I’ve observed, I’ve put together these recommendations to share with my students and clients. Perhaps they will be valuable to other aspiring bloggers as well.


The “Magic” of Steve Jobs

As the news broke of Steve Jobs’ passing, it took only moments to realize the magnitude of his impact on our world and daily lives. Much of the world learned of his passing within minutes while using one of the devices he created. I personally watched the news unfold on my MacBook Pro and iPhone,… Read the full article…


First look at the new Syracuse University mobile app

Syracuse University released its new SU mobile app today, referring to it as “Syracuse in the palm of your hand.” Here is a first look at app and its features.

After downloading the app from the Apple App Store (the app is currently only available for the iPhone, though I’m told an Android version will soon follow), the user is presented with the option of selecting one of three themes: “SU Main App,” “iSchool” or “Newhouse.” This choice seems to slightly alter the branding of the app’s home screen as well as reveal a few navigation choices specific to the chosen school theme. It is unclear why other Schools and Colleges are not represented in this option. Most of this review will focus on the Main SU theme.


Designing the Future of Social Media

36 students. 36 hours. Early mornings and late nights. Coffee, Red Bull, and a lot of snacks. All for the purpose of exploring the future of social media. Social Media Futures, a design charrette presented by the iSchool and the COLAB design center at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, has just wrapped up… Read the full article…


Why Information Space Matters

I don’t like to admit how long it’s been since I was an undergraduate student, but it’s amazing to think about how different today’s iSchool is from the school I joined over a decade ago. For one thing, most people called this place “IST” back then, and most people were confused about what those letters… Read the full article…