It's been awhile since I've seen a new social technology emerge on scene that looked like it had that "explosion potential". The last real time for me was Twitter (and for all you FB apps fans, sorry I don't count Farmville) and that was nearly three years ago.*

But Foursquare is different, because it creates a new take on social networking by through local-based gaming that adds in the elements of GPS tagging along with localized loyalty rewards. As David King also notes, this new technology is worth exploring.

If you haven't explored Foursquare on your own yet, here's a informational slide deck to get you start:

* According to my twitter trail, my start date on Twitter was April 14, 1997


Thought of the week ...

I wish I knew who to attribute this quote to, but the closest I can get is that is was shared at ALA Emerging Leaders session this past week in Boston.

“Leaders do not provide energy, they release it from others”

I've been thinking a lot of leadership philosophies lately and wondering how many people in management positions actually think about their own? From some recent conversations I've had with colleagues in the field, I've come to realize that it's not really thought about enough, which leads me to wonder two things ...

1) how can you truly lead if you don't know yourself well enough to have philosophy?

2) how can you expect others to adapt and flourish under your leadership style, if you don't know what it is yourself?

Over the past two weeks I've been rereading the L3 Leadership manifesto. I think there's a lot to this approach that focuses first on leading yourself. If you don't where to start in thinking about or identifying your own personal leadership philosophy, the manifesto's 34 pages walks you through a great series of small exercises that helps you better understand your leadership potential.

L3 Leadership Approach

  • L1—Leading Self: Total Life Leadership. Achieving personal mastery and work/life integration.

  • L2—Leading With Others: Creating and sustaining Collaborative Advantage.

  • L3—Cultivating The Best Place To Work: A culture of high engagement, retention, performance and productivity.”

Related posts:

L3 Leadership

My leadership motto

PS: Thanks Justin for blogging this & Karen for tweeting. Good stuff on a cloudy day to ponder and think about.


drooling ...

The images from the One Laptop Per Child's latest project, XO-3 has me drooling. Can't wait to see how this second refinement turns out.


Centers for Kicking A$$

Thanks Kathryn for highlighting this gem of twitter comment from Kathy Sierra. It's well worth the 2nd highlight :)

9 Top Posts for 2009

Google Analytics is a great free tool that can tell you a lot about the visitors and usability of your site. But to be honest, I really don’t take look at it or take advantage of it at all.

However, since I did add it to my blog a few years ago, I thought it might be interesting to see what posts in 2009 generated the most visits. Anyway, icyi here’s my top 9 for 2009:

  1. Future of libraries with or without books
  2. Future of Public Libraries
  3. Learning 2.0 Survey
  4. What’s your digital foot print?
  5. Future libraries in the networked world
  6. QR Tags Concept leadership
  7. Trendwatching: the ebook device race
  8. Finding the Phoenix: Ugame Ulearn Keynote
  9. Friday’s Thoughts – Learning

Happy 2010 !