The mobile ball is rolled out for 2009 with our first Carnival of the year, hosted by Helen Keegan at Musings of a Mobile Marketer. GoldenSwamp.com’s post about how mobiles don’t know who is your daddy is included in the best mobile blogging of the week.
Yesterday I made a presentation to a group of about 30 gifted teenagers (15-19 year-olds) about opportunities blogging and the burgeoning search engine optimization (SEO) field offered them now and in the future. I explained how they could make money writing blog posts, and that doing so in high school and college was a very effective way to hone their writing talent and build a skill they could use in many ways throughout their lives.
To introduce the SEO discussion, I quoted an email I received this week from a colleague in the open education efforts: “I have been connecting with friends in Silicon Valley that have knowledge of SEO gurus. Given the enormous economic impact of an optimized site, hot SEO people are among the highest compensated folks in the web-industry these days.” The kids were amazed. Only a couple of them had heard of search engine optimization.
I had begun the talk by telling the group that the book in the picture I was projecting on the screen we were looking at was my textbook from 1958, the year I graduated from college. I explained that I have kept the book because in terms of what has happened in biology in the past 50 years, the book is now quite quaint: it does not mention DNA.
For the young people in my audience, SEO is apparently in the same state of obscurity as DNA was when I was their age. In 1958, Crick and Watson had discovered the double helix and the genetic coding method it held for replicating life. Biologists have worked through the half century since to understand the new science of genetics and to implement its powers. In 1958 the huge implications we now know of DNA were barely hinted.
Can it be that the network structures over which search is being optimized as the 21st century method of commerce and communication are discoveries as important as DNA was? I think they are. The challenge for educators is to understand the new network science and to implement its powers for learning.
Using SEO for education means optimizing open education resources (OER) so the search engines can find them when students look for what they want to learn. Just because kids are early adopters of computers, we cannot assume they should have to figure out SEO for learning resources. They don’t yet know what that is, best I can tell.
The seventy-sixth edition of the Carnival is now online at Twofones. Like the one led by seventy-six trombones, this is a great parade — this time of the week’s best blogging about mobiles.
Vision Mobile has focused its knowledge, passion and innovation in hosting this week’s Carnival here. Wander down the midway for the top ten blog posts of the week about mobile.
This week’s Carnival, hosted by Martin Sauter, is up and running at Martin’s Mobile Technology Page. As Martin says, introducing the review blog posts: once again, there are great ideas out there on the future of the mobile Internet.
The Carnival is in town and open at Steve Litchfield’s 3-Lib. Drop by to read the best blog posts of the week — and to find out how and when Steve’s website received its “slightly odd” name.
The Carnival is online now at Silicon Valley Himalayan Expedition. Dorrian Porter has done an masterful job of reviewing this week’s best mobile blogging.
Michael Mace has organized a terrific line up of blogging about mobile, hosted on his Mobile Opportunity this week.
This week’s Carnival is now online here at Mobile Marketing & Spam. The week’s best blogging about mobile phones — tech, biz, and more — awaits you there.
The Carnival is now online at Always On Real-Time Access — for which its initials AORTA are fraught with meaning. Check out the Carnival to see how AORTA describes our times.
This week’s Carnival is hosted by Rudy De Waele at m-trends.org. As Rudy mentioned, here at GoldenSwamp I am now coordinating the hosting of future Carnivals. I look forward to being in touch with the bloggers who are telling the world about the transition of communication to mobile devices. This is Rudy’s announcement:
Next week Judy Breck has agreed to host the next Carnival. Send your entries before Friday midnight PST to mobilists AT googlemail DOT com. For detailed instructions and archives about the Carnival of the Mobilists, please visit the mobili.st website.
We are also launching a new round of hosts for future Carnivals. Being a host normally gets you a nice boost in traffic and is a great way to showcase your blog or website to a wider audience. Drop a line to Judy – jbreck AT nyc DOT rr DOT com – and tell her when you CAN’T do one between now and summer. You must have entered the Carnival 3 times to host, but everyone is welcome – new and seasoned veterans alike. What are you waiting for?
See it online now at Software Everywhere—David Beers on Mobile Computing. The Carnival parades the best blog writing of the week from the mobile computer midway.