Mightybell

mightybell

Mightybell is yet another social networking tool among the sea of web 2.0 resources that is expanding at a faster pace than the universe itself. Just to make sure, just visit this collection of web 2.0  Resources for unlimited possibilities. So before one digs-in to a new web 2.0 site, it is best to search for a review of the product to save time. Mightybell, similar to many other social networking sites has its positives and negatives. Take a look at CNET’s review of Mightybell. Granted, the review was done in August of 2012, and in tech-years (one month = one year), this article is about six years old!!!! and products continuously evolve.

What intrigues me about Mightybell is the ability to quickly form a personal learning community, or as SEDL calls it, Professional Learning Communities (PLC). In this case, Steve Hargadon formed a book-study with minimal effort, whereby users can collaborate and contribute asynchronously. I look forward to Steve’s book study of Seymour Papert, one the most influential giants of constructivist learning, father of LOGO programming language, Lego Robotics, and a prominent contributor to one-to-one laptop program in state of Maine as well as Negroponte’s XO laptop and OLPC project. His writings are fresh today as they were decades ago, a true visionary student of Jean Piaget.

Beyond book studies, something I have always wanted to do was form a scene-by-scene film review of some of my favorite movies. Looking at specific scene, dissecting the actor’s body language, analyzing the tune, the tone, and synthesizing the director’s perspective, all within the fraction of each specific scene. Now I have a tool just for that. Mighybell can certainly serve this need, yet a different application of the same product.

As a software developer I have learned that often end-users find more creative ways of using a product than the developer would have ever imagined. Which may lead into new possibilities or limitations that a product inherits. Hence, the next creative person comes along and resolved the limitation by creating a new product, a new web 2.0 tool. Some are successfully and others not, only time will tell. Meanwhile, the end-user has to consider the time and effort investment in each product and consider portability of the content from one medium to the next as web 2.0 tools fade in and out of our consciousness.

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