Librarians are like the Australian native bower bird, if its colourful and sparkles they are in. In a previous life I was a library vendor, so I can confirm that that the give away pens that left the booth faster than the speed of light were the ones covered in glitter; and if they glowed in the dark even better. So, you can understand why I was captivated by Ross Dawson’s blog posting titled: Four great visual representations of the social media and Web 2.0 landscape. Here is enough colourful representation of the Web 2.0 landscape to keep most librarians happy for at least 5 minutes. :-)
But seriously, Ross Dawson has some very good things to say about how these visualisation tools can help use make sense of the fast changing Web 2.0 landscape. And if you have trouble understanding something, it is so much harder to make it work to your advantage.
So, do yourselves a favour and check out: Four great visual representations of the social media and Web 2.0 landscape.
My favourite is the following Conversation Prism (August 2008) by Brian Solis and Jesse Thomas. According to Brian Solis, its purpose is to "create a new graphic that helps chart online conversations between the people that populate communities as well as the networks that connect the Social Web. The Conversation Prism is free to use and share. It's [their] contribution to a new era of media education and literacy." How good is that!