Archive for May, 2009


I finally finished reading the book Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom: How Online Social Networking Will Transform Your Life, Work, and World and I figured I’d record a short little review of it. Here it is:

Like I say in the video, it was a great book, and I think anyone interested in learning more about social media should give it a read.

This was my first time trying something like this, and so it took me a couple tries to get something coherant. It isn’t quite as tight as I would love to see- there are some “umms” and pauses- but overall I’m happy with it. It’s hard to actually look at the camera, the first few tries I was looking at myself and the video looked like I had a lazy eye (there’s probably a bit of that in there still).

I was going to write about a feature that facebook should introduce, but then I went looking for it in the settings and discovered it was already there. But since I didn’t know it existed, I am going to assume at least a number of other people didn’t see it either.

The feature is the ability to view your profile as another individual.

Type a friends name to see how they see your profile

Type a friends name to see how they see your profile

This is going to be very important as Facebook begins to encourage users to divide their friends into groups, each with different privacy allowances.

Here’s how it works: If your settings allow some people to only view specific information (for example, your mom can only see the photos of you studying, not doing keg-stands) you can use this to view your page as if you were them. While you should be able to determine what they can see by fiddling with the settings, this gives a great added “peace-of-mind” level to the security settings. You don’t just need to trust that you got all the settings right, you can view it to make sure.

While you probably won’t care too much about checking each and every person, or every group, this is great for the people who you really want to ensure are seeing certain content (ie. bosses, parents, and kids). As facebook becomes a bigger and bigger catalog of everyone you’ve ever met, tools like this are going to make it much easier to monitor your image without resorting to mass unfriending (if you want to do that, check out this great discussion on haligonia.ca, with master unfriender Joel Kelly).

I would also love to see this improved to allow you to view how your profile appears to people who are not your friend, or people within your networks who are not your friend. I have my settings set to disable my profile to all nonfriends, but it’s always nice to get confirmation that this is happening.

Me in Hyde Park

Well, it’s certainly been a long time since I’ve posted on here.

If you have this blog still in your RSS reader from when I was posting to it 2 years ago, thanks for being so patient, you should probably consider purging your feeds more often though.

Here is the deal: My last post here was April 15th, 2007. At the time, I was taking a lot of photos and was using this blog as a place to showcase some of the photos I was taking, outside of services like flickr. I think what happened though was that I stopped taking as many photos and then it just didn’t make sense to be posting them to a blog anymore, so my blog fell into disrepair.

More recently, I’ve been keeping a new blog, Dave Everyday, that I was using as a journal of my life. The problem I’ve run into there is that I am getting really bored of chronicling my life. I post to Twitter a lot, and so that captures a lot of the what I do each day stuff that I was then re-hashing onto my blog. In the end, I wasn’t getting what I wanted to get out of it, out of it.

So that brings us to today. I’ve decided to re-appropriate this blog, re-name it (I will come up with something even better than Dave Emmett’s blog soon), re-brand it (there will be photos, but that’s not the point), and turn it into a place for me to share my thoughts about stuff going on online, which is what I spend most of my time thinking about anyways, so I might as well write some of it down and see if it’s helpful to other people. I’m bringing this blog back (rather than start a new one) because it has my name in the url (or at least my approximation of my name I use for every online service), which I figure is a good thing.

We’ll see how this goes, I’m sure one day I’ll get this blogging thing down. For now, I’m just doing what seems like the best idea at the time.