Sunday, 13 April 2008

Sheffield University Students Love YouTube

It is a year since the Information Commons opened at The University of Sheffield.

What better way of celebrating than viewing a YouTube video filmed in that luscious space...





The popularity of YoTube is immense and in a recent piece of research I found that this is the favourite website of 24/24 interviewees aged between 16 and 18 . What is the attraction ... well for the most part it is WATCHING videos and then talking about them on MySpace, Bebo or Facebook. It is a vital part of online conversation. Videos most watched are music videos ..' so you don't have to buy them' and 'funny videos' . they did tell me that they would love to make videos and upload and would like to learn how to do this in school....


Seems to me that just as on other social networking sites, people do stuff in order to upload to YouTube... not ust about recording stuffalready going on. Look at this bit of naughtiness as students trespass on the roof of the infamous Arts Tower.

arts-tower

5 comments:

Jackie Marsh said...

Ha ha! Think you should let Denise H. see this post, the librarians would love it.
Jackie

Sheila Webber said...

Yes, I'd already circulated this round the Information Studies deot to great amusement! You probably know about the student facebook groups about he IC too - such as "procrastination in the ic"? Perhaps it's become a focus of web 2.0/social networking because people do quite a lot of social networking *in* it?

DrJoolz said...

good idea Jackie .... yes I joined that mad group Sheila. I think it is hilarious ... it started so quickly after the IC opened too .... really great undergraduate humour!

there is something kind of facebooky about the IC ... all that leakage of one type of space into another ... those permeable boundaries and witnot. This may be what web 2.o living is all about. Life as metaphor.

Martin said...

Luscious...does that mean you like it, then? I'm collecting interesting adjectives about the IC, and "luscious" is right up there with "google-esque" (from a student) and now "facebooky". It's great to see the IC inspring creativity among students. Chris S and I met the director of IC Girls and congratulated him on the editing!

Martin Lewis
Director of Library Services & University Librarian

DrJoolz said...

Ah yes I do love the IC. I think it is a great place ... and am constantly amazed to see students in there so late at night. Allows for all kinds of study patterns...
A good refuge for them too I am sure.