William Gibson and Cory Doctorow at The Cadogan Hall

I was lucky to catch William Gibson speak in London in October 2010.

He talked about his new book ‘Zero History’ and about writing science fiction and writing in general. William is my favourite source of quotes when teaching. “The future is here, its just not evenly distributed” being one of my favourites when I teach social media. And of course he invented the term ‘cyberspace‘. Continue reading

Twitter as a barometer of web readers’ vocabulary

Twitter is all the rage at the moment with everyone from the NHS to Number 10 Downing Street using this tool to communicate.

But recently the tool looks like becoming useful for web writers. Until early May the only way to find out what people were ‘tweeting’ about was to go to Monitter or Twitter search. Now you can see instantly what the most frequently used words are right now, just by going to your own Twitter home page. Continue reading