Four Months of Open Source Professorship

2009 is coming to an end and so are my first four months as a professor. Time to take stock, if only shortly.

All in all, a good end to a year that most of us would prefer to forget. But as Matt Asay is suggesting, this may have been the year that Open Source made it big, so this is something to celebrate!

Stay tuned for upcoming research work on open source, using this blog’s RSS feed, or the OSR group’s home page and RSS feed, and of course the @dirkriehle and @osrgroup Twitter streams!

And of course a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2010 to everyone!

4 Replies to “Four Months of Open Source Professorship”

  1. Congratulations to your good start!
    @osrgroup should follow back (and have a picture). Why should I follow a group that does not follow back? If you are not interested in someone’s tweets dont follow with your private account, but groups should always follow back. Getting one more follower for my interest is a good deal.
    All the best for 2010!

  2. Hi Adrian, good to hear from you, and happy new year!
    @osrgroup is mostly an RSS to Twitter feed right now. If you read RSS feeds consistently, you don’t need to follow the Twitter account. However, Twitter has significantly reduced RSS-feed reading, as far as I can tell.
    I’m interested in Twitter best practices. Why do you say a group account should always follow back? Following (rather than watching @osrgroup tweets) allows for DMs which are much more likely to fall between the cracks than for personal accounts.
    Beyond that, I don’t mind the follow-back. Last time I looked I couldn’t find a good auto-follow-back software though.
    Cheers,
    Dirk

  3. The main argument is one of politeness (and of status, as always on twitter). As a person the balance between follows and followers communicates my status. Whenever I follow someone that does not follow back, his status raises and mine falls. If it’s Kent Beck, I dont mind. If it’s a company, research group or open source project I feel ignored. As a company the balance between follows and followers communicates how much you value your customers, it’s free for you to keep their status even.
    I blogged on twitter best practices in research, mebbe I should append this comment as a post scriptum.
    For following back I have a Ruby script (the same for unfollows ;). I’ll brush it up and publish it the next days. For DMs I use a client (Seesmic) that shows me all DMs of all my accounts (12 and increasing…) in the same list.
    cheers,
    AA
    PS, Twitter is *the* RSS killer indeed. It has changed the way we read on the web.

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