As of today I’ve been publishing my Future Trends in Technology and Education (FTTE) report for one year*. I’d like to reflect on its progress here, then ask you all for advice on a two questions.
Out of that number comes a good amount of feedback. Every week, sometimes several times a day FTTE subscribers send me a steady stream of recommendations, pointers, pushback, and suggestions. I’m deeply grateful to them, and try to acknowledge each one by name in report notes.
FTTE also has a vibrant if largely unnamed online presence. During each report’s production month I fire off ideas across social media venues: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and this blog. People who aren’t FTTE subscribers (yet!) hurl back very valuable perspectives and general input. Each report therefore owes a lot to the crowd. Each report is the result of many conversations rippling across cyberspace.
So, June 2014: so far, so good with FTTE.
- At this far FTTE doesn’t have much of a formal Web presence, beyond its two signup and info pages (here, here). The report lives primarily as a pdf document** sent early each month to subscribers; secondarily as conversations with me. Should I expand this, by, say, setting up a LinkedIn or Facebook or Google group for FTTE? Perhaps place stories to Diigo or Tumblr?
- To publish FTTE to loyal readers I email lots of PDFs. This seems to have hit a wall called “Google worries Bryan might be a spammer”. Is there a good service which can help me with this? Mailchimp helps, but not for attachments, and the feedback I’ve received is that people prefer FTTE as a standalone document apart from email.
Any questions or comments about FTTE from you, the reader?
*Well, more than two years, if we include its earlier incarnation as a NITLE service. The first issue of that run appeared in February 2012.
**A handful of subscribers prefer each FTTE report pasted in to the body of email messages. I’m happy to do this for them, but they only constitute 1-2% of the total subscriber population.
(many thanks to George Lorenzo, Jim Groom, my wife, and other generous brain trusters)