While traditionally facebook has been solely a social tool, the more people who join, and we become friends with, the more it becomes a legitimate resource.
For example, I spent over 30 hours in the past four days setting up an online class for one of my classes. A pretty awesome project, but unfortunately technical difficulties were getting in the way. I had recorded 10 lectures consisting of a powerpoint and voice recording, turning them into files that were too large to upload to my class wiki. After many attempts at using different tools I had hit a wall. So I decided to post a cry for help on my Facebook status.
Anyone know how to take really big video files (on a Mac) and make them small enough I can upload them to a wiki or box.net? If you do, you’re my new hero 🙂
Six minutes later (I’m not exaggerating) I got a response from a friend of a friend (who is now clearly my friend), who said:
Janice – call me and I’ll walk you through it.
I used to work for Apple.
I called him as soon as I got the message and he did, in fact, walk me through it.
My project is now complete and has been launched online. Huge 10, and I will definitely be tapping into my Facebook network more often in the future 🙂