H/T / TY / TIA to those who follow:

A tip of the hat to Stacy Jago, who nominated me to write this Q&A.  Thanks for the questions!

5 Random Facts About Me:

1. I have been to all fifty states.

2. A band I played in once rickroll’d about 450 people in the middle of Wilco’s song, “Jesus, etc.”

3. I still enjoy rickrolling people.  It might be my favorite meme of all time.

4. I almost always write in all lowercase because I’m much faster at it.

5. i consider myself lucky.

5 Questions for ESM Bloggers (from Stacy):

Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: although i wouldn’t have been able to say it in as few words, “well-rounded” would sum it up.

Q: What’s your favorite mobile and/or desktop app?

A: mobile: currently it’s instagram (jfwp).  i like the challenge of square photos and limited editing.  i am a “purist” in that i don’t post photos on instagram that i took with anything but my phone.

A: desktop: Adobe Photoshop.  as a photographer it’s invaluable in doing things, and i feel like i know about 1% of what there is to know about it.

Q: What’s your favorite social media tip or trick?

A: it’s a tip…two, really: before you sign up, consider the privacy implications.  after you sign up, go straight to the settings/privacy and spend a bit of time familiarizing yourself with them.  if you always treat everything as public, you’ll never be disappointed.

Q: What has been your biggest challenge in your current position in regards to using social media?

A: the ways that APIs change for different social media sites at different times.  it wreaks havoc with things you build on top of them, and i shouldn’t even be complaining — most of the time i’m bothering the great folks i work with to help me out.  at swarthmore college my coworker andrew ruether ’94 and i built a social media listening tool we call “swatsocial” — it currently displays (in live-time) all mentions of a continuously-updated list of users, hashtags, terms, locations, and geolocated tweets/instagram posts.  it’s still in beta (what isn’t?!) as we continue to build it out, but you can sneak a peek here: https://swatsocial.swarthmore.edu.  we are building different “flavors” so that people can fine-tune it to their own needs.  when things change in the slightest way on twitter or instagram, the code changes slightly, which means i ask andrew for a lot of help.

Q: In your opinion, what’s the next big trend in social media?

A: i’m no savant, but the ability for regular folks to 3-D print/modify/share their own designs to do things better that integrate with social media (and the web in general) excites me a lot.

5 edSocialMedia Bloggers I nominate are:

Andrew Shaindlin (i’ve always considered him my mentor, despite his taste in baseball teams)

Alex Ragone (i attended the TEDxNYED event he coordinated, and have enjoyed hanging out with him at tweetups, usually with Travis Warren)

Angelo Otterbein (i’ve spoken to him many times and met him once, i believe.)

Antonio Viva (i’ve attended conferences he’s hosted and spoken at, and i’ve been to his school).

Curt Lewellyn (a fellow hockey fan, and the whale’s tail on the hartford whalers’ logo that he uses as an icon is eerily the same shape as my own hairline).

5 Questions for My Fellow edSocialMedia Bloggers:

1. what’s the most creative use you’ve seen for [your favorite social media tool] in the past year?

2. where do you visit/what do you do for inspiration?

3. break the following down into percentages for things you do: create, remix, copy.  how did you reach these percentages?

4. what’s your favorite little-known person/company on any platform that we should all follow/like?

5. how would you recommend keeping archives of social media, either as a person or as a company?

5 Rules:

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 5 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 5 questions the nominating blogger has created for you and publish to edSocialMedia under the title Getting to Know You: Q&A with [Name]. 
  4. List 5 bloggers.
  5. Post 5 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer (you don’t have to use the 5 questions above), and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated.



Joel F. W. Price

Technology Education Coordinator at Swarthmore College

Joel F. W. Price works at his alma mater, Swarthmore College, as the Technology Education Coordinator. He also spends time providing consulting and strategy for schools, bands, and other small businesses. In the past, he taught in a high school for students who were kicked out of public schools, toured with an acoustic trio, and worked as the webmaster and social media manager at Friends' Central School. In addition to these pursuits, Joel enjoys spending time on photography, playing sports, and cooking/canning. He also maintains a meticulous record and ticket stub of every concert he's attended since 1995 (well over 300). Also check out Joel's Flickr account at http://edsocialm.wpengine.com/author/joelfwprice/.