SkillShare: This is probably a site that’s been around for a while, but a good source of both free and paid opportunities to learn new skill sets.
Creating a web literate planet (summary): Along the same lines, Mark Surman explains some of the efforts he’s helping to lead with Mozilla to train people to better use and make web-based tools. Lots of information.
Newsrooms Beta: Now Open to Everyone: Digg has just opened the doors of their new Newsrooms features to the world. I’m not a big Digg user, but I’m sure some of you will be interested in this development.
We’re hiring: Code in the public interest, make your mother proud: The Chicago Tribune is looking for people who can wrangle code.
Can a tweet be defamatory: Bob Tarantino takes up a topic which I suspect will be popping up quite a bit over the next few years, and one we discussed recently with Frank LoMonte of the SPLC.
Five steps to better TV stories: Take what you can from this to make better web video stories, as well.
How Technology Made Occupy Wall Street Both Irrelevant and Ubiquitous: I don’t think “irrelevant” is the word I’d use, but Mims’ thesis is provocative, and worth a look. I suspect there will be a lot of similar “What It All Means” articles about the recent Occupy protests happening in the U.S. I’d venture that about 1 in 10 will be right.
5 Things Blogging Taught Me About Tweeting: This is helpful if you’ve ever been a blogger. But the tips are also helpful for anyone who wants to start or better understand Twitter. via @buffer on Twitter.
The Facebook Follow: Facebook wants to follow you everywhere around the Internet.
Tool of the Day: Animoto Animoto has been around a while. It’s a service that automatically generates a video out of photos and music that you upload to the service. It’s free to try out, but if you want more features, you’ll need to upgrade to a pro account, or – if you’re an educator – register for the educational license, which will give you and your students some of the features of the pro account.