It’s been nearly two months now since Bambuser disappeared from my phone, my teaching, my digital world…and I think I’m almost ready to talk about it.
Bambuser home page: https://bambuser.com/ Accessed 20 March, 2018
While the Bambuser team in the photo look pretty happy, I’m not. To those of you unfamiliar with this App, Bambuser offered a free, live broadcasting service; easy to use, easy for students to access, no need for them to sign up to anything- just click on the link seamlessly generated from my live mobile recording.
I used this App for all manner of things.
Every Monday I give my online students a quick “hello!” just to keep connected and share with them the topics being covered that week or anything of interest in the world of ethics.
As part of their assessment prep I’d use Bambuser to create a series of short broadcasts that they could watch live or later (the App automatically recorded each broadcast) and these always got a good number of views and positive feedback.
Bambuser was perfect. OK, there are video alternatives and some other live broadcast options but none are so easy or agile as Bambuser.
I’m trying to tell myself that there is an upside. I guess I have a new opportunity to find a replacement, to test things out, to connect with others to seek Apps I’m unaware of. Plus, of course there’s that opportunity for reflection- to reflect on the transient nature of the digital tools we use and how this keeps us learning, keeps us nimble.
I have also been reflecting on all the years of lost broadcasts, many I would never view again but others I had been using again and again in my teaching resources. I guess I was in denial at first, ignoring their kind notifications that after it’s terminal date of 22 January 2018 all data would be lost unless saved elsewhere…
But again- was losing everything really all bad? The digital world allows us to be compulsive hoarders and with a few extra dollars comes increased hoarding capacity with any number of willing cloud-based systems offering almost unlimited space. Perfect for people like me who can never quite find time to tidy the piles of junk on my desk and all round my office, let alone tidy anything online. Having an enforced de-clutter has to be a good thing – I think?
So while the feelings are still raw, I’m trying to move on.
Bambuser. Gone but certainly not forgotten.
“Some sunny day-hay baby
When everything seems okay, baby
You’ll wake up and find out you’re alone
Cause I’ll be gone
Gone, gone, gone really gone”
Songwriters: Donald Everly / Donald I Everly / Phil Everly Gone Gone Gone lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC