I am the Social Learning Consultant for Elluminate/Blackboard Collaborate and the founder of the Web 2.0 Labs. I created the Classroom 2.0 social network, am host of the Future of Education interview series, and co-chair the Global Education Conference (links below). I pioneered the use of social networking in education, particularly for professional development. I blog, speak, and consult on educational technology, I run the Open Source Pavilion and speaker series for the ISTE, CUE, and other edtech shows, and I am the organizer of the annual EduBloggerCon, OpenSourceCon, and the "unplugged" and "bloggers' cafe" areas at both ISTE and CUE. I am also the Emerging Technologies Chair for ISTE, the author of "Educational Networking: The Important Role Web 2.0 Will Play in Education," the recipient of the 2010 Technology in Learning Leadership Award (CUE), and a blogger at www.SteveHargadon.com. I have consulted for PBS, Intel, Ning, Microsoft, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, CoSN, MERLOT, the U.S. State Department, and others on educational technology and specifically on social networking. My wife and I have four children. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's a fun little tool. I can see it being very popular with younger students (although you have to be at least thirteen to register). I did at one point get it to work in the discussion forum, but it seriously messed up the formatting of the page so as you saw, I removed it. I added it to my new blog, nexus.ontarioblogs.com.