facebook

June 27, 2007 at 12:53 am (Uncategorized)

back in the day, I had a how-to for Facebook on my wiki.  I took it off after a while because it didn’t really say much and i didn’t know enough about Facebook to feel like I’d shown people anything they couldn’t figure out for themselves with ten minutes to spare.  Lately I’ve been working more on Facebook, and have really come to appreciate the differences between facebook on MySpace.  I prefer Facebook any more, although i just read/heard something somewhere… I’ll have to track it down… about how High School aged kids tend towards one or the other based on their social type – outsiders tend to use MySpace while jocks and well-to-do kids tend towards Facebook.  Ah.  Here’s the paper that started all the blogosphere buzz:

http://www.danah.org/papers/essays/ClassDivisions.html 

But I understand if you don’t want to read the whole thing.  Skip to the good parts by reading the Boing Boing article.

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New wiki info

June 25, 2007 at 9:59 pm (Uncategorized)

Lets see,

Library 2.0 In 15 Minutes A Day is doing well.  I’ve separated the Blogging section out so now it has a main part “Blogging” and different tutorials for WordPress, Blogger, and LiveJournal.  Ultimately, I’d like to trick out my LiveJournal spot and one of my Blogger blogs to look like it would look if I had just completed the program.  While I use this blog to keep track of the wiki and other online adventures, the other two might just be dummies.  I’ll get this whole thing sorted out one of these days.

Parts of the wiki that are distinctly lacking:  YouTube is empty.  Second Life is indefinitely on hold, until i can figure out a way to get into it.  Ning is nearly empty.  flickr feels like it’s in the wrong spot in the order of things.  It’s a social networking site, true, but so are most of the others.  I might need to create a new category for “Photo Sharing” and have flickr be subheaded there.

As of today, there have been 12,731 page loads of the wiki, and 179 people have bookmarked it in del.icio.us.

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Group chat

June 21, 2007 at 5:00 pm (Uncategorized)

We have an enterprise IM service at work (that means it’s on our server, so only people within our organization and on our computers can use the service to IM other people within our org.)  It gets used some, but the number of people who prefer to use IM vs. email or the phone is not very high.  I was thinking that one to one communications are something that’s pretty well covered by existing technology – email and phone, mainly, and for people who don’t use IM for their personal life, IM might just be more noise for their work environment.  Group chat, on the other hand is something where email and phones are not the best answer.  In situations where people are spread out over a large geographical area, group chat can be a valuable addition to the organizational technology.

Blah blah blah.  Anyway, finding a good group chatting software can be a big pain.  Here’s one that I looked at earlier today.  I haven’t tried it out yet, but i did take the tour and read through their FAQs, and it looks like it could develop into a really nice app.

It’s called Campfire.  Check it out and let me know what you think of it.

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A whole new level of cool

June 21, 2007 at 12:23 am (Uncategorized)

http://hindsight.trulia.com/

Trulia Hindsight takes current maps of large urban areas (like Seattle) and then shows where new homes were being built over time. I’m not describing it very well, and I’m in a hurry because I have to go be on desk, but go check it out because it’s AWES

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sweet sweetness

June 20, 2007 at 11:00 pm (Uncategorized)

Here’s what I’ve been looking for:

http://www.go2web20.net/ 

A directory of Web 2.0 sites, but attractive and stuff.  There’s still a few things that feel clunky with it – the scrolling doesn’t work as well as I’d like, but when you narrow to a topic, it looks great.

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Google wiki news

June 15, 2007 at 12:43 am (Uncategorized)

So, at the Library 2.0 wiki – I’ve finally updated the section on Google, adding short tutorials on how to use Google Docs (in beta) to share info, and even how to use the Google Spreadsheets to make a tool to use to facilitate a Library 2.0 program.  Also included is iGoogle, the personalized homepage that you can make, and how to get widgets for it, with a special advanced section on how to make a widget for Google that will give people a way of searching their library catalog from their own iGoogle page.  If they have one.

Comparatively, there’s a site called Conduit where you can make your library catalog (or any other site) into a toolbar, with a search box, local weather, and other features.  Interesting to explore.  I’ve made a catalog search tool with it that others can download, if you want to see one in action:  http://VancouverLibraryCatalog.MyLibraryToolbar.com

Check it out.

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A whole new level of cool

June 13, 2007 at 12:58 am (Uncategorized)

http://hindsight.trulia.com/

Trulia Hindsight takes current maps of large urban areas (like Seattle) and then shows where new homes were being built over time.  I’m not describing it very well, and I’m in a hurry because I have to go be on desk, but go check it out because it’s AWESOME.

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Spock

June 11, 2007 at 7:59 pm (Uncategorized)

I have 3 invitations to Spock, if anyone wants to check out the beta.  Spock is a people search engine where users can update their own information.  Interesting, but will it work?

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wiki news

June 11, 2007 at 7:16 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, over at the Library 2.0 In 15 Minutes A Day wiki, things are moving right along.  The front page of the site has had over 11,000 page loads as of today (that seems pretty good, I think?).  170 people have tagged the site in del.icio.us – i should probably look for it in other social bookmarking sites.  Boy am I behind the times.  I haven’t looked to see if any individual pages in the wiki have been tagged, but most of the main pages have been loaded around 200-300 times.  Hopefully that means that people are making use of them.

Every once in a while someone logs in and makes an addition to the wiki, and as far as i can tell it’s almost always to add a random link to some site or list of sites.  Just this morning i logged in to the site and someone had erased half the front page and replaced it with a list of several hundred sites that sell ringtones.  My guess is that adding these chunks of links to higher traffic wikis is a way for people to add value to their sites in search engines, by virtue of being linked to.

The fact that most revisions to the wiki are either made by me or spammers makes me wonder if a wiki was the best choice for the project.  I’m doing a separate project along similar lines that deals with some really practical methods of making social networking tools work for a library – how to make del.icio.us, blogs, RSS and widgets work together to make an easy-to-use social network that librarians and staff can make use of from any computer, basically.  For that project, I’ve started a blog, and I use the pages feature to outline what to do in each different program to build the network.  It’s a little clunky compared to the wiki, but i’m not ready to let others work on it, and i don’t want spammers spamming it, so it might be the better choice.  you can see it at: http://socialnetworkstrategies.wordpress.com/ 

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New all-encompassing thingy

June 10, 2007 at 8:53 pm (Uncategorized)

http://www.profilefly.com/

This could be a nice move in the direction of keeping track of everything in one place.  Or, maybe it’s just an early application of the idea, which will be improved upon by another software company in six weeks, and we can all migrate as a crowd from site to site, until we’re just tired of moving and whichever site happens to be in vogue that week will be the one that succeeds because no one wants to move any more.

Or not.  I guess I’m just tired of social networks today.  My focus for the last week or two has been on practical, practical, practical, and most social networks just aren’t terribly practical for work use, at least not where i work.  So they’re interesting and there are possibilities, but I need to focus on getting the people around me to use some of the basics, otherwise what am i doing all the rest for?

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