mixx, digg, etcc.

December 26, 2007 at 8:55 pm (1)

Mixx is a new news tagging site, like Digg, only with the ability to form groups around certain topics – so if you’re following a particular candidate in the upcoming elections, you can get news about them, and be a part of a group that is interested in reading about that person and commenting on the stories.  So, little mini-communities surrounding news items.  I imagine this could be very successful around famous people, but it might be a nice way to get news and comment about any topic of interest, like Global Warming, or Electric Cars, or whatever.  I like the idea – i’ll have to try it out and see how it goes.  What’s with the double letters as part of Web 2.0 names?

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My new years resolution is…

December 26, 2007 at 8:03 pm (1)

Well, my personal resolution will have something to do with getting regular exercise, drinking more water, and learning to play a real song on the guitar.  Achievable goals.  There are a variety of sites out there that try to help you attain your various goals, and signing up for one or several of them might be a fun way to try and keep yourself on track.  I did 43Things a while back, and though i don’t use it so much, i still get a regular email from them reminding me to learn how to play the guitar.  I’m prompted now to go back there and add some new items to the list (like the aforementioned resolutions), and set up the regular emails again, and see if it has any effect on my general unwillingness to do what i tell myself i should do.

I was just over at TechCrunch, and found a nice post with 5 diet and health related social network sites.  I’ll try and dig in to them in more detail later, but in case you missed it there, and if it’s something that presses in on you at the end of the holidays, and you like the way social networks work for supporting you in your goals, then it might be worth heading to one of them right away.  Happy Holidays!

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Happy holidays…

December 23, 2007 at 7:58 pm (1)

Maybe over Christmas, I’ll dig in to Z w i n k y and see if i can’t figure out some more stuff about it – my one post on that site has generated more traffic for this blog than most of my other posts combined.  That suggests that there is an information need out there that isn’t getting fulfilled.  The problem i’m having with Z w i n k y is that when you download it and install it, it comes with this really invasive toolbar that shows up in any browser to have on your computer, as well as in your installed email programs, like outlook.  I was pretty ticked when i saw that, and it’s taken me a little bit of digging to scrape enough of it out that i don’t have to look at it all the time.  I have Vista on my home computer, so if i do it on that one, who knows what awful things might happen – the program’s fragile, you know?  Anyway, I’ll be quiet for a few days, for mostly obvious reasons.  Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Oh, and if you haven’t already – think about joining my One Minute Critic group on facebook and/or goodreads!

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best of craigslist

December 20, 2007 at 9:51 pm (social sites)

Here’s the best of “best of craigslist“:

http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/tus/484728955.html 

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Hey, this must be my new favorite blog

December 20, 2007 at 6:56 pm (Blogs Of Note)

Another article at TechCrunch caught my eye today, about a popular YouTube video that is being contested as breaching copyright and so forth. The video probably does infringe, but it also illustrates, as TechCrunch points out, that the laws are outdated, and a currency based internet economy is outdated, and the real currency of the internet isn’t money but traffic, etc. etc. etc. I liken it to that old addage, “A rising tide raises all boats,” where one thing moving up (by getting heavy traffic) can bring other things up with it (through links and references). The same thing has been happening in academia, where professors check to see how many other people have referenced their papers, in order to prove their value to the profession. The same thing occurs online, where the more link-love you get, the more valuable you become in search engines, and therefore to advertisers. It’s a messed up thing, but maybe it only looks like that way because it’s still shaking out. Read the article, watch the video, and think about the near future and the distant impacts:

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Oodle

December 17, 2007 at 5:56 pm (1)

Here’s something i came across via TechCrunch: Oodle.  Oodle keeps track of classified ads from all over the states, and provides a lot of searchability in their interface.  I was thinking it might be a good resource for job hunters, or for people who are planning to move soon – looking for a house, or just to get realistic housing prices before they head off somewheres.  You can set up an account, which apparently gives you the ability to get email alerts when something you want gets listed – that could be pretty cool, but i wonder if it’s s different email for every search, or if you can get all your searches combined in one email.  Plus, email is so clunky – do they have an RSS feed for searches?  I’d rather get results in my Bloglines or Google Reader.  I’ll have to keep looking.  This might be a nice compliment to the three other main representatives of modern online shopping – ebay, craiglist, and amazon.

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podbean

December 11, 2007 at 12:30 am (1)

I’m in the process of setting up a podbean account, so that i can add podcasting as one of those things that i can do sort of.  Actually, I’m hoping to be able to have podcasts be a compliment to the video blog i’m doing for the One Minute Critic – i figure some folks will be shy about putting their mug out of the intertubes, so a non-visual method of info-delivery could be a plus for them.

Right now, it’s going to be me at my computer with a microphone, chatting it up.  I’ll be putting things, as i make them, onto my podbean site:  http://crashsolo.podbean.com/  and maybe trying to embed a player from that site onto the One Minute Critic video blog, although i’m not sure if wordpress will support the podbean player.  Grrrr.  In which case, I’d be looking at maintaining yet another blog/site/thingy, and that might be just too much.   If only it could just be a separate page on my blog, or something like that.

Podbean is free, but you only get 100MB of storage, which isn’t a lot when it comes to sound files.  It should be enough for my purposes, especially if i can adjust the size of the sound files.

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I’m scared. Or scarred. Or both.

December 9, 2007 at 9:38 pm (social sites)

http://www.stardoll.com/en/

I haven’t joined yet. I don’t know if i can make my fingers rebel against common sense to type in a username and password for the site. I don’t think I’d have very much fun dressing up my favorite celebrities, or creating my dream horse. It’s too much. I’ll keep you posted if i find the strength of will to carry on and give this one a shot. If any of you aspiring 2.0ers want to take a crack at it and see what’s inside, let me know. ;D

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ebay

December 9, 2007 at 9:13 pm (Library 2.0)

I’ve been on ebay for a couple of years now, mostly as a buyer but more recently as a seller also.  When i first started, there were only a couple of ways to determine what kind of person you were dealing with on the other end of the transaction, mostly from how they described the item for sale and what kind of feedback they had.  Now, ebay has moved into the social networking game, in a effort to go 2.0 – but i have almost no compunction to check out the profiles of sellers, or do anything with my own profile.  It strikes me that the two criteria i’ve been using to determine if i should do business with someone on ebay are good enough.  Plus, social networking is fun and interesting when there relationship is low-pressure.  I’d feel weird making “friends” with a seller, simply because it would never feel genuine to me.  (That, and i rarely make friends in social networks with people i don’t know, or who aren’t part of the library community).

Anyway – anyone else out there who uses ebay – what do you think of the ability to have your own profile?

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Online NW

December 6, 2007 at 6:02 pm (Library 2.0)

I’m preparing my presentation for Online NW 2008, which will be called “Practical Uses of Social Software in Libraries.” I’m building a methodology for approaching new web2.0 tools based on the idea that social software is both a means of communication and a method of information storage, transfer and retrieval. Web2.0 for libraries (or Library 2.0) seems to focus a lot on how libraries can use different tools to communicate with patrons, a kind of digital outreach. While i fully support that, I’m thinking that a kind of focused digital collection development could add a level of service to the outreach already being done. Libraries that don’t have the wherewithal to create and edit video promos for programs can still make use of YouTube and other video sharing sites by gathering together videos that could support high demand areas of their collection, like “How to play guitar,” “sword fighting technique,” or any of a thousand other “how to do it” type videos. The 3-7 minute format (the max on Youtube is 10min.), as far as I can tell, simply means that each video focuses on a very specific technique, like “walking bass lines,” and things like that.

Anyway, by approaching each site for what resources are being generated through that site, and comparing it to your libraries collection development policy, one could create playlists of lots of different videos, add to them over time, take patron suggestions and submissions, and steadily build an online collection of videos for their patrons – YouTube has a lot of great stuff, but like the rest of the internet, there’s some worry in the populace around stumbling onto something of a more adult nature. By gathering and previewing good resources, we can provide access to a great tool. Here’s a couple of YouTube playlists that I’ve started putting together around this idea:

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=3BC80620B76B857E

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=53BBAB84A5C05394

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=F4D0181D0E18464C

You can also embed a playlist into a site or blog – so if you have a section of your web page to profile new and interesting online resources, you could put a video player there and have different playlists every few weeks to show off new content!

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