Socialminder = Fail

I'd like to apologize to anyone in my address book/contact list/ Linkedin network who received and invite from me to Socialminder (no I am not giving them any linky love).  I got several invites from friends yesterday. Because my friends are awesome and so well connected, it's not unusual for us to get beta invites to cool new tools.  So this morning I clicked  on the link and signed up to check it out, not realizing that somewhere in the process I was spamming all of my contacts.  What does Socialminder do? how well does it work?  I'll never know, because thanks to this serious social media Read more [...]

YouTube – not just about your 15 seconds of fame anymore

It looks like YouTube will be partnering with MGM to host some full length films (The Magnificent Seven) and old television programs (American Gladiators).  I didn't see anything about the quality of the videos, if you visit YouTube regularly you know the quality of uploaded videos is pretty poor, surely the shows will be better.  Maybe if they are willing to play MGM videos at better quality it wont be long before we see the option for other accounts to have better video quality.  Like accounts belonging to libraries.  ;-) Read More: MGM to Post Full Movies on YouTube Report: YouTube Read more [...]

The new MaintainIT cookbook is out – The Joy of Computing

MaintainIT cookbooks are a great (free) resource!  "Planning for Success, a guide for the overworked librarian" one covers: Planning and Decision Making covers the ins and outs of creating a technology plan that ties to your strategic priorities and goals. Communication and Partnerships delves in the fundamentals of day-to-day technology communication from a “techie” and “non-techie” perspective. It also includes some important guidelines for working and collaborating with key stakeholders. Buying and Deploying Technology goes through some of the core actions and decisions you need Read more [...]

I’m going to Malaysia!

I know I've shared this story with many of you in person, so forgive me if you've already heard it. It seems like ages ago that I got invited to attend the International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society, but it was only in June that I got a Facebook message asking me if I would consider attending. Yes that's right a Facebook message, about 90% of the communication, planning and details for this visit, were done though Facebook. It seems like I've been planning and preparing for it for ages. I know some of you wondered where I've been over the last month or so. But the time Read more [...]

Phishing Scams in Plain English

The Common Craft Show is a series of short explanatory videos by Lee and Sachi LeFever. Our goal is to fight complexity with simple tools and plain language. We call our format "paperworks" and publish a new video about once a month. Website: Read more [...]

Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha - 20 slides 20 seconds a piece on a single topic Rebecca Jones - I didn't get good notes, sorry :) Stephen Abram - trendspotting is television affecting our world, Kennedy vs Nixon debate, then Obama vs McCain, blinking youtube video of Palin saying she can see Russia from porch visual popular – twitter Olympics yahoo trumps NBC webkinz – when your stuffed animals have a social life online club penguin – Disney kids on social crack, soccer mom is average gamer geocaching portability mainly mobile focus – phone not laptops, we're old with our laptops in front of us David Lee Read more [...]

Twitter & how the “twittest” use it for keeping up

Michael Sauers and Christa Burns cant explain you have to to do it, and you have to do it with friends to get the experience post – tweet tweeting methods – web, desktop client, bookmarklets, via email, via sms, blog to twitter (twitterfeed) url past 140 character limit will usually convert to tiny url twitthis twitterfeed – run rss to twitter account twirl @username if replaying d username message – private message nudge username l: location informatin follow username leave username block username invite phonenumber #hashtag direct messages go to only you, other msgs are public, can Read more [...]

Crafting the user centered library – Cliff Landis

Crafting the user centered library Cliff Landis its not enough to shove your bad services into a new space, we know our opacs suck so why are we cramming them into myspace and facebook why do you use emerging technologies in your library, not just bc everyone else is, doing it for service and outreach, get away from creating things for user and look for things created by the user how do we approach new ideas planning – find out in the end of a lot of work whether is succeeds or fails committee approach – take an idea and kill it youtube video – association professionals thru the ages lets Read more [...]

Social media and networked technologies: research and insights

Social media and networked te3chnologies research and insights danah boyd – phd candidate at berkley social media in context, historical perspective web2.0 tech crowd sees it as a shift in deployment, perpetual beta, user generated content business crowd – hope, came after tech bubble crashed, rise of the social network sites – certain things are consistent across them does not say social networking – just social network bc what makes these sites unique is that they have to do with the public socialization of your actual social network profiles – physical world, dress up, do hair Read more [...]