Thing 30: More Ways to Use RSS and Delicious

Playing with Delicious and RSS feeds was really fun!  I have used Bloglines for several years as my feed reader but them I explored Netvibes and fell in love.   The way that it displays feeds is much easier to read for me and it can incorporate more than just RSS.  These new tools will make it even more powerful.

For example, The RSS filtering tools were also very helpful in narrowing a feed so that it is most relevant to the reader.  I used FilterMyRSS to restrict a feed from general science to biology and inserted it into a Netvibes box for the Biology Department

The RSS to email applications are very helpful as well.  The Net Generation may not use email much anymore but everyone else does.  This is a way to help everyone benefit from the convenience and flexibility of RSS even if they do not want to use a reader like Google Reader or Bloglines.  I used FeedMyInbox to send an email to myself about any items that were tagged Web2.0 in delicious.

My delicious link roll should be visible to the right under the title New Web Finds.

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Thing 29: Google Tools

Search

The first tool I investigated is Google Alerts. It will certainly be helpful in many ways both personally and for my library.  A well-formed search can be a great current awareness service for faculty.  I am using it for professional development to follow the Kansas State professor Michael Wesch because I think he is doing really interesting stuff and this is a way to catch some things that may not appear on his own blog.

Productivity

As it so happens, I have already started using Google Sites as a virtual space for my consortium’s cataloging group.  They wanted an easy way to update the cataloging manual without having to go through a Website administrator.  We investigated PBWiki and Google Sites and are going to recommend Google Sites next week. One major factor is that it is integrated with other Google tools.  A drawback is that it does not currently provide an easy feature to back up your data by downloading a file of everything on the site like PBwiki does. Here is the discussion forum on the topic of a backup option.

Thing 27: Twitter

Twitter

Twitter

This is my most recent Tweet:

Bah! Still working on twitter entry on 23 things. I’m hopeful that I will get it done tonight.

Even though I’ve had a Twitter account for a while I haven’t done much with it, which was exceedingly clear when I read all the things that can be done with it.  Using the Twitter Search service and the @[enter person’s ID here] was a great tip.  I even found a tweet directed at me from a friend that I had missed a month ago.

There are so many services that build on Twitter’s platform to provide rich functionality.  I didn’t use Twitter much until I began to use the social bookmarking site called Diigo.  It is like Delicious but has added features including a box that you can click which will send the item you’ve bookmarked to your Twitter account too.  Very cool.

I use Twitter as another holding space for cool links I find.  Libraries can use it this way too.  It is also really useful as an outreach device for new services, events and featured items. Llibraries could also collect other relevant Twitter accounts for their users.  I found that the Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal has a Twitter account to send out news updates which could be very useful to Business professors and students.

Thing 26: Joining Ning

Ning logo

Ning logo

I didn’t do the first round so this is my first time using Ning. I have seen it used by others before but never joined one until now.

It is a great tool if a large community is using it for communication and collaboration. If the group is too small then it loses its usefulness but for larger groups, like this cohort of 23 Thingers, the 23 Things Ning, is a great resource.

I could envision using this for our College as a faculty-library community to support liaison activities. People can communicate and share resources from anywhere. I like the flexibility to share photos, videos, and form discussion groups based on any member’s interest.

Using WordPress layered over library Websites

From one of my classmates:

<> In perusing library blogs, I happened upon that of Laura Crossett, a librarian at the Park County Library System in Wyoming.

In her post on Wednesday, May 2, 2007:

usability!

she blogged about using WordPress to create a new, improved version of their longtime, outdated website. With the help of other blogging librarians, she re-did their library site, changing this:
http://will.state.wy.us/park/
To this:
http://www.newrambler.net/wpmu/

It was a stunning change on a shoestring budget. Using WordPress and CSS, she created an open source site, with the inherent flexibility therein, including tagged and tabbed information, a frequently updated RSS feed of news, and multimedia information about the library. She is currently doing usability testing on the new site, and is impressing her supervisors, as well as their visiting sales reps from Thomson Gale.

In this case, open source allowed a library with a constrained budget to innovate. In fact, no extra money for employee time or computer technology was required. Nevertheless, her simple, easy-to-use interface surpasses the navigability of many other sites, including those of better funded libraries.

It is also interesting to note that fellow blogging librarians played a key role in creating this. In this case, a grassroots effort, fundamentally aided by 2.0 technology, helped overcome lacking funds.

Web 2.0 in Science

 Hannay, T. “Web 2.0 in Science,” CTWatch Quarterly, Volume 3, Number 3, August 2007. http://www.ctwatch.org/quarterly/articles/2007/08/web-20-in-science/

 This article has a great description of how Web 2.0 started and what it entails.

The following segment is a good quote:

So what does it mean? Web 2.0 began as a conference,[1] first hosted in October 2004 by O’Reilly Media and CMP Media. Following the boom-bust cycle that ended in the dot-com crash of 2001, the organisers wanted to refocus attention on individual web success stories and the growing influence of the web as a whole. True, during the late 1990s hype and expectations had run ahead of reality, but that did not mean that the reality was not epochal and world-changing. By the following year, Tim O’Reilly, founder of the eponymous firm and principal articulator of the Web 2.0 vision, had laid down in a seminal essay[2] a set of observations about approaches that work particularly well in the online world. These included:

  • “The web as a platform”
  • The Long Tail (e.g., Amazon)
  • Trust systems and emergent data (e.g., eBay)
  • AJAX (e.g., Google Maps)
  • Tagging (e.g., del.icio.us)
  • Peer-to-peer technologies (e.g., Skype)
  • Open APIs and ‘mashups’ (e.g., Flickr)
  • “Data as the new ‘Intel Inside’” (e.g., cartographical data from MapQuest)
  • Software as a service (e.g., Salesforce.com)
  • Architectures of participation (e.g., Wikipedia)