Anatomy of a "social"-ite
tools & things I actually use for work and home
- email@example.com - email and chat
- firstname.lastname@example.org - chat and junk mail
- email@example.com - chat
- iamthebestartist - AOL chat
- jessamyn.com - personal website
- librarian.net - professional website
- jessamyn.info - portal of sorts, professional info
- jessamyn.vox.com -- trying out a new blog software
- jessamyn.wordpress.com - practice site, not much there
- jessamyn.tumblr.com - practice site
- librarian.livejournal.com - keeping track of LJ friends
- flickr.com/photos/iamthebestartist/ -- my online photos
- linkedin.com/in/jessamyn - public linkedin profile
- wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Jessamyn -- wikipedia user page
- myspace.com/iamthebestartist - keeping track of myspace friends
- metafilter.com/user/292 - MetaFilter profile page
- facebook.com/p/Jessamyn_West/22701970 - public facebook profile
- librarything.com/profile/jessamyn - social reading
- del.icio.us.com/jessamyn - social bookmarks
- twitter.com/jessamyn - chatter & short form blogging
- last.fm/user/jessamyn/ -- music tracking
- couchsurfing.com/people/jessamyn - travel couchsurfing.com/people/jessamyn
- - trading real life books
Tools vs. Brands
things to think about
blog/microblogcommon brands - blogger, twitter, wordpress, movable type, livejournal
used for - sequential posting for one or many people, syndicating content
not good for - non-linear structure, graphic design
caveats - "first have something to say" choose your tool carefully
wikicommon brands - mediawiki (wikipedia), pbwiki
used for - collaboration, multi-page sites, getting content online fast
not good for - controlled content, total beginners
caveats - easily spammed, easy to prevent spamming with a little work
im/chatcommon brands - AIM, gtalk, Yahoo IM, MSN messenger, meebo, adium, pidgin
used for - short messaging to people already using these services, decent replacement for many 24/7 ref tools, keeping in touch with YA crowd, inter-office discussion
not good for - non-tech savvy public, one-to-many discussion
caveats - must make sure you keep/don't keep logs in accordance with privacy policies
social networking sitescommon brands - facebook, myspace, ning, linkedin
used for - staying connected to people, sharing information, friend of a friend connections
not good for - broadcast messages, chat, people not already on the network
caveats - privacy, honesty, easy to get in and then say "what's this for?"
photo sharing sitescommon brands - flickr, smugmug, picasa, zoto
used for - hosting and sharing photos
not good for - multi-user accounts, lowest possible price, commercial images
caveats - some technological capability necessary
How are libraries using these tools?
How could libraries be using these tools?
Free and Simple - Testing the Waters
Find a Blog to Read
- search technorati.com, blogsearch.google.com, liszen.com
- use Google Reader or Bloglines to keep track of it
- explore tags, archives and categories, see what works
Interact with Blogs
- get a non
- work email account to use for registering/commenting
- use technorati.com or icerocket.com to find other blogs that interest you
- leave comments, be clear, contribute to a conversation
Chat using Instant Messenger
- register for an account at aim.aol.com, yahoo.com, msn.com or gmail.com
- download free chat software [ichat or adium if you're on a Mac; Trillian if you're on a PC]
- use Meebo if you can't download software.
- send me a message: AIM: iamthebestartist MSN/Yahoo: jessamyn_west Gtalk: jessamyn
Start a Blog
- what do you want to say or link to or discuss?
- use blogger.com, livejournal.com, wordpress.com or vox.com, free
- Write in it & tell your friends about it. Link to them & they'll link back.
Read RSS Feeds
- easy tutorial: http://frl.bluehighways.com/frlarchives/000123.html
- RSS feed for librarian.net is http://librarian.net/atom.xml
- got a Mac? Use NetNewsWire as a standalone application
- Want a web app? Use Google Reader.
Use Wikipedia & Join the Community
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/
- sign up for an account & log in when you make changes or add information
- read up on your areas of expertise
- advanced: start your own wiki!
Join a Social Software Network
- Put your pictures on Flickr.com [link to me!]
- Put your dog on Dogster.com, link to your friends' dogs
- Link to friends on Myspace.com, Linkedin.com, Facebook.com or others
- Get a Twitter account and read what other librarians are, um, "tweeting" about
One link per question - some answers
- Which libraries are using __________ successfully?
- Library Success Wiki libsuccess.org
- How can I get beginner students started using a mouse?
- Mousercise! pbclibrary.org/mousing/mousercise.htm
- What is a good source for library news online?
- LISNews lisnews.org
- How can I browse through library blogs from different types of libraries?
- Blog Without a Library - blogwithoutalibrary.net/links/
- What is a good source for library jobs?
- LIS Jobs lisjobs.com
- Where are some social software policies libraries have used?
- Web2Learning has a list web2learning.net/archives/1250
- What are the things people want to do on a website?
- Connect, transact, and find out goodexperience.com/2008/03/
- What are some technology learning projects that really work?
- 23 things/Learning 2.0 - plcmcl2-about.blogspot.com/
- Why is learning technology no longer optional for librarians?
- Libraries & Technology page w/ examples dpi.wi.gov/pld/librarytech.html
- Where can I get data to support moving towards new technologies?
- Pew Internet Life reports www.pewinternet.org
- Where can I get tutorials about learning some of these technologies?
- College @ Home collegeathome.com/blog/2008/05/29/