Social Bookmarking

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When I started my degree in information studies I met a tech savvy university buddy who set me on my Diigo path. She had tried Delicious for her social bookmarking and thought Diigo was far superior and more suited to our “list type’ personalities. I also started Zotero which has been my lifesaver for university citations and organisation. But not to stifle my technological growth she did encourage me to sign up to Delicious. I must admit, it had been laying there dormant all these years as I happily tagged and stored my links in Diigo.

When I logged on to my Delicious account for this journal entry I found every single link that I tweeted, retweeted or favourited in Twitter since I began in 2011 in a nice big ‘stack’. That seemed really cool until I remembered that I have all my tweet history already in Twitter. So it got me wondering why Delicious has this Twitter Connector feature. Tethering social media allows you to assign Delicious tags to all links coming from Twitter and multiple accounts can be joined. Their future features of automatically tweeting activities on Delicious had me a bit worried. Was this overkill? Or were they offering the opportunity to link all my social media without me having to go to Delicious and do it my self. A kind of a one stop shop for social bookmarking. I used the search function to search for hashtags that I had used in Twitter and luckily I’m a creature of habit so it was a very reliable way of searching for me.

IFTTT (If This Then That) is a fabulous feature of Delicious. IFTTT is explained here. If I like a post on Tumblr then it will save the link in my Delicious account. IFTTT is a great task automation tool that I didn’t even know that Delicious had.

So are Diigo and Delicious basically both the same for sharing, organising, searching, and managing my bookmarking? No. Not even close. Diigo has many more features.
In Diigo I can highlight, customize keyboard shortcuts, save bookmarks as private by default, create webslides of my links, create PLNs, save notes and images as well as bookmarks, use the annotation service and even create snapshots (thumbnails) of sites that are password protected.

Even though the benefits of Diigo are better, I’m pleased I got the opportunity to re-evaluate Delicious though.

RSS Feeds

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RSS feeds have been the one thing I have been looking forward to the most to learn about in social networking. Often I see the little display widget on the bottom of most websites and wanted to stream line my content. Streamline is my word for Really Simple Syndication (RSS). It is a really easy way of receiving up to date and relevant information without having to subscribe to a forum, website, newsletter or discussion list. The icon looks like this on websites. feed-icon-14x14
I created a Google Reader account and started adding subscriptions. I didn’t go overboard as I normally would. I kept it simple, concentrating on a bit of novelty, my interests and professional learning.

The first RSS feed to capture my attention was from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website. I was thinking how awesome it would be to receive updates, weather and warnings that were relevant to me without having to log onto the BOM website. The weather is always a great conversation starter with customers too.
Australia’s Parliamentary Library offers RSS feeds for the latest updates from the House of Representative and the Senate. It also provides links to library publication updates, public hearings, tabling of reports, seminars and any new inquiries taking place. It also offers employment opportunities.

Subscribing to job vacancies is a wonderful way for new and existing staff to receive information on new recruitments within their libraries especially large council and shires that have many branches. The applications for libraries are endless with opportunities to provide updates and discussion for family history enthusiasts, book groups, romance lovers and parents wanting to discuss children’s books. The moxielibrarian provides 10 ways libraries can use RSS on her blog.
Library RSS feeds is not just beneficial to customers but also for staff wanting access to professional development and networking.
Sauers (2010) has a very handy book for librarians called Blogging and RSS: A libraries guide It helps librarians with syndicating and publishing blogs and how RSS feeds and aggregators can be used in a library context.

References
Parliament of Australia. (2013). RSS feeds. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://www.aph.gov.au/Help/RSS_feeds
Sauers, M. P. (2010). Blogging and RSS: a librarian’s guide (2nd ed.). Medford, N.J: Information Today.
Wolfe, C. (2008). 10 Ways libraries can use RSS. The Moxie Librarian. Retrieved from http://moxielibrarian.wordpress.com/2008/02/27/10-ways-libraries-can-use-rss/

Tumblr

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This follows on from my microblogging post earlier in the month. I thought I would give Tumblr a whirl.
Tumblr’s motto is “The easiest way to blog”
You can post photos, quotes, text, video, chats, audio and links.
Well that might be so but I still had to take the beginners course offered by Mashable.

*Thanks Mashable

Like other microbloggs and Facebook you can “follow” other users and “like” and “reblog”.
There is a common page called a ‘Dashboard’. A bit like in the car. You can see all the posts from the blogs you follow here
You can integrate your other sites such as Twitter and Facebook via RSS feeds on the ‘customize’ page.
I haven’t mastered (or even attempted) RSS feeds yet. That momentous occasion and post is yet to come.

There is a whole range of etiquette features that you should get your head around before diving straight in. There is no rule book but if you make one of these Tumblr faux pas you will invite the wrath of 108.6 million bloggers that are currently using it.
Mashable has them all written out here for you

The use of “tw” (that’s Trigger Warning for the uninitiated like me) is added to a post that may have sensitive issues that may trigger unpleasant reactions or memories in others.
I kind of got the impression that that was one of the important ones.
What about “NSFW” (Not Safe For Work)This one is also handy if you are sneaking a look at Tumblr whilst at work. Could save some embarrassing moments.
Don’t even get me started on “spoilers”. This is for all the people that follow TV show blogs and want a heads up if the plot is going to be revealed. Lord help you if you post something revealing and didn’t offer a “spoiler alert”.
Don’t worry there is even a Tumblr blog where you can follow all the etiquette tips/rants.

Oh and FYI………. reposting is bad, reblogging is good.

References
Erickson, C. (2012). The beginner’s guide to Tumblr. Mashable. Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://mashable.com/2012/06/03/the-beginners-guide-to-tumblr/
Roncero-Menendez, S. (2013). The complete guide to Tumblr etiquette. Mashable. Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://mashable.com/2013/11/16/tumblr-etiquette-guide/#!
Tumblr Etiquette. (2014). Tumblr. Retrieved from http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/tumblr-etiquette

Micro blogging

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There are some fantastic microblogs, other than Twitter, available that I didn’t know even existed. The irony of talking about the benefits of micro blogging on a regular blog is not lost on me. Recently I learnt about the value of micro blogging in businesses. 

Being able to communicate, share and collaborate whilst on the go makes it so much more versatile than email. Some examples of types of microblogs can be found here by Kristin Burnham (2009)

It provides an opportunity for staff to communicate and stay connected in time poor environments. The advantages over email include the ability to time track, archive links, bookmark favourite posts, user and performance profiles, search capabilities and tagging (folksomony).
Here are some ideas from Catherine Grenfell (2011) to help staff connect.

How can libraries use this idea? How does it enhance the libraries’ service? How does this format actually work? I think it can be used for teams such as Youth teams to communicate about upcoming events and holiday programs. For all staff it can be used as a quick way to communicate any daily changes to staffing, schedules and updates with clients. It also facilitates immediate responses from staff.
Read here how other businesses are using microblogging instead of email.

References
Burnham, K. (2009a). 12 Microblogging tools to consider. CIO. Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://www.cio.com.au/article/328255/12_microblogging_tools_consider/
Burnham, K. (2009b). Twitter alternatives that are all business. CIO. Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://www.cio.com/article/509425/Twitter_Alternatives_That_Are_All_Business
Grenfell, C. (2011). Deploying microbogging in organisations. Step two designs. Retrieved February 1, 2014, from http://www.steptwo.com.au/papers/kmc_microblogging/index.html

The Creation of the OLJ

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My online learning journal (OLJ) is more than just a requirement for my #INF206 assignment. It is a chance for me to face my fears of ‘putting myself out there’. I’m relatively reserved as a person and a bit of a self confessed binge social network user (Like binge drinking but without the hangover).
Social networking, for me, is a way of connecting with others who have similar interests. I’m currently using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Instagram to connect both personally and professionally. Social networking is also useful for storing, collecting and organising information, ideas and interests. I use sites such as Pinterest and Diigo for this. But like all social interactions you have to give a little to get a little. This is currently harder than it sounds.
I currently am in more social media sites than I actually use. This blog site is a prime example. I created it in May 2012 but this is my first entry. I love the idea of gaining more knowledge and information but struggle with the public connections. And I know that I use other people’s ideas and information more than my own. I am the essential Retweeter (Twitter) and repinner (Pinterest). That’s not a bad thing. I’m sharing and connecting information.
I have found solace in using Skype (the typing part, not the face to face part) and Facebook to connect with a small group of uni students. I find these tools very effective for study connections. They are real time, they give me instant feedback and because my study buddies are studying the same or similar subjects as me the information swap is very pertinent and there is no wasted ‘fluff’.
It’s the ‘fluff’ or non interesting/pertinent information that turns me off some social media. It can be information overload or even frustrating not getting specific information that you are searching for.
I’m hoping to learn how to streamline my networking sites and filter all the information for specific purposes. Maybe also generate my own information as well.
Wish me luck