Twitter is something I can see great value in, but like a few other 2.0 tools, I have yet to regularly find either a personal or professional use for it. I’m still searching for the right ‘voice’ to use for microblogging – both in tone and content.

One twitter tool I have found facinating is monitter. The page has three columns where you can enter search words you want to monitor on twitter – your library name (or your name!) perhaps. Then as it finds tweets containing those words, the column will fill up and add those tweets as results.

What struck me most about reading through some of the links for this thing was the obvious potential for using social network sites as a professional work tool – for connecting with colleagues, like-minded professionals in other industries, and possibly future employers.

I have a facebook page, but have made no real attempts to make use of it, for private or work use. I think that needs to change soon….

Hmmm..falling a bit behind, so will try to catch up a few thigns in one go.

Library 2.0 – I’ve read a lot and have yet to make up my mind if it is a new ‘thing’ or simply a new way of describing what libraries have done. I think the concept does have legs, in that it is asking librarians to use new technology and methods (and best practice from outside of the library industry) in order to move away from resource and process-centric methods and policies, to customer-centric practices.

I have a few more thoughts than that – have have attempted to put them down here two or three times now, but am not happy with my attempts, so will defer until I can write a more considered response…

I have read a lot about web 2.0, but one of the best explanations I have come across recently was the opening sections of Key differences between Web1.0 and Web2.0 by Graham Cormode and Balachander Krishnamurthy, published in First Monday. V.13No.6, June 2008. Now I must admit I have not read the whole article yet, but the author’s attempts to define web2.0 struck a chord with me. Here are some excerpts:

“Web 2.0” is a term that is used to denote several different concepts: Web sites based on a particular set of technologies such as AJAX; Web sites which incorporate a strong social component, involving user profiles, friend links; Web sites which encourage user–generated content in the form of text, video, and photo postings along with comments, tags, and ratings; or just Web sites that have gained popularity in recent years and are subject to fevered speculations about valuations and IPO prospects.

Deciding whether a given site is considered Web2 or Web1 can be a difficult proposition. This is not least because sites are dynamic, rolling out new features or entire redesigns at will, without the active participation of their users. In particular, there is no explicit version number and active upgrade process as there is with a piece of software or a communication protocol, and many sites are referred to as being in “permanent beta.”

Some of the important site features that mark out a Web2 site include the following:

  • Users as first class entities in the system, with prominent profile pages, including such features as: age, sex, location, testimonials, or comments about the user by other users.
  • The ability to form connections between users, via links to other users who are “friends,” membership in “groups” of various kinds, and subscriptions or RSS feeds of “updates” from other users.
  • The ability to post content in many forms: photos, videos, blogs, comments and ratings on other users’ content, tagging of own or others’ content, and some ability to control privacy and sharing.
  • Other more technical features, including a public API to allow third–party enhancements and “mash–ups,” and embedding of various rich content types (e.g., Flash videos), and communication with other users through internal e–mail or IM systems.

Thanks for using my image Michael!

From my Flickr account, one of my favourite photos. This image was created by shadows on the floor in the foyer of my library.

Thing #5: Flickr

I love Flickr! I haven’t made a lot of my photos available to all (most can only be viewed by family and friends) but what I love most is browsing the wonderful work of other Flickr members.

Try searching for intengible ‘things’ like blue or happy.

I also love the range of online tools (like big huge labs) that allows you to manipulate and mix up images from Flickr.