Whenever we run our “Developing your professional web presence” workshops, participants are overwhelmingly concerned about privacy. Who is watching, what are “they” tracking …these are legitimate concerns. The recent Facebook revelations certainly raised my awareness of the possibilities.
I think this cartoon (via the Consumerist) pretty much sums up the situation for us poor “products”.
If you do want to participate in the social web, you have to be informed! Always read carefully through the privacy settings on any site you sign up for, and monitor sites like Read Write Web or Mashable to keep up with the latest.
What can you do right now about Facebook?
Lifehacker to the rescue with these Firefox and Chrome browser extensions that may help to take back some control.
Some book related links this week:
- BookLamp aims to match you with authors you might like based on the charateristics of books you already enjoy. In true 2.0 style it’s in Beta at the moment, but definately worth a look.
- Goodreads is another book recommending tool (this time from other users). It also acts like a virtual bookshelf allowing you to organise your books into those you’ve read, and those you want to read.
- EatYourBooks is a very interesting site that indexes cookbooks, magazines, and even recipe blogs. By adding the cookbooks you own to your collection you are able to search across them all to find out which ones contain particular recipes, e.g. recipes for a particular ingredient. Currently the indexing is done by the EatYourBooks team, but they plan to introduce user indexing – perfect for librarians with some time to kill!
I have just discovered the SLAs Future Ready 365 site. This site is full of interesting articles on librarians future championing the use of new technologies. Some really great reading. Discovered via the reposting of an article at On Firmer Ground.
The Open Bookmarks project looks very interesting too. Don’t know how far it will go, but I very much like the ideals they are promoting. eBook pblishers take note!
A great article by ‘Library and technology guru Phil Bradley’ from the BIALL blog: Which social network should I use as a librarian?
A Facebook FAQ wiki. Minimal for now, but I’m sure it will grow.
Finally, some more from Goodereader, in the form of their 2011 eReader Buyers Guide.
A reasonably random selection of stuff this week, a fair amount of it coming from goodereader, via Lianne Forster Knight.
I have also been looking at Klout this week. Klout gives you a score based on the level of influence you have over your online networks. To a cynical observer it might come across as a thinly veiled advertising vehicle that uses the power of social networks, offering an ego boost and a few freebies as incentives. But you may come to a different conclusion!
Five Things too many for you? Perhaps you only need to do one??
I have been using QR Codes quite a bit recently to record location data for books at a local university library. I find them to be a fantastic tool. It looks like they will be here to stay too.
Mashable has a nice cloud computing for dummies overview here.
I’ve been noticing the use of HT in tweets recently, and wondered whaa that meant. Turns out it’s code for Heard Through, in the same way the RT is code for ReTweet. Here is one of many handy explanations of other Twitter slang.
A somewhat lite version this week, with just one item for you. In light of recent hysteria surrounding social media usage, Tom Hulme’s talk on Open IDEO at the recent Brisbane Ideas Festival, and broadcast on Big Ideas last week, is a fantastic example of a positive use of the social web. Well worth a listen if you have an hour to spare.