Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Netvibe: keeping track of blogs

Netvibe is a reader that provides a fun way to track many types of resources that have RSS feeds like blogs. The thing that makes this reader a fun option is because it is very easy to personalise to suit your needs. One way it does this is by having a personal and public page where the user can add new feeds to one or both.

As more information and updates are made available through tools like blogs, wikis and twitter a reader becomes vital to be able to track of all of these. Netvibe makes it easy to add the feeds from all these tools. You can then sort each of them into the tabs, on the personal or public page, depending on your needs.

Another great thing about Netvibe and the user public page - is that it is very easy to show others what resources you consider valuable by giving them the url to your public Netvibe page.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Twitter and updating others about what is happening

Many of you may be familiar with RSS feeds. Another option to post updates is through twitter. Most sites are set up to allow a user to receive RSS feeds but these are very one sided, while twitter is about having the capacity to interact with what you are monitoring.

With twitter the user can reply to what has been posted, thus making it more interactive. Through the ability to follow they can also have the tweets appear in their own space. When someone is following another all their followers can see what they are monitoring. An example of using twitter to update others on what is happening can be demonstrated with Creative Commons Australia at http://twitter.com/ccAustralia.

With twitter the user can set up software on their desktop to access their twitter account. Installing software like twhirl makes monitoring those that they are following as well as updating their own tweets much easier.

The other aspect with twitter that makes it more than a match for an RSS feed is like with RSS feeds twitter can be set up as a feed into another site.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Ever wonder where YouTube videos go to die?

Well, now you can check...
YouTomb is a research project by MIT Free Culture that tracks videos taken down from YouTube for alleged copyright violation. They monitor the most popular videos on YouTube for copyright-related takedowns. Any information available in the metadata is retained, including who issued the complaint and how long the video was up before takedown. The goal of the project is to identify how YouTube recognizes potential copyright violations as well as to aggregate mistakes made by the algorithm.

In the click clique?

www.dontclick.it is a webspace without buttons to click on. You navigate by moving the mouse to whatever interests you... and pausing there.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Clouds in the OPAC

Imagine a library catalogue record made up from two distinct sources. The first part is the bibliographic data which we already have, but below this is a tag cloud fed in from Library Thing. For those of us who are visually receptive...

Source: LibraryStream