Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Thing 32 - Google Maps mashups

I created a Google map and placed it on my webpage; I also added Northern Lights Library Network to the local business directory.

Although I do not need much in the way of a mashup for the NLLN Office, I have enjoyed mashups made available at conferences that show the conference site, the hotels, meeting spaces, restaurants, and other things of interest to a conference go-er in a new city.

That seems to me to only one of many useful mashups that I have seen. I'd like to explore further and figure out how to create a mashup of legislative districts in our region....that will take a little more work!

Thing 31 - Twitter (more)

Twitter is endlessly interesting and valuable to me. I like being able to follow topics indicated by hashmarks (#CIL09), to post from my phone, to search topics and events, to post pictures to, and to update my Facebook page if I choose to.

I have recently joined Twibes/librarians -- but haven't figured out exactly what that does. Lots of interesting librarians on it, however!

Truth of the matter is, however, that I like the plain, basic Twitter application pretty much the best. I use Tweetdeck, FriendFeed, Twirl, and others...but for a quick pick-me-up during the day, basic Twitter is the fastest, and most enjoyable form.

At times it can get to feel overwhelming -- and at that point, I consider the Twitter stream like a river. What's already gone past is gone -- just let it go and dip into the river as it is right now. Things tend to pop up again, if they are important, and since it is not possible to follow everyone closely or to click on every link mentioned, it is sometimes best to just let it go...and jump in with whatever is happening currently!

Thing 30

I think that RSS feeds are just the greatest and use the Google Reader on my iGoogle page to read them. They quickly mount up, and with the advent of Twitter, I've found that my use of RSS feeds has dropped off quite a bit. Instead, I'm find that more and more the late breaking news, cool sites, announcements, useful tools, and links to significant blog posts are being posted on Twitter -- and from there it is a quick link to the item.

I also use Friend Feed which allows me to see what people are posting to their delicious account. That is very handy to know what others have found significant and often that is a great way to check out sites that are of interest.

Finally, regarding Delicious, I have found that placing people in my network allows me to look at their Delicious activity and I find many shared interest there. Since my neighbors and several friends got Blackberries at about the same time I did, it has been fun to see what they post on Delicious regarding using a BB -- an easy way to share info.

I'm a huge fan of Delicious and don't know what I would do without it. I use to keep track of all kinds of things -- personally and professionally. It's useful for very simple things, as well as for very complex topics (the Recovery Act funds, for example). And, new topics crop up every day that I want to remember and track.