Social networking

  • The decentered library network presenceApril 20, 2014 – Think of two trends in the development of the library's network presence. These have emerged successively and continue to operate together. A centripetal trend producing a library network presence centered on the institutional website, as the library wants to offer an integrated service. A centrifugal trend, unbundling functionality and placing...read full entry...
  • Twit-therapy .. a quick noteMarch 16, 2013 – I am reading Bedsit Disco Queen: how I grew up and tried to be a pop star, a memoir by Tracey Thorn. Here is a quick note to record what I thought was an interesting discussion about Twitter. Thorn writes about frustration with record company and producer, and goes on...read full entry...
  • Gamification: services and librariesJuly 24, 2011 – I have been interested to see more notes in my tweetstream about peoples' exercise or diet regimes. They are typically generated by network services as a by-product of some activity, running or cycling, for example, and are part of a motivating framework. The Withings bathroom scale is connected to the...read full entry...
  • Spotify and Klout: fungible influenceJuly 19, 2011 – Popular music streaming service Spotify has just launched in the US. For some background see the Ars Technica story. One of the interesting aspects of the launch was the tie-in with Klout. Klout is one of several services which provide analytics around social media activity. It aims to be the...read full entry...
  • Analysing influence .. the personal reputational hamsterwheelMay 28, 2011 – Analysing influence has been a central part of academic life. We are very familiar with citation analysis. This is possible because the system allows that metric to be measured and it is seen to be meaningful. As new measures have become possible in a web environment they too have been...read full entry...
  • Academic reputation enhancement ... reduxMay 12, 2011 – Two things prompted this note .... First, there is an interesting report in the current issue of Nature on the 'online image' [editorial] or 'online reputation' [article] of researchers and what their attitude is to it and to managing it. More of this later. Second, I have recently returned from...read full entry...
  • The amplified event ... March 14, 2011 – I introduced the phrase The Amplfied Conference several years ago to describe the way in which a conference experience might be shared by people who were not physically present, through the amplification provided by a range of network tools. On reflection, of course, such amplification is also a way of...read full entry...
  • The power of pull redux .. with examplesMarch 09, 2011 – I have written about the Power of Pull before, an interesting book by John Hagel, John Seely Brown, and Lang Davison. For a fuller discussion see the earlier blog entry (People are entry points too ... redux). Here is a short version. The authors discuss the shift from managing 'knowledge...read full entry...
  • The institution and the network ... a question of scaleFebruary 24, 2011 – I was interested to come across this passage in a presentation [ppt] about library strategy by Dr Paul Ayris of University College London: Challenges Identifying the needs of UCL researchers and students, and recognising the most appropriate tools to meet these needs Fitting such developments into an electronic world which...read full entry...
  • Changing communications ....October 01, 2010 – I was struck by this comment by Om Malik as he talked about the acquisition of the TechCrunch group of blogs by AOL. Earlier this week, when he announced the acquisition, it dawned on me what a pivotal moment in the history of blog-based media entities it was. Five years...read full entry...
  • Sorting out demand again ....September 26, 2010 – Ask.com announced the demise of Bloglines a while ago. From October 1st the service will no longer exist. The rationale was twofold: first they wanted to focus on their core business, and second they described how the environment had changed .... A little perspective: when we originally acquired Bloglines in...read full entry...
  • Blogging againAugust 29, 2010 – Even if some heat has gone out of the library blogosphere, there is still a fair amount of reading and writing going on. I was asked recently what I tended to look at, going beyond the well-known bigger names. Here are some of the blogs that came to mind -...read full entry...
  • Sorting out demand ... Top tech trend 3August 08, 2010 – [This is 3. Here is 1 and 2.] I was pleased to participate in LITA’s Top Tech Trends panel at ALA this year (see the video and live coverage). We were each asked to talk about three trends: current, a bit further out, and a bit further out again. In...read full entry...
  • In the Twitter flow ..July 17, 2010 – One of the recurrent themes of this blog has been the work done by libraries to put more of their services in the flow of their users' working, learning and research behaviors. In this context, I was pleased to see the work by my colleagues on implementing Worldcat searches in...read full entry...
  • People are entry points too ... reduxMay 02, 2010 – I have been reading The power of pull by John Hagel III, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison. They provide a broad framework for thinking about current changes and how people and firms should position themselves to operate effectively. A major part of this is a shift from managing 'knowledge...read full entry...
  • The context webMarch 07, 2010 – In preparing some recent presentations I have been talking about three primary ways of experiencing the web which emerged successively and continue to work together. Here I will call them the site-web, the search-web, and the context-web (alternatives might be site-centric, network-centric, and user-centric). Site-web. Our early experience of the...read full entry...
  • Scientific publications as social objects ...February 12, 2010 – The Comprendia Blog has an entry about social networks in the sciences: Are Any Social Networks for Life Scientists Gaining Traction? It is a report of a 'quick and dirty' analysis of visitors to a range of sites. Not everything you might expect is included; Mendelay for example does not...read full entry...
  • Institutional researcher pages: an exampleJanuary 02, 2010 – I have written a couple of times recently (here and here) about institutional and indvidual reputation management. Think, for example, of faculty profiles: the managed disclosure of expertise and research activity. This has often been an informal personal or departmental activity. However, there is now a variety of institutional initiatives...read full entry...
  • The two ways of Web 2.0 - retreadDecember 20, 2009 – [I first published this in March 2008, and still find it useful to think in terms of concentration and diffusion. I was reminded of the entry and prompted to 'recycle' it - despite its age - when I read the following sentence in a recent blog entry by Nicholas Carr...read full entry...
  • Your new home pageDecember 11, 2009 – Tony Hirst has made the interesting observation that an organization's real home page is the first page of its Google results. One of the several announcements made by Google last week was one about the integration of real-time feeds in its search results. First, we're introducing new features that bring...read full entry...
  • Social tools and scienceNovember 15, 2009 – In her report on Open science at webscale, I was interested to see Liz Lyon give the following list of tools used to share their work by researchers. Currently, researchers are using open science tools such as: Connotea for reference management Mendeley (which applies LastFM principles associated with music selections...read full entry...
  • Reputation enhancement reduxNovember 12, 2009 – I wrote recently about the growing interesting in reputation management on the web. Reputation management on the web - individual and institutional - has become a more conscious activity for many, as ranking, assessment and other reputational measures are increasingly influenced by network visibility. In particular, it raises for academic...read full entry...
  • Community bibliographyNovember 01, 2009 – I prefer 'crowdsourced' to 'user contributed' but neither works very well for me. In particular 'user contributed' does not seem a good term at all for a variety of reasons. Anyway, I was looking at the new catalogue at Ottawa Public Library powered by Bibliocommons earlier (following a mention by...read full entry...
  • Community is the new contentOctober 18, 2009 – We are now very used to interacting with resources in a social context. The application of community to content, in terms of discussion, recommendation, reviews, ratings and so on, is evident in many of the services we use, and in some form in most of the major network servies we...read full entry...
  • Reputation enhancementSeptember 29, 2009 – Reputation management on the web - individual and institutional - has become a more conscious activity for many, as ranking, assessment and other reputational measures are increasingly influenced by network visibility. In particular, it raises for academic institutions an issue that has become a part of many service decisions: what...read full entry...
  • Twitterage again ...August 09, 2009 – Here a few random thoughts on Twitter, nothing more ... (me on twitter) ... Scheduling. Because of the fugitive nature of the medium - tweets can roll out of your field of attention quite quickly - and because of the geographic spread of followers, I am much more conscious of...read full entry...
  • Find on a plane ...June 04, 2009 – After many years of traveling without much incident I left a couple of things on planes recently. They never showed up, but It was a bit of a pain inquiring about them. It occurred to me that this was an application that lent itself to something of a crowdsourced approach,...read full entry...
  • Web 2.0 and air freshenerMay 17, 2009 – Web 2.0 is often talked about in terms reminiscent of an advert for air freshener: spray it on and there will be a major improvement in the quality of life, or at least of your service. Add tags or an RSS feed and you will be future-ready. You will smell...read full entry...
  • BloggingMay 03, 2009 – I seem to spend less time looking at blogs, library or otherwise. I don't know if this is just me or if it is a general experience. The demands of work, life and Twitter perhaps. No doubt Walt will inform us in due course whether the volume of library blogging,...read full entry...
  • Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet .....April 28, 2009 – I have just got the latest issue of one of my favorite publications, the London Review of Books, which has an article by one of my favorite critics, Frank Kermode, on one of my favorite writers, Jane Austen. I paused over the following sentence and admired how he kept it...read full entry...
  • Partial receptionApril 17, 2009 – As participation in social networking services grows, information about peoples' interests or activities is variably diffused through organizations based on selective affiliations between colleagues. Now, this was always the case and information flow in organizations has been studied in various ways. However, participation in social networks accelerates and potentially reconfigures...read full entry...
  • TwitterageMarch 29, 2009 – I spent much of last week in Edinburgh for the JISC Conference, of which maybe more later. JISC has a heavy communications component and strongly encourages 'amplification' of conference activity through blogging, Twitter, video streaming, and so on. This might be one reason that discussions about Twitter are what I...read full entry...
  • How many friends have you got?February 28, 2009 – The Economist has an article about social networks in the current issue. It introduces the Dunbar Number, the number of people we can comfortably network with. This turns out to be 150. Dr Marlow, Facebook's 'inhouse sociologist' found that the average Facebook user has 120 friends, although the range is...read full entry...
  • A signed network presence: people as entry points againFebruary 04, 2009 – The phrase 'people are entry points' has stayed in my mind since I heard Dan Chudnov use it at a meeting a while ago. It tends to occur to me also when I read, as I just have, documents which talk about 'providers' and 'users' of information, as in many...read full entry...
  • Become a librarian - shortcutFebruary 01, 2009 – I signed up to GoodReads earlier today to see what it was like. I entered a few books and was interested to try combining some editions. I got this message ... I thought this was an interesting choice of words. What can a librarian do? Goodreads members with Librarian Status...read full entry...
  • Top Tech Trends gets amplifiedJanuary 29, 2009 – Roy writes about how Top Tech Trends has become an amplified conference....read full entry...
  • Centering the decentralized identity ...December 08, 2008 – Andy Powell, network resident, has an interesting post about his 'fractured' network identity. How does he define identity? "Digital identity is the online representation of an individual within a community, as adopted by that individual and/or projected by others. An individual may have multiple digital identities in multiple communities." [Andy...read full entry...
  • Penguin datingDecember 06, 2008 – I have just come across PenguinDating "where book lovers meet", a partnership between Penguin and match.com. You can go on singles nights in libraries and there's even a hybrid speed-dating book club in a pub. Here at Penguin Books we’ve teamed up with match.com to create penguindating.co.uk. You can be...read full entry...
  • The changing education experienceDecember 03, 2008 – The Guardian published a supplement on the 'digital student' the other day. There is some general context and there is a range of short pieces on specific approaches or projects. This is all written for a general audience so there is no great detail and it is quite anecdotal. As...read full entry...
  • Social networks and citation tools for scientistsDecember 01, 2008 – And speaking of Nature Network, I was interested to see this list of 'social networks' for scientists at the Science@Cambridge site. Science Social Networks Research Gate Nature Networks 2collab Within3 (for Medics) [science@cambridge: science portal for Cambridge students | Cambridge University Library] And the following list of citation tools, including...read full entry...
  • Net gen againNovember 15, 2008 – From the Economist review of Don Tapscott's latest book, Grown up digital. Young people are fine, he argues, it is baby boomers who are befuddled. Contrary to the claims that video games, Facebook and constant text-messaging have robbed today’s young of the ability to think, Mr Tapscott believes that “Net...read full entry...
  • Amplification around a tagNovember 02, 2008 – My former colleague and network resident, Andy Powell, advocates strongly that public events should publish a conference tag, a virtual venue to which event amplifying network activity like blog posts, tweets, images and so on can cluster. It's easy to forget, but I'd go as far as saying that the...read full entry...
  • Who we are ....November 01, 2008 – I was pretty interested to see this panel on the home page of the Kelvin Smith Library at Case. In recent presentations I have been noting that while we are increasingly used to seeing 'signed' network resources, library websites are often very anonymous. Think of reviews, ratings, social networking profiles,...read full entry...
  • Blogging and Montaigne: musing and raving, humours and conceitsOctober 19, 2008 – I returned from my travels last night to find a new edition of the Atlantic waiting for me. It grabbed attention as it has been redesigned, and I liked the redesign. But also, my eye was caught by the title of Andrew Sullivan's essay 'Why I blog'. Sullivan's whole essay...read full entry...
  • GenerationsSeptember 18, 2008 – We have been having some internal discussion about the usefulness of the 'generational turn' in much recent exploration of reading, media consumption, and learning and research behaviors. It is impossible to move without bumping into a discussion of netgen, natives and immigrants, Y or X, screenagers, the Google generation, and...read full entry...
  • Amplifying the meaning of the amplified conferenceAugust 28, 2008 – I have found the phrase 'amplified conference' useful as a way of talking about the surrounding communications techniques which accompany many recent conferences. These allow conference content to be communicated more widely, conversations about the conference to take place, and even the conference to reflexively adapt based on network input....read full entry...
  • QOTD: responsibly open and openly responsibleAugust 27, 2008 – Marin Weller of the Open University has an interesting paragraph in a blog post about his new role as director of the SocialLearn project. He talks about a desire to be open in communicating the progress of the initiative and soliciting input .... which prompts this thought: ... it's easy...read full entry...
  • Who's on TwitterAugust 25, 2008 – Interesting story on TIme.com from the Hitwise folks about Twitter demographics. I figured that the service would appeal exclusively to youngsters with nothing better to do. The user data, however, tell me I'm wrong, and reveal a very specific user profile: for example, males make up 63% of Twitterers, specifically...read full entry...
  • Institutional social networksJuly 12, 2008 – Tony Hirst has an interesting post pointing to Ning-based institutional social networks at The University of Wales, Newport, and at The University of Bradford. He cites some colleagues reporting "Yeah, it's happening all over the place". As Tony points out the Bradford site is part of a more general online...read full entry...
  • We enjoy visiting with our users while there is no place like homeJuly 10, 2008 – How libraries reach into the flow of their users has been one of the recurrent themes of this blog. Recently, I have been interested to see libraries begin to systematise this and to understand the issues around particular approaches. I mentioned the National Library of Scotland's presence on YouTube the...read full entry...
  • Comparing social networking in the 19th and 21st centuriesJune 08, 2008 – I am at the SCONUL conference in Edinburgh this week and have been getting ready. I was looking at the National Library of Scotland's website earlier today and was interested to see this notice: PhD candidates are eligible for the research post, which is being funded through the Arts and...read full entry...
  • QOTD: All the news that is fit to print ....June 06, 2008 – All the news that is fit to print is not enough any more .... From the Yahoo! developer network blog. Lately there's been quite a few changes in "old school" media, with radio stations and TV channels starting developer programs. The newest wave seems to be newspapers embracing the new...read full entry...
  • Google and virtual bookshelfJune 05, 2008 – SEO by the Sea wonders about Google's plans for what it calls a 'virtual bookshelf site'. It presents a list of 13 such sites, from GoodReads to BookJetty. It then reviews a pretty interesting patent application from Google. A patent application for a virtual bookshelf program from Google was published...read full entry...
  • Candidate 2.0 and crowd-fundingMay 22, 2008 – It seems clear that the current US primaries represent an important political watershed. I am not talking about race or gender. I am talking about the use of the Internet in campaigning. This was prefigured last go around in Howard Dean's campaign but this time it is central to Obama's...read full entry...
  • Let me recommend ....April 23, 2008 – Lovereading is a site for readers ... Lovereading was founded for book lovers by book lovers in 2005. These days, it is harder than ever to find the book you want to read next - particularly because of the sheer volume and choice of books you can find on the...read full entry...
  • Some thoughts about egos, objects, and social networks ...April 06, 2008 – More of a linked list of other people's thoughts ... about egos and objects. I quote some pieces below: all of the posts are suggestive and worth reading. The linking theme is that people connect and share themselves through 'social objects', pictures, books, or other shared interests, and that successful...read full entry...
  • Conference amplification creates tremorApril 05, 2008 – I have mentioned before the tremor an event can sometimes cause in your communications fabric, as it pops up among your Facebook friends, in your RSS aggregator, and so on. So with Open Repositories 2008. A note about amplifying activities from a description of the event ... One interesting innovation...read full entry...
  • Serendipitous encounter through tagsApril 03, 2008 – The University of Michigan has introduced a social bookmarking application, MTagger. Here is Ken Varnum: More important than the tagging functionality itself is what MTagger will allow our faculty, staff, and students to do. MTagger brings a social component to research that we have not previously had. It will allow...read full entry...
  • You're so vain ... you probably want to look at your h-indexMarch 16, 2008 – And speaking of Elsevier, several colleagues and I received an email invitation from "the Scopus team" to look at our h-index [Wikipedia entry] on our very own Scopus profile page. Here is some of the text from the invitation: The h-index * can help you evaluate and benchmark your research...read full entry...
  • Churnalism: link baiting list of 50 most influential blogsMarch 10, 2008 – Today's Observer has a list of the world's 50 most powerful blogs. There is no indication of how it was put together. I wasn't familiar with all of the 50. No great surprises in the top few (Huffington, Boing Boing, Techcrunch, Kottke). I was surprised to see Crooked Timber on...read full entry...
  • Engaging academic users in a library serviceMarch 09, 2008 – OCUL (Ontario Council of University Libraries) has released a nice white paper which discusses issues in providing an end-user access environment for its shared resources, and more interestingly, how that environment engages with the behaviors and expectations of its academic users. This document (pdf) was created to highlight opportunities and...read full entry...
  • The two ways of Web 2.0March 02, 2008 – I find Web 2.0 increasingly confusing as a label; no surprise there. This is not just because of its essential vagueness, but because I think it tends to be used in a couple of very different ways. Where this happens there is bound to be some confusion. Schematically, I will...read full entry...
  • POTD: Facebook fatigueJanuary 18, 2008 –  No Facebook - Blessington St, St Kilda Originally uploaded by avlxyz A nice picture. I saw it via Martin Weller who uses it alongside some general reflections about Facebook. You only understand it by doing it - as many people have commented (e.g. Ewan), in order to understand web...read full entry...
  • Worldcat in FacebookDecember 22, 2007 – It is nice to see the Worldcat application for Facebook. Look out for additional features over time....read full entry...
  • The personal to global traverseDecember 09, 2007 – Network services have accustomed us to move from the personal to the global. Think of iTunes. I have my own local library on my PC which I can synchronize with mobile devices. It is also tightly integrated with the global network iTunes. And the MiniStore uses aggregate buying patterns to...read full entry...
  • A graphDecember 09, 2007 – The graph is generated by the Nexus Facebook application and shows the connections between my Facebook friends. I was interested in how it roughly broke down into a 'northern' and a 'southern' concentration. On inspection, it turns out that folks in the Northern concentration are mostly my US friends (and...read full entry...
  • Some notelets on Facebook and the social graphNovember 22, 2007 – Some holiday morning notelets .... 1. The social graph in action. I felt a tremor in the social graph this week. A bundle of my Facebook befrienders attended the CETIS conference. I was suddenly aware of status lines, notes, imported blog entries. I had a sense of some of what...read full entry...
  • Parents at the partyNovember 10, 2007 – From the Guardian: Online spaces are blurring, as universities that podcast and text their students have shown. The Jisc project manager, Lawrie Phipps, explains how the battle lines are being drawn: "Students really do want to keep their lives separate. They don't want to be always available to their lecturers...read full entry...
  • QOTD: the market of ideasOctober 28, 2007 – From the introduction to the Becker-Posner blog. Becker is a Nobel prize-winning economist; Posner the prolific judge and legal theorist. Blogging is a major new social, political, and economic phenomenon. It is a fresh and striking exemplification of Friedrich Hayek's thesis that knowledge is widely distributed among people and that...read full entry...
  • Quotes of the day (and other days?): persistent academic discourseOctober 28, 2007 – Here is Grainne Conole, professor of e-learning at the Open University writing about academic papers, conference papers, and blogging: Coming back to the question of which represents academic discourse – to my mind it’s all three – in different ways writing a paper, giving a presentation and blogging all help...read full entry...
  • The experiential gap: that Rhino againOctober 23, 2007 – Stephen Abram gave a lively presentation to OCLC Members' Council on Sunday night. Several times he remarked that somebody has to have tried a service, Second Life or Facebook for example, and 'had the experience' if they are to speak sensibly about it. This reminded me of a favorite image...read full entry...
  • Sharing, privacy and trust in our networked worldOctober 23, 2007 – The latest OCLC report to the membership, Sharing, privacy and trust in our networked world, is now available. The report is based on a survey (by Harris Interactive on behalf of OCLC) of the general public from six countries—Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States—and of...read full entry...
  • FacebookISmOctober 15, 2007 – The things that are interesting.... ;-) See Andy Powell and Jon Udell on the Facebook/Twitter syntactic schISm....read full entry...
  • Personal collectionsOctober 15, 2007 – We have become used to managing collections of digital resources: images, music, citations. Zotero is one response to the question of how we will manage collections of scholarly resources. Raymond Yee's suggestive triple does good service describing the motivation: we want to be able to easily gather, create, and share...read full entry...
  • Liberals, againOctober 15, 2007 – So here is a chart showing the choices made by those of my Facebook 'friends' who chose to disclose political preferences in their profiles. As I suggested the other day one would expect a 'liberal' emphasis in the library community. Although I wonder what the distribution is among those who...read full entry...
  • LiberalsOctober 13, 2007 – Facebook invites participants to disclose their political views. Different national contexts are shaped by different political forces. The Facebook selection represents a US view of those forces. Take 'liberal' for example. As expected, most folks in the library community self-disclose as 'liberal' or 'very liberal'. However, 'liberal' is a rather...read full entry...
  • QOTD: antisocial networkingSeptember 22, 2007 – From the personal ads in the current London Review of Books:Divorced, 1950s born man, deeply at odds with the frivolous and incomprehensible nature of everything outside of this typeface and that pair of brogues seeks absolutely anyone who isn't on facebook at box no. .... [London Review of Books 20...read full entry...
  • Life as it is livedSeptember 19, 2007 – A report on the use of information and communications technologies among prospective university students was commissioned by JISC from Ipsos MORI. The findings have just been published [pdf]. I was interested in the popularity of social networking sites. 501 people responded to an online survey. 65% used social networking sites...read full entry...
  • The amplified conference, againSeptember 16, 2007 – Following my remarks about the 'amplified conference' the other day, I was interested to read this from Andy Powell:A large part of your event's impact will come from the collective writing, images and videos by the people who attended. The only effective way of tying all this material together after...read full entry...
  • A catalogue in your faceAugust 01, 2007 – I was interested to see the Page Tools in the University of Alberta catalogue (look in the left hand bar below). A reader can send a correction or suggestion to the library: it would be interesting to know how many folks use this option and what types of suggestion are...read full entry...
  • QOTD: digital backfence, third place and fad of the dayJuly 19, 2007 – It seems to me that whether or not Facebook is in our future, some form of the social experiences it enables will be. Susan Mernit has a nice post which acknowledges that it may be a fad, but goes on to explain some of its appeal. And it clearly has...read full entry...
  • Levels of participationJuly 13, 2007 – Ja.net Collaborate is a prototype social networking site for UK education. Meeting best practice, it describes itself with three verbs: find, share, organize. Predictably, one might ask whether this is a natural venue for participation. Given network-level services like Facebook or Delicious, or domain specific initiatives (such as those Nature...read full entry...
  • QsOTD: Facebook and the social graphJune 24, 2007 – Facebook opened itself up to non-college students a while ago. And weeks ago it opened itself up to other applications through the Facebook platform. It describes itself as a 'social utility'. Its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, talks about the 'social graph', a vast social interconnectedness which propagates news and views. Indeed,...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Facing and spacingJune 22, 2007 – Facebook is everywhere. I liked this paragraph from the Guardian business pages: The success of Facebook has not gone unnoticed at News Corp. Asked earlier this month by the Wall Street Journal - which he is looking to buy - why he had not made an offer for another North...read full entry...
  • But, what do I really mean to you?June 18, 2007 – Given the importance of relationships within Facebook, folks would like it to offer a more appropriately expressive set of, er, 'relationship assertions' (you get to pick from a list of tick-boxes). An interesting confluence of opinion: Dave Winer, John Naughton, Stu Weibel, Jon Udell....read full entry...
  • Four sources of metadata about thingsMay 20, 2007 – I think it is useful to think of four sources of descriptive metadata in libraries. These are not mutually exclusive, and one of the interesting questions we have to address is how they will be mobilized effectively together. I don't have good names for these. How about: professional, contributed, programmatically...read full entry...
  • American Idol and intentional dataMay 17, 2007 – Blake is the favorite to win American Idol in our house but we thought he was going to lose out last night based on last week's performances. Not so. I was interested to read the comment on the Yahoo! TV blog about why Melinda did not go through:Over the last...read full entry...
  • Soft bibliographic powerMay 15, 2007 – Dario Taraborelli has a reflective post on the potential impact of tagging and social software on scientific communication. His particular interest is how such approaches might "challenge traditional evaluation processes".Online reference managers are extraordinary productivity tools, but it would be a mistake to take this as their primary interest for...read full entry...
  • Mind the gapMay 09, 2007 – Amid all the discussions about generations, millennial and otherwise, there is one in whose existence I truly believe based on experiences with our children. This is the 'so-not-you generation' ;-) And hey look at this ....A friend has two children aged 11 and 16. He explains: "The latest thing in...read full entry...
  • Old media got socializedMay 08, 2007 – Rupert Murdoch's short article in the current Forbes is being noted around the place. It is a quick read and worth a visit. Those of us in so-called old media have also learned the hard way what this new meaning of networking spells for our businesses. Media companies don't control...read full entry...
  • Faculty and FacebookMay 01, 2007 – Here is an interesting short paper on student/faculty relations in Facebook by a couple of researchers from Georgia Tech [pdf] They found that contact in Facebook did not have an impact on student perception of faculty. Although, here they note that a 'ceiling' effect may be at play, where these...read full entry...
  • A many featured catalogueApril 29, 2007 –  The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney has been doing very interesting work on their collection 'catalogue'. Some of this work is described by Sebastian Chan [blog] at the recent Museums and the Web 2007 conference in San Francisco in a paper well worth reading. Internally called OPAC2.0, the new catalogue...read full entry...
  • Fan fictionApril 21, 2007 – The ever-interesting Hitwise blog has a post talking about what 18 to 24 year olds do online. Yesterday I spoke at the the Millennials Conference in Los Angeles. I talked about some websites that have a high concentration of users in the 18-24 age group, and are enabling users to...read full entry...
  • Harvard tagsApril 07, 2007 – An interesting couple of videos [here and here] from a workshop organized by Harvard University Libraries on tagging. Harvard University Libraries hosted a forum this week, “Social Tagging @ Harvard: A Del.ici.ous Alternative or Passing Flickr?,” that looked at the online practice of tagging and sought to weigh the separate...read full entry...
  • Student useApril 02, 2007 – I was very interested to read (via eFoundations) a note on the Ancient Geeks blog by Martin Poulter. He talks about what the students at the University of Bristol use the network for according to the University's network management folks. Facebook is the most popular site by hits, accounting for...read full entry...
  • Librarians in the flowMarch 30, 2007 – OK, a last note from the CIC Getting in the Flow conference, from which presentations are now appearing on the web. Cody Hansen spoke on the NextGen panel, with powerpoint nicely done in the Lessig/Hardt style [ppt]. His theme was that librarians should be personally more visible in the web-based...read full entry...
  • BookspaceMarch 24, 2007 – Hennepin County Library scored a small coup by securing the name Bookspace for their web pages devoted to reading. And they have made very good use of it. I was interested in the book lists provided by readers. They offer reading tips by genre, including the reader-contributed lists, new books,...read full entry...
  • Gaming and the Rhinoceros in the RoomMarch 21, 2007 – Jenny Levine spoke about gaming and libraries at Getting in the flow. I hadn't seen this presentation before and liked that she approached it from several angles. The presentation is on her presentations wiki. I was struck by a comment she made about socialization. If large numbers of people engage...read full entry...
  • A book cloudMarch 15, 2007 – My marketing colleague Andy Havens suggested that we think about making the Top 1000 works in Worldcat list that we did a while ago visible in del.icio.us. My research colleague Andy Houghton looked into it and here is the result. The list is findable by ISBN, OCLC number, language, genre...read full entry...
  • Models of metadata and sharing slidesMarch 14, 2007 – I was looking at the metadata framework proposed by Karen Coyle, Diane Hillman, Jonathan Rochkind and Paul Weiss and was interested to see that the categories they use mapped pretty well onto the categories I have sometimes used when talking about library and related metadata and interoperability. Go forward to...read full entry...
  • Libraries, books and network level servicesMarch 03, 2007 – The growth in variety and volume of sites for personal collection management is fascinating to watch, especially those where addtiional value is created by pooling choices and preferences across users. Sites for music and books especially. Typically these sites display network effects, they improve as more people connect and share...read full entry...
  • Wikipedia again: an addressable knowledge baseFebruary 08, 2007 – Sometimes when you write something, related stuff just piles up. So I did a note on Wikipedia the other day. Then I was looking at an announcement on the University of Edinburgh's site about The British Academy Warton Lecture on Poetry, to be given this year on Yeats by his...read full entry...
  • QOTD: WikipediaFebruary 06, 2007 – John Sutherland writes about the decision of history faculty at Middlebury College to bar students from citing Wikipedia in their work. As it happens, I think the Middlebury decision is wrong. They should, I think, have put together an introductory course on 'scepticism', illustrated by Wikipedia entries good and bad,...read full entry...
  • AmapediaJanuary 26, 2007 – Here is something to watch. Amapedia is from Amazon:Amapedia introduces an exciting new way of organizing products we call "collaborative structured tagging". In a nutshell, it makes it easy for you to tag products with what they are and with their most important facts, and for others to search, discover,...read full entry...
  • QOTD: second lifeJanuary 15, 2007 – Given the general interest in Second Life I was interested in this one of Michael Cairns' predictions for 2007. EBay will buy Linden Labs (Second Life). Within six months they will integrate Ebay selling tools into SecondLife enabling virtual store fronts, sales assistance and virtual trading. Will launch program with...read full entry...
  • Library bloggingJanuary 15, 2007 – Walt does a nice job describing Michael Sauer's Blogging and RSS: a librarians guide (here and here). I too was pleased to receive a copy over the holiday period. I should not have been so formal in my interview responses ;-) As I say in the book, I tend to...read full entry...
  • Nelsonville catalogJanuary 13, 2007 – Mentioning Koha the other day reminded me that I have used the Nelsonville Public Library catalog in a couple of recent presentations. It serves Athens County in South East Ohio and uses Koha. See the entry for this title: The art of Richard Diebenkorn. They provide access to Amazon search...read full entry...
  • London displayedDecember 29, 2006 – The British Library has an exhibition on London and its maps. There is a 'curator's blog'. And there I read:Just a quick note to let you know about a fantastic new Google Earth layer based on London: A Life in Maps that a colleague in our web team has put...read full entry...
  • The power of the Google flowDecember 29, 2006 – I mentioned the other day that of the three blog search engines - Technorati, Google Blogsearch, Ask/Bloglines - that I tended to use, Technorati had slipped to number three because of its slower response times. When it is part of the flow of what you are doing, you do not...read full entry...
  • WikipediaDecember 13, 2006 – A little while ago, a former colleague pointed me at the Wikipedia page for Lorcan Dempsey. I had several reactions, one of which was to want to edit the page. It is mostly based on the limited amount of information in my public OCLC bio and on the web more...read full entry...
  • Boffyflow and spikeNovember 26, 2006 – Peter Binkley has a thoughtful post on libraries and Second Life, which could be generalized to a variety of environments. He kindly notes some of my remarks on putting library services into the flow and goes on to say of Second Life:But is there now, or will there ever be,...read full entry...
  • QOTD: Wikipedia for studyNovember 08, 2006 – Hitwise has an interesting analyis of seasonal patterns of web traffic traffic. What I noticed was how Wikipedia use was influenced by the academic cycle. Notice the increase in visits to Wikipedia in May (during finals) and slight decline during the summer months. YouTube overtook Wikipedia in market share in...read full entry...
  • The Browne Issue System and public transportNovember 07, 2006 – I mentioned the Brown(e) Issue system below, and noted that there was not a wikipedia entry for it. A couple of interesting things. Tom Roper pointed out that it is indeed Browne and not Brown as I typed, and points to Harrod's glossary to provide some description. Interestingly, a search...read full entry...
  • Web 2.0 : a quick readNovember 04, 2006 – The Guardian supplement has a feature on Web 2.0 where they interview the founders of a set of internet companies (delicious, flickr, bebo, wordpress, blogger, Wikipedia, writely, netvibes, digg, and others). Interviews are short and each is asked what they think Web 2.0 is, what was their 'big idea' (to...read full entry...
  • Traffic flowOctober 23, 2006 – The Hitwise blog is always interesting. They refer to the Udell/Bezos interview I cited a little while ago. First a paraphrased quote from Jeff Bezos: When library patrons use Amazon's catalogue to research what's in the library, they're creating flow through Amazon's site, and Bezos says he's all for that....read full entry...
  • National Library of Australia 2.0October 08, 2006 – A colleague pointed me at an article by the always interesting Judith Pearce about how the National Library of Australia is thinking about services in an age of 'crowdsourcing'. In summary our goals in this area are to explore new models for collecting material; to provide services that support the...read full entry...
  • Sphere ...September 09, 2006 – I know some folks who have some elaborate arrangements set up for tracking stuff across a variety of blog search engines. And catch lots of interesting things. Most folks I know probably never use any of them. As Steve Lawson points out various folks have ego-feeds to allow them track...read full entry...
  • Search is more than searchSeptember 04, 2006 – Bjørn Olstad, CTO of FAST, presented at Ticer on search [pdf]. A couple of things caught my eye. It would have been nice to hear the presentation - I have only the .ppt to go on. He talks about a move from content management to consumption management. And taking the...read full entry...
  • Flickr Australia and the flowAugust 05, 2006 – I participated in a question-answer session at WilsWorld last week. I enjoyed it and took away several things to think about. At one stage, I said something along the lines of:Not only can we not expect people to come to the library, but we cannot expect them to come to...read full entry...
  • Ask, answer, discoverAugust 01, 2006 – Yahoo! Answers just sort of snuck up on me. You can tell it is a real Web 2.0 service because it presents itself with three verbs: Ask, answer, discover. Here is Danny Sullivan on its rise:In May, Barry Schwartz wrote about Yahoo Answers hitting the 10 million answers posted mark,...read full entry...
  • Balcony TVJuly 30, 2006 – A little off-topic, but Balcony TV is too nice not to share .... ... songs are recorded on a balcony in Dame Street, Dublin. The archive is on YouTube. Will it make it big :-? Update: cf the role of the web in the careers of Sandi Thom and the...read full entry...
  • Photo synthesisJune 26, 2006 – There was a flurry of conversation last week about Hitwise's blog entry report on use of web-based image management sites. The surprise was they claimed that PhotoBucket.com had about 44% of the photo-site market, ahead of Yahoo! Photos (18%) and Webshots Community (8.34%). Flickr was in sixth place with around...read full entry...
  • Blog search and intentional dataJune 04, 2006 – I have been using the (related) blog search systems from ask.com and bloglines.com the last few days. I had pretty much settled down to using Technorati.com and blogsearch.google.com. I am impressed enough to use the Ask/Bloglines offering for the next while.Well, it's finally time for a tasty collision: introducing Blog...read full entry...
  • Sun CEOMay 01, 2006 – Now that Jonathan Schwartz is CEO of Sun, is he going to keep blogging?Absolutely yes - count on it. (We'll now be the only Fortune 500 company with a CEO that blogs - the first of many firsts to come.) It's just one of many ways we're going to turn...read full entry...
  • Share, find and playApril 30, 2006 – A while ago I wrote about how we needed to design around the network, rather than around individual applications. The BBC is heading that way. They want to support a share, find and play mode of working, where users assemble BBC materials on-demand and have a space for sharing their...read full entry...
  • Addressable - accessibleApril 30, 2006 – I suggested a while ago in these pages that one reason for the wide use of Wikipedia was that it was an 'addressable knowledgebase'. Entries enter the web conversation because they are referencable, they are on-web. In this context I was interested to read in Bubblegeneration: In many cases, communities...read full entry...
  • A family affairApril 11, 2006 – In discussion with some Members' Council folks last year, Lynn Connaway mentioned that one of the interesting things to emerge from the Sense-making the information confluence project was that students often turned to their fathers for advice and guidance when they had an information need. At the Taiga Forum, Susan...read full entry...
  • The rhinoceros in the roomApril 10, 2006 – I read a few chapters of Steven Johnson's Everything bad is good for you over the weekend. (I am usually a little behind the curve on these things ;-) I was struck by the following quote:I worry about the experiential gap between people who have immersed themsleves in games, and...read full entry...
  • The social webApril 05, 2006 – Very nice presentation on 'The web now: social' [pdf] by Luke Wroblewski, Principal Designer at Yahoo!. See the picture of the Flickr ecology on slide 15. Via Scott's Workblog....read full entry...
  • The NYT and the rich texture of suggestionApril 03, 2006 – The New York Times discusses its redesigned web presence:We also wanted to give our readers a greater voice and sprinkle a little more serendipity around the site by providing prominent links to a list of most e-mailed and blogged articles, most searched for information and popular movies. A new tab...read full entry...
  • Extending the audienceMarch 26, 2006 – I have been thinking about Bono recently. One of the pivotal events in U2 and recent media history, IMHO, was during the Live Aid concert many years ago. U2's performance established them as a pre-eminent live group for the first time — something for which they would eventually become superstars....read full entry...
  • Conversations and evidenceMarch 21, 2006 – The Reading 2.0 conference has had some nice coverage. One of the interesting takeaways for me was the variety of requirements or use cases that drive service, and the dangers of substituting either-or discussion for and discussions. I kept thinking of two non-exclusive emphases: conversation and evidence. Major network presences...read full entry...
  • Open Content InitiativeMarch 13, 2006 – The Open University, supported by the Hewlett Foundation ($4.45M), is going to make learning materials freely available for use and reuse on the web. This continues the OU tradition of open broadcast of its television teaching materials.The Open University will draw on its experience in supported open learning to provide...read full entry...
  • Search, share and subscribeMarch 06, 2006 – We seem to have turned a corner with library search. For example, one of the strategic priorities for the British Library is to 'transform search and navigation' in support of access to their collections, although there is little detail about what will be attempted. There has been significant recent discussion...read full entry...
  • Flickr and the library picturesJanuary 10, 2006 – More interesting work from the National Library of Australia.Now FlickR and the National Library of Australia are embarking on an exciting initiative to offer individuals the opportunity to include their images of contemporary Australia in the PictureAustralia service through FlickR. By adding images to this group, individuals are able to,...read full entry...
  • Social bookmarking in the library: a new bibliographic tissue?January 08, 2006 – PennTags looks like a very interesting experiment.PennTags lets you organize and share your bookmarks. You can use the UPennToolbar or the PennTags Bookmarklet to post websites into your tagspace. PennTags can also be used to tag Franklin and VCaT records. [PennTags /]Functionally, it looks very like del.icio.us. Graphically, it looks...read full entry...
  • Changing expecations (again)January 02, 2006 – Over the break I was looking at a couple of directory-type sites. I was interested in how my response to them was different than it would have been a couple of years ago. First, somebody was showing me the Irish Playography site, an impressive accounting of Irish plays and the...read full entry...
  • Structured blogging and coinsDecember 20, 2005 – When I saw the discussion about structured blogging I thought of Coins among other things. And, hey, now I read this....read full entry...
  • Blog searching againDecember 04, 2005 – I posted a little while ago about blog searching options. As others do, I have several 'ego feeds' set up to track posts. No service is miles ahead of the others, although Technorati and Google's Blogsearch are what I tend to watch. That said, others will occasionally have something that...read full entry...
  • QOTDNovember 22, 2005 – Nicholas Carr on Dan Farber on blogging:For all the self-important talk about social networks, couldn't a case be made that the blogosphere, and the internet in general, is basically an anti-social place, a fantasy of community crowded with isolated egos pretending to connect? Sometimes, it seems like we're all climbing...read full entry...
  • Tag teamsNovember 15, 2005 – There is an interesting article in Business 2.0 about the 'Flickrization of Yahoo'.Indeed, the Flickr purchase helped ignite a larger strategy. Thanks to a new generation of managers like Butterfield and Fake, Yahoo is starting to see how user-generated content, or "social media," is a key weapon in its war...read full entry...
  • Blogs, media and voiceNovember 12, 2005 – Ian Buruma, author and Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College writes an interesting piece about the soundtrack of protest, and finishes with some comments about blogging:As the mainstream media, especially in the US, have become part of the same corporate entertainment empires that own...read full entry...
  • A tagging pointerNovember 07, 2005 – One of the presentations now available on the Access 2005 website is one on tagging by Gene Smith. This was a very balanced presentation - delivered with tact to a library audience which much appreciated it. Sorting Out Social Classification: Folksonomies and Tagging In Practice - Gene Smith Slides |...read full entry...
  • Blog searchNovember 06, 2005 – There are lots of blog search services around. It will be interesting to see how they consolidate, and what emerges as preferred functionality. I have ego feeds set up with several and in my experience none does significantly better than others, although I don't watch it closely. Blogpulse, Technorati, PubSub,...read full entry...
  • Engaging the viewer/listenerOctober 30, 2005 – The BBC has been a web innovator, and has a significant international web presence. Tom Coates has a post on a current project looking at user annotation of audio. This was interesting to me for several reasons which touch very closely on current library issues. First, he briefly describes the...read full entry...
  • Gordian cluetrainOctober 30, 2005 – One of the themes of the Cluetrain Manifesto was that the conversation between customers was more important than managed unilateral communication from a company to customers. It then follows, it argued, that companies should enter the conversation with customers in helpful ways. Markets are conversations, it said. In that context,...read full entry...
  • A laser like focusOctober 21, 2005 – Several people at Access 2005 asked me how I found time to do blogging. The answer is simple: a laser like focus and disciplined multitasking ... It was my birthday on Wednesday. The folks at Access kindly presented me with a cake after I spoke! I celebrated on my return....read full entry...
  • The reader and OpenWorldCatOctober 09, 2005 – Well, it has arrived! Functionality has gone live in OpenWorldCat which allows us to incorporate user views of materials. Check out the details and reviews tab here, for example. We do not know how this will develop: we think it is really important to provide a central presence on the...read full entry...
  • The ping is the thingOctober 08, 2005 – Stories need hooks, and the Economist has one. Libraries versus conversations. Make that big-assed threaded conversations. Architecture follows metaphor, says David Sifry of Technorati, and he goes on to suggest that the search engines were built on the metaphor of the library. As librarians, Mr Sifry acknowledges, Google and Yahoo!...read full entry...
  • Corporate blogsOctober 04, 2005 – Chris Andersen of Wired and Long Tail fame on corporate blogs:Simply put, we're starting to trust what executives say less and what employees say more. And if given a choice, as is the case with companies that let their employees blog, we'll take the word of an articulate engineer in...read full entry...
  • WikibooksSeptember 28, 2005 – I had not come across Wikibooks before, which is a collection of textbook 'modules' created in the Wikipedia model. Wikibooks is one of the Wikimedia family. Naturally enough, coverage is still intermittent. I do not know what sort of momentum it has picked up. There is a skeleton - if...read full entry...
  • Weaving commentary into NewsweekAugust 29, 2005 – I was interested to see Newsweek integrate blog commentary in a partnership with Technorati. Dave Sifry describes the relationship in a post:I'm proud to announce that Technorati and Newsweek are working together, including a deep integration of posts and links from bloggers (here's an example) into Newsweek's site. This includes...read full entry...
  • UIUC blogsAugust 21, 2005 – My favorite course in library school was children's literature, taught by Pat Donlon, the former National Librarian of Ireland. Having said that, I did not come across our (current) favorite children's author, Mairi Hederwick, until several years later when I was looking in the bookstore in Edinburgh Airport for something...read full entry...
  • GenderAugust 11, 2005 – A couple of things of late about gender differences on the web. Researchers at the University of Glamorgan have been looking at the relative appeal of websites to men and women:"We started off by looking at the personal websites created by 60 university students, 30 male and 30 female, to...read full entry...
  • OCLC BlogsJune 23, 2005 – I usually don't talk about library blogs and blogging. However, it would be strange not to note Jenny Levine's reflective, pointed and kind comments about blogs by OCLC staff. I often think that it is a pity that the Cluetrain Manifesto is presented in such a way as to appeal...read full entry...
  • The participation ageJune 20, 2005 – One of the interesting things about the major current web platforms - eBay, Amazon, Google, Yahoo! - is that they involve, in different ways, some element of co-creation by their users. We are also seeing an explosion in tools and services for social networking, information sharing and disclosure, and commentary....read full entry...
  • New beta TechnoratiJune 12, 2005 – The new Technorati, now in Beta, is a major step forward for blog search services. It pulls in data from flickr, furl, delicious. It ranks books, movies, blogs, and news stories by number of blog mentions. It highlights searches by tag (still thinking about tags). Again, what impresses about the...read full entry...
  • Reading meets social softwareJune 12, 2005 – In an excerpt below, Nick Hornby argues that a person's bookshelves reveal much about them, in fact, he claims, they are the 'fullest expression of self'. Somebody else is thinking along the same lines ... ConnectViaBooks is a social networking service based on reading affinities.In our experience, the books we...read full entry...
  • 93 people want to start using the library ..June 08, 2005 – This is one of the things that is among these people's 43 things to do. Some nice comments too, if you look at what people say about this particular goal....read full entry...