Social networking

Sorting out demand again ….

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 2005, RSS was in its … Continue reading Sorting out demand again ….

Blogging again

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 – some others also come to … Continue reading Blogging again

Sorting out demand … Top tech trend 3

[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 thinking about the exercise, it … Continue reading Sorting out demand … Top tech trend 3

In the Twitter flow ..

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 Twitter. Mike Teets provides fuller … Continue reading In the Twitter flow ..

People are entry points too … redux

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 stocks’ to being able to … Continue reading People are entry points too … redux

The context web

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 web tended to focus on … Continue reading The context web

Scientific publications as social objects …

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 feature because of its local … Continue reading Scientific publications as social objects …

Institutional researcher pages: an example

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 which may pull together data … Continue reading Institutional researcher pages: an example

The two ways of Web 2.0 – retread

[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 “Although a network can be … Continue reading The two ways of Web 2.0 – retread

Your new home page

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 your search results to life … Continue reading Your new home page