August 23, 2009

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jfyi, I moved things around a little on my site. now the blog posts are @ http://ow.ly/l3Se & the feed for just posts is @ http://ow.ly/l3Sm [#]
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sorry for the confusion – these will be permanent now and shouldn’t get moved again. thanks for your patience while I experiment [#]
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new post: The Blog and Just the Blog, Ma’am http://bit.ly/3tesnj [#]
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new post: Stream http://bit.ly/wI1ep [#]
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new post: The Blog and Just the Blog, Maam http://bit.ly/busap [#]

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The Blog and Just the Blog, Ma’am

I just wanted to note that I’ve tied up some of the loose ends of converting the TSL home page to display my lifestream. If you’re not interested in my lifestream, I won’t be offended, and you can just skip it altogether and go directly to the “blog” category, as that’s essentially my blog now.

You can also subscribe to just the blog posts via RSS if that’s your preferred method. If you’re subscribed via email, you should only be seeing the blog posts, so please let me know if you’re getting a daily “stream” update.

The last thing I’ve done is remove the calendar on the site, since now something will get posted pretty much every day. Obviously I’ll still leave the link to the archives, though.

At some point, I want to write about the library lifestream and how the WordPress plugin I’ve installed can be used to easily aggregate that, but it’s a topic that will have to wait for another day.


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August 22, 2009

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twitter (feed #3)
@ao5357 I know, & I’m actually interested in feedback so this helps. u can always go straight to http://ow.ly/kXkD for just the blog posts [#]
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@ao5357 and I hope to have RSS feeds for categories set up soon, so you’ll be able to subscribe to just the blog posts. hth [#]
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@davidleeking because the drupal module doesn’t offer that functionality. we hope to add it at some point if the the module’s author doesn’t [#]
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– thanks for the link to this, Polly!

generic (feed #10)
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@ao5357 thanks for the nudge. you can subscribe to just blog posts at http://ow.ly/kXZW and read just those on the site at http://ow.ly/kY05 [#]
flickr (feed #5)
Shared 4 photos.

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August 21, 2009

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@catagator pub/priv is based on the item itself so you have to edit each one & check the "public" box at the bottom. sorry no blanket method [#]
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@wickedlibrarian I started a test of that for ALA a few days ago. didn’t get far yet but also plan to add to my own WP installation 🙂 [#]
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working on presos for next week’s LibraryCamp @ Allen County PL. be there or be square or participate online #acplibcamp http://ow.ly/kNLU [#]
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@infowidget good luck getting home! let us know if, heaven forbid, you need anything [#]
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@infowidget and thanks for lunch! you rock 🙂 [#]
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@ao5357 well, it wasn’t out of nowhere & I explained it in a blog post. sorry it’s not what you’re looking for but it *is* my site 😉 [#]

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Another Reason for Libraries to Make Their Sites Social

Now that I’m on a smartphone that has a real web browser and is capable of multitasking (the Palm Pre), In fact, I find myself expecting it to act like my laptop. I’ve stopped carrying my laptop or my netbook to work each day because I can do so much on my phone, but I’m still noticing where decisions made by web designers make my mobile life easier.

So here’s mobile developer tip #1, my two cents: use plugins and widgets that let users automatically share your content on sites like Twitter, Delicious, Facebook, etc., because you’ll make the user’s life easier. Granted, not all phones support the Javascript that powers this type of service on a web page, but more and more will, so consider getting ahead of the curve and adding it now.

The alternative for me as the reader (acknowledging each person’s situation is different) is to:

  1. Leave the site up in a card until I get home in the evening and can manually bookmark it on my laptop. This works about 50% of the time.
  2. Email the site to myself so I can bookmark it later on my laptop. This works about 80% of the time but is annoying.
  3. Try remembering to revisit the site later on my laptop to bookmark it. This works 0% of the time.

As a result, I’m finding that I’m far more likely to bookmark something if there’s a direct link to post it to Delicious, and that workflow will continue for me until there’s a Pre app that makes this easier, which means I really appreciate sites that offer this. Even better is if you can add it so that it appears in your RSS feed so that it shows up in places like Google Reader and Bloglines, too.

Here are some options to consider for adding this functionality to your site.

  • For WordPress blogs, you can use the Sociable plugin (I’m sure there are others, but this is what I use so I know it works). I have another blog post brewing on this topic, but this is yet another reason I encourage libraries to make their “what’s new” page a blog – you can then use the wealth of plugins out there to improve the user’s experience.

    Sociable WordPress plugin

  • For Drupal sites, you can use something like the Share module (I’m going to look into this for ALA Connect. If you’re using a different CMS, check to see if there’s a similar module for it.
  • Failing that, or even for use on general web pages, check out something like the Add This widget, although I have to admit I’m not sure how accessible it is.

Regardless, this can be a relatively easy way to help meet the needs of your mobile users, a group that’s just going to grow in the future. Food for thought. Nom nom nom.


11:17 am Comments (6)

August 20, 2009

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@twfeed where does twitterfeed look for a keyword in a blog post for filtering? should it work if the keyword is a tag? TIA [#]
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new post: You Can Still Help LFPL http://bit.ly/XOekv [#]

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You Can Still Help LFPL

The Louisville Free Public Library might no longer be flooded, but it can still use your help. Steve Lawson began this effort with a goal of raising $5,000 for LFPL, and he’s more than halfway there. Please consider donating if you can.


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