January 31, 2010

January 31st Stream

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dear location-based services: offering an iphone app as the only way to check in is like designing 4 internet explorer. pls join us in 2010 [shifted]
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"Another bubbling intra-generational gap, as any modern parent knows, is that younger children tend to be ever more artful multitaskers. Studies performed by Dr. Rosen at Cal State show that 16- to 18-year-olds perform seven tasks, on average, in their free time — like texting on the phone, sending instant messages and checking Facebook while sitting in front of the television.

People in their early 20s can handle only six, Dr. Rosen found, and those in their 30s perform about five and a half.

That versatility is great when they’re killing time, but will a younger generation be as focused at school and work as their forebears? "

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@griffey doesn’t really matter for you, right? you’re abandoning the #superduperbutnotquitemagical #iphone regardless :) [shifted]
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@griffey maybe the addition of iUnicorn will keep you on the #iphone but I’m taking bets on how much longer u can hold out against #android [shifted]
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@griffey yeah, just like internet explorer [shifted]
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Shared 6 photos.
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"Stats published by Nielsen show that social media usage has increased by 82% in the last year, an astronomical rise. Facebook (Facebook), Twitter (Twitter), YouTube, blogs, and social interaction are becoming the focus of our online interactions, even more than search.

We’re social creatures, so it was only a matter of time until we figured out how to make the web an efficient medium for communication, sharing, and forging friendships. Now that we’re finally implementing the social layer though, it’s tough to find a scenario where the rise of social media doesn’t continue.

In ten years, when you access the web, most of the time you spend will be to connect with your friends. Almost all of that will be on social networks and through social media. It will be the #1 reason why we ever pull out our phones, tablets, or computers."

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the theme of the #grammys seems to be #mashups [shifted]
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"To add to that idea, something like #ALAQnA would be great. The #edchat model is a terrific one to follow: a few nights at a week, at a set time, all of the #edchat twitterers respond-to/converse-about topics like “How can educators effectively assess students in the 21st century?”. The conversations are amazing if you follow the chats live, and they stay on twitter for the conversation to continue in the days (and sometimes weeks) to follow."


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January 30, 2010

January 30th Stream

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Shared 3 photos.
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January 29, 2010

January 29th Stream

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January 28, 2010

January 28th Stream

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Shared The Fab Four.
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@Monica2point0 @itsjustkate thank you for the birthday wishes! it was indeed quite happy :) [shifted]
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Shared 8 photos.
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"I’ve recently been looking for sets of icons for all of the social websites that I belong to for my website, blog, and also print handouts. In the course of my research I’ve come across some excellent icon sets that designers are giving away for free. If you have a need for social media icons for your library website, personal website, or blog, here are a few resources that I found helpful." – via @ellyssa

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"In this article we will show you how you can create a contributors page which will display a list of authors with avatars or userphoto and any other information that you like. This tutorial is an intermediate level tutorial."

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"In this tutorial, we will be using WordPress and Feedburner with a few plugins to create a simple Email Newsletter Service for your WordPress blog. You can track the performance of your newsletter by checking how many subscribers you have, how many clicks each link gets and much more."


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January 27, 2010

January 27th Stream

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Every year, we throw a big, game party to ring in the new year. This year (2010) is our houses 100-year birthday, so we celebrated with cupcakes…
…and the cupcakes were a game.
Here they are in random order – see how many you can guess! Mouse over the question mark to reveal the answer." – via Iris (circulating)

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Shared phylomon.org.

"Well 2010 is here, a.k.a. the International Year of Biodiversity, and to us at the SCQ, it means that were finally ready to go ahead with our long awaited phylomon project. “What is this?” you ask? Well, its an online initiative aimed at creating a Pokemon card type resource but with real creatures on display in full “character design” wonder. Not only that – but we plan to have the scientific community weigh in to determine the content on such cards (note that the cards above are only a mock-up of what that content might be), as well as folks who love gaming to try and design interesting ways to use the cards. Then to top it all off, members of the teacher community will participate to see whether these cards have educational merit. Best of all, the hope is that this will all occur in a non-commercial-open-access-open-source-because-basically-this-is-good-for-you-your-children-and-your-planet sort of way." – via @walkingpaper

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Shared Snapsort.

"find the best camera for you"

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dropped another hard drive in the home server. had 35% free but 1.36TB means I now have another 67% to fill up. working on it. #easypeasy [shifted]
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@mstephens7 @griffey what a great way to start it, too. thanks! :) [shifted]
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@steverubel honestly, as long as you can pull chairs up to it and set things on it, who really cares about the Apple table? [shifted]
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"For this semi-scientific analysis I looked at 18 library membership organizations, including state and national organizations. I did not include individual libraries or state libraries. I did include sub-groups and divisions. The list of organizations was chosen more or less at random and is biased towards organizations that support New England libraries. It is by no measure a complete list, so feel free to suggest one’s that I missed.

I utilized seven elements to compare the organizations. For each element, the organization received one point if the information met the criteria outlined below, and zero points if it did not. A higher rating is equated with a higher score. You can use this method for a quick check of your organization’s Twitter presence."

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@library_chan @jaimebc thanks! wish I could share cake with you :) [shifted]
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"Here they are to save the day—or at least the research project. Rochester librarians call on their inner superheroes as part of a new effort to let students know how to find help."

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January 26, 2010

January 26th Stream

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new post: January 24th Stream http://bit.ly/55q9Jl [shifted]
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I’ve been on the web too long. I just called a friend’s home improvement project a redesign. [shifted]
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@cwcoxjr just remember – garbage in, garbage out [shifted]
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new TSL post: You Don’t Know Me – http://bit.ly/7WjKmQ [shifted]
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I recently participated in a discussion in which someone posted a rumor that ALA requires presidential candidates to prove they have $10,000 in their bank accounts in order to run their campaigns.
This rumor is categorically false, as verified for me by Mary Ghikas, Senior Associate Executive Director at ALA. There are no monetary or financial requirements to run for ALA president, although you might need lots of caffeine.
snopesALA

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From ALA Connect: Myth: ALA checks your bank account to make sure you have $10,000 if running for president: I rec… http://bit.ly/dAWLSG [shifted]

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You Don’t Know Me

Or, if you work at certain companies, you do. Or could.

I had some interesting conversations about privacy at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, which got me thinking about which companies probably know the most about me.

I’ve thought about my own “walled garden” a lot and worked through what I’ll share publicly, privately, and pretend privately. Most things I share publicly, and you can see a list of many of the sites I use on my FriendFeed account. It’s not difficult to piece together information about me by tracking these sites, but overall I’m more careful with specific things like location information.

The routine I’ve worked out is that Facebook is my only truly private posting area, although I do occasionally post some pictures for “friends and family only” on Flickr. Since I still don’t trust Facebook to not re-publish or claim ownership of “private” content (like pictures and videos), I don’t post anything original there except status updates and comments on friends’ updates. Even then, I don’t kid myself that those things are truly private (they’re the “pretend privately” I mentioned above). That’s why I’ve become a lot more selective about who I’ll friend there, and why I post some Foursquare location updates there (rather than on Twitter).

So if you can find out so much information about me publicly, which companies know the most about me? It’s been a very thought-provoking exercise to come up with the following list. I tried to rank the companies in order of how much daily information I think they’re accumulating about me, but it’s tough to decide if “what I’m eating” equals “what I’m watching.”

  • Cell carrier/cellphone maker – they know my location at any given time, plus all of the data that goes through my phone (and I don’t have a landline, so everything goes through my cell)
  • Cable company = they know what I watch on TV and what I surf on the net
  • Bank = they know most of the places where I spend my money
  • Credit cards = they know a lot of places I spend my money
  • LISHost – hosts my website and email, which would include a lot of receipts for online purchases
  • Google = knows most of the things I search for and many things I read (via Google Reader); even though I don’t use Gmail, any email I send to Gmail users is in their archives
  • Amazon = knows about a lot of things I purchase and read (including via my Kindle)
  • Facebook = knows a lot about what I say about myself via status updates and who my friends are
  • FriendFeed (now owned by Facebook) = aggregates a lot about what I say about myself publicly online, plus which conversations and people I watch on the site
  • Netflix = knows a lot about what I watch
  • Foursquare = knows some about where I am/go
  • Flickr = knows a lot about where I am/go, who my friends/contacts are, and what interests me
  • Twitter = knows my network and who I interact with the most
  • Health care provider = I’m lucky that I’ve been relatively healthy, but my provider(s) know about any problems
  • Delicious = knows a lot about sites I’ve visited and want to remember
  • Dopplr = knows my trips and some of my friends
  • Evernote = knows about some things I want to remember, although I haven’t put much personal information there yet
  • Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) = I don’t drive nearly as much as I used to anymore, but IDOT knows when I go on tollroads

Obviously I’m okay with what I share publicly, and in many respects, there have been enormous benefits to doing that, but I have very little control over what these companies do with the information they’re collecting about me, and I don’t trust any of them. I think the only company I do trust is LISHost, which hosts my website and email (thanks, Blake!). How much do I really care that Facebook keeps my status updates forever, whereas my email provider keeps my more private messages? And how much do I worry that my private email still goes through my cable provider’s network to get to LISHost?

I’m trying to recognize which companies are collecting ambient information about me, without me proactively posting anything. I’m sure I’m missing some, though. If you’ve thought through this yourself, what’s not on my list?


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