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Web 2.0 presentation for ECLS, Coralville, IA Nov 2008

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  • 1. With a little help from our friends: the social web ECLS Tech Tips November 21, 2008 Louise Alcorn Reference Technology Librarian West Des Moines Public Library
  • 2. What is the Social Web?
    • Also known as social software and social networking.
    • Allows you to share with your colleagues, friends, family and strangers.
    • Allows you to share your writings, thoughts, videos, music, pictures and more.
    • Essence of the whole “Web 2.0” thing
    • It’s the Wave of the Present
  • 3. Web 2.0
    • “ While the old Web was about Web sites, clicks, and “eyeballs,” the new Web is about communities, participation and peering . As users and computer power multiply, and easy-to-use tools proliferate, the Internet is evolving into a global, living, networked computer that anyone can program. Even the simple act of participating in an online community makes a contribution to the new digital commons – whether one’s building a business on Amazon or producing a video clip for YouTube, creating a community around his or her flickr photo collection or editing the astronomy entry on Wikipedia.” – Wikinomics, Don Tapscott & Anthony D. Williams
  • 4. Features of the Social Web
    • Simple publishing – “anyone can do it”
    • Tagging
    • Friends / Contacts
    • Comments
    • Recommendations / Ratings
    • Feed publishing
    • Share, share, share!
    • (Not all social services have all features)
  • 5. Simple Publishing
    • Little to no markup language skills necessary.
    • Usually it’s create, click, and publish.
  • 6. Tagging
    • The act of adding descriptive keywords to an item.
    • Simple metadata
    • “folksonomy”
  • 7. Friends / Contacts
    • By making another account holder your “friend” you are automatically kept up to date with what that person is doing in the system.
    • Creates connections between people with similar interests.
    • It’s why many users go on the Web at all.
  • 8. Comments
    • Submit your opinion(s) on the creations of others.
    • Others submit their opinions on your creations, or on other commenters’ posts.
    • Can often be edited/deleted by original creator as required.
    • Can also be limited to a group of users (in some cases).
  • 9. Recommendations: Two Styles
    • Automated based on previous experiences
      • Amazon.com
      • LibraryThing (Suggester and UnSuggester)
      • Last.fm (radio/music)
    • User generated recommendations
      • Ratings (YouTube)
      • Digg It
  • 10. Feed Publishing
    • RSS / ATOM
    • Allows people to subscribe to your information
    • Users receive information quickly and with little effort on their part
    • Users have the control over the information they receive
    • Most used with blogs
  • 11. Examples of Social Software
    • Wikis
    • Blogs
    • YouTube
    • Flickr
    • delicious
    • last.fm
    • 43Things
    • Digg
    • LibraryThing
    • MySpace
    • SlideShare.net
    • Squidoo
    • Amazon.com
    • Second Life
  • 12. Wikis
    • A Web site “anyone” can edit with little knowledge of markup
    • Allows for collaboration and sharing of information
    • More Later!
  • 13. Wikipedia – en.wikipedia.org
  • 14. Blogs
    • Online journals, diaries, news
    • Can be exported via RSS feed
    • Pew Internet & American Life Project report on bloggers published 7/2006
      • Bloggers seek place for “creative, personal expression”
      • “ most are focused on describing their personal experiences to a relatively small audience of readers”
      • Increasingly non-white, mostly <30yo, men and women (50/50)
    • Being used by libraries more and more!
  • 15. PaperCuts - papercuts.tscpl.org/
  • 16. Micro-Blogging (Twitter)
    • Microblogs are sites that feed in real time, but allow for limited text (150 char/post)
    • Twitter is the most popular
      • Me: http://www.twitter.com/weez42
    • Great way to get out the word on your website, without having to write a lot. Great for News items.
    • Options for submission via email (TwitterMail.com) or have your library blog feed to Twitter (TwitterFeed.com)
    • Can use TwitterFeed to pull any RSS feed, so instant content!
  • 17. Example of Library Using Twitter http://twitter.com/askundergrad
  • 18. YouTube – www.youtube.com
    • Submit and share videos of up to 10 minutes in length
    • Purchased by Google for $1.65 billion
    • Subscribe to the videos of users (friends, organizations, etc.)
    • Create Favorites and PlayLists
    • Comment on videos
  • 19. My YouTube home page
  • 20. Johnson County KS Library on Blip.tv, another video sharing site (higher quality videos)
  • 21. Flickr – www.flickr.com
    • Photos
      • Share
      • Tag
      • Organize into sets
      • Contribute to group pools
      • Leave comments and notes
      • Send to your blog and other social sites
    • Now owned by Yahoo!
  • 22. My flickr home page
  • 23. Delicious (formerly del.icio.us) – http://www.delicious.com/
    • Social bookmarking service
    • Use in conjunction with or as a replacement for your browser’s bookmarks
    • Great way to make your bookmarks/favorites “portable”
      • Example: similar class’s bookmarks: http://delicious.com/lalcorn/CILSASocialWeb
  • 24. My delicious home page
  • 25. last.fm – www.last.fm
    • Share, tag, and recommend the music you listen to on your computer
    • Integrates with iTunes, Windows Media Player, and WinAmp
    • Client software, not a Web site
  • 26. 43Things – www.43things.com
    • Submit and tag 43 things you want to accomplish in your life (or for your library!)
    • Also: 43Places (places you want to go)
    • Find others who want to do the same things in your area or from around the world
    • Share tips and inspiration for completing your goals, travel tips for places you’ve been or want to go, etc.
  • 27. My Things Note the feed from Flickr to right. Note the “tag cloud” at the bottom from all of 43Things.
  • 28. Digg – www.digg.com
    • Social news service
      • Tag
      • “ Digg It” – user ratings/comments/preferences
      • Thumbs up / Thumbs down (rating)
  • 29. My Digg homepage
  • 30. LibraryThing – www.librarything.com
    • Catalog, tag, and share your book collection.
    • A bibliophile’s dream playground!
    • Yes, it does MARC records.
    • Includes a Suggester (if you like this, try…)
    • Also, an UnSuggester (if you like this, you will NOT like this!)
    • WARNING: Completely Addictive!
  • 31. LibraryThing book page
  • 32. MySpace – www.myspace.com
    • “ Friends, messaging, and blogging all wrapped up into most of the worst-designed Web pages ever” – a friend.
    • That said, for libraries, it can be a “pull” tool for library promotion.
    • Especially popular with the teen and tween crowd, and also musicians and artists, to showcase their work.
  • 33. Waverly Public Library on MySpace
  • 34. Facebook
    • Think of it as a classier, cleaner, but more boring (for teens/tweens) MySpace.
    • Originally was for colleges and universities, but has now expanded to “the rest of us”.
    • Great way to find old friends and colleagues with similar interests, thanks to “find a friend” features (six degrees, etc.).
  • 35.  
  • 36. SlideShare – www.slideshare.net
    • Share and tag your PowerPoint presentations
    • Can share publicly, only with contacts, or only have access to yourself.
      • Note: whenever I do a presentation away from home, I load it up there, “just in case”.
    • View and comment on others’ presentations
  • 37. My SlideShare Page
  • 38. Squidoo – www.squidoo.com
    • Create and share online bibliographies
    • List and link to resources from traditional Web sites, flickr, delicious, and podcasts
    • A Squidoo page is known as a “lens”
  • 39. Library 2.0 Reading List
  • 40. My New Addiction: Friend Feed
    • http://www.friendfeed.com
    • Works like an aggregator, pulling in much of your online feeding (Facebook, Twitter, blog, Flickr, Amazon and more)
    • Also allows for conversations, so more enhanced than simple feed aggregator
  • 41.  
  • 42. Thinking More Broadly
  • 43. Amazon.com = Social Software
    • Surprised? It includes many social web elements:
      • tagging
      • recommendations
      • friends
      • product wikis
      • favorites (lists)
  • 44. Amazon.com has social features
  • 45. Second Life – www.secondlife.com
    • “ A 3D online digital world imagined, created, & owned by its residents.”
    • From Linden Lab
    • Social in the sense that users interact with other users
    • Libraries are getting involved:
      • Info Island Project: infoisland.org
  • 46. Second Life Library
  • 47. A final thought…
    • “ It’s the simplest lesson of the Internet: it’s the people stupid. We don’t have computers because we want to interact with machines; we have them because they allow us to communicate more effectively with other people.” ─ Douglas Rushkoff, Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out
  • 48. The Social Web
    • Thank You!
    • My email:
    • [email_address]