LibraryThingI SEE DEAD PEOPLE’S BOOKSThomas JeffersonJohn Adams’ library went up yesterday.
Calling Amazon.com “social software” is a surprise to some but it does have most of the features:taggingrecommendationsFriendsEverything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger, p199-120“The ISBN of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick illustrated by Rockwell Kent is 0679600108. At the Library of Congress site, a search of that ISBN reveals that the book is a Modern library edition, 822 pages long, 21 centimeters high, printed on recycled, acid-free paper. At Amazon.com, a search of the ISBN connects us to Amazon’s analysis of the book’s distinctive phrases (“pagan harpooners”), the fact that yesterday this edition was the 43,631st most bought book but today it’s fallen to 49,581, that it contains 208,968 words, that its Fog index (a standard measure of readability) says it’s of medium difficulty, that your purchase gets you 14,643 words per dollar, and the 286 people have written reviews – every one of which you can read – and have awarded it an average of four out of five stars. You can also go to ISBN.nu, set up in 1998 by the journalist Glenn Fleishman, to get information about where to buy the book online and a list of the various editions available under other ISBNs, including audio versions. At LibraryLookup.com – created by Jon Udell, another journalist – you can enter the ISBN to see if your local library has a copy of the book. The PULP project will pull together information about the book from multiple sites, including reviews and annotations. At Harvard’s experimental H2O site, you can find all the registered courses that have Moby-Dick on their syllabi, including an MIT course called “Major Authors: Melville and [Toni] Morrison,” suggesting a connection most of us would not have made.”
LibraryThing for LibrariesDanbury Public Library
http://my.barackobama.com/(Not a political statement on my part.)Look at all that SOCIAL!
“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
Conversation Is King (SUMG)
Conversation is king. (Content is
just something to talk about.) Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission SMUG 31 July 2009 http://www.flickr.com/photos/92133102@N00/2933647410/
A 2005 report from the
Pew Internet and American Life Project called “Teens and Technology” found that teenagers preferred new technology, like instant messaging or text messaging, for talking to friends and use e-mail to communicate with “old people.” E-mail is “too confusing” http://www.flickr.com/photos/couleursgm/244737979/
“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.”