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Social bookmarking all the things

Social bookmarking is an interesting Web 2.o innovation, which, like everything else online is always changing and evolving and being tweaked. In 2011 when Delicious underwent a complete rebuild (Cheredar, 2011), I gave up on my account. I couldn’t find anything, hated the ‘stacks’ (which were removed in 2012) so I gave up and switched back to Diigo. And I wasn’t the only one having difficulties. Even now during this subject, there were problems finding ‘SISsocialmedia’ and ‘lyn_hay’ in Delicious and Jake had to provide a direct link as the search is terrible. For a while there I was thinking I was doing something REALLY wrong!

Personally, I mentally file websites as well as save them to Diigo, Zotero or Evernote depending on what I am saving them for (e.g. recipes go to Evernote for easy access in the kitchen on an iPad, Zotero is for everything university related but I’d say that some point I’ll transition everything professional related from Diigo to Zotero). So when Delicious changed their ‘filing’ system and design, my memory was confused. Lists and groups work well for me and it all disappeared. And unfortunately I didn’t have the time or inclination to retrain my brain in the ways of new Delicious. Which is lucky because in 2012 they removed stacks and then I couldn’t find anything anyway! I did ‘recover’ my account for this subject but I haven’t been near it at all.

I did however take some time to reorganise my Diigo lists and join some more groups. The group email function is a great way of tapping into other people’s online finds but I do use it less at Twitter is my go to place for information these days. I would imagine that a library or information organisation could share knowledge easily using a Diigo group or just by sharing a list which is curated by one member of staff.

Diigo is also useful for saving favourited tweets, using an IFTTT recipe for specific topics and the Diigolet for your bookmarks bar is very very handy.

So yes I am now set in my ways, after nearly 5 years of using social bookmarking and creating a PLN I’m comfortable with how my online curation works. Next stop is Scoop.it, paper.li and Storify.

I’m sorry Delicious, I probably could have tried harder but . . . it’s a no from me.

 

Cheredar, T. (2011, September 27). Delicious team unveils new version of the social bookmarking site. VentureBeat. Retrieved February 1, 2013 from http://venturebeat.com/2011/09/27/new-delicious/

 

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valuing libraries

Yesterday I wrote a post on my day to day blog about how the lack of visibility, websites and social media in a library may reflect a lack of value and support in the overall organisation.

http://www.purplespecs.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/valuing-libraries.html

I tweeted this post and received great responses and ongoing conversation on this subject. Later today I will Storify the tweets. And once I’ve finished assessment 2 I will come back and flesh out my thoughts a bit more.


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Instagram = clear as mud

Update: (a slightly late one) Instagram took it all back! They reverted to the original ToS a couple of days after Instagram armageddon took place. So all is well in Instagram world. Power to the people!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or do not use social media or watch/listen to the mainstream media) Instagram have ruffled feathers by releasing a new Terms of Service (ToS) which has caused a great deal of argument and consternation amongst its users.

I will now confess to be completely bamboozled by these new (or maybe not new T0S) and what to do. In fact this .GIF is a visual representation of my reaction:

Eddie Izzard on iTunes Terms and Conditions tumblr_m4hejj0lKx1qif4fro2_250

tumblr_m4hejj0lKx1qif4fro3_250 the brilliant Mr Izzard

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I can’t be the only one who is completely confused and bewildered by these changes. And a read through of Twitter this morning proved me right. Many articles, blog posts, radio interviews ranging from “it’s terrible, delete your account immediately” to “don’t be so stupid, nothing has changed, carry on”.

So. The ‘new’ ToS states that:

you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.

Which seems to be saying that Instagram or businesses may use your photos, username and metadata (like location) in promotional content without paying you.

A good example I heard today was what if you were at a party and someone took a pic saying “I love parties and Grey Goose vodka”, Grey Goose vodka could then use that photo in an ad.  Too bad if you are Muslim or a non-drinker or have a personal objection to the Grey Goose brand.

Then today, Instagram’s CEO posted a blog post about Instagram realising everyone had gone into a panic and that they would need to ‘fine tune’ the wording of the ToS . Instagram stated that “it is not our intention to sell your photos”.

What?

Surely before releasing a new ToS Instagram would have checked wording and ensured it didn’t require pretty much immediate clarification to prevent a mass exodus from their service? Perhaps Eddie Izzard is correct and they wrote it using the same method that iTunes uses?

Then I came across an article which tells the Instagram users of the world that they are stupid if they are panicking because NOTHING HAS CHANGED and the wording of the T0S is the same as it was before. They just shuffled some words around.

What?

So let me try and get my head around this. Instagram have always had the option to use people’s photographs? And some people have even used a Creative Commons licence to allow people to use their Instagram pics (including me). Now advertising will be placed in Instagram and your pics can be used in advertisements, whether or not your photo is actually for or against the product.

I was hoping that writing this post would help me to understand what is actually going on here. But I’m even more confused than I was before. Information and decision making overload is one of the most difficult aspects of having an online life. My blogs have a Creative Commons licence, surely I should be able to apply it to anywhere I dwell online?

I’m still undecided on what to do. On the one hand I am fully aware that having an online life means that people have access to me, my thoughts, images and what I do. And it is good to take steps to ensure that you don’t share EVERYTHING. On the other hand, I am uncomfortable with my images (possibly) being used to promote businesses or products. And now that Instagram have had to do a little dance and tell everyone “we’re working on it” makes me concerned that they didn’t think this through properly in the first place. They are owned by Facebook now who like to make money and tell us what we like. Is this a step too far?

So my thinking will continue. Instagram users have until the middle of January 2013 to cancel your account and remove your images from Instagram.

This will be an interesting story to follow over the next days and week.


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Social media and the art of conversation

The Slideshare presentation on the future of social media entertainment has some interesting statistics and points on the changing habits of TV watchers but in my opinion the more important points for social media in any area of business are in the accompanying notes. Specifically, the social media marketing campaign diagram: Involve, Create, Discuss, Promote and Measure (Hayes & Papworth, 2008). All five areas are concerned with the art of conversation. Having a conversation is a skill and just because social media doesn’t take place face to face, doesn’t mean you don’t need to practice!

As Hayes and Papworth (2008) write, you cannot fake being involved and engaged. People who use social media are quite attuned to fake people. You need to be authentic in your online life both as an individual and as an organisation (as well as your offline one!) Understanding the social web leads on to making your content relevant (Hayes & Papworth, 2008). Who is your online community of interest? This is a key point for libraries and information professionals engaging online. Are you trying to reach the right group of people? The entire world isn’t on Facebook (although it seems like it), so is your organisation in other places online? Talking? Are you creating your personal learning network (PLN) with the right people?

Next up, discuss. Yes! Create a conversation, ask questions, point people to a library website, Pinterest board or another website of interest to your online community. The article makes a terrific point . . . “effective social network marketing comes from deep understanding and experience of communities and how they operate and what motivates them”. (Hayes & Papworth, 2008).

And lastly, promote and measure. Be genuine and authentic in your promotion, your conversation. And measure what you do, track the retweets, check out your Pinterest followers and Facebook likers (Hayes & Papworth, 2008). This all comes to back to knowing your audience, understanding your community. If you get a great response to tweets about romance writers, likes about Harry Potter, repins of Fifty Shades or likes on your YouTube video on how to load an e-book onto an e-reader, then you know you’re on the right track.

It’s all about the conversation isn’t it? How to keep the flow going, sometimes pausing for awkward silences whilst you figure out how to embed a YouTube video or how to Storify a great conversation. But then you get back into the conversation and everyone heads off on another tangent or makes a new friend.

Hayes, G., & Papworth, L. (2008, October 26). The Future of Social Media Entertainment. Personalize Media. Retrieved November 26, 2012, from http://www.personalizemedia.com/the-future-of-social-media-entertainment-slides/


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First post for INF206

I would define social networking as: online spaces where you can have a conversation, share and collaborate.

Social networking that I actively use: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Blogger, About.me, Diigo, GoodReads, Google+, Flickr, VimeoPandora, Pinterest and I regularly collaborate on Google Sites and Docs and communicate using Skype and IM (my main method of communication)!

I also have accounts on LibraryThing and Delicious however these are not updated regularly as I am ‘exploring’ alternatives (GoodReads and Diigo).

I am hoping to learn how to refine and evaluate my social networking so that I don’t instantly jump on every new thing that comes along! And how to use social networking within a local community, not just libraries and information services.