Archive for May, 2006


MySpace Briefly Verbosely?

“Would you be able to provide a brief but articulate description of exactly what my space is?” (for someone who knows the library, but does not use the internet much, if at all…maybe a board member?)

I sure can try! Quickly came up with this: is an ?electronic community? web site used for ?social networking?. It is very popular and has over 58 million individual registered users, the majority of which are college age and under (though this trend is changing). When you sign up with MySpace, you can post descriptive information about yourself including text, pictures and even video. In large part, MySpace is so popular because it is a sort of ?one stop communication shop?. On MySpace, users can send email messages to each other, join interest based discussion groups, write ?blogs? and post public messages that all MySpace users can see, or post private messages that only their friends can see. Institutions and organizations are also creating MySpace accounts so that they can reach this massive user base. Many libraries have recently began creating MySpace accounts as well, in order to show their (often times) younger users that they are a readily available resource to them not just as a physical institution, but as an engaged member of their ?electronic community?. These outreach efforts have generally been very successful and well received. As people seek more and more information via electronic means, it important for us to consider how best to meet our users in an effective manner. While creating an institutional account may not be something every library will decide to do, researching MySpace is well advised across the industry.

Suggestions? Compliments? Condemnations?


Last Chance Gultch + Flickr Gamma Go

I’ll be in Helena, Montana next Thursday, May 25th presenting the “Keep Up: Practical emerging technology for you and your library” workshop. Isn’t it a lovely bit of serendipity that the host site, the Lewis and Clark Library, is located at 120 S. Last Chance Gulch? Plus, if you’re a fan of the show, it totally sounds like a street name out of Deadwood. Seriously though, Montana library folks are notoriously fun, interesting, cool and curious so I’m really looking forward to this workshop.

And now for something completely different: Flickr moved into “Gamma” yesterday, officially leaving “Beta”. Who says pertpetual Beta is a feature of Web/Library 2.0? My favorite change so far is that as you page through a persons photo stream, more photo thumbnails display on each page. For those interested in FLickr, stop HERE to see a very interesting survey of changes Flickr users would like to see once they decide to leave all the Greek alphabet behind and finally move into software numeral land. Sorry that was a horribly nerdy sentence. Please pardon my geek out. :)