Saturday, March 17, 2007

Week 6: Tagging, Folksonomies & Technorati

Learn about tagging and discover (a social bookmaking site)

I think there's still a lot more that I can learn from From what I've come across so far I think it's great that I can access my bookmarks anywhere I'm at. I usually use my laptop for school and my desktop when I'm at home.

Explore Technorati and learn how tags work with blog posts.

I tried out the "Learning 2.0" search in the different fields and results decreased in each different field. With all this technology it's hard to keep up with and the new advances and changes in information. Tagging is great because it links together people with simliar interests or associations with items of interest. I guess the disadvantage is that if you search with a limited number of tags you might miss out on other important information.

Read a few Perspectives on Web 2.0. Future of Libraries

Library 2.0 is great such that it can be tailored to the needs of the patrons by encouraging input and feedback. In turn, the library my be designed with no barriers with access to everyone over the internet. It's kinda scary to imagine the future of the library as a whole in itself, but I would hope there's a physical site we can go to in order to seek help, but maybe bookstores like Borders or Barnes and Nobles will act as physical sites for current publications and the net for the older stuff.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Week 5: Play Week

Online Image Generator

I went to a Sign Generator site that allowed me to change the text properties and the colors. It's not the most interesting site to go to, but it was still fun to tweak with.

Web 2.0 Awards List

I actually came across the site from an article in the Rolling Stones Mag a few months back, but I thought a more thorough visit was in session. A great benefit of this site is that it brings similar tastes all to one place. A group called Anberlin is of my fancy right now, so I thought I'd do a quick search. From there they compiled a list just about dead on stuff that I like to listen to. Of the artists listed I have just about all the CDs. How crazy is that?

Roll your own search tool with Rollyo

It took a while to come up with a search, but I ended up with a music theme that would allow users to search for the tickets, memorablia, auctions, bios and more. The site gives the user more control over the sites that they trust and would like to see results from. Very nice. Once you complete a search there's an option to limit the search and display the results in the same window. I like the idea of making my own search engine. Here's a link to my Rollyo music search.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Week 4: RSS & Newsreaders

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds and Bloglines

Although it's not that hard to load my favorite pages and go through them RSS feeds allows me to check them all under one profile without all the crazy ads in the back and foreground. It's also cool because you can select fields to narrow down what I want to see. Something of interest is if you know someone with blogspot, livejournal, or xanga you can just add their user name and wholla.

You can either install a second party software to retrieve the feeds or use an online site which does about the same thing, but doesn't require any installition. I prefer that later of course. This is my Blogline. Come to think of it it's kinda like a favorites to go.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Week 3: Photos and Images

Explore Flickr

Sweet. Good thing I made a Yahoo! email account. Hey turns out some sites are related to each other secretly. What is going on. It's like an underground conspiracy or something. To the left if one of my all time favorite wallpapers.

Flickr Mashups and 3rd Party Sites
Mappr: If only I had been on Route 66 I guess I would have taken an image of the highway as I was driving.

Flickr Color Pickr: I guess this site could come in handy one day; although, I do like the "Stick Figures in Peril".

Montagr: I think this is the coolest site of the three listed just because the play list over

Blog about anything technology related
I just got an iPod and I'm not too keen on using iTunes; I think it sucks. My last mp3 player allowed me to just drag and drop it to the folder.

Week 2: Blogging

Setup Your Blog:

I guess I kinda did that for week one. Well, it's okay and I didn't know that Google is related to the Blogger site. It's nice to know what I can just use my existing account and then just login as if I had made an account with Blogger.

Register Your Blog:

I'm sending an email to the Virtual Services Team as I type.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Week 1: Introduction

Learning 2.0 in Action

Turns out I found my way here on the first of March. Yes, I do know I'm a bit late on starting the activity, but I guess I'm going to have to work at an accelerated pace to catch up to the rest of the crowd. Alright I get to condense nine weeks of material in 24 days! How great is that? Okay then back to business. Kudos to SJPL for letting us spend about one hour a week to do this self-discovery program about emerging technologies on the web.

7 & 1/2 Habits

Hardest: Accept responsibility for your own learning.
Easiest: "Play"... no seriously this is the easiest one. You don't even have to do anything, but seriously it would be to use "technology to your advantage."