Monday, January 25, 2010

and more linkage and notes

Looks like the 'ol blog will a linkage and note-taking venue for a little bit. Hang with us

Digital Trends for 2010
via Stephen's Lighthouse by stephen on 1/6/10
end of the intranet . . . as we know it (my library goes Sharepoint! The New Interface: Mobile, mobile, mobile, iPhone Kllers : Android + google,

(my observation: Kindle vs. Sony vs. Android vs. iphone for ebooks)

Harlequin Reaches nearly 3 Million Free Books Downloaded in 2009
via Smart Bitches, Trashy Books by SB Sarah on 1/3/10

Top 10 Social Networking Tools and Trends for Libraries from 2009 and for 2010
via Stephen's Lighthouse by stephen on 1/3/10
An increase in the use of mobile applications for library services. This includes things such as text messaging but also the development of library web pages on .mobi domains for use on mobile devices and maybe even libraries creating iphone applications for their libraries

2. Even more ebook readers and the popularity of the ones that already

An increase in the amount and usage of Google Applications such as Google Wave and other similar applications.

6. Library websites will become more socialized and customized. Patrons will be able to interact more directly with the library’s website.

9. More libraries will offer social networking classes to their patrons.
10. Social networking in libraries will be viewed more as a must and as a way to save money than as a fun thing to play with or to use to market the library."

Does Droid?
via @ the Library by Woeful on 12/22/09
It’s entitled Droid + Barcode App + Google Books . My cellphone contract is just about up and I’ve been considering an iPhone, or a Blackberry, but the fact that the new Droid can scan an ISBN and then do a full-text keyword search within the book is astounding! Indeed, these days (or the days soon to come anyway) it may just be the “killer app” for librarians.

How Twitter Conquered the World in 2009
via iLibrarian by Ellyssa on 12/26/09
Surprisingly though, Twitter has proven to be resilient enough to withstand all that. When it went down, people would joke about it with nervous Fail Whale cracks on FriendFeedFriendFeed. When it came back up, everyone would start tweeting like nothing ever happened. And although these frequent downtimes continued for over a year, somewhere in the middle of 2009, Twitter finally found its balance. The users? Well, they’re still tweeting like nothing ever happened.

64% of tweets come from users 25-54 55 and older? 20%

(insert here story of little old lady in paris rocking the apps)

It’s Everywhere!
Furthermore, Twitter became a great way to run charity events, break news, promote your work and connect with your fans. Events like Michael Jackson’smichael jackson death were followed on Twitter first, and major media outlets second, simply because Twitter’s tiny chunks of information travel faster than professionally written news stories. And when the Iran election results started a wave of riots across the country and protests worldwide, Twitter was the glue that held bits and pieces of the story together.
(insert Haiti contributions)

The Growth Suddenly Stops
During the summer of 2009, problems began to pile up again. Twitter (along with several other services) were more or less permanently blocked in China. More importantly, they stopped growing in the US. After their amazingly fast growth during 2008 and the first half of 2009, we assumed it was an anomaly. But it wasn’t. According to Compete, Twitter’s traffic has flatlined, and co-founder Evan Williams eventually admitted that their US traffic had stalled. And in the world of web startups, once you stop growing, the cheers and confetti soon get replaced by mockery and, ultimately, oblivion

Twitter will morph-continues to overcome obstacles

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