Lifestreaming

Now that there’s seemingly a Web 2.0 application (or 2 or 3 or 4) for everything that you’d want to do online, the next big trick is trying to figure out how to aggregate it all so that people can find your stuff without having to go to your blog, your del.icio.us, your twitter, etc.  There are a couple different options available, with FriendFeed seeming to be the main winner.  (So much so, that Facebook – another option for consolidating your Web 2.0 activities in addition to its main use as a social networking site – has been slowly copying FriendFeed’s look and feel.)  And, of course, you could have all of your Web 2.0 services feeding into your official website, but access to the design and content of your website is not always an easy thing to get.

Today I discovered an alternative to FriendFeed – Storytlr.   It has far less feed options than FriendFeed (18 supported applications, compared to FriendFeed’s 59), but both have an option for adding the RSS feed of your choice, so you can add just about any service you want.   It’s also not as interactive as FriendFeed, but visitors are still able to leave comments.   Where Storytlr clearly trumps FriendFeed is that the entries are archived in a way that makes it easier to search and browse for them (with a ‘tagging’ option planned), plus the look of the site is customizable so that it could seemlessly fit into the look of an existing web presence/brand.   There is also a “story telling” function, where you can gather all of your tweets, photos, etc from a single event onto a single page of your storytlr.  For library/instutional accounts, think “subject guide” instead of “event.”

But do you know what makes me happiest?  All of my 3000+ tweets have been loaded in and archived by month, something that Twitter itself has yet to be able to do.

For an example, here’s my Storytlr.

Getting Around, 21st Century Style

As it is an unually warm, sunny and beautiful day here in the Bluegrass, a colleague and I decided to leave our packed lunches in the fridge and go out to eat.  On our way back, an undergrad student asked us where Dickey Hall is located.  (Why do people always ask me directions?  Do I that obviously look like I answer questions for a living?) Now, I only know the location of a couple places on campus – the law building, the main library, the fine arts library (and that’s only because I have meetings there) and the Student Center.

After deciding that neither I nor my colleague knew the location of Dickey Hall, we suggested that the student go to the Student Center and get a map. He replied to our suggestion with  “A map?! I don’t know how to use a map…I can only get around using GPS!”  I am not a smart phone user, but an unscientific visual survey of the students I see passing by the Ref Desk indicates that many are.  Bearing in mind that I have never used a GPS,   I wonder if campuses  should start to include GPS coordinates on maps and campus info webpages.   On a related note, I wonder if libraries could also use it for directing patrons around their collections.  I know I’ve heard of Geocaching contests in libraries, so you must be able to get a fairly tight location.

The Law Librarian on Blog Talk Radio

hamburgerphonejuno Tomorrow I’ll be firing up the old Hamburger Phone and participating in Richard Leiter and Brian Striman’s “The Law Librarian” Internet Radio show.   I’ve never done something like this before (although I do tune into  Greg Schwartz’s Uncontrolled Vocabulary) so I’m pretty excited and nervous about how this will all turn out.   Will I freeze up?  Will I monopolize the discussion?  Will I accidentally say the “F-word”?*  It’s all up in the air!

Here’ s a cut/paste of the email sent out earlier today with the deets:

“The Law Librarian, a live internet radio talk show hosted by Richard Leiter and Brian Striman on BlogTalkRadio will air tomorrow at 2:00PM. The show will also be available as a podcast.

The panel tomorrow will be Lee Peoples, Oklahoma City University; Sarah Glassmeyer, University of Kentucky; Brian Striman and me.

Tentative topics for tomorrow are:

1. Law Librarianship and China

2. Government 2.0 (http://www.whitehouse.gov, and more….)

3. The Twitter Revolution (http://newthinking.bearingpoint.com/2008/11/20/govtwit-directory/) including Twitter clients

4. We want to hear from FIRM Libraries about how downsizing is effecting our private colleagues

5. The new eJounral, Legal Information and Technology

6. And any other topic that callers and chatters care to suggest.”

So, please tune in and, if you can, call in or join the chat.  The more people that participate, the more interesting the conversation can be.   The fun starts at 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 1pm Mountain and High Noon Pacific.   All of the details about how to do that can be found at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thelawlibrarian . And, of course, if you can’t participate, you can still download the show later and listen while you’ll workout or whatever.

*NOTE: I actually very rarely use profanity…it really only seems to happen at the most inopportune times. Like, oh let’s say hypothetically, when one stubs one’s toe on a table in a quiet, crowded law library reading room.  You know.  Hypothetically.

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