Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Seriously...


So you want us to 'seriously' tell our feelings about the KCLS Learning 2.0 - 27 Things program. Well, here goes!

Without a doubt, I learned a great deal from the 2.0 experience. The most valued lessons had to do with forcing myself to come to terms with the increasingly popular 'youth oriented' sites such as MySpace, Blogger, Flicker, and YouTube. I got a lot of pleasure from seeing my Blog and MySpace pages blossom into full-fledged reflections of my library persona...and along the way adding fun videos, pictures, friends, blogline newsfeeds, etc. to beef up the content.

As for the teaching 'modus' - most of the program rolled out in a format similar to taking a long-distance course from a university. And it had the same strengths and weaknesses. On the plus side - when left to your own devices, you often learn more through trial and error than you do when someone is standing in front of you 'teaching' you. On the down side - when you get stuck (and some of these programs could be pretty confusing) there's no one there to bail you out (and, c'mon guys...it's always easier when the prof is leaning over your shoulders telling you exactly what to do one step at a time!).

Lucky for us here at Answerline, we had Matt nearby keeping an eye on things and helping to clear the clouds from our eyes!

Would I sign up again? In a heartbeat - I was sold the day I made my own fake movie poster using one of my old jpgs and a link on the flicker toys website! It's amazing what people think of these days!

Monday, April 30, 2007

I Love YouTube!

Now this was fun! Spent some time watching Apolo Ohno doing his 'Dancing with the Stars' thing - lots of fun...and my, what powerful thighs (is it too late to take up speed skating???). Then I went and dug up a 'Simpsons' take off on HBO's Rome...very funny - and that lucky one I embedded on my Blog Page.

My first Embedding - Thanks Homer!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Web 2.0 Awards

Well let me see...I'm home today on another rainy NW afternoon, cruising through some of the 'winning sites' for today's suggested assignment. So far the results have been decidedly mixed. First off I tried some of the music sites - no luck there...on Pandora they offer to set up a 'radio station' of 'your' music from names of favorites you suggest. I guess there's a real aversion to Classical Music and Opera on these sites - 'cuz it really went out of its way to reject the names I submitted! Next up I tried out some of the Real Estate sites...PropSmart wasn't as good as many of the other real estate sites - too few limiting factors when searching (and besides, all of the stuff they have is already available on just about every other Real Estate site from JL Scott to Zillow. Trulia was even worse - my house is currently listed for sale and I couldn't find it anywhere on Trulia (must not have mls included in their search engine...not a good sign).

One last try - TripMojo (under travel) had groovy retro 60s look...but it's trying to compete with the big boys - Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz, etc - and I just didn't see anything that made it's offerings stand out.

I guess that's why these sites are 'beta'...they still have some way to go!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Beta Google...or is that Google Beta?

Perpetual Beta...now there's a cringe inducing thought...
Does anyone really want constant tweaking done to every site they visit??? I mean reallllly! It would be nice to require sites to remain stable and operational for at least a few years before upgrades and changes are made. While I understand that most of these changes 'offer' improvements...you really need to offset that value with the amount of time spent by users reading new instructions, revising search habits, etc.

Change is good...but constant change gives you heartburn and gas...

Oh, and by the way - I spent some time on the google transit site and it really was just mimicing MetroTransit (my primary search gave me a 2+ hour transit time for a 20 minute drive - sign me up for mass transit!).

I also dabbled a bit with the recommended Google Trends and was surprised when the term 'gay' came up as the number one search in Santiago, Chile...am I missing something?

Monday, April 23, 2007

Zo -ho-ho! Merry Xmas!

This was kind of fun...and something I was totally unaware of. It would be nice to wean myself from always using Word and then having to save whatever I do to a disc, etc. That, for me, was the big plus. One question tho' - after saving these 2 docs...was there something else we were supposed to do...or is that going to be in tomorrows lesson???