loving TweetDeck

April 11, 2009

I’ve been silent on this blog for a few weeks now. A look through my abandoned draft posts says it all, I live in the Internet NOW and Twitter is at the heart of it. I just discovered TweetDeck, and it’s nursing my Twitter addiction.

TweetDeck is this really nifty and free Adobe Air application that makes tweeting so much easier and faster.

TweetDeck has managed to do something other Twitter apps have not — integrate all the features of Twitter in one dashboard. TweetDeck’s simple design makes it easy to see tweets, replies, favourites and DMs in columns. You can also create groups and easily select followers to add to those groups. All my followers from libraryland are joined together in my “Librarian Group”. Same thing for my Tumblr followers.

TwitterSearch and Twitscoop are one-click away. You can also login to Facebook for status updates and use Twitpic to share photos. TweetDeck supports URL-shortening services such as TinyURL, tri.im, and Twurl.

TweetDeck is in beta, but overall it’s an awesome tool that works on Macs, Windows and Linux. Read more at the TweetDeck blog or get it now.

That’s all for now. Heading back to TweetDeck for my Twitter-fix ……

I get really excited over free webinars, especially those from the MaintainIT Project.  Two seminars worth signing up for in November:

Picked up from the Blogging Section of SLA-IT.


Google Reader in plain english

September 30, 2008

Another brilliant Common Craft video. Enough said.

Charlene at Essential Keystrokes points to some handy cheat sheets from Added Bytes. My favourites are: HTML, HTML Character Entities, and RGB Hex Colour Chart.

If you are a World of Warcraft fan, you’ll want to check out the WOW cheat sheet.

Thanks for the links, Charlene!

The latest issue of Backbone Magazine presents the top 20 Web 2.0 players in Canada. The PICK 20 is “the first and only national roundup of Canada’s Web 2.0 pioneers and practitioners”. Winners were selected via public nomination and a panel of judges comprised of industry practitioners and experts.

The selection process involved dividing Web 2.0 into 4 implementation categories: problem solving, innovation, collaboration, and, knowledge sharing and management.

The PICK 20 Winners for 2008 are as follows:

1. Club Penguin (innovation)
2. FreshBooks (problem solving)
3. ConceptShare (collaboration)
4. Cambrian House (collaboration)
5. Smallthought Systems’ Dabble DB (problem solving)
6. Octopz (collaboration)
7. Open Text (knowledge sharing)
8. Kaboose (knowledge sharing)
9. Standout Jobs (problem solving)
10. NowPublic (knowledge sharing)
11. blogTO (knowledge sharing)
12. Jiibe (collaboration)
13. Something Simpler (innovation)
14. Mob4Hire (innovation)
15. MovieSet (collaboration)
16. b5media (knowledge sharing)
17. SmartHippo (innovation)
18. ThoughtFarmer (problem solving)
19. Protagonize (innovation)
20. Store Ops-Center (problem solving)

You can read more about each winner in the latest issue of Backbone.

Looking for some hints and tips to make your website one people want to use and reuse? Computers in Libraries lists 20 Fast and Easy Website Tuneups to keep readers coming back to your site.

Tips include:

-ensure your copyright statement is current and up-to-date
-avoid using “click here” and substitute it with actual links and actions
-try to learn more about your readers with a short survey
-clean-up your HTML by using the W3C Markup Validation Service.

My favourite on the list is tip #20 — “make your site social media friendly by placing ‘Add to del.icio.us (or Digg, or Furl, or …)’ links” to your site.


The libraries using delicious list has been updated with some great links. Thanks to everyone who emailed me, responded via the comment form, and even direct messaged me in Twitter! It’s great to see more libraries using social bookmarking tools such as del.icio.us.

The ALA Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) wiki provides a useful list of links to librarians using delicious to collect government documents.

Alameda County Public Library : ACL20’s bookmarks on deli.cio.us

The New York State – 2008 Summer Reading Program uses delicious for linking to other summer reading program web sites, programming ideas, games and more. Their deli.cio.us links are nicely integrated on the program page using Feed2JS.

Purdue University, Hicks Undergraduate Library : hicks undergraduate library bookmarks on del.icio.us

University Library, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater : uwwedlibrarian’s bookmarks on del.icio.us

Widener Law School Library : WidenerLawLibrary’s bookmarks on del.icio.us

The Library at UCD Dublin has done an amazing job of integrating delicious bookmarks into their Subject Portals Index.