Archive for February, 2012


February 29, 2012 2 comments


Twilert is a service that sends you email updates of tweets that contain any keywords you choose.  This means that you can monitor your brand, products, hashtags, or topics of interest to you.

You connect to the service with your Google or Twitter account and then enter the search terms you want to be emailed about.  The service then lets you select when you would like to get the email alert, whether daily, weekly and  what time of day.

You will end up with something like this:


I follow our community, my own Twitter username, and then some topics of interest.

Then in your email, you get something like this:

emailed twilert

The links are all clickable, you can reply reply to the tweeter or view the tweet inside Twitter.  I would compare these to Google Alerts except specifically for Twitter.

Categories: Social Networking

Last Week’s Tweets and Pins

February 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts that you might find interesting:

7 Twitter Habits To Adopt In 2012 To Double Your Followers – or just to be more effective on Twitter

8 Great Twitter Tools That Will Get You Tweeting Like A Pro | Jeffbullas’s Blog

10 Social Media Tips for Bloggers – I don’t follow a lot of these!

Battles & Wars – "screw ebooks, screw books" « Tame The Web

Clone Wars: Author Discovers Bots Competing To Sell His Book

E-Book Library Lending Rises, Publishing Industry Grapples With Change | Digital Book World

Electronic Frontier Foundation – Remove your Google search history before Google’s privacy policy changes

Free Range Librarian › Between an ebook and a hard place

Go To Hellman: Borrowing vs. Buying Books: the Numbers

Public Libraries are 4.6% of publisher revenue, about 50% of the reading

Publishers See the Benefits of the 99 Cent eBook | Good E-Reader – ebook Reader and Tablet PC News

Rare-book fair finds. A fascinating look at science books from long ago.

So Pinterest Is A Woman’s World. Does That Matter? : All Tech Considered : NPR

"Take low-level copyright infringement away from Pinterest, and you’re left with a slightly clunkier Flickr." @verge

Top 10 Reasons Your Organization Doesn’t Need a Blog . . . Today | The Brainzooming Group


WAIT! The printed book isn’t dying after all

When Leadership Is in Our Way | Stanford Social Innovation Review

The WLA Blog: Bill to Delay WiscNet Changes Still in Play

Categories: Social Networking


February 22, 2012 1 comment

There are robust sites that are like small PR magazines about the service.  SiftLinks does not have one of those, or even a logo.  Instead what it has is a very simple concept and a single button to press if you want to use the service.

SiftLinks checks your Twitter account every half hour and then sends the last 50 links that it finds to an RSS feed that you subscribe to.  All you have to do is sign in with Twitter and subscribe to the feed.

Here’s what it looks like in Google Reader:


You get the tweet and then the link to follow.  It’s a very clean and non-invasive way to keep up with links shared on Twitter.  I use it in addition to the email services that select the top links shared. It’s one of those services that you can use when you have time and ignore when you don’t.

Categories: Social Networking

Know About It

February 20, 2012 1 comment

Know About It is one of the services I use to keep track of links that come through Twitter and Facebook.  The service will email the links they have identified as the ones of highest interest to you.  Or you can link the service to your Instapaper or Read It Later accounts and have the updates show there.

Additionally, you can use the Know About It page itself to keep track of the links, or sign up for the RSS feed of your results.  On the site, the links are broken into Recommendations, Hidden Gems, and Popular Now.  You can also look specifically at photos or videos.

The flexibility of this service really makes it special.   It’s definitely a great service to have in your arsenal of ways to stay ahead of the social media tsunami. 

Categories: Social Networking

This Week’s Tweets and Pins

February 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts that you might find interesting:

56 Ways to Market Your Business on Pinterest | Copyblogger –

Amazon Publishing bookshop boycott grows | Books |

Don’t Let the Pebbles Cover the Rocks, lead with delegation, time management, & emotional intelligence -

The Future of Sharing:

Horror Writers Assoc list the top 6 vampire novels of all time. Do you agree?

How to Talk to Your Patrons About Penguin & Other Publishers Not Loaning eBooks to Libraries | Librarian by Day

Penguin Group Terminating Its Contract with OverDrive — The Digital Shift

Penny Arcade – the slippery slope of Downton Abbey #pbs #npr

Pinterest is quietly generating revenue by modifying user submitted pins. | LL Social

Pinterest sets record for fastest site to hit 10 million monthly visitors | Articles

Publishers: Do you push the industry into the future, or try to protect the past?

Read Banned Books:

Simon & Schuster, Macmillan Express Concerns About Library Ebook Lending After ‘Positive’ Talks with ALA

Twitter Is All in Good Fun, Until It Isn’t –

What’s This Pinterest Website? (and how are they going to make money?) -

Why You Should Ditch Your Blogging Schedule | Men with Pens I have 2 blogs and blog 2 ways. I think it all depends.

Categories: Social Networking


February 13, 2012 2 comments

ARKive offers information on the most endangered species on the planet and they do it in a very engaging way.  They are creating a multimedia guide to endangered animals, plants and fungi. 

When you visit the site, there are gorgeous photographs, a video intro by David Attenborough, and plenty of places to click on and explore:

arkive front page

They even have a mobile game called Survival for you to play.  Venture deeper into the specific species, and a world of information, videos and photographs opens up.  Here is the page for the Rough-toothed dolphin:

arkive species page

It is this sort of online resource that provides facts, habitat and lots of information, but is also beautiful enough to inspire too.

Categories: Recommended Links

This Week’s Tweets and Pins

February 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts that you might find interesting:

5 Keys to Building a Learning Organization – hint, it involves changing your management focus – Forbes

Academic Library Circ Extrapolated – a strong case for ebooks in one simple chart | Walking Paper

Are We Suffering from eReader Fatigue? Yes, No, and Maybe So. An article about the coexistence of both formats.

Be Better at Twitter: The Definitive, Data-Driven Guide – with 8 handy tips that you can remember!

Fair Trade: Random House Will Raise Library E-book Prices, But Commits to E-Book Lending #libraries

Goodbye, state funding for California libraries | KALW

Have You Thanked a Library Today? « Nerdy Book Club

I Can’t Believe You’re Throwing Out Books! | Perfect Whole

iLibrarian » 5 Ways to Use Pinterest in Your Library

Is This The Future of Touchscreen Tech? Day of Glass 2 Video Will Blow Your Mind

Library directors debate merits of books that speak, offer video -http://dailyamerican.com

Library Poem by Julia Donaldson for Britain’s National Libraries Day|

Panlibus Blog » Seven habits of highly effective library websites

Providing the Tools – bringing digital creation technology to libraries

Random House Also Agrees to Meet with ALA | American Libraries Magazine

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work – gets me thinking about next year’s staff training…

You Will Never Kill Piracy, and Piracy Will Never Kill You – Forbes

Categories: Social Networking


February 9, 2012 Leave a comment


FindTheBest is a site that offers recommendations created from data rather than marketing.  The ratings come from experts in each category and a normalized score is assigned so that the expert ratings can be compiled into a single score, The Smart Rating. 

The ratings are then packaged into a very user-friendly format, including color coding for favorable, mixed and negative reviews. 

The ratings cover a wide range of subjects, including business and finance, electronics, home and family, software, travel, education, health, vehicles, and sports.  Under each larger category are specific subjects.  There is also a search engine that will get you to the subject you need.

This is a great resource that will work as a nice balance to crowd-sourced reviews.

Categories: Recommended Links

360 Cities

February 6, 2012 Leave a comment

360 Cities is the largest community of 360 degree panoramic photography online.  The collection includes photos from around the world, including underwater panoramas and aerial panoramas in addition to ones on the ground.  You can check in at their blog as well, which has captivating photographs from around the world. 

Once in the interface with the panoramic photos, you can click and drag to move through the image, complete with zooming in and out.  Locate the arrows and globes and you can move to other photographs to explore those as well.  This is one site that you can travel the world in seconds, but it’s hard to stop there!

Categories: Recommended Links

This Week’s Tweets and Pins

February 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts that you might find interesting:

Barnes & Noble, Taking On Amazon in the Fight of Its Life – http://NYTimes.com And not a mention of libraries…

From My Shelves: Ten Books for Creative Inspiration

Google tracks consumers’ online activities across products, and users can’t opt out – The Washington Post

How Libraries and Bookstores Became the New Community Centers |

The IdeaConnection Blog · How Crowdsourcing Helped People with Wikipedia Withdrawal Symptoms

Jonathan Franzen: e-books are damaging society – Telegraph

One takeaway from Digital Book World that is not to be missed – The Shatzkin Files – DRM, price points, and sex

Stacked: When we fail to do our part

Tom Asacker: How to become a social business (or library)

Categories: Social Networking

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