Just to add to my last blog about the bookmark buttons not showing, I do have “Bookmark to delicious” in my links and am able to go into my links and add a bookmark that way, I just cannot seem to get the buttons to display on the toolbar. With getting new computers last week there have been several glitches of things that are established or changed not being retained the next day, so this may be another. But at least using the Links, offers a shortcut and works so I am fine with that option.
Archive for May, 2009
Now into week 6 and trying to catch up to the course material and assignment. I set up a del.icio.us account, but struggled with the buttons being added to my browser toolbar. Yesterday, I contacted Mike, my group’s facilitator and he helped get that established. However, today they do not show on the toolbar anywhere I have looked. But I am not going to worry about doing it all again ; I will just add bookmarks the more extended way of copying urls into the box in my account. So what do I think of Social bookmarking? Well, I did experiment with looking for my topic of horseback trailriding in western Canada via delicious and Google. The outcome is that Google has many more hits, but many were not relevant, whereas the delicious one found my keywords much more concisely. Delicious found about 292 bookmarks and I found a lot of other tag keywords others used that I could utilize in the future. I can see that the social bookmark site would streamline saving time in searching again for one’s favourites or best websites and that having tags facilitates finding them again. I am still trying to figure out how to edit tags once they are in place. For instance, adding the UML_Library 2.0 tag to any of my already established tags. Whether I personally would use delicious in the future to share bookmarks with others is debatable, though I can see how others could find it beneficial to do that with their bookmarks. It is interesting to learn about the concept and understand better what people are talking about when referring to social bookmarking.
I learned how to add some content to the test Wiki page today under the summer activities. It is interesting to read some of the information that has been added by others and of course one always enjoys looking for good eating places! I think I understand the concept of the sharing of information on one site and letting others add or change the information, but I cannot help but wonder how one finds the time to be monitoring and reading everything that is in blogs and wikis. I find it hard to find the time to read just the weekly assignment information and a few examples of what others have added. I can see how a Wiki could be used in libraries as a communication tool for staff, for example if a committee was working on a project. If it was to be used between patrons and staff, I would think there would have to be a dedicated staff member with dedicated time to take on the task of keeping everything current and monitoring the feedback.
The RSS feeds that I am learning about are certainly overwhelming. There is so much on the web, and while I understand the concept of the reader looking for what I am interested in and pulling it together, there still seems to be a lot of reading and wading through information to find the nuggets that will perhaps be useful to me in the future. I do not think I am getting it to filter as well as I would think it should, but will keep trying with it when I have time to browse through more of the possible web feeds and what they produce.
Today is the first day of having a blog of my very own! A place to express myself, however I wish. It will be a learning experience in every sense.