Category Archives: Web 2.0

The Iphonization of Social Networking

The iPhone is the most important computer I have ever had – second only to my first office computer in 1993. Back then on a Friday afternoon in the beginning of the World Wide Web, I installed the program Nupop … Continue reading

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Flashmobs in libraries

Foto: rbmedia / Photocase Much is talked about library users diving deep into digital social networks, but does it have an impact on the real library? Usually not, apart from users hacking vigorously at library computer keyboards. In this issue … Continue reading

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Using Twitter to promote your institution

When I first created a personal account on Twitter (@franknorman) I did not have any strategy – I just did it. I observed how other twitterers used the service then I copied and adapted their practices. I am still learning … Continue reading

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Twitter reloaded

Contrary to the statements I made in the last issue, I’m now – slightly – optimistic that Twitter makes sense. In the meantime, I have 160 followers on twitter.com/obsto, 43 on twitter.com/zbmed (unfortunately not any library user, I’ll come back … Continue reading

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The Twitter challenge

I recently came across Twitter and gave it a try. I ended up with mixed feelings and therefore would like to give you some of my thoughts on this universe of fast and endless messages. Twitter is often defined as … Continue reading

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RSS – The Swiss Army Knife of the Internet

You will find several meanings for the acronym RSS – I stick to “Really Simple Syndication”. RSS is being used to distribute information. In contrast to HTML web pages or PDF documents, RSS-style information can be easily managed, manipulated, mixed … Continue reading

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Facebook yourself!

There is a common marketing rule, which seems to fit nicely to libraries in the digital age: “Use that very method of communication that the user prefers.” This may be Email, phone, face to face, SMS, Skype, ICQ, instant messaging, … Continue reading

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