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ImageCodr – Handy Photo Crediting Tool

ImageCodr - A handy tool that simplifies finding, using and crediting flickr photos for reuse on web pages. It creates a block of code that displays the photo, the photographer’s flickr name, links back to the flickr photo page and notes the licensing on the photo – all in one handy chunk of code that’s ready to copy & paste to the spot where you want the photo to appear. (via: Download Squad)

How to:

  • Drop the bookmarklet on your browser toolbar
  • Use the search page to locate photos in flickr or search flickr directly.
  • Click on the bookmarklet.
  • Choose what size photo you want to use
  • Copy the code for use on your web/blog/wiki pages.

And voila!

Blog Analysis Fun

Helene Blowers recently posted links to some fun blog analysis tools:

Here’s a list of a few fun blog analyzers that supposedly offer up some insights into your blog and writing style. Note: I can’t validate the scientific integrity of any of these tools. I share them here for your pure amusement purposes only :)

The tools and my results:

  • Typealyzer – Myers-Briggs type of test for your blog’s personality: My blog came out as ESTP – A “doer”, not where I usually test on these things. But my blog must have it’s own personality?

A DOER: The active and play-ful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking andnengaging in physical out-door activities.  The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.

  • Genderanalyzer – My blog came out as strongly male! 80%.
  • Readability Test – And written at an elementary school reading level. Well, at least it’s very accessible. :-)
  • What is your blog worth – $3,951.78. Though I wouldn’t mind having that nearly $4,000 in my pocket, I guess I’m not going to get rich quick.

Have some fun analyzing your own blog or somone else’s!

FeedMyInbox – super easy rss to email

FeedMyInbox is a fairly new tool for getting RSS content via email. And it’s dead simple to use. Enter the URL for the feed and your email address. That’s it! You’ll get an email with a confirmation link and then you’ll start getting a single email every 24 hours for each feed you’ve subscribed too.

If you don’t know whether a site has an RSS feed, just enter the URL for the site itself. FeedMyInbox checks for you. If there’s more than one feed (try npr.org for example) you’ll get a list of feeds to choose from. Pretty slick.

And for bloggers who want to provide readers with quick way to let users sign up for their blog via email, create a link to FeedMyInbox and add your feed address on the end like this:

http://www.feedmyinbox.com/?feed=http://your.url.here

Plop it somewhere on the sidebar of your blog and you have an easy way to reach readers who aren’t using RSS feed readers.

Try it out: Subscribe to Polly’s Blog

There are other tools, like FeedBurner, that do this same thing by providing a box to put on the sidebar of your blog (see the right side of my blog). But I’ve found FeedBurner is a bit daunting to new bloggers.

Cover It Live – live blogging made easy

Coveritlive.com is a pretty nifty (& free) tool to let’s you provide live commentary from an event.  (Live blogging. blogcasting?) You type your notes into a browser based interface and your commentary is streamed out to a viewer you can put on your blog, wiki or web page. Your virtual audience can comment back to you as well.

Even though it’s been around for a while, I first heard of it yesterday when Kathryn Greenhill posted a note to twitter that there would be live coverage of the Bridging Worlds conference in Singapore.

Today Buffy Hamilton, another twitter colleague, was providing live coverage of the COMO 2008 conference in Georgia.

How could I resist setting up a test and having a little conference with myself. Within minutes of setting up an account, I had a viewer embedded on the wiki page I use for testing things like this. And I started broadcasting my coverage, which consisted of notes about the different features.  You can see those notes in the embedded viewer below.

ScribbleLive appears to be a similar tool. But I don’t have time to test that today. Really need to get some other work done!

Terrific magazine style WordPress theme

I love this magazine style WordPress theme and think it would be terrific for libraries looking to use WordPress as a content management system for their web site. I particularly like how it lets you have the latest story from each of your ‘categories’ show up on the main page. Create categories corresponding to library departments, service areas, branches… and the latest news from each will be on the main page. A lot less “bloggy” than many WordPress themes.
Branford Magazine WordPress Theme

And you can keep a main feature story at the top of the page, regardless of how many other stories are flowing into other parts of the page.

I haven’t tested it out yet though. The next library that wants me to help them with their web site is going to have to look at this one! :-) I also plan to use it as an example in a class I’m putting together on using WordPress to replace ‘traditional’ web sites.

Evaluating Web Content – in the age of blogs, wikis & social networking

Laura Cohen and Trudi Jacobson (U of Albany Libraries) have put together a terrific new guide to Evaluating Web Content, with particular attention being paid to blogs, wikis, social networking, multimedia sources and more.

10 years ago, Trudi and Laura collaborated on what I’ve always considered the definitive guide to evaluating web content. Their new guide is equally invaluable.

From Laura’s blog post Evaluating Web Content in the 2.0 Era:

“In a way, it’s fair to say that evaluative criteria don’t really change based on the type of site or material encountered. While this may be true, it’s also the case that students need help with looking for cues in different types of environments. In fact, some students aren’t even sure what they’re looking at.”