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Pinterest: Tips for locating original images

If you’re having as much fun with Pinterest as I am, you’ve probably noticed that many pinned images don’t link back to an original source. Or worse, they don’t link back to any source at all!

It’s frustrating to find a great looking craft idea, but find that the image links back to a site that doesn’t actually have any information about the craft. Or a photograph of a gorgeous beach that you can’t wait to visit, but the photo is linked back to a tumblr page where the image was shared from someone else’s tumblr and so on, without any reference to the original photographer or the location where that gorgeous beach is. You get the idea.

So, some tips on pinning and finding the original source. (more…)

Pinterest: curation, image sharing, collaborating, bookmarking & obsession

Like so many other folks, I’m having a lot of fun with Pinterest. When it released invitations last spring, I grabbed one and included it in my school library workshops as a way for students to gather images and curate collections of ideas for projects. But mostly I tried to forget that I knew about it, it was just too much fun and tempting to spend far too much time there. Fast forward….. interest in Pinterest has exploded and finally a client asked me to use it for a legit work purpose, really. Thank you Karen!

This week I set up an account for your NYS Summer Reading program and added boards for programming ideas, crafts and book trailer videos. The idea is to have folks collaborate and add pins with fun ideas. And after the experience of setting up this account and starting to add collaborators, I wanted to share the tips I learned about Pinterest. Or maybe I’m just justifiying playing with it some more. Whatever!

What is Pinterest?

Not familiar with Pinterest? It’s an image-based social network where members set up pinboards for their favorite obsessions and interests and add photos and images that (in theory, more on that later) link back to the original source of the image. If I see a craft project that has a fabulous image to go with it, I can pin that image on my Crafts board and share it with others. Pinterest doesn’t have a private board option, so everyone in the world can see everything you post.

Pinterest is… Social networking, image sharing, collaboration, social bookmarking, curation…. a little bit of everything. In the US, Pinterest is incredibly popular with woman who are interested in crafts, home, fashion, etc. (more…)

FourSquare and Libraries

Have you tried FourSquare yet? It’s a new-ish social networking tool that lets you use your phone to checkin at the places you visit during your day. You can share those locations and tips about them with your friends.

Along the way, you can earn badges for checking in at certain locations, traveling around, etc. I just earned the gym rat badge and the jetsetter badge (and yes, I still have my girl scout badges, so obviously I like badges!) In addition to sharing with your friends, you can become the mayor of a location by checking in more times than other people. Competition!

Ok, maybe this all sounds a bit silly? But, hey, it is fun! And many locations (think coffeeshops, bars, restaurants) are offering deals for people who checkin and/or become mayor. Starting to see the opportunity to build some brand loyalty here?

Over 1600 libraries are listed on FourSquare and some are offering rewards for checking in. Since anyone can add a venue, I do wonder how many of the libraries are actually aware that they’re listed? I’d like to think that all of them do! Check to see if you’re listed. Update your listing. Add some tips and some tags to describe your services. If users search for ‘free wifi’ when they’re in your area, they’ll find you.

I’m putting together a ‘FourSquare in Libraries‘ resource page for my classes. It’s just a start, but there are some ideas and tips that might be fun for libraries to try. Many of the ideas came from recent blog posts and twitter posts, including:

If you’ve got some fun ideas for using FourSquare, please share!

Foursquare Venue widget that you can add to your website: (via PlaceWidget)

Using Web 2.0 Tools to Deliver Statewide Library Services

On Sept 24th, I’ll be participating in a forum at the 2009 COSLINE (Council of State Library Agencies in the Northeast) meeting. The theme for the conference is the role of technology on delivery of statewide services.

I’ll be leading a discussion and demonstration of how Web 2.0 tools are being used by state library agencies. There are tons of great examples out there that I’ve been bookmarking on delicious.

But I’m still looking for more examples! How are your states using 2.0 tools?

Teachers & Students & Facebook?

photo by inju

If you’re a teacher/librarian, do you friend your students on Facebook? MySpace? twitter? flickr? Do you communicate via email? IM? Texting? Is Facebook different than other tools for some reason?  As educators do we have the responsibility for teaching smart/safe online behavior in ALL possible contexts? Does setting up a separate account for your teacher persona solve the problems? Does your school district have a policy? Should they? Or are we trying to control what can’t be controlled?  Will all this worry and fretting seem quaint in 5 years? (1?) Have you avoided the issue by not using Facebook and other ‘social’ tools?

There are some great discussions going on around these issues on Doug Johnson’s and Dean Shareski’s blogs.

Whether you have a strong opinion on the issues or not, take a few minutes to read the various points of view expressed in these posts and comments. And add your voice to the discussions!

10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know

If you’re using Facebook and haven’t paid attention to who can see what you’re posting, take a look at this great post by Nick O’Neill on 10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know. Facebook’s privacy settings are a bit confusing to navigate, the links in this post will help you get to the right places to manage your settings.

The 10 main points of the article were highlighted by Elyssa Kroski on iLibrarian:

This is great timing as I prepare materials for a class tomorrow on Personal Learning Networks that will cover Twitter, Facebook and other social networking tools