Monday, March 24, 2008

Thing 12: Do you Digg?

The Mixx Tour didn't work for me so I moved to Digg. I liked the layout of Digg better and the flexibility in selecting only those categories that I am interested in and hiding the rest. I also liked that I can share what I am reading with my friends on Facebook.

I liked the way NewsVine organized its tour with the comment "You don't have time for a long demo. Here are 4 reasons to make NewsVine your news site." A very clever and direct way to market your site for people who are strapped for time, which is everyone! I found it interesting that the Reddit introduction was last updated 3 months ago which seems like a long time. I much prefer to visit a site that is updated more frequently!

I went to BBC and recommended an article to Digg but it had already been submitted by another user so I put my vote in!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Thing 10: Wikis

I was involved in a project last year which entailed converting the Library's Intranet "StaffNet" into a Wiki. I spent a considerable amount of time in redoing the Staff Manual portion (which was originally in a word document) and minutes. But I believe the time was well spent. Now, when we have changes in procedures, I'm not the only one that can make these changes. It's also easier to search than our previous Intranet.

One feature I really like is the tracking tool that allows us to easily know who has changed what. During the planning stage of the project, I was a little worried that staff would change procedures that had not been approved.

I added an entry to the 23 Things On a Stick Wiki. My attempt at poetry was pretty pathetic but I try.

Thing 11: Tagging and

I have heard the word mentioned many times but never really knew what it was all about. Now, I know why there is such a "buzz" around it. I created an account and exported my bookmarks on my PC to I really like the fact that you can get to your bookmarks from any computer.

A couple of months back, my personal laptop crashed and I lost all my bookmarks. I did manage to add all of them back but it took quite a lot of time. With, I don't have to worry about ever redoing the bookmarks again!

I went through all my previous blog postings and tagged them all. It does make it easier to manage and search for specific information in the blogs.

PG 23 Things on s Stick

Thing 9: Online Collaboration Tools

I have used Google Docs before. I recently helped a friend edit her resume on Google. Instead of sending an attachment to multiple parties, she used Google to invite several friends to proofread and edit her resume online.

I did find Zoho Writer pretty intuitive to use. The features are comparable or better than Google Docs. However, since I already have a Google Account, I'd rather continue using this vs. creating another account with Zoho Writer.

I don't really use these tools for work but rather for personal reasons.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Thing 8: Share Your Creations

I looked around and decided to use PictureTrail to create a puzzle collage. I liked that there were many options to choose from in Flicks. I had to refrain from trying everything! This can be pretty addictive.

I had to create another account to use this feature and I am realizing that I have already created countless accounts in the course of 23 Things on a Stick and I'm only on Thing 8. The account itself was free but I had to put down my email during the registration process. Hopefully, I won't get bombarded with offers and advertisements. During the registration process, I had to scroll through some product/service plugs as well. I guess in this age of online marketing and free accounts, you can't get away from antics like these.

OK. After trying for 20 minutes to attach the "creation" to the blog, I am giving up on this route. I went back to PictureTrail and tried posting directly to my blog. I'm not sure if this will work but I'll give it a try.