- Read Write Web, PostPost Fixes Twitter’s Sucky Search
Twitter’s search function does suck. And it doesn’t go back very far. Perhaps PostPost will solve this problem for me. It’s also supposed to “pick out 150 people who are most relevant to you, mixing people you mention most and people who are popular globally” and alert you to similar content. Could be interesting!
… Ooh, I just tried it. It’s pretty cool. It archives your timeline (I’m not entirely sure all that it includes, but mine took a while, so I imagine that the longer you’ve been on Twitter and the more tweets you have, the longer it will take and the more stuff it will gather) and you can search specifically for photos, links, hashtags, usernames … and it’s laid out in a visually appealing way, sort of like Flipboard (only it doesn’t flip) – with emphasis on the photos.
- ars technica, Liberate your tweets: Archiving without Twitter
A friend brought this to my attention this week. This may also help address Twitter’s sucky-search problem. At least, for searching your own tweets.
- ecouterre, Does Buying Socially Responsible Products Really Make a Difference?
Surely it can’t hurt, right?
- Pegasus Librarian, Libraries, IT departments, and complex relationships
We had a joint retreat recently, and one of the questions several of us raised in our breakout groups — the question that’s kicked around in my head since then — is how to have a truly collaborative relationship when the library is about 90% customer of IT and 10% collaborator with IT. We have complex systems that they support. We have weird old fashioned printers (i.e. label printers) that we really need but that don’t work most of the time. Our web presence is complicated. Our need for public technology infrastructure (and bandwidth) just keeps increasing. Some of us want to tinker with all kinds of geeky stuff, and some of us need help copying and pasting. I don’t know if we’re their most complicated customers on campus, but we’re probably right up there.
So there’s a weird power dynamic there, and potential for either side to get resentful: us if we think they’re not helping us enough and them if they think we’re demanding too much time or resources. And we wondered how to even out that power differential a bit in hopes of keeping a good thing going and making it even better and more sustainable.
- Read, Write, Web, How Cowbird Transforms Storytelling on the Web.
Okay, I don’t totally get this, and I’m not really much of a storyteller, but it sounds so cool.
What Cowbird is really trying to do, however, is something much bigger than just building another social network where stories live and die. It wants to bring back the art of storytelling, that same art that’s been lost in the 24-hour Web news cycle, the constant onslaught of tweets and Facebook status updates, image-heavy Tumblr blogs, Storify and the viral video that’s got everyone talking.
I wonder if just being a lurker there would be a big faux pas.
- ecouterre, Christian Tagliavini Recreates Historic Women’s Clothing in Cardboard.
This photos of “women’s fashion through the ages, from ruff-collared Elizabethan gowns to wacky Cubist ensembles” made out of cardboard are really interesting and pretty to look at. Check it out!
Also, if you’re on Instagram, you like taking photos with your phone, and you haven’t heard about their Weekend Hashtag Projects, you should look into it. Each Friday night they announce a new theme for the weekend. You take photos according to the theme, and then post them to Instagram (and Twitter, if you want) with the theme’s hashtag. It’s a nice jolt of photographic inspiration if you’re doing a Project 365 or weekly Project 52, and it’s really cool to see others’ photos of the same theme! (This week’s theme is “Awningspiring”, hence my photo above).