Posts Tagged ‘social_networks’
I decided to try my hand at this after reading this post, “20 Questions I Have for People Who Were in Their 20s Before Cell Phones & Internet” found at forever twenty somethings.I was a bit younger than my 20s in those days, but I certainly faced these questions too. It was not a big deal then. To be honest, I wonder how easily spoiled today’s youth are by cellphones and the Internet. My cohort and I had to make do without, and we did just fine. In fact, in many ways, the pace of things was not as rushed. Now, to date myself a little bit, I grew up as a teen in the 1980s. I barely recall my early days of getting on the Internet. My first personal e-mail was on Hotmail, and I do still have and use that account though it is no longer my primary e-mail. My first real e-mail was in college, back when it was using a VAX system of all things. I do remember AOL and those pesky disks they used to send to try to get you to subscribe to their Internet service. Boy, have we come a long way in a short amount of time. Before that, I survived without all this technology just fine.
To be honest, a lot of this seems like a big first world problem, but I am doing it for amusement now. I copied the questions from the post. I will then type out my answers (some snark may be included):
1. How did you make plans? You agreed with people beforehand on things like where you would be and at what time. You either talked in person or over the phone. Yes, we did have telephones back then. We had already moved past the telegraph.
2. How did you CANCEL plans? Usually you tried to call as soon as you knew.
3. How did you know who was calling you before you picked up the phone? Until the advent of caller ID, you did not know. However, once answering machines came around, you let the answering machine pick up so you could screen the call. If you were real snarky, you could even put funny messages on your answering machine to greet callers. Heck, if you did not feel like taping your own, you could buy those messages recorded for use. One thing you may keep in mind is that back then spam calls were not really the problem they were now. Back then, you knew most of your callers were family or friends, i.e. people you wanted to talk to. Nowadays, it’s not really safe to answer a phone, and since it is easy to spoof called ID, I still let the answering machine pick up so I can screen.
4. How did you rid of the fear that is calling people? I would not label it a fear, but I do dislike talking on the phone. E-mail was a welcome arrival. I much rather e-mail people than call them.
5. How did you find out information about people before you went on dates with them? You really did not have much options here. If you knew a common friend, you pumped them for information maybe.
6. How did you find people to date in the first place??? Well, school, church (back when I was a church goer, I did have an older girl hit on me after church. True story. That did not get far, but that is another story), other gatherings.
7. How did you keep tabs on exes? Why the hell would I want to do that for? Anyhow, back then I did not have an ex yet.
8. How did you keep tabs on what your entire graduating class from high school was doing? Given I did not (and still do not) give much of a shit what the folks in my high school class do, this was not nor is now much of a concern.
9. How did you look for jobs? The newspaper and word of mouth.
10. How did your parents get in touch with you when you were out? Back then, you told your parents where you would be, and you better be there or else. Growing up back in Puerto Rico, this was common. You went to a friend’s house to hang out, you told your parents who it was and where. Odds are good our parents knew their parents, so they could call and check. Also, we had fairly firm curfews. I had to be home usually by 6pm or so, which was dinner time. One way to know was if in the house you were visiting the TV was on. When the news went on (this was before the days of CNN), you knew you had to head home. If the theme song of the soap opera that came after the news came on, you knew you had to run home because you just overstayed. Back then, the soap opera theme song was the one for the soap opera Cristina Bazan. The song was “Atrévete” by José Luis Rodríguez, aka El Puma. (Link to YouTube).
11. How did your survive waiting for meetings, appointments, trains, or anything without being able to pass time by pretending to look busy on your phone? If I had to and I could, I carried a book or some other reading material.
12. How did you do ANYTHING at work before email? You talked to people. You called on the phone. The work pace was likely a bit slower, but that was a good thing. We survived just fine.
13. How did you tell co-workers (or someone else you were meeting) that you were going to be late when you were stuck in traffic or stuck on some disabled subway car? They had to wait, and that was the end of it. You explained what happened when you got there, or if you could, you stopped at a pay phone and called in. Again, the world did not end.
14. How did you sign up for classes at the gym? You went to the gym and signed up. Or you called over the phone I guess. This was never a concern for me though. Why, how do people sign up now? Even if you sign up online, you still have to go to the gym in person, so I do not see any advantage from signing up online or doing it when you get there.
15. How did you know where you were or where you were going ever? See #10, apply it to other people. Again, people were more understanding and patient, so this was not an issue.
17. How did you always have change on you to use these pay phones? You learned to carry some change in your pocket, no big deal. To this day, I carry at least two quarters in my pocket for pay phones. It is more a ritual than anything else given I have a cell phone, but the habit remains. For long distance back then, you often had a phone card.
18. How did you research anything for school? Did you have to go through the Encyclopedia? What? You think research did not happen before the oh so precious Wikipedia? Yes. We had encyclopedias, and we learned how to use them. We also had libraries and librarians to help us with our research if need be. The tone of this question makes it sound like we lived in the Dark Ages. We had books then, and we still have them know. We also had journals and indexes to find articles just fine. You learned to use things like Reader’s Guide and got on with it.
19. How did you find out about the weather? I looked outside. I watched the news and got the weather forecast. Listened to the radio news for any alerts. Again, the world did not end.
20. How did you stay in touch with friends? Talking in person. Phone calls. A bit more distance, letters and cards via mail.
In the end, we got along just fine. The world did not end. People knew to be patient, and they knew to wait as need be. Sometimes I think cell phones and Internet have made people impatient because they have to know now right this second or else. Also, since people were a lot more patient and less tech, people were a little less rude. I mean, there were no cell phones, so you could not whip it out in restaurants and movie theaters, but you actually had to pay attention. You needed to let people know, you called ahead or told them early enough without so much rush. And that is how we survived just fine.
And here we go with list #34 of the ever popular (well, to me at least) series of books and stuff about I want to read. I have not posted this for a while, but it is not for lack of books I want to read. I hope now that some things are settling down that I can get back to posting them more regularly. So, here we go.
Items about books:
- I will admit that I am not much into the modern incarnation of vampires in fiction. I will keep my opinion of that abomination known as Twilight to myself this time. However, the plot description and review of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa caught my eye. It is classified as a YA book, but it might be something to take a chance on. Find the review here at My Favourite Books.
- I have kept a personal journal for years. Though I have always fantasized about adding a bit of art to my notebooks, I never really get to it. Maybe I need a book like Quinn MacDonald’s Raw Art Journaling. The book is reviewed in A Penchant for Paper.
- Via Grist, Wenonah Hauter is interviewed and discusses her book Foodopoly: the Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America. From her interview, something to think about: “Just 20 companies produce most of the food eaten by Americans (yes, even organic brands). These companies are so large, they have the economic and political power to dictate food policy, from laws on advertising junk food to children and manipulating nutrition standards to weakening federal pesticide regulations and blocking the labeling of genetically engineered foods.” If you need a bit more convincing, AlterNet has an excerpt of the book.
- This story by Sarah Posner in AlterNet caught my eye about one of those Christian megachurch huckster con-men who had his church put in foreclosure (he, however, kept on reaping money and paying himself handsomely. No surprise there). The story certainly has a nice ironic element to it, but what caught my eye as well was the fact that Ms. Posner has a book out, and I may be interested in reading it. The book is God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters.
- Via Lambda Literary, a review of Chicago Whispers: a History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall.
- Early review (Spanish language) of a new forthcoming complete collection of Gabriel García Márquez short stories. Published by Mondadori, it is simply titled Todos los cuentos. (link to publisher as there is no WorldCat record yet) Review from Papeles Perdidos.
- Something work-related for me. Via Marketing Matters for Librarians, a small recommendation for 101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits: A Field Guide. Apparently, it has a few things we librarians can use.
- Via Bookgasm, a review of The Year’s Best SF 17 edited by Hartwell and Cramer. This is the one anthology series I pick up every year, even if I do not get to it right away. The Better Half reads them as well. Initially just Hartwell, and then with Cramer, for me, this is the anthology that really does a good job putting a compilation of solid hard science fiction stories. The Dozois series is usually pretty good as well, but it is not one I read regularly. I have not tried the ones edited by Horton.
- Something different via Bending the Book Shelf blog, some transgender romances. Not the usual stuff I read, but I am always curious about new (to me) things to read. For the most part, these are e-book editions, so I may not get to them right away, but I am jotting down for reference, plus for the unlikely possibility someone may ask, “can you recommend something” in this topic. First, a review of Shemale Vice by Crystal Veeyant. I admit I giggled a bit at the title, which yes, did make me think of the Miami Vice series (the original 1980s television series, not the piece of shit movie remake Hollywood pooped out later). The book seems to be about a prostitution ring and corrupt cops (not a bad combination) with some good sex thrown in. Next, a set of short reviews of novels by Prudence MacLeod. In addition, the blog also features an interview with MacLeod.
- Jessa Crispin, writing for Kirkus, reviews Eddie Campbell’s book about money in the art world entitled The Lovely Horrible Stuff. By the way, it’s a graphic novel.
- Blogging for a good book provides a review of Jay Bahadur’s The Pirates of Somalia. According to the reviewer, Bahadur “provides excellent analysis on the evolution of piracy in Somalia.”
Lists and bibliographies:
There are a couple of 2012 award lists here. I will likely add the 2013 lists in a later post if I find items of interest. The links have been in my reader for a bit, so I am catching up now in adding them here. I hope readers out there looking for some ideas find these useful. I know I do.
- Katherine Dacey, The Manga Critic, offers a list of “7 Essential VIZ Signature Manga.”
- From IO9, a list of “Essential Star Trek Novels That Even Non-Trekkers Should Read.” I think that the Better Half has read all of them already. From the list, I have read Peter David’s Imzadi.
- An award list. This one is the Goldies, which are the literary awards of the Golden Crown Literary Society, which is “a literary and educational organization for the enjoyment, discussion, and enhancement of lesbian literature.” This is the 2012 list. The 2013 awards are soon to come. Hat tip to Lambda Literary. I am always looking to expand my reading horizons, and there are some items in speculative fiction that may be of interest.
- For more science fiction and speculative, here is the 2012 Locus list.
- From Bookgasm, a Eurocomics roundup with some interesting items. Not sure how easy or not some of these items will be to find. More often than not, by the time I read about some of these, they have already gone out of print, making them a pain in the ass to find since I would rather avoid, as the blogger describes it, “the overpriced black pit known as Amazon Marketplace.”
- Via The Prosen People, here are “Five Comix about Israel Worth Reading.”
Now that it seems Yahoo! is going to sell Delicious, and things are calming down a bit, we are getting some thoughtful reactions. Here are a couple of posts I have come across that provide some calm and lessons.
- Walt Crawford on things being “free as a cloud.”
- Colleen, of Guardienne of the Tomes, gives us “some takeaways from Yahoo’s Delicious debacle.”
I don’t know if I can add much else other than the need to back up things in more than one place. Some good food for thought there. If you need an alternative, Phil Bradley has compiled an excellent list of “28 delicious alternatives.”
Some things with ideas I think I can use for work mostly. Some may have personal application.
- “6 Social Media Success Metrics to You Need to Track.” I personally do not care much for social media metrics for my own blogs and other social media presences. This in large part because I mostly do it for myself either as a form of professional development or as a hobby. However, for the library’s social media efforts, we do need to be doing more assessment, in large measure because the big honchos want assessment done as part of accreditation, and if I can somehow use some measurements that could go into those assessments, someone would be happy. I could go on a whole rant about some people being overly obsessed with numbers and forms, but I will restrain myself. At any rate, for the library there are some metrics I would be curious about since it would help me then improve content and engagement.
- “26 Tips for Enhancing Your Facebook Page.” Our Facebook page is a primary way for us at this point to communicate and engage with our community. However, I am always looking for ways to make it work better for us. There are some items that might not be applicable due to being too business-oriented, but I think there are some good ideas here. Given my workload, I can use all the help I can get.
- “21 Ways Non-profits Can Leverage Social Media.” This is a post with some basics, but it still has a few ideas I have tried that may be worth exploring for the library.
- “26 Twitter Tips for Enhancing Your Tweets.” Personally, I do not use Twitter very much. I do have an account on it, and I mostly have a couple of other social media linked to it so they post automatically. I probably could do much more with it, but microblogging just seems way too short for me, and some of the mechanics of Twitter are just not too intuitive for me. In terms of the library, the director has asked me to look into it. So far, I am not convinced it would work for us based on our other social media presences. But I have to be prepared for the day when it may be inevitable (we’ll probably do it anyways regardless, and no, I am not commenting further). It is not that I am being negative about Twitter. It is just that it does not work for me personally, and as the outreach librarian, which includes our online social media tools, I don’t think we would have that much use for it at this point in time (later, maybe, but that would be later).
- “3 Simple Ways to Rapidly Create Custom Facebook Landing Tabs.” This I definitely have to look into and implement at some point. Given that Facebook pretty much eliminated apps. (or made them so invisible as to practically not letting them exist) from profiles and pages, I may need to do some enhancing.
- “Two developments in Google Places. Should you claim your library’s?” This is something I admit that I have to explore more– the whole thing with place and location social media. I do wonder if for the library it is something I should go ahead and do, but before I do so, it is something I have to investigate a bit more.
Via Lost Remote:
- “BBC Posts Guidelines for Online, Social Journalism.” I am more interested in the links provided. We could do some more work on our social media guidelines here.
Via Librarian in Black:
- She gave a presentation on “Online Marketing for Libraries.” Definitely a topic I am interested in. She posted her slides.
- She made some notes on a presentation by Patrick Sweeney about Social Media Capital. I think this goes well with the post above about Google Places. Some good reminders.
- “10 Tips for Aspiring Community Managers.” In some ways, I am a community manager for my library, so this is certainly useful for me.
This is in the context of the lack of academic rigor in library schools and the fact that the librarians who distinguish themselves in spite of said library schools often do so via online social media. I also noticed the quote as I was finishing a recent blog post about librarians who build their reputations online and look down on those who don’t.
“These days librarians don’t even have the excuse of no travel funding. Reputations are made online. Look at me. I’ve earned the ire of half the profession, and I don’t even exist!” — from the Annoyed Librarian.
This is sort of a webliography or list of items I have recently seen on the topics of online social media, library marketing, outreach, and related concepts. This is mostly for personal reference. Some of the posts are from Librarian Blogsville, but a few others come from other places outside librarianship.
- Stephen Abram, of Stephen's Lighthouse, points to a post on "Dealing With Employees Who Are Social Media Celebrities." This is a bit separate from the basic topic I had in mind for this webliography, but it struck me as interesting. Then again, the angle of dealing with such an employee does fall within marketing since such a worker can have a lot of influence over your library/company image. (Update Note: 8/11/10): The Annoyed Librarian came up with an excellent response to Abram's link. Certainly worth a look, and it made me think a bit because while Librarian Blogsville may have its celebrities, they definitely do not wield as much influence as they think they do or as the rest of Librarian Blogsville gives them. She (I assume AL is a she) writes, "I could also add that unless some librarian 'social media celebrity' could make a living from social media, they’re much more dependent upon their libraries than their libraries are upon them. If they’re such divas they don’t do their jobs, get rid of them." For all the celebrity, we yet have to see a librarian who could leave their job and actually make a living blogging or on some other social media operation. Librarians, including me, are very expendable. In my case, I strive to keep my skill set up and do my job, which is what I get paid to do, so I can stay employed.
- Sarah Houghton-Jan, the Librarian in Black, has a presentation on "Coordinating a Social Media Presence for Your Library." I have to look at this a bit more closely and then see what ideas I can implement for my library. I am thinking that use of social media can be very beneficial for us, especially as the administration is looking at more ways to use online education.
- Via Mashable, "HOW TO: Help Employees Talk About Your Brand Online." The idea here is to have your employees, or as I am envisioning your library workers, be your brand evangelists and promoters.
- Via Stephen Abram, of Stephen's Lighthouse, a guide on "Introduction to Social Media." This is one to explore more in-depth when I get a chance.
- Dean Holmes writes on "Top 10 Ways to Drive People to Your Event Using Social Media." A hat tip here to Stephen Abram.
- Cites and Insights for August 2010 has something on the topic. I have to admit I have not had the time to read it as of this posting, but I am linking it because I know it will be insightful.
- Via Stephen Abram, "Job Hunting and Social Media." Stuff like this is something we as librarians can work to teach and make our students more aware.
- Two more from Mashable. One, on "5 Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Identity." I am a bit more interested in the second one, which is "HOW TO: Evaluate Your Social Media Plan." The evaluation post has some insight I think I can use for our library.
- I think we need to have a bit more conversation on this topic at my library. I think this post on "Anytown Public Library's Social Media Policy" may provide a starting point. From Tame the Web.
- From Mashable, "4 Tips for Integrating Social Media Into the Classroom." I am thinking there may be some potential here for library instruction, but the post is good to share with education students. Found via Libraries and Transliteracy blog.
- Stephen Abram links to a presentation on "Faculty Use of Social Media."
- Inside Higher Ed had a piece on "Professors and Social Media." It looks at the work that Abram links to above.
- From Mashable, "10 Do's and Don'ts for Brands on Twitter." We do not use Twitter in the library at this point. I have a personal account, but to be honest, I am not quite sure what to use it for. It does not provide for anything I can't do already (blogging, posting links to Facebook to share with friends and colleagues, so on), but I am still willing to explore it a bit more and see if it catches on. There is also "5 Unique Ways to Use Twitter for Business." In addition, Mashable has a bunch of "15 Essential Social Media Resources You May Have Missed." This is part of their series on, well, stuff you may have missed, but I clipped this one because there are some good links to review.
- From Self Check, "'Spontaneous' Library Programs: a Fantasy." Because sometimes basics like word of mouth are best.
- From The Quick and the Ed, an argument on why "Teachers Ought To Tweet." This definitely provides some good ideas for why librarian ought to tweet more. Something to consider as I ponder my own use of Twitter.
- Kasia Grabowska has a guest post on Tame the Web. The topic is "Social Media Best Practices for Libraries."
- Drew McLellan offers a "Social Media Cheat Sheet." A hat tip to Stephen's Lighthouse.
- I am including this Mashable piece on "HOW TO: Make the Most of Your Twitter Profile Page" because, even though this applies to individuals, I think there is a lesson or two for libraries who use Twitter as well. Also from them, "7 Things to Consider for Social Media in the Enterprise." Some of it is geared to the corporate world, but the stuff about review and approval and reputation are still applicable. In addition, there is "HOW TO: Create a Successful Company Blog." This has some ideas to keep in mind as you start a blog for an organization.
- On promoting events via social media, also via Mashable. Also, I liked this one of "8 Things to Avoid When Building a Community." For example, according to the article, "site visitors need to know that there is someone at the other end of the online community who’s listening, and who will respond and engage with them." This is much of what I do in my role as the social media librarian for the library.
- Stephen Abram has some links on "Social Media for Employees–Rules?" I think some of these things, the dynamic at least, has changed a bit since this post, which by the way is not that long ago. Goes to show how swift change online can be. Still, this is worth a look.
- Michael Stephens, of Tame the Web, with some thoughts on "Librarians Are the Ultimate Community Managers."
I wrote a draft previously on this topic here, but as Zuckerberg (Facebook's head honcho) keeps baiting and switching his users, I find there is more to say and consider. This is mostly a small list of items I have been reading recently on the topic that I found interesting and/or relevant. I know this is something that, as a librarian, I need to be concerned about and that I should write about more if for not other reason than to clarify my thoughts and help educated my students. As before, I am not sure what direction to take for more substantial writing. There are a couple of angles or perspectives I want to explore that may be too big for one blog post, but I don't necessarily feel like doing a series. In the meantime, here is the list:
- Stephen Abram picks some links in "Dealing with Facebook and Privacy."
- Lifehacker points to the ReclaimPrivacy tool.
- danah boyd has two interesting posts, which you have to read one after the other. Start with "Facebook and 'radical transparency' (a rant)" then move to "Facebook is a utility; utilities get regulated." Looking over some of the comments may be worth it as well.
- The guys at Download Squad ask and tell us "How bad is Facebook? There's now an app to search your status updates." You can find the app in question at http://youropenbook.org.
- Matt Silverman at Mashable has something that may be relevant to this conversation as well, and a reminder to parents to be responsible for their kids in "Social Media Parenting: Raising the Digital Generation." This can be helpful in having better conversations about online presence and use with your kids.
- Scott Douglas, of the blog Speak Quietly: Ramblings About Libraries, Writing, and Everything in Between, in the meantime, gives us a list in "Virtually Yours: Online Tools Your Library Needs Now and Why." It's a basic list of apps with some justification for libraries. Not terribly new; these are things other librarians have talked about before, even if they did not pack it all in a neat list. Do note there is no mention of things like possible privacy issues. (hat tip to Stephen Abram here)
- ALA's Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) has tells us that "Online Privacy Can't Be Evaluated on a Human Scale." This one is worth reading, if nothing else than for the scenario about Star Trek and pedophilia (no, it is NOT what you may think. Go read it).
- Resource Shelf has a webliography of their own on the topic, made after the F8 Conference where a lot of the fussing got unleashed. Useful to get a sense of the issue.
- Mary Minow provides links and comments on "Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow, teenagers and others on What Privacy Means to Them."
- Fred Stutzman on "Privacy in Social Software."
- Michael Stephens on "Using Social Media to Connect with Teens." This is basically typical advocacy for libraries to use social media to engage their patrons. There is a mention of educating the teen users, but not in the context of what I am exploring here. While I will grant this post came out earlier than the others above, I still think librarians need their education of patrons to be more substantial than just using social media to share and interact without exploring possible consequences.
- The Effing Librarian did write something on "Library User Privacy in the Age of Social Networking Fanaticism." Just when I was wondering if anyone in Librarian Blogsburg had written on this, I rediscover this piece. Sure he does it in humor and jest, but there are some serious points here too.
- A couple more from danah boyd. One to remind us not to demonize social spaces for youth, including the spaces online, the other on Facebook and when Zuckerberg made his now infamous declaration of privacy being dead.
I have a few more clips saved, and I may add some of them here, but this certainly provides a good start.
And the updates start:
- (Update note: Same day): T. Scott reminds us of the old adage that you don't put something online you do not want to see in the front page of the NYT. Certainly some good, rational thinking here, but I still think along with a few others that FB is pulling a bait and switch. And while for many people, the option to disconnect is there, I would look back at boyd's piece on FB as utility, meaning it may not be as easy to leave. This is specially so for libraries and other institutions who have made their presences in FB and other social services. Yes, we can have the discussion of "well, maybe they should have not done that," but that train left the station long ago, helped along by a lot of librarians advocating libraries do just that. Still, T. Scott's post is a must-read for the discussion.
- (Update note: Same day): And the Krafty Librarian replies to T.Scott above. It may be early to predict, but it is looking like my professional brethren are going with the "it's convenient, so you have to give up your privacy" line of reasoning coupled with the "it's your responsibility in the end." Some of which is true, but then makes it easy to let the big corporate honchos who are abusing our sense of privacy and security off the hook.