As reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education, You Tube has recently created a channel for colleges and universities. They are only accepting one channel from each institution, but this is a great way to focus your library videos onto the You Tube network. Now when your users look for your library’s information literacy video, they won’t have to spend hours browsing through unrelated videos. There are over 100 institutions signed up now, so don’t wait and start the process to get your videos into the You Tube Edu stream.
A post on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Wired Campus section highlighted a new trend in online feed reading. Author Hurley Goodall raised the question as to whether new web services such as Shyfter, Twitter, Slashdot, or FriendFeed would ultimately lead to the demise of individually created blogs.
In the words of Stowe Boyd,
conversation is moving from a very static and slow form of conversation — the comments thread on blog posts — to a more dynamic and fast form of conversation: into the flow in Twitter, Friendfeed, and others. I think this directionality may be like a law of the universe: conversation moves to where is is most social.
Where I would agree that for a certain segment of the online population, the “forum” format is a more immediate and comfortable way to communicate, but there is a bit of difference in an informational blog post and a conversational forum post. In truth I could easily see the channel working both ways as I may post forum conversations on my blog and my blog posts on a forum. The real key is keeping the pathways to the original author clear and easily traveled.
Thanks to the Shifted Librarian I had the pleasure of viewing DePauw University’s videos promoting their Visual Resource Center. Yes the concept is a look-alike and relies on the popularity of the Mac vs. PC ads, but it’s simplicity is its strength.
To the point, funny, and well-thought; I can give nothing but praise for these wonderful PR pieces.
Dude, that’s a Llama; is still making me laugh.
For those of you who happened to view my blog in the last week or so, I humbly apologize for the rather lewd image you may have seen. I made the mistake of linking from a link from a link, and therefore left myself out of the authoritative loop. Thanks to all of those who chimed in to help me save some professional face.
The “slip up” made me rethink just how volatile the web can be. Though the concept of “link rot,” or the degredation of links cause by shifting domains and folder pathways, can be frustrating; the more immediate cause for concern may be “link hacks.” It isn’t that difficult for those skilled in hacking to not only change a link on a public page, but to in essence set off a cascade of linking effects.
The best way to combat such efforts is to try your best when obtaining and linking to images. Using external images may seem convenient, but if you can’t assure the link will be secure–try another site. The same can be said for movies, animations, embedded source code items, and any type of freely available scripting.
On a similar note, I recently saw several Facebook alerts from colleagues about “applications” they had taken quizzes on and wanted to share the results with, well, everyone. The long and the short of it was that sometimes those quizzes aren’t necessarily SFW (safe for work) or could unintentionally create an awkward image association with your profile. I suppose you take your chances when casually browsing and taking quizzes, but you must remain ever vigilant in upholding your professional online presence.
Would I be disheartened if someone who was weighing my worth as a candidate looked at my Facebook profile or blog and noticed something which I was seemingly unaware of? Truly I would most certainly be upset. So I guess the only solution is to “measure once and cut twice.” Or is that the other way around?