Today I posted my 500th link in my link of the day series on delicious. The story that gets the honor is this article about Harvard refusing Googles terms for book scanning in hopes of preserving open access to the scanned works. I started Link of the Day on February 25th as a cleaner and easier way of sharing news articles and blog posts than my previous method of making posts here. If you read in RSS, I remind you to stop by the Panorama of the Mountains blog to check out the delicious links in the sidebar. You may also subscribe to my delicious feed at http://delicious.com/Othemts.
Here’s how I’m using my social networking tools these days.
When I first registered for del.icio.us I imported all the bookmarks from my browser and then didn’t use it for a year. I didn’t really need all those bookmarks so I cleaned things up by deleting them all. I also cleaned up and consolidated misspelled tags. I went back to all the links I’ve posted over the past 6 months and added the name of the source (newspaper, website or blog name) as a tag in hopes I can look back and see which sources I can recommend as reliable, or at least interesting. I may go back and retroactively add in all the articles from the many link-of-the-day posts in this blog.
In the process of entering (almost) every book I’ve ever read. I don’t actually own many books but I’ve kept lists of what I read for the past 18 years. I also hope to use it to rank my favorite books of all time. I may also try cataloging my son’s collection of children’s books just for kicks.
Some strangers asked to follow me right off the bat, so I followed them back which was fun for a day or so. Then I was overwhelmed by the minutiae of their daily lives. I’m eagerly seeking to use this as a professional development tool by following librarians who tweet about ideas and activities in their jobs and libraries. So from now on I plan only to follow librarians as well as non-librarian folks I already know.
I’m also using Facebook to play lots of games of Scrabulous, WordTwist, and Scramble which I guess proves that Facebook is a valuable social networking tool for wasting time with your friends.