Why Twitter with protection?

I have been slow to warm up to Twitter. I created an account last June before ALA. I thought I might use it while in DC, but ended up not messing around with it. I think my slow adoption of Twitter is linked to how I use my cell phone.  I don't use my cell to txt and while I do covet my neighbor's smartphone…I am probably still a year off from buying something fancier than my Sprint Sanyo VI-2300 (nope it doesn't even have a built in camera). Horrors! My usage has increased over the past couple of months since I installed TwitterFox.  I've also added the Twitter application to my profile in Facebook, but I don't use it to update my Facebook status.

The thing I am still trying to figure out is why some librarian bloggers using Twitter protect their tweets. They have no problems writing blog posts, so what is the hesitation with sharing microblog posts?  I agree that it is more than wise to be professional in all public venues. In fact, David Lee King posted today about a SXSWi presentation on "social networking and your brand". One of the points made during the presentation is that tweets can be taken out of context very easily. However, I cannot really imagine the librarians protecting their updates are swearing up a storm or planning to overthrow the good folks at 50 E. Huron Street.

Cindi Trainor's post last week, "The Tweet heard round the world," is what caused me to start looking at how other librarians are using Twitter. I was a bit surprised to see who has chosen to protect their updates. I'm still curious to know why people made this choice. Please leave a comment if you have any thoughts on why or if you have enabled protection of your Twitter updates and feel comfortable sharing.

Feel free to start following me. I don't have any plans to protect my feed, but I also don't plan on sharing family secrets.

Librarian app in Facebook

Librarian App in Facebook I was a bit disappointed last night after reading Steve Lawson's post, Facebook to library apps: drop dead. I had been playing around with some of the apps being developed, hoping to be able to leverage someone else's idea for use locally. It sounded like the "good folks" over at Facebook were back to their old tactic of our way or the highway.

I had been half following some of the discussions on the FacebookAppsForLibraries page. It appears that the "problem" with some of the federated search apps created is that they display on the profile. Web search boxes are in violation of the terms of service to build an app. If things hold, it appears to be okay if search boxes appear on the application page. 

This morning I read Ken Varnum's post, Getting in Their Face[books] and discovered the Librarian app created by Brad Czerniak. I spent about 40 minutes playing around with the widget code sample Brian provided to allow for customized content to appear on the Librarian's application page. I used our space to display search boxes for OhioLINK's Quick Search, our catalog, and the OhioLINK catalog. It is not pretty because of the 200×320 pixel "widget" box size limitations, but it does work. I'm going to play around some more and see if I can get the search boxes to look better.

Brian's app made it very easy to put our most heavily used resources in our students social networking space of choice. 

From Soup to Nuts: Copyright, Electronic Surveillance and Social Networking Technologies (Invited Paper)

This was the only invited paper session that I attended. The content was useful. I wish it would have happened a bit earlier in the day. It was given during the last time slot on Saturday and I was mentally wiped out by 4:30. Tracy Mitrano is the Director of IT Policy and of Computer Policy and Law Program at Cornell University. Her talk covered many of the concepts included in information literacy competency standard 5. I found the portion of her discussion on copyright to be the most interesting.

She started by talking about how copyright has not kept pace with technology and how our users want to use and reuse content. The AAP's letter to Cornell about course reserves was discussed along with the development of Cornell Electronic Course Content Copyright Guidelines (PDF). She recommended that we read Digital Learning Challenge: Obstacles to Educational Uses of Copyright Material in the Digital Age from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. A recent public policy report, Intellectual Property And Free Speech In The Online World (PDF), provides an overview of P2P file sharing lawsuits brought by the RIAA and how IHEs are handling the situation.

The remainder of Tracy's talk covered social networking and electronic surveillance (Patriot Act). The social network portion included familiar ground: students putting things on their profiles they shouldn't; criminals using these tools to commit crimes (e.g. pedophiles on Myspace); and politicians over reactions to ban social networking sites. The electronic surveillance section provided a concise review of how we went from the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 to the USA Patriot Act.  

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