Lesson 8: Tagging & Twitter

This week, we’ll be looking more closely at del.icio.us and Twitter.

Delicious is a Web 2.0 application that takes serious advantage of tagging (we’ve already looked at a few –Flickr, LibraryThing, and blogs all use tags). Tagging allows you to associate keywords with online content – webpages, pictures, posts, etc. It is considered a folksonomy – an unstructured categorization scheme.

Twitter is a relatively new, extremely popular tool used to send and receive short (140 character) messages called Tweets. While it started as a way to update friends, family, and co-workers by answering the question: “what are you doing?” it is now being used to share resources, follow conferences and other events in real-time, and in the library world to update patrons about new materials, get the word out about library programs and events, share tips on finding information online or in your library building, and share posts with links to interesting news stories about libraries and literacy.

We’ll also be reading and blogging about a few perspectives on Library 2.0.

For this week:

13. Learn about tagging and discover Del.icio.us (a social bookmarking site).
14. Try Twitter
15. Read a few perspectives on Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and the future of libraries and blog your thoughts.


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