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Tuesday was a unique day. As the 12th day of May and its second Tuesday, I had appointments to keep within civil society. While I was out and about interacting with other human beings in-person, Twitter launched a change. Download Squad reported that Twitter changed part of their core functioning. UX specialist Whitney Hess railed against the change. Gregory Pittman linked on Twitter to a blog post where Twitter explained that the change was due to engineering limitations related to system stability.
This presents a core problem in the Twitter debates. Twitter may be where people hang out. Is it structurally capable of handling the load, though? Are there reasonable assurances of consistent system behavior? Today's blog post dances around the problem of scalability somewhat by relegating it to being the 800 pound elephant in the room.
Twitter, at its core, is a fairly limited service. External bolt-ons like TwitPic, Twibes, and more were created to make the service do more than was ever intended originally. Re-tweets, "Follow Friday", and other such things are more limited now which practically prevents serendipitous discovery. Unless service was contracted by a library with Twitter, there could be no guaranteed service level which could potentially annoy patrons that might seek help via Twitter.
Twitter is not the only game in town for microblogging, though. In December 2008, LISTen talked to Evan Prodomou who is a principal designer of the Laconica software platform. Identi.ca is the flagship site for the Laconica service while others like TWiT Army and Dungeon Twitter also exist. Group functionality that Twibes provides Twitter is also integrated into Laconica itself. Twitpic, Twitterfeed, and more can now interact with Laconica-based sites just as easily as they can interact with Twitter.
It seems a technically superior choice to Twitter exists. With the weeping and gnashing of teeth observed Tuesday over changes in functionality, the question is raised as to what constitutes the bright line that has to be crossed before someone will switch services. At the least, you can control your own local Laconica installation far more readily than you can impact engineering decision-making at Twitter. With federation possible through the OpenMicroBlogging protocol, there is less of a need for the monolithic microblogging platform than before.
The biggest question seems to be, though, what the next move is for Twitter users.
On The Twitter Brouhaha by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
I was at my favorite home-away-from-home study center. Actually it is not the library, but a nice hangout for Wi-Fi'ing, eating, drinking (coffee mind you :-) and other miscellaneous activities.
Anyway, I have found new ways to use my time and that includes actually conducting business, both personal and official, via my cell phone. I feel I have a good phone, an excellent carrier and a good connection. The idea, and this applies to both librarian and layman, is that there is absolutely NOTHING that can compete with a land-line connection.
It has been determined that nearly 20% of telephony users in the U.S. are now utilizing cell phones as their primary number. Isn't this blasphemy? Am I turning into a Luddite? Although I cannot speak for my collective generation (Boomer's), I can say that most of us still prefer that nice little device called the home telephone, wall phone, desk phone, cordless phone - by any other name it would SOUND as sweet!
Maybe our hearing has never adapted to the sound of cell phones, but I struggled today with insuring that I was being heard by the distant party. That is downright disturbing - I shouldn't be worrying about something like that. There are trade-offs though, and I cannot be tethered or home bound. Thus is the magic of the cell phone, but the true magic is that nice instrument at home - or whatever you want to call it - is as clear as a Bell, er bell....not to be confused with Ma Bell. -- Read More
Blogger Pete writes: "there are more great book covers published each year than there are great books published each year."
This, and some other interesting observations about BAD COVERS, GREAT BOOKS at San Francisco's Green Apple Books blog, the Green Apple Core. Chime in with your observations...
I don't know if you noticed, but there's a lot of stuff I need to do. And that's it. If there's an answer for why someone quits a blog, then, "I got other shit to do," is it.
People talk about "tipping points," and I hit mine when there was something I missed because I was being the.effing.librarian. I was blogging or tweeting or commenting and I missed something that my real life should be doing.
And that's when I realized that I had to stop.
And It stopped being fun. If I had to give the simple answer as to why I stopped blogging, that would be it. It stopped being fun. Nothing complicated. I just made the choice that something is less important than I thought it was. There's no deep philosophical lesson I discovered. It's just that some shit is more important than other shit. And I have to get back to it.
I gotta go, but you guys have fun.
FREE EFFING BOOK GIVEAWAY
The Effing Librarian blog is finished. What? You never read it? Go back to your Dostoyevsky, egghead.
Before I go, I'd like to give away one copy of each of my blobogoks. So if anyone leaves a comment (on my blog, not here), I will enter you into the drawing and two people will get books; one will receive an actual paper, easy-to-burn, copy of the first book, Fame and Fortune and Other F Words and the other will get a copy of the second one, METAL ASS. If you don't want to leave a comment, use the handy-dandy form thingy ("send some effing love") to send me your email address. I can't contact you if I can't contact you.
If you are from outside of the United States, please, only enter if your country allows mail from here and doesn't hate us so much that you burn everything with our flag on it.
If you leave a comment now, I will enter you into the drawing for a free book, but that means you need to give me a place where I can mail it (if you win-- don't go posting your home address in the comments now-- wait until I tell you I need it). I'll take entries from April 21, up to April 30, 2009.
If you win one of the books, I'll try to come up with something witty to write in it (but so far, I got nothing).
In a subsequent bookstore blog post titled, "Amazonfail & The Cost of Freedom" Vroman's observed that "independent publisher sales rep John Mesjak put it best when he tweeted this statement: 'I haven't read all of #amazonfail, so I am likely repeating, but my takeaway: this S#!T happens with monoculture gatekeepers. "
As A Matter of Fact is a blog by and for the audio-loving, fact-finding, truth-seeking, pop-culture-fiending, news-addicted librarians of the world. Of course, you don't need to be a librarian to read it. But we're pretty sure you may secretly want to be one after you do.
From the Chronicle of Higher Education:
Despite opinions to the contrary, blogging can be good for your academic career. So says John Dupuis, head of the Steacie Science & Engineering Library at York University, in Toronto, on his blog, Confessions of a Science Librarian.
The days of making a big splash with a personal blog may be over (see a recent article in Wired), but in this era of Googling, blogging is still a good way to build a reputation, promote yourself (something job seekers should do more often), and network with like-minded individuals, Dupuis suggests, using excerpts from an article by Graham Lavender, a McGill University library student, to prove his point.
Read tributes and add your own to the ALSC Blog entry Celebrate the lives of Kate McClelland and Kathy Krasniewicz.
Association of Library Service to Children Vice President Kate McClelland and Notable Children’s Videos Chair Kathy Krasniewicz were killed in a hit-and-run automobile accident earlier this week.
We were lucky enough to have a quick chat with Neil Gaiman yesterday, following his Newbery win, about his social media success story.
You can listen to it here at Just One More Book