Social Web Literacy

We'll be discussing the Social Web and how knowing about it can help us make libraries more relevant to our social web savvy patrons.

Friday, May 11, 2007

More and more people want to interact

It's a cultural trend. People want to chat, raise their voice, and register their vote. Often the issue is seemingly meaningless or the vote is nonscientific. That doesn't matter. Increasingly people expect the ability to respond -- to talk back -- rather than simply be entertained.

No greater evidence of this phenomenon exists than the television show American Idol, where more than 40 million votes are cast by phone each week, and more than 100 million calls are logged on the final show each season.

American Idol, of course, uses telephone voting as its official voting method, but its website has more casual opinion surveys week to week. These surveys mean nothing in the grand scheme of things, but again, people want to interact rather than just watch.

This is just one example of the Social Web. Explore it yourself and tell us what you find. You can interact with this blog by clicking "comment" below. Leave us your first name, your social site, and your user name on that site. Come back later and see your classmates's sites & explore them!

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At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

jodi librarything jodio

At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Name: Caroline
Site: Flickr
Username: linawood

At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

judith judyr2 on multiply

At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed this class! Now I have a better idea of what everyone's doing online.
Jill, Library

At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

name: Joy E.
site: library thing
user name: joye90
site address:

At 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greg sailing again

At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops...I believe I was supposed to leave my URL, not my Yahoo/Flickr ID.

Very informative class, nice pace even though it is a lot to absorb. Last year at WALE these topics were also a highlight. Good job trainers, carry on!

At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I should have left the URL for my Flickr account -

Fun class, and I learned alot!

At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am having trouble getting into the flickr accounts so I then went to Joy's librarything account and tried to leave a message. I needed to log in, however, and then I ended up in my own librarything account and never could figure out how to leave the message. Anyway, I am having a lot of fun with this even though I have only left one message for Greg (on flickr).

At 8:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In most of these sites, there is a need to log in before you comment so your name & icon can attach themselves to your words.

Once you log in to YOUR account, you can visit other people within the site. Then you leave your comment on THEIR page. Your account should follow you around.

Glad to hear you're having fun!

At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tan Enaid (hopefully photo soon)


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