thing #12: twitter-dee, twitter-dum

19 09 2008

I talk too much.*  I write too much.  I am verbose.  That’s why I love Twitter.  It forces me to keep it short and sweet.  Find me on Twitter!

I think I might love TwitterFox, one of my favorite Firefox extensions, even more than Twitter itself.

Do you know how badly our library needed Twitter this week?  SO BADLY.  I have been wanting to embed a Twitter-feed on our homepage for a while now and this week would have been perfect.  The windstorm/hurricane Ike remnants of the Midwest left us with over half of our locations closed and the public eager to know which ones were open so they could come in to use wireless.  Or charge their cell phone.  Or charge their electric razor.

Instead of a simple Twitter post, we were left to deal with posting red text at the top of our homepage via our homegrown content management system.  The red worked great.  But cool and sleek it was not.

How does Twitter typically get used?  Well, in my circles these days, most tweets involve either the presidential campaign and or International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Ahoy!

Meanwhile, I enjoyed some Scrabble by candlelight and I learned that a tree in my backyard split at the base of the trunk.  I’ll probably have to cut it down so that it doesn’t fall on my house.  SUCKO.

*And yet I HATE talking on the phone, so much so that I don’t even have a cell phone.  I am one big bundle of paradoxical surprises.

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things #8 & #9: RSS

2 09 2008

I love Google Reader.  In the past, I was a Bloglines girl, but I am increasingly sucked into the the Google cult, errr, I mean Google family of products!  If you have a Gmail account, get on Google Reader now!  And if you don’t have a Gmail account, well, I’ll only accept one excuse for not having one: Google honors China’s demands to filter the content the search engine provides to Chinese citizens.  If you’re able to look past this little ethical dilemma, get a Gmail account now!

Enough political talk.  Here are some noteworthy feeds I subscribe to via Google Reader:

Consumerist: If you love to complain about poor customer service, this is the blog for you!  Did you have a nightmarish encounter with a flight attendant?  Send it into Consumerist.  Spot a ridiculously-labeled package?  Take a photo and send it in.  Unfortunately, their tag for good experiences, “above and beyond,” doesn’t seem to get enough usage.  Yes, there are occasional posts about libraries, but I want more nitty gritty than that.  I long for a post about an atrocious real-life customer service disaster at a library because it will be indicative that our users expect more than mediocrity from us.  It will be a sign that they’ve stopped settling.  In the meantime, I will have to make do with hilarious post like this, submitted by a friend of mine.

I Can Has Cheezburger: If you can understand people’s comments on the posts, you are a super genius.

Stuff White People Like: I am pretty shocked that libraries haven’t made the list yet.  If you’re white and live outside of rural Appalachia, this blog is pointing its finger directly at YOU.  Don’t try to deny it.