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Threading a Social Needle

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A post on a Bibliographic Wilderness caused me to think of how to thread together a few services to share my reading with others. In fact that's what that post is about, sharing a reading list in the Web 2.0 way.

I don't really want (or expect) my friends to come to WorldCat.org to view my lists. (Though I would love it if they did! Hint, hint.) So I want to expose my list on other Web sites.

After a few minutes of poking around, I set things up to post a tweet to my Twitter stream whenever I add a new item to a WorldCat.org list. Because my Twitter account is linked to my Facebook profile and my FriendFeed page, I can share books, movies, articles and more with friends on many networks with one action on WorldCat.org.

Here's what I did:

  1. I copied the RSS feed from my list using the "view xml" option on the AddThis page which appears when you click the "RSS Feed" button on a list.
  2. I jumped to TwitterFeed.com and set up an account there.
  3. I stuck the RSS URL into a new feed on TwitterFeed.
  4. I set up some of the parameters on that TwitterFeed page, including a hash tag for #reading so I can pull together all of the stuff I've added using that tag

TwitterFeed took about 30 minutes to update, but once it did the most recent edition to my list appeared on Twitter, Facebook and FriendFeed.

A super simple mashup of services without a lick of coding can thread content through your social networks. Try it and let me know how it works. Or better yet ... tell me some other ways this can be done!

RSS Everywhere

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Back in the day I thought Amazon’s Wish List feature was a killer app, but I reconsidered after trying to get relatives to find my list and return to it months later when my birthday came around. I didn't like having my list tucked away in some corner of the Web. Why not scatter my reading, viewing and listening habits to the four corners of the Web? (No one bought gifts from my list anyway.)

And We'll Have RSS Wherever We Go

RSS Readers are great for getting content updates, but the real value of RSS comes in displaying your own content on other pages like your blog or a personal portal page like PageFlakes, NetVibes or iGoogle:

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I'm waiting for my library to pull their lists into their Web page with an RSS-to-HTML converter. If you see anyone doing that, please leave a comment or trackback if you blog it.

The World is in WorldCat

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Like many book enthusiasts (or information junkies), once I learn a new tool, I like to play with it. That's what I've been doing with the list function on WorldCat.org. Not really looking for anything, just trying to get a feel for the current zeitgeist of the features. One of the first things I noticed was the (seemingly, to me) high incidence of non-English lists. Now, WorldCat (the database) has all kinds of non-English materials, but since I don't often go searching, myself, for stuff I can't read, the volume wasn't ever apparent. While searching for lists, it is.

I found -- again, just by accident -- a list of "Haggard Chinese Books" that is, according to its creator, "not a complete list of every title in the library," but still... one would think that 227 items (as of my last visit) is a good start. The list's creator, dongxiao, also has lists of Haggard Chinese DVD's, Haggard Chinese CD's, and Haggard Chinese children's collection. Since every list in WorldCat.org has a separate RSS feed, it would be very easy for a Haggard user interested in new Chinese materials available at the library to keep updated on dongxiao's additions, or for a blogger to post them on a Web page. We can see from his list that he's been adding items since June of 2007, and as recently as January 18, 2008.

Getting library materials out into "the world" is one of the big ideas behind WorldCat.org. For a user (or librarian) anywhere (in this case, I believe, based on a quick Google search, Plano, Texas) to be able to easily create a list of materials based on any criteria, and share it in a way that allows it to be monitored by interested searchers... that's world-y.

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