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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 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 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

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 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!

Updated Facebook Apps!

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The work is all done! Now you can add your WorldCat Facebook application and the CiteMe application to your Facebook profile in your Wall or in the Boxes tab of your profile.

I put mine in the side bar of my Wall as you can see below (or friend me to see it all!).


Or you can put this into your Boxes tab:


To add these applications to either your Wall or your Boxes tab, go to the Edit applications screen. If you look back to my post from last week, you'll see some instructions for getting to the Edit applications screen. Then you click the "Edit" link to get this settings window. Click profile and then you can add the applications to your Wall or Boxes:


After you add the application, you should see it on the left-hand side of your Wall or at the bottom of your Boxes page. Make sure you check both.

I hope this helps you! Please post a comment to this message if you have problems added these applications. Or post a message to the WorldCat in Facebook application discussion page and the CiteMe application discussion page.

Changes to the Facebook profile have caused a lot of confusion for the people and companies that have applications on the Facebook platform.

The new profile has advantages and disadvantages which have been widely discussed. I like the new format, but I am not happy that I have to do more work to make use of the applications I used so easily in the past.

For instance I have added the WorldCat in Facebook application and the CiteMe application. But neither of those applications appears in my profile. So I tried to re-add each app. That didn't work because Facebook knows that I already have those applications. I just can't find them.

Sound familiar? Here's how you fix that.

First go to your Facebook profile by clicking the "Home" button.

Next, click "Edit" on the Application box.

Now you'll see a bunch of your applications and five options for displaying those applications.

Your options are:

  • Authorized applications
  • Bookmarked applications
  • Applications you've added to your profile
  • Applications that have Wall permissions
  • Applications that have additional permissions

If you want the application to appear in the application box (step 2 above) on your profile page, you have to add it to the Bookmarks list of applications. But before you can do that you have to find that application.

It might be in the list of authorized applications, or bookmarked applications or one of the other five lists mentioned above. Click each one of those and look for the WorldCat and CiteMe applications. They will look like this:




You need to click the edit button and then you'll see the Edit Application Settings:


You can change the settings if you like, but the important stuff is on the "Bookmark" tab or link. Click that and you'll see the option to bookmark the applications. Just click the box on that screen as shown here and click "Okay":


Do that for the WorldCat application and the CiteMe application. Then go back to your profile using the "Home" button. The two applications should appear on the right-hand side of your profile page in the Application box. If you can't see them there, click the "more" link:


And then you should see something like this:


You can click and drag these icons up to the top where they will appear in the Application box without clicking "more." And then you can get to your WorldCat and CiteMe apps quickly!

But is that what you wanted?

What I want is to show off my favorite application in the tabs on my public profile view, like this:


But we can't do that right now because we need to make some changes to the applications to support this new profile function. Give us a bit of time. When we make the changes, we'll post again here on our blog or on the WorldCat in Facebook application discussion page and the CiteMe application discussion page.

Libraries and the Social Web?


A recent feedback message questioned whether libraries have a place on the social Web. If ease of use, community, experience and knowledge are valued; then libraries and librarians are perfectly suited for this new online environment. Many, many other bloggers have posted on this topic, including all of the bloggers ranked by OEDb and several books and articles have been published on the topic lately. This is just my take from the side of things.

Why Social Networking

Social networking and Web 2.0 in general have come to mean many different things. I can understand why the terms--and even some of the tools we associate with the terms--are misunderstood. We at are not thinking so much about social networking, rather we are building a space where information seekers, library patrons and librarians can come together and collaborate.

We are thinking well beyond the me-tooism of chasing 'friends' on MySpace or 'fans' on Facebook, even as we exploit those environments to bring library resources closer to Web users. If was just a list of 'friends' and the books they have read, it would be nothing more than all the other book related sites.

It's All About Easy

Librarians and professional researchers have had access to OCLC's WorldCat database for decades. But we made the public face of that database easy to use so everyone can benefit from the knowledge accumulated in libraries and from the experience of librarians.

Think libraries don't have a place among Web 2.0 rock-star sites? Think again. Ease of use is a hallmark of Web 2.0. Consider Google Maps, YouTube or Flickr.

The first generation of Web-based tools provided services similar to what these sites offer, but the tools of yesterday required patience, arcane knowledge and often browser plugins and high-speed Internet access. We were able to share photos in the 1990's and even earlier, but those tools were so complicated or expensive that most people never bothered. In fact most people didn't even know the opportunity to learn from and share with each other existed online. IMHO we all lost out.

We are making as easy to use as possible and building tools to help Web users everywhere to discover the wealth of information libraries, experts and librarians can bring to bare on common questions. By brining library resources to the Web user, we will increase the reach and impact that a 'serious researcher' or librarian can have within their area of expertise.

So thank a librarian, a teacher, a student, a professor and a sergeant. Thank a stay-at-home mom, a pastor, a rabbi. Thank a business analyst, an entrepreneur and a delivery driver. Thank your neighbors for helping to create this great learning environment of Web 2.0. And I thank the collective You for so many years of sharing and teaching.

Amazon Joins the Party


The AllFaceBook blog is reporting two new applications for Facebook both created by Amazon. I've added the Amazon Giver application. I'm just clicking through it now. I'm excited to see this given my experience with Amazon Wish Lists, which I've blogged earlier.

This is a big step for a major e-tailer. Moving out to the social Web introduces some interesting questions for businesses, and for libraries. I've been working through some of these questions myself since we introduced the WorldCat in Facebook application. The socialization of content raises new questions for everyone:

  • How deeply do we allow users to integrate our content into third-party sites

  • Which social platform (or platforms) do we develop for? Facebook? OpenSocial?

  • Do we build on Facebook and Bebo's (AOL!?) implementation of their platform or MySpace's implementation of OpenSocial?

These questions need to be asked in the context of the organizations audience which means that new tools for measuring that audience (and for measuring success) will be needed. How valuable are the page views to your site if most of your content is consumed via RSS? How do you manage usage statistics reported from multiple social networks? What does "engagement" mean for your organization?

The recent Graphing Social Patterns West conference highlighted the shift from measuring impressions to measuring engagement. One of the more interesting AppNite demos at GSP West was developerAnalytics, a Facebook application that measures the virality and engagement of an app as well as revenue generated from the app. This is just an early example of the tools that businesses will need to master as they socialize their content through the Web.

There is a lot to learn in this emerging environment. Here at WorldCat, we are eager to learn. And as we learn, we'll bring web-scale to libraries.