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I joined Twitter probably about a year ago and followed some famous people, some friends, and a few library and publishing orientated sites, and then found it was something I couldn’t be bothered to log into on a daily or even weekly basis. I do keep coming back to it, trying to be keen, as it does have the potential to keep me uptodate with all sorts of useful library news, but this can easily be swamped by miscellaneous “stuff ” (I found The Bookseller believes in drowning its followers in tweets so have ‘unfollowed’ them.) I think my problem is selectivity, I need to be more ruthless, and ditch the dross. Litter ye not!

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I have loaded my twitterfeed into iGoogle and don’t much like the viewing box, as it requires me to scroll along to read the tweets fully, very irritating (I don’t just follow LibrGoddess honest!) If anyone has any better suggestions for viewing Twitter in iGoogle please let me know. Thanks to N Page for the tip off about JournoTwit which I will try and investigate, but I wonder if this can be embedded into iGoogle?

I like the friends network tool which Phil Bradley talks about, this enables you to see who your friends are following in a nifty way, and from their friends you can pick one and see who they are following and so on. Some of the people I follow are visualised below…

Then I clicked on ebookscambridge and the page expands to show me some of my followings in a larger circle and ebooks@cambridge followings in the middle… hours of fun!

If nothing else, I love the plethora of birdy images which have been generated by Twitter, but whether I ever use it regularly remains to be seen. I can certainly see its use for libraries to push out content and updates quickly to their users. That’s great and I’m all for it!

taken from flickr

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Firstly, thanks to all who have responded to my Doodle poll, I will await some more responses and get back to this in a day or two.

Thing 6 is the Google Calendar challenge, and when I went to start this I found I already had one set up in the Cambridge domain and was presented with the following message…

…ok thinks I, no problem, and I opened it, added some events to it and loaded my already existing cam.ac.uk calendar into my iGoogle page. It appeared but it looks like this…

When I click on “select some calendars to display” a little “Loading” appears, then disappears and that’s it.. nada, zilch, no display of my events, just a white space. When I click on Options it doesn’t get any better, although if I try and open the calendar from here, this happens…

but nothing loads!

What am I doing wrong??

Any help will be very much appreciated 🙂

Today I have tried iGoogle Chat. It’s sort of Skype like and ok but I can’t see it taking over the world. It might be more relevant if I made iGoogle my homepage but on that I am putting my foot down. There doesn’t seem to be a toolbar flag facility, so you have to be looking at iGoogle to know when a message has arrived.

I have rationalised my iGoogle page and changed the themes on each of my tabs (a tip I gratefully picked up from Ms Mongoose’s blog)… check out the turtles on my CILIP tab, in ‘real’ life their little legs are frenzied!

Neglected to mention this earlier, so just in case the blog police pick me up on it later and withhold my winnings, I have added various RSS feeds to my iGoogle tabs, including the  23 Things one. RSS feeds are simple to add and the danger is adding too many to any one page, as too much scrolling can make the bottom of an iGoogle page a pretty lonely place. In my case more tabs and shorter pages are more effective and are pretty quick to scan on a daily basis.

As a somewhat nervous blogger I cannot imagine who would want to read my ramblings, but I’m here and I’m posting thanks to 23 Things Cambridge. I’m playing catch up as was off last week but as an avid iGoogle fan already week 1 was a bit of a done deal.

I use iGoogle to sort and theoretically compartmentalise all those RSS feeds, blog posts, newspaper headlines which I want to keep up with for library-related stuff, American Studies thingies, higher education news, foodie interests and friends. And not forgetting the invaluable hamster in the cage widget and the fishies that don’t die if you forget to feed them! I’ve been inspired to renovate my tabs on my iGoogle page as a result of looking at what others have done, I think mine have got a bit sloppy and my home page is way too full but this is a pic of the top of  it anyway…

I cannot stress enough how useful I find iGoogle and having had a quick look at Pageflakes and Netvibes, I can’t say they strike me as being any better for what I want, although I must admit I’ve only had a quick delve. I notice that CILIP has a Netvibes pages for keeping up with the “Defining our professional future” posts which shows how the software can be used to share information in any given subject area. I’m not sure if iGoogle can do this too but it probably can and I’m just not aware of it… here’s a snapshot…

(I’m learning this picture insert business as I go along and playing with sizes and stretches so I hope they’re not too fuzzy.)

Will return soon to blog about the blogging, but so far so good and can see how it could be worryingly addictive.