6 Web Things You Can’t Live Without

At our meeting on September 23, at the Phoenix Burton Barr Central Library we gave an overview of six web based services that can make your online life easier and more connected.  All six of these services live in the cloud and connect you to your data whether you are at your home, work, or mobile. Here are the notes from that meeting.

Facebook http://www.facebook.com (presented by Anali Perry)

Example Profiles:

And don’t forget to join the MCLC TechTalk Facebook Group!

Flickr http://www.flickr.com (presented by Mary Villegas)

Dropbox https://www.dropbox.com/ (presented by Vinny Alascia)
Dropbox is a file storage utility. A free account on Dropbox.com gives you 2 GB of storage space. By downloading the application to your various computers and mobile devices you can easily keep your most used files in sync and available with these 4 simple steps.

Step 1: Go to https://www.Dropbox.com and download the Dropbox application for your PC.
Step 2: Create a free account (2 GB of space or splurge $9.99 a month for 50 GB).
Step 3: Download and install the mobile app to your device.
Step 4: Upload your documents, photos, music files and access them on all your Internet connected devices.

You can share your folders with other Dropbox users or make your folder available for the public. Also inviting friends to join Dropbox gets both of you an extra 250 MB of storage space up a total of 8 GB of storage.

Evernote http://www.evernote.com (presented by Christine Pearson)

Evernote is an application for writing or capturing and saving text and photos and syncing them across multiple devices.  The Evernote application can be used online via their website.  It can also be downloaded for PCs, Macs, iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry.

Evernote makes it easy to add notes from web pages via Web Clipping.  Web Clipping allows you to select the text or image that you want to save to Evernote and add it by clicking on a button or link.  There are extentions to add the Evernote button to Safari, Firefox and Chrome. IE users will need to add an Evernote bookmarklet to their link bar.

Notes can be organized into Notebooks and/or tagged with keywords.  Notes are searchable.

With the free Evernote account you can upload up to 40MB per month.

More about Web Clipping with Evernote:
http://www.evernote.com/about/download/web_clipper.php

The Evernote web site has a collection of video tutorials and user suggestions

Google Docs http://docs.google.com (presented by Cathy Coffman)

http://bit.ly/bP0Jnp

Foursquare http://foursquare.com (presented by Melodie Moore)
Foursquare is a location-based social network primarily accessed via smartphones.  It uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) on your phone.  Its purpose is three-fold– “check in” to a location, notify your friends where you are, and play a game of sorts.  The game aspect allows users to earn points, badges and rewards for checking-in.  Libraries can claim their location and use Foursquare’s admin section to gather stats about users as well as set up promotions.

Foursquare can be an active and passive promotional opportunity for libraries.  Active promotional examples include a free t-shirt for the “Mayor”, a $1.00 credit toward fines when 10 customers check-in during the next 4 hours, and more.  The passive promotion comes from customers who choose to share their location with their friends.  Friends see friends visiting the library and want to check it out too.  The game is only limited by the site admin’s imagination.  Foursquare’s Leaderboard keeps score, and is reset every Sunday at midnight.  So if you lose your mayorship or want to earn more points, there’s always next week.

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~ by Vincent A. Alascia on October 20, 2010.

 
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