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Twitter Users: Use TweetNews for Accurate News As It Breaks

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As events were occurring during the recent Mumbai, India attacks, it was difficult for news-hungry readers to keep up with events as quickly as they needed to through regular news outlets. As a result, the inspiration for TweetNews was born. Now thanks to TweetNews, as news is breaking, Twitter users can search for tweets on a specific topic and simultaneously be directed to news articles as well. In the future, all news could be delivered this way, but for now it’s available thanks to a collaboration between Yahoo and Twitter. Yahoo engineer Vik Singh developed TweetNews to combine Yahoo news results with the hot topics that are hitting Twitter. This is different from the way search engines like Google News and other major news websites work; they use complicated algorithms to rank stories, and breaking news item might not make it to the top of the heap. Yahoo News topics are organized around popular Twitter topics, resulting in a search engine that tracks breaking news using Twitter search results. Twitter users will then have access to more valid sources of information in addition to first-hand reports from Twitter users on the scene. You can click here for a link to TweetNews or click here for a link to an article in TGDaily with more information. You can just go to the TweetNews site and type in you own search term, for example today you might try “inauguration.”

Ruth Fleet
Creekview High School

Inauguration Goes 2.0: Pageflaking Information Streams

pageflakes-inaug_smallerIf you haven’t had a chance to try Pageflakes (or Netvibes) as an information portal to stream information on a topic for your teachers and students, then take a look at my latest Pageflakes pagecast to see the power of social media!  I created a Pageflakes Pagecast to aggregate and stream my favorite resources for Inauguration 2009. What information streams are included in this pagecast?

  • A RSS feed from the official Presidential Inauguration Committee’s blog
  • An embedded widget that will carry UStream TV’s  live coverage of the inauguration ceremonies.
  • A RSS feed with the latest entries from Change.gov
  • An “Inauguration 2009 Countdown” widget
  • A widget with my media center’s favorite bookmarks related to all things Inauguration 2009 via delicious
  • A widget with the latest videos from the official Presidential Inauguration Committee’s YouTube channel
  • A Flickr widget with photos from the official Presidential Inauguration Committee’s Flickr account (includes great photos of Lincoln’s Bible!); there is also an additional photo widget for a Flickr group for “Inauguration 2009” photos that is tied into the Smithsonian’s “Click!  Photography Changes Everything!” project.
  • A widget with the latest headlines via Google News related to Inauguration 2009
  • A widget from the Washington Post called “Inauguration Watch 2009”
  • A Time magazine widget that will carry live blog posts from the ceremonies on January 20.
  • Widgets with the latest Tweets from the official Presidential Inauguration Committee’s Twitter account as well as the Inauguration_DC Twitter account.

What makes this pagecast so cool and relevant?  The content is live and dynamic—as feeds and content are added to each of these mediums, the updates are automatically reflected on the pagecast widgets.   The pagecast is the perfect medium for the organic information feeding into the information portal.  A pagecast also allows you to incorporate new media into your resource portal—much more exciting and informative than a static flat list of links on a traditional 1.0 web page.

If you have not tried using an information portal such as Pageflakes or NetVibes, I’d like to encourage you to consider giving it a try!  You can check out some of my favorite resources for learning about Pageflakes, examples of pagecasts, and how libraries are using information portals at http://delicious.com/theunquietlibrary/pageflakes .

If you like the pagecast, please feel free to link to it from your own media center blog, website, or wiki!

Buffy Hamilton, Media Specialist
Creekview High School
http://theunquietlibrary.wordpress.com
http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com

Smithsonian Libraries Web 2.0 Presence!

Are you fan of Smithsonian Libraries?  If so, check out their Web 2.0 and social networking presence!

Government 2.0!

You may already be familiar with the wealth of information at the official website of Georgia state government, but did you know your state government has a Web 2.0 presence?

Check out these cool Web 2.0 resources to be an active citizen in Georgia!

Tweet Congress

Another cool link from my daily Mashable roundup arrived in my “inbox” this morning:  http://tweetcongress.org/ .

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This resource allows you to see which representatives in Congress are using Twitter to update their constituents about their legislative work.  A “Tweetstream” allows you to see the latest updates from all Congress reps who are Tweeting; you can also explore who is tweeting from Congress by state as well as political party.  If you use Twitter, this is a great way to keep up with your representatives; if no one is Tweeting from your state like mine, Georgia, then take this opportunity to let your reps know you want more transparent government and would like to have your state represented in the Twittersphere.

You can also follow “TweetCongress” at http://twitter.com/tweetcongress and on Facebook at http://ow.ly/184.

Buffy Hamilton, Media Specialist
Creekview High School
http://theunquietlibrary.wordpress.com

http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com

It’s “Tweet”!: Twitter, A Seriously Fun Social Networking Tool

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Last summer, I registered for a Twitter account, but drifted away it from it quickly as I thought it was more of a “fun” social networking tool that did not have any real meaningful application.

Was I WRONG!

I reconnected with Twitter last week thanks to my friend Stephen Rahn at the Kennesaw State Ed Tech Center.  In the last week, here is what I have found and/or accomplished thanks to my connections on Twitter:

As you can see, Twitter can be a great resource for networking with other people and sharing resources in real time.   You can Twitter me at http://twitter.com/buffyjhamilton!  Come join in this fun way of learning and networking with others!

In addition, here are some ideas for using Twitter in your library:  http://del.icio.us/theunquietlibrary/twitterlibraryapplications

Buffy Hamilton, Ed.S.
Media Specialist
Creekview High School
http://theunquietlibrary.wordpress.com
http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com