So, Iâ€™m giving a talk at the MS Library 2.0 Summit on Managing Your Identity in Social Networks, and itâ€™s something I think about all the time. Not just privacy, though that is a huge part of itâ€”choosing how we want to be in public (online) is so important and there are lots of great tools to make that easy to do. But daily, Iâ€™m also faced with the headache of just managing so much information. Not extraneous hilarious cat videos on YouTube, but information I need to do my job better. Or at all.
I think part of the problem is me as a human being. I really have a vision for how these tools will help me provide better public service to our patrons here at MSU. I see that weâ€™ve put all of our resources online, but we havenâ€™t followed them there. In CHAT and over email, I see where our patrons get stuck and lost looking for peer-reviewed articles or trying to find a book. If they were here in the library, I could just watch them wandering through the Indexes or at the Card Catalog and call out from the Reference Desk. Or maybe one of them might screw up the courage to wander over and ask a question. But where are we now? For me, the 2.0 technologies are a means to an end. And that end is providing reference service to the Mississippi State University community. I am absolutely passionate about that and occasionally overwhelm myself with my earnest attempts.
Really, the human being part of me would like to be able to cut off from the world. I miss the time before cell phones when you could really be unavailable. Or away. Iâ€™m still on a primitive Motorola plain-Jane phone they don’t sell anymore. It does take pictures, but that’s about it. Iâ€™m reluctant to upgrade to a piece of machinery that will compel me to remain connected without interruption. Instantly uploading pictures to Flickr, blogging from the bathtub, twittering from the movies, facebooking on the beach, etc. Well, maybe Iâ€™ll still be able to take a bath.
Anyway, in trying to “manage my social networking identity” this week Iâ€™ve jumped into FriendFeed and Google Reader this week, sort of at the same time. I love Google Reader so much more than Bloglines. SO much more. And FriendFeed has the potential to be very interesting. Right now my only friend (imported from the Facebook App) is David Lee King. Heâ€™s quite the twitter-er it turns out. FriendFeed is a foot print of what you are doing in all your social networksâ€”what youâ€™ve bookmarked on del.icio.us, what youâ€™ve shared on Google Reader, your twitter status, your blogs, your comments, etc. Itâ€™s interesting. And Google Reader has so far made it much easier for me to keep up with those blogs I always intend to read but haven’t been able to work into my daily routine.
It’s been a while since I had anything to say, but since I’ve started blogging at the conference website again, I’ve got overflow that needs to go somewhere. Try again if you can’t get to the site. Our WordPress doesn’t like our Server.