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I was fortunate enough to attend the National Digital Forum on Monday and Tuesday. ¬†It was my first time at the conference, and I found it a very good conference. I liked the size, and makeup of the delegates, meeting and talking to others from similar sectors to the library was eye opening. I will at some point write something more about the conference, but for this post I just wanted to reflect on Twitter. ūüôā

To my¬†chagrin, as a technical librarian, going to a digital conference, I was lacking in gizmo’s ūüėÜ I didn’t even have a clunky old laptop to connect to the wi-fi. I missed it too, the ability to make notes, and more importantly connect to the whole sub level that flows under conference’s via Twitter. ¬†Twitter, while not giving you any real insight to the content of the¬†conference, does give you an sense of what the delegates are thinking and how the conference is going. I also¬†discovered, when I managed to borrow a netbook and hop onto Twitter for a while, that the process of Twittering helped me concentrate on the talk.

There were a number of conversations to be had about twitter including the idea that at future conferences  your twitter profile [if you have one] should be printed on your name tag. Then when you meet some who you know only virtually, you will be able to make that instant connection.

Another conversation I had was about multiple twitter profiles. Should you have one for your personal life, and a separate one for your professional? Or if you have more than one online persona, even more. Me for example. I could have a separate one for my writing life, another one for my professional life, and a third for my personal life. I have had that debate with myself recently, and come to the conclusion, especially as I have now come out from behind the curtain of anonymity, that I only want one. After all what I tweet is me in my entirety. I feel that to try and compartmentalize your online presence is to try and hide part of who you are, which for me is not a good thing.

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First up, sorry for the silent treatment folks. It’s been a bit hectic in my neck of the woods, and I just haven’t found the time to write a blog post. Hopefully that will change soon. ūüôā I wonder if I should do a meme post ūüėÜ

Anyhow, I am attending the National Digital Forum over the next two days, so that should give me lots of food for thought. I was with the nice folk of DigitalNZ this afternoon, and over a nice feed of pizza, and with plenty of coffee, there was a great discussion on how DigitalNZ is going. There was quite a diverse group of people at the informal session and that lent to some very interesting discussions!

Not having any technology for twittering meant I felt a little unconnected, but that was probably a good thing…

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Having spent time this morning fumbling about with creating a static iGoogle gadget for my library (hint: the Google Gadgets editor only behaves in IE ¬†*or when you add the IE tab extension into Chrome*) I’ve just noticed that Google has launched the following in Labs…

  • Breadcrumb: ¬†a user friendly mobile learning application for those without any programming experienceÔĽŅ

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Launched just over a week ago it is still gathering momentum, comments and ratings, but the mushrooming of tools like this gives me a lot of heart, as someone who frequently has to trial and error technical solutions without any technical training! Playing with these things is quite an adventure (and I just noticed that the Breadcrumb logo appears to be a pirate map, so clearly I’m not the only one who thinks so!).

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