Facebook have finally created a section for organisations to create a page – woohoo!

Groups have been possible on Facebook for quite a while, but from my experience these are not well used. You have to actively visit the page to see any updates, and in today’s age of RSS feeds and e-mail subscriptions this means that people very easily forget about them – I know I do!

Facebook Pages now allow organisations to create a page on Facebook and customise it (pretty much like an individual profile but you can have numerous administrators). People can then add themselves as “Fans” and you can send updates to all your fans at once.

I’ve expressed an interest in creating a page for our library department here but it now has to go through all the formalities of a project proposal, a sponsor, etc, etc. so it could take a while. It’s a shame really as I wanted to just have a go and see how it panned out, but I thought it best to check with people higher just in case.

I still think it is another excellent way to keep students up to date though and could be a great way to publicise events such as our workshops which anyone can turn up to. Just a quick wander through our IT Suite tells you that Facebook is very heavily used by a lot of our students, and I think we really need to be going to our users wherever they are, rather than waiting for them to come to us.

I’m hoping to take the project forward as I really think it could be a good way to reach students, I just hope we can pass it through the formalities fairly quickly as the actual page construction will only take a few minutes!

Has anyone else developed a new Facebook Page for their organisation?

I have been using FireFox as a browser for a while now, and Portable FireFox at work (on my USB stick). I’ve been very happy with FireFox however today have discovered something very similar but with bells and whistles – Flock.

Flock calls itself a social web browser, mainly because it makes use of many of the social networking tools and seamlessly connects them. I am currently writing this blog post in Flock to then add it to my blog.

I’ve already added my Facebook, Flickr, delicious, own blog and work blog accounts and can now easily access any of these from the sidebar within Flock. I can transfer media easily from one to another and also use the “Web Clipboard” to store information for use.

I’m only playing around with it at the moment and unfortunately the portable version is huge so may not fit on my USB drive (yet another reason to buy a new one!), but I’ll definitely be experimenting with it more when I get chance.

I’ve also found a great extension called Screenshot which enables me to take screenshots, save them as jpgs, and upload them to Flickr. I used this to add the Flock screenshot in the blog post.

EDIT: Slight problem with the timestamps, when I edited this post to add in the screenshot it seemed to set the date to 1999.

Blogged with Flock

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Another book related Web 2.0 tool, BookBump lets you keep a record of your books, details of when you read them, what you thought about them, and you can even put in details of where they are and if anyone has borrowed them (I presume this is in case small libraries want to use the software but it’s also handy if you lend books to your friends).

BookBump

It’s very easy to use, with a similar design to iTunes. Books can be found by ISBN, title, author or keyword search. You can set up different folders and add books to your “Favorites” list. You can also read other people’s reviews about the book, find similar books and check prices. Unfortunately, the price check is only available in USD at the moment.

Another useful feature is the bibliographic feature, which demonstrates how to reference the book in MLA, APA, Chicago, CSE and Harvard style referencing.

I’ve only added a few books as I currently use EndNote to record my course reading and GoodReads for my fiction reading, but it’s definitely something to consider switching to.