Well, it’s been a tough few weeks, and I apologize for not contributing. I will make an effort to push through the last bit as soon as I have a chunk of free time.
I’ve been seeing a lot of FB posts related to Pinterest, and up to this point I have been rather unmotivated to find out what it does. On Monday, I visited the site to register, and I found out that one has to be “invited” to join. I put invited in quotes because it’s merely a formality to give the feeling of exclusivity. I mean, does anyone get turned down for a Pinterest account? Of course, if I had finished reading through the Create+8 posting, I would have simply emailed Wendy for an invite instead of grinding my teeth in frustration. Happily, I received my invitation this morning and signed up for an account. I went through the process of the initial setup, and when I finished, I was dumped onto this screen with about 3,000 images. I found that rather overwhelming. I can see the potential, and I can see how it could be fun, but until I’ve organized, it’s going to make me cry. I can feel my eye twitching as I type this. I did, however, manage to repin an adorable picture of a baby koala.
I love making lists, but I hate finding little scraps of paper with my notations all over the place. Every time I hang up a pair of pants, paper cascades out of my pockets and onto the floor. Usually, these notes contain call numbers, collection development suggestions, notes to myself, and titles of books I’d like to read. I then collect these notes on my nightstand, and throw them out en masse at the end of the week. So I end up missing a lot with this “system,” but not anymore. I love that I can make lists of books I’ve read, am currently reading, and most importantly, books I’d like to read in the future. I use the mobile app for GoodReads, so I have access to my lists wherever I am. I loved it so well that I talked my friend into signing up. It wasn’t a hard sell. I have gotten some good suggestions from people on GoodReads, including some titles I never would have entertained.
Screencast-o-matic couldn’t be easier to use. I’ve also used ScreenToaster and they’re both really simple. I like that I can just go to the site and create a screencast; I don’t have to have yet another account to remember. I did a very brief screencast about finding eBooks on OverDrive using the advanced search feature, and I only had to restart once! I had to log in to OverDrive, and I didn’t want my library card number floating around. I opted not to save the screencast, but it actually looked okay. I liked Sacramento’s OverDrive screencast, and I can definitely see the benefit for our patrons. When I watched my finished product, I did find the giant yellow circle around the mouse a bit distracting, although I’m sure that can be changed. On to vlogging!
I’ve played around with several versions of the Kindle, and all I can say is Amazon’s got great marketing. The $79 version seriously tested my patience, and I have a lot of patience. I had to dig deep to keep from throwing it out a window. Thankfully, the windows in the Reference Office don’t open easily. I’ve also used a Kindle Touch, which should be called the Kindle Pound since it wasn’t very responsive to my increasingly frustrated jabbing. Perhaps I need pointier fingers. I like the look of the Fire, and the fact that it’s a (responsive) touch screen, but I don’t like that I access the settings through a little tiny cog. Guin and I have taught several eReader classes, and not one Fire owner knew what that button was for. Netflix looks great on it, and the screen is great for reading, but it’s heavier than earlier versions. I expected the increased weight because it’s more in line with a tablet, but other users might not. So, long story short, I will not trade in my much more intuitive Nook Color for any version of Amazon’s Kindle.
I signed up for facebook when my eldest niece went to college (she’s graduating in May), and I didn’t sign on again for two years. When I bought my iPhone, I started checking in daily. My next step in techno-lust took me to the iPad, which I didn’t think I’d want until I saw some of the apps on the larger screen. Yes, it’s functional, and I can check my email, facebook, and twitter accounts, but it’s all about Angry Birds. And Parking Mania. And Temple Run. And the list goes on. I have OverDrive on my iPad, but I rarely use it. The app is fine and easy to use, but I hate that it forgets my location sometimes.
I think that blogs are great for people who have something to say, but like a lot of social media it’s easy to “overshare.” That being said, the process of creating a blog was easy and straightforward. I have another blog that’s for work; this one’s for me.