10weeks to a Web2.0 You Social Media Training Program

April 7, 2010


Well, it’s official. The 10Weeks to a Web2.0 You Social Media Training Program kicks off today. Right now, this is just for library staff, but we are collecting up all of the training tools, presentations, etc. to create a website which anyone can use. I’m co-teaching blogging and then image editing (the fun stuff, right?) I thought about switching out blogging for moviemaking, too, but geez, I have enough going on, you know? 😉 For those of you attending the kickoff, there is food!

Join S.T.E.P. and WAG for the launch party of a new training series:

10 WEEKS TO A 2.0 YOU: SOCIAL MEDIA AND WEB 2.0 SKILLS TRAINING COURSE

On Wednesday, April 7, at 3:00 in the Administration conference room,
you can enjoy refreshments, get an overview of the program, and meet the instructors.

You’ve heard about Web 2.0 – you may even be using some of these applications in your personal computing time. But do you know…

…how to use Web 2.0 applications to increase your productivity and efficiency at work?

…how the UGA Libraries are already using some of this technology and you can get involved?

It is becoming increasingly important to know how to use these applications effectively and creatively in the work environment. To help you become more proficient, WAG and S.T.E.P. are offering a 10-session course about several of the most prominent uses of Web 2.0.

You can come to as many or as few of the sessions as you wish. However, participants who complete eight of the ten workshops will receive a certificate of completion of the program and will be entered in a prize drawing.

The sessions by week, are:

  1. Be Productive with Google Documents
  2. Sharing Your Message Online: Blogging & Tweeting
  3. Get Updated with RSS
  4. Flash, Bam, Alakazam!: Photos in a 2.0 World
  5. You Oughta Be in Pictures: Digital film-making
  6. The Web for Bookworms
  7. Get Organized with 2.0 Tools
  8. Where Did I See That Again?: Bookmarking tools
  9. Don’t Let That Wiki Be Tricky: Editing wikis
  10. Podcasting: Discovering and Creating Podcasts

This training course will help you develop techniques for becoming a more productive and technology-savvy employee, so talk to your supervisor today about becoming a new, improved 2.0 You.

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Developing mobile, scrolling horizontally, undergrads usage of wikipedia (links, links)

April 1, 2010

Just a couple of various links from various places:

how to build mobile versions of existing sites, including links to some mobile site building tools:
http://designshack.co.uk/articles/css/quick-tips-for-creating-a-mobile-optimized-site

How undergraduates use wikipedia:
http://www.uic.edu/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2830/2476

scrolling horizontally!
https://xd.adobe.com/#/articles/article/530

direct link to the horizontally scrolled page:
http://www.thinkingforaliving.org/


Question of the day: How to embed youtube videos & make them fit…

March 26, 2010

Depending on what browser and resolution you are using, you may find that your content (such as blog posts) which have embedded videos are running over your blog post area. You COULD change your stylesheet, but if everything works except for embedded Youtube videos, an easier answer might be to change the width of the Youtube player. This is super easy to do.

First you need to find a video that you want to use. 😉 Not all Youtube videos are embeddable and many copyrighted ones are not. If that is the case, you’ll need to just link to them.

Get the code from Youtube

If you’re looking at the main user channel, you may not see the embed links, but you can get to them in a number of ways.

Underneath each of the videos posted on the channel, is a tab/button which says Info. Click on Info and you will see
View comments, related videos, and more
Click on this get to the video with its embeddable info.


The Embed box holds the code for the embeddable video. If you look carefully in the Embed box, you can usually see what the size is — object width is the width that the embeddable video will be.

If the pre-configured options will work, you can skip customizing the code; just grab a copy (Ctrl + A) of the code from the Embed box. You’ll be ready for the blogger section then.

To customize the embeddable video:
Click on the tiny star icon (whoa, is that easy to miss!). Clicking on this will show you the different pre-configured sizes for an embedded video including size and color for the player.

Below the Embed box you will now see a bunch of options to configure your players.

Note: Include related videos may or may not include videos from the same user or necessarily on the same topic. If you want to create a group of videos, your better bet is to make a playlist, which can then be embedded.

In the Embed box, you will hit Ctrl + A (or right click Select All, if you have that functionality).

Embedding a video into a Blogger post
For Blogger (blogspot blogs) you MUST switch to the Edit Html button in order to embed the video. In any other blog service or product, you will need to somehow get to the html, unless you have embed Youtube functionality.

Edit Html
Find a spot in your post where you want to add your video.
Now hit Ctrl + P (paste) or right click paste if you have that functionality.

It will paste in something that looks
like this. Recognize that stuff? It is
indeed, the code from Youtube.

If you click on Compose, you will not see the video.Don’t worry, the code is still there and if you click Edit Html you will see the code.

If for some reason, you need to edit the width and height even more you can do it by tweaking the height and width even more, directly in the code.

..and that’s how to do it (or at least, one way to do it). I realize this question has probably been answered alot over the ‘net, but it was a question asked to me, so there you go!

If you do it right, you’ll get something like this… yes, I am in this movie… LOL


Happy BD to my robot!

March 23, 2010

Okay, so it’s not really my roomba’s birthday, but it IS the 20th anniversary of irobot. irobot started out as military kind of robot proj and now, it’s cleaning my floors… LOL I need a scooba though! 😉

Anyhow, I wandered over to the irobot site and discovered this popup “warning” (I’m still laughing, what doesn’t it cover? the weather?)

The press release that you are about to view contains certain forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statement. Those risks and uncertainties include, among other things: the risk that our business could be adversely affected by changes in the policies and spending priorities of our customers, which include governments and governmental entities; the risk that the commercial robot market does not experience significant growth or our products do not achieve broad acceptance; the risks associated with our dependence on government contractors and third-party retailers; the risks associated with competition; the risk that our products become obsolete; the risk of errors or defects in our products; risks associated with our reliance on skilled personnel; and the risks associated with the protection and defense of our intellectual property and other proprietary rights.


end of books? (video)

March 20, 2010

this is kind of nifty.. Just about the time that I was feeling that I was about to click off, it actually changed direction. So stick with it — lots of stereotypes about ‘net users and millenials (altho’ never called such):


Open Identity Exchange project

March 3, 2010

Interesting article about a potential project involving google, paypal, verizon and others.

“Open Identity Exchange (OIX) is a newly founded non-profit organization, launched today at the RSA Conference 2010 by Google, PayPal, Equifax, VeriSign, Verizon, CA and Booz Allen Hamilton. The aim of this new organization is exchange of online identity credentials across public and private sectors; in other words, it can certify online identity providers to U.S. federal standards.”

http://mashable.com/2010/03/03/google-paypal-oix/

Hmm… Google, Paypal, and Verizon?


Question of the Day: How to search your own tweets at twitter

February 24, 2010

So, this was MY question today: as in, I wanted to re-post a tweet about moonshine arts & literary magazine. I couldn’t quite remember what I wrote and I didn’t use a #hashtag. So what to do? How do you search your own twitter feed? There are lots of cool trending tools out there, but those are very limited in terms of timeframe. I personally like trendtastic.

Per my usual M.O. I tweeted, buzzed, & facebook’d my request –even before I google’d, now what does that tell ya? I tell you what it tells me — I trust my networks of techies, artists, photographers, librarians, metadata mavens, programmers, hackers, writers, proj managers DIVAS — the creme de cool , more than google for quick answers.

Here is what I tried BEFORE I tweeted my plea for help:

None of these achieved any results. Strange, no? Not even the advanced search feature was successful. I know that I can scroll back chronologically through my posts but that is a LOT of work.

Doesn’t this seem like a huge failure on twitter’s part? Surely there are times when people what to see something from a previous week or month…and how will that fit into the semantic web? If the semantic web is all about the data and finding relevant info, whoa… huge hole.

One answer
My friend and webgurl, Amy, tweeted back almost instantly:

set up an RSS feed for own tweets & search in Thunderbird.

Looking at it from the RSS angle, I pulled my twitter feed into google reader, but that pretty pretty much starts with today, so didn’t help me find my moonshine arts tweet. I did find it using advanced search using friendfeed (yeah, I have an account there, too!), so big kudos to them. Good luck if you ever want to find anything in twitter or facebook. It’s nearly impossible — perhaps, this is where google buzz will score its biggest hit.
…and if I’m wrong and there is an easier way to do this, by ALL means, please let me know — because I’m not the only one who wants to see what they have tweeted.