Blog Entry 3
5. Explore Flickr and learn about this popular image hosting site.
Flickr was a very interesting and informative site. The tour tab helped me to understand what features Flickr offered. There are pictures available to view from many different collections. A search was preformed using the term “dachshund”. There were many different pictures to look at and choose from. There are places to set up and view your account and share your pictures with others. You can also view your own pictures, organize and tag them for yourself. This was the first time that I have ever been on the Flickr website and it was an enlightening learning experience.
6. Have some Flickr fun and discover some Flickr mashups & 3rd party sites.
Mashups and 3rd party sites were not a terms that I was familiar with before I looked at the information on the Learning 2.0 site. The Librarian Trading Card site was really interesting because it showed the transfer of different images used to create cool trading cards. The Visual Mashups site showed many different paintings that were very vivid and colorful. This is a cool concept because it allows individuals to be creative and develop something new. I also looked at the examples given including Mappr, Flickr Color Pickr, and Montagr. It is amazing that we now have the capability to create something so unique and personal using outside data.
7. Create a blog post about anything technology related that interests you this week
Technology is supposed to make our lives easier and create a faster more organized environment. We have a computer program at the library that allows patrons to make computer reservations when all of the internet computers are full. We make the reservations from one PC and print out receipts for those patrons so that they know what time the reservation is and what computer they have been assigned to. Usually everything works smoothly but Saturday we were very busy so I had to make a reservation from a different computer. The computer would not print a receipt and after the reservation was made the computer totally locked up and had to be completely shut down and re-booted. It is very confusing because there are three computers at the desk and they all have the program and capability to print and make reservations but only the middle one truly works efficiently and records the reservations. Technology can be very efficient but it can also be very inefficient at times.