The Social Media Marketing Book | Dan Zarrella

Amazon Experiments With Its Own Take On Pinterest Called “Amazon Collections” | TechCrunch

Amazon has quietly launched its own direct challenger to Pinterest with the debut of a feature called “Amazon Collections.”

via Amazon Experiments With Its Own Take On Pinterest Called “Amazon Collections” | TechCrunch.

Amazon Collections

The Digital Shift: Sarah Ludwig’s Picks: Top Tech Tools

Sarah Ludwig’s Picks: Top Tech Tools — The Digital Shift.

Social bookmarking, citation, collaboration, programming and blogging tools are highlighted.

GTA Technology Topics, Tips and Tricks: Pinterest

As an update to my prior post on Social Bookmarking, this post is dedicated to the new hot social media trend Pinterest (though it has been around since 2008).
Pinterest is a website of virtual inboards. From an LIS perspective, users “catalog” items and create visual collections by topic/interest/category.
Some may argue its an advertising tool to sell things and promote brands…I think Pinterest is a great tool to see what’s trending and popular.
Pinterest may have useful applications for libraries as discussed in these posts by the iLibrarian “5 Ways to Use Pinterest in Your Library” and “5 More Ways to Use Pinterest in You Library“.
Here’s an infographic for some Pinterest stats…one of which is that 97% of Pinterest’s Facebook fans are women! Apparently Pinterest has no revenue business model right now and is focused on growing the service.

Another Infographic: Is Pinterest The Next Social Commerce Game Changer?


GTA Technology Topics, Tips and Tricks: Diversions

Here are some diversions in anticipation of University of Alberta’s Reading Week break. Some are informative, some are fun.
Oldies but Goodies
And because I know you know I love infographics…and to celebrate Valentine’s Day…the Stacy Green, Will You Marry Me Infographic

GTA Technology Topics, Tips & Tricks: Social Bookmarking & Recommender Sites

Here are some great websites to take a look at for social bookmarking (excluding Twitter and related web applications). Social bookmarking tools can be used to find recommendations, what is popular, share what you love, and find further information on a topic. This recent article by eBizMBA lists the top 15 of February 2012. The hottest social bookmarking website right now is Pinterest. It does look pretty cool.  I wish I had the time to use all these social bookmarking tools!
Pinterest – “Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.”  I love how visually-based this website is! With such cool pin boards as “Plan a Wedding” or “Save your inspirations.”
Reddit – “The front page of the Internet.” Lists links and ranks the most popular websites on the Internet and websites that are trending. 
Delicious – “Delicious helps you find cool stuff and collect it for easy sharing. Dig into stacks created by the community, and then build your own!” 
Digg – “Digg is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. From the biggest online destinations to the most obscure blog, Digg surfaces the best stuff as voted on by our community.”
StumbleUpon – “We help you explore new and interesting things from every corner of the Web.”  You tell StumbleUpon what you like and it will recommend web pages, videos, photos and more that “you wouldn’t have found on your own.”
GetGlue – “GetGlue is a social network for entertainment. Users check-in and share what they are watching, listening to and reading with friends; get fresh recommendations, exclusive stickers, discounts and other rewards from their favorite shows and movies.”

GTA Technology Topics, Tips & Tricks: Tools to Help Support Learning & Organization

Here are some great tools to think about using to help you learn and organize! There is of course the Google Apps suite but the recommendations posted below are out of the box type of tools!
Quizlets Flashcards help you study for final exams, languages, vocabulary, etc. and they can be shared. Web-based. (Free)
Index Card for Apple iPad lets you write index cards. Useful for those non-linear thinkers! ($4.99)
inClass for Apple iPad and iPhone is basically a digital planner, allowing you to store multimedia notes and organize your schedule (free)
Evernote for PC and Mac OS X. Amazing tool where you can tag notes and save web clips, text documents, pdfs, etc. Can be used in every aspect of your life and I think its a great tool for saving and organizing recipes. Their tagline is “Remember Everything” and there is a browser plug-in. Syncs across devices. (free)
iProcrastinate for Mac OS X and iPhone. Sync calendars, tasks and to do lists. You can break down tasks into components. (free) is a brainstorming tool. Web-based. (free)
Diigo lets you bookmark, highlight and sticky note (annotate web) pages. Web-based and all platforms. (try for free = limited features)