OCLC announces strategy to move library management services to Web scale
DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 23 April 2009-OCLC is connecting the content, technology and expert capabilities of its member libraries worldwide to create the first Web-scale, cooperative library management service. Member libraries can take the first step to realizing this cooperative service model with a new, "quick start" version of the OCLC WorldCat Local service.
Rayport’s Social Networks are the New Web Portals compares traditional online gatekeepers such as Google, Yahoo and MSN with the onslaught of social networking juggernauts like Myspace and Facebook. Social networking sites, in comparison to search engines (the case in the example above) exist as one-stop shops, enriched with a social component. From video and music sharing to mobile accessibility, social networking sites seek to be everything in every location: in other words, “users live their lives online.” Another key differentiator between social networking and traditional gateways is the former’s attempt to create “constellations” rather than “destinations”: social networks seek to provide an already enriched – and often opinionative – community, while traditional search engines attempt to provide accurate and efficient data.
I believe that when presented with accurate information or group information, users will usually opt for the former. Of course, there are certain situations (especially those in which group influence is more prominent) that will select the latter, but generally I do believe that the intrinsic human pursuit of what we perceive to be true trumps ancillary endeavors. Moreover, while I agree that social networks provide immediate information (albeit subjective) on a range of issues, organizing and managing such data is cumbersome and complex. According to some professors, organizing such information and human behaviors online is impossible, rendering social networking a Sisyphean endeavor. In conclusion, although social networks may be mediums to obtain accurate information or influence buying decisions, I believe that ultimate authority will remain in traditional search engines.
This website is on about.com. It's by Kimberly and Albrecht Powell. It talks about capital punishment in the state of Pennsylvania. It gives historic facts about lynching (hanging), the electric chair, and lethal injection.
"Both Lifehacker and Micro Persuasion have compiled excellent lists recommending useful bookmarklets to make your browsing experience more effective. These handy little applications are a combo of the bookmark and the applet (a small computer program) and they set up one-click buttons which appear on your browser and perform a specific function."
M.T.A. Web Site Went Dark, Too
By WILLIAM NEUMAN
When the power went out in a broad swath of the Upper East Side and the Bronx on Wednesday, a record number of commuters turned to the Internet to learn if their subway lines or commuter trains were running. But the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Web site provided no help.
The site became inaccessible shortly after the electricity went out at 3:41 p.m. and was down for about an hour, a little longer than the 49-minute power failure.
"Because the incident occurred right before people were getting ready to leave the office, we had a huge surge of traffic at one time, unlike anything we'd had before," Jeremy Soffin, a spokesman for the transportation authority, said yesterday.
The failure cut power to signals on several subway lines. Service was disrupted, with delays extending well into the evening, making the trip home for many commuters even more uncomfortable on a hot and muggy day. Service on the Metro-North Railroad was also briefly interrupted.
For that reason, the site features a blog, a wiki, RSS feeds and email alerts -- the last two being configurable down to individual tags. Users can rate sites and add them to a "favorites" page.