del.icio.us

Setting up an account / features of del.icio.us

In PLCMC’s Learning 2.0 blog, Helene Blowers offers links to several good resources on del.icio.us. Check out this short video tutorial on del.ic.ious from the Otter group. It gives a nice overview of the site and step – by -step instructions on many of the topics discussed below. Another, Several Habits of Wildly Successful del.icio.us Users has some very useful tips on specific features in del.icio.us.

Follow these steps to create a del.icio.us account:

  • Go to: http://del.icio.us.
  • Select Register
  • Make up a user name and type it in.
  • Enter your password twice.
  • Your full name is optional.
  • Enter your email address.
  • At this point, you should be good to go — del.icio.us will send a verification email to complete the process.

Installing del.ic.ious Buttons:

At this point, you have the option of installing two del.icio.us buttons on your tool bar. This is the easiest way to work in Del.icio.us. One button will take you directly to the main Del.icio.us page. The other button, labeled “Tag”, will automatically open the “post” screen and paste in the url and name of the site you are looking at. You can also add a description or other notes about the site. This is also where you add your tags and notes about the site. If the site you are loading had already been loaded by other del.icio.us users, the most popular tags would be shown and you could click on them to add them to your post. If you had already added other sites and had tagged them, all of your tags would be available in the same way. And, you can add new, original tags.

One last thing to notice on the “post” is the “do not share” button. You can choose to not share internal sites or sites that you do not want others to know you have included in your del.icio.us.

Bundling:

After you have saved a few sites, you will want to investigate Bundling. Bundling lets you group a set of related tags together under one label. To create bundles and add tags to them, click on bundle tags at the bottom of your Favorites page, (or on the “Settings” page). This takes you to a new page within del.icio.us which provides instructions and tools for creating and editing your bundles.

Setting up a Network:

Setting up a network is as easy as clicking on “your network” and adding a user name. Add krl2pt0 to your network. You can add ptref, also, if you want to check it out further. Now whenever you want to see what is happening in those two accounts, just click on “your network” and select a site from the list you have created.Sharing sites is what it is all about. Go to http://del.icio.us/help/sharing. You will find it is as simple as adding a tag: for:user_name substituting the del.icio.us user name (such as krl2pt0). Other del.icio.us users can do the reverse. If someone has sent you a site, you will be notified on your home page by the Links for You button at the top of the page. See the del.icio.us help file for more on this.

Subscriptions:

Subscriptions are a way to keep track of all new bookmarks saved with tags that interest you. Best of all, just like newspaper or magazine subscriptions, you don’t have to go shop for them, they are automatically sent to you. All you have to do is pick the tags you want to subscribe to and each day, new links to sites with those tags are sent to your subscription page. As new links are added to your subscription page, older links drop off, so you always have a list of the newest entries.

Add tags to your account, create a network, share your tags with others, and continue to explore more features of del.icio.us as you go.

Google docs

Google Docs

Google Docs is a suite of online web applications like those you use in Microsoft Office. Google Docs contains word processing, a spreadsheet and a presentation program similar to MS PowerPoint. Because these are web-based applications and not programs that are housed on a hard drive, you can access them from any computer. Documents that you create are also stored online. You can export Google docs to your hard drive or as a web page. (You can use this feature to publish a Google doc in your blog).

You don’t have to worry about saving a document — all documents are automatically saved as you work on them. Document changes are tracked and you can always review or revert back to earlier revisions of a document.

One of the great features of Google Docs is document sharing — the ability to share a document with multiple users so that people in different locations can collaborate on a document, individually or at the same time. A Google Doc can have up to 10 simultaneous editors, a Google spreadsheet can have 5o. So, instead of attaching a document to an email and sending it to 5 or 6 people to review, and maybe getting 5 or 6 different versions back, you can send the users to the document and have all revisions in one place, and in real time.

To share a document, go to the “Share” tab and enter the email addresses of people you’d like to have view or collaborate on the document. This will let you send an email to everyone on your list with a link to the document, like the one you received about the tracking log.

Here’s a short YouTube video about Google Docs and a link to Google’s mini-tour.

If you want to find out more about the new Presentation application (on online version of Microsoft’s Power Point), visit the official Google Docs blog.

A couple more links:

  • Here’s a link to a WebWare article about some advanced features of Google doc, like “Live Update” — spreadsheet data that is automatically and continuously updated from web sources you select.
  • Another article, this one in Goundswell, gives some examples of how Google Docs can be used.

Other Online Applications

Zoho is another suite of free online application. In addition to the programs available in Google Docs, Zoho also has project management, a database application and a number of other programs. Give it a try!

Comment URL’s

Here’s how to find the URL of a comment you leave in someone’s blog:

This is an example of a post dated June 26, 2007, in the Sirsi blog. This was posted by Bananakafe at 3:55 PM and has one comment.

comment URL screenshot 1

If you click on the time of the post (3:55 PM), it will bring up a new screen that shows both the post and the comment:

comment URL screenshot 2

The comment Permalink, or URL, is embedded in the date the comment was posted. If you right click on the Permalink you will see the menu shown below:

comment URL screenshot 3

Select “Copy Shortcut” from this menu. This will copy the URL. You can then paste it into the tracking log which will provide a link back to your comment.

People

Planning:

  • Sue Whitford
  • Helen Ojeda
  • Nancy Manheimer
  • Bob Christensen.

Content

The folks who will be working throughout the project to develop the weekly content are:

  • Shirlee Clarke
  • Shannon Peterson
  • Kim Doyle
  • Erich DeWald (you’re still with us in spirit, Erich)
  • Jeannie Ream
  • Laura Warren
  • Susan Lee
  • Bob Christensen

Branch Advocates

The people to turn to if you have a question that you and you colleagues can’t answer:

  • Paulette Rhoades (Bainbridge Island/Sylvan Way)
  • Gail Christensen (Bainbridge Island)
  • Laura Warren (Downtown)
  • Karen Jeyes (Kingston/LB)
  • Susan Lee (Port Orchard/Manchester)
  • Christina (Silverdale)
  • Laura Havens-Saunders (Sylvan Way)
  • Cristina Boerman (Poulsbo)

KRL Board of Trustees

KRL Foundation

Tips on blogging

If you are new to blogging, or just want to get an overview, check out Wikipedia’s article on blogging.

Here are some links and tutorials on setting up your blog and blogging:

  • Blogger tour
  • Chris Abraham has a nice video tutorial on getting started using Blogger:

Want to try something different than Blogger? Here are links to similar video tutorials on WordPress, TypePad and Vox:

More? Here are some additional links to articles and tutorials on blogging:

  • Atomic Learning has a series of short (1 – 2 minute) video tutorials on different aspects of blogging.
  • ProBlogger has a series of tutorials (from Blogging 100 – Prerequisites, to Blogging 402 – Etiquette).
  • Starting a Blog is a blog about – you guessed it – Starting a blog. It has a number of tips and how-to articles.
  • BlogBasics also has a number of tutorials, from Getting Started to Advanced Tools.

Feel free to find a colleague or two and help each other get started. Happy blogging!

Tabbed Browsing

Tabbed Browsing

One of the things you’ll find as you go through the course is that you will come across a lot of links to different websites, blogs, articles, tutorials and more. Sometimes it can get confusing or frustrating going back and forth between different windows, or using the “Back” button on your browser. One of the nice features of Internet Explorer (IE) v.7 and the Firefox browser is tabbed browsing. This allows you to open a link (or many new links) in tabs that are displayed across the top of the browser window. For example, you might be exploring the Bloglines site in one tab while reading a tutorial about it in another.

Tabbed browsing allows you to:

  • Use one Internet Explorer window to view all your webpages.
  • Open links in a background tab while viewing the page you’re on.
  • Save and open multiple webpages at once by using favorites and home page tabs.

Tabs are visible just below the menu bar on your browser. You can have many tabs open at once which allows you to move back and forth between different websites simply by clicking on their tab. Other sites remain open in their tabs when you navigate away from them. If you are on a site and would like to follow a link, but also stay on the original site, you can right-click the link, choose “Open in New Tab,” and have both sites open.

In IE, to open a link in a new tab, just right-click on it, and select “Open in New Tab” on the menu that pops up. To open a blank tab, just click on the short tab that will be the last tab in the window. If you have a number of tabs open, the active window will be highlighted and will show an “X” near it’s right edge. To close a tab, just click on the “X”. Check out the tabbed browsing FAQ’s in the IE help menu for additional details on this feature.

For more information, see this Microsoft tutorial.

Setting up your Gmail account

email clipHow do I get a Gmail account?

Many of you are at least somewhat familiar with Google accounts and blogging from your experience during the Sirsi training. Whether you already have a Google account or not, setting up Gmail is easy.

  1. Go to Gmail’s Welcome Page
  2. Click on “Sign Up for Gmail”
  3. Complete the information in the box: “Get started with Gmail” and you are set up.

Gmail’s help facility is very good and includes a nice tutorial that should get you started.

Also, the click! program at KRL is now teaching a class on Gmail and created this handout that walks you through setting up an account step-by-step.

Gmail works a lot like other email programs, but it has some great features I think you’ll like that are a bit different.