Noticings – Game or Sociologist’s Pipe Dream?

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Image by Ben Terrett via Flickr

I read a blog post at Next Web that peaked my curiosity as a budding photographer.  It was this game called Noticings and the main point behind it was to slow down, look around then document via camera/camera phone what you noticed. I immediately thought what a great way to not only give me more practice with my camera but to do something I really need to do when taking pictures – S L OW DOWN!

There are a few rules which are in flux (e.g. a noticing isn’t a person, you can’t submit more than 1 photo of a thing, etc.) and points are awarded for different criteria (being noticed, being the 1st noticing in a neighborhood, etc.).  But the thing that is most interesting (other than the excuse to get out and take some photos) are the people.  Since the rules are in flux and they have a Get Satisfaction site set up to take questions as well as suggestions,  a sociologist could have a field day there.  Human nature is always something fun to watch and this game let’s you enjoy it as well as some interesting photographs.

As the creators have said, everyone has their own definition of what a “noticing” is.  One man’s interesting is another’s ordinary.  I have to remind myself of that some days since there are no real die hard rules.  It is interesting to see what playing a game with no real rules brings out in people – humans tend to be naturally competitive.  But I play not to compete (I’ve been at the bottom and the top of the standings) but in order to practice the craft or art of photography and make myself slow down (some days I succeed at this and others I do not).  So why don’t you play along and see what you notice.

Interesting links:

Noticings web site

Unofficial Flick group

Noticings clusters on Flickr

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What I Meant To Say

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Why is it that you always think of the perfect thing to say after the fact?  Last night was no exception.  I taught an overview of Twitter and all the good things came to me after the class had left.  I’m left feeling as if I let them down by not passing along this info.  I had so much in my head, so much I had planned to show and talk about but somehow there is never enough time.

So here is a list of things I hope I pointed out but in case I didn’t:

  • Your follower/following ratio – this ratio should not be horribly lopsided.  5 followers but following 500 isn’t good.  More than likely that person is just in it for the numbers (so folks just want to have the most followers but aren’t really using Twitter correctly).
  • Before you follow – view their profile.  Is their bio filled out?  Who are they following?  What is their follower/following ratio?  Read some of their tweets, all of them help you to decide is this person really someone I want to follow.
  • Twitter vs. Facebook – Twitter is more informational.  Facebook is more fun.  Each has it’s place and they can connect (have Twitter update your status on Facebook) but I don’t get the same level of information on Facebook as I do on Twitter.
  • To understand Twitter you need to use Twitter.  Not that the concept is so hard to grasp just that it can have so many applications depending on what you want from it.
  • I did say this but feel I should elaborate – Twitter is what you get out of it.  I use it to stay on top of trends (professionally or just what’s going on in the world), I use it to stay informed (following BBCnews, BreakingNews, NyTimes as well as several experts in the social media arena), I use it to connect to others in my profession, I use it for note taking (I’ve live blogged a photography class I attend at the library just using Twitter.  Because I hashtagged my Tweets I was able to go back later and put all my notes into a cohesive blog post).
  • Use Twitter for what you want but be real.  If you want to connect with other like minded folks, Twitter is great for that.  If you want to promote your business, non-profit, favorite charity, etc. it is also great for that.  Just beware.  Don’t be an institution.  People want to follow real people no matter whether is it a Mom who is looking to connect to other stay at home Moms or it is a Fortune 500 company trying to connect with their customers.  Let your personality shine through on your tweets.  Don’t be stuffy.  Also don’t make it all about you – engage a conversation with your customers.  Make yourself approachable.  Twitter is just another doorway into your business – good customer service extends to the web as well.
  • Protecting your tweets isn’t always a good thing.  If you are out on the social web the point is to share.  I understand about wanting to be in control of what you share with others.  Protecting your tweets just puts another layer between you and the people/customers who may want to follow you.  This also keeps your tweets out of searches.  So if I search for dog grooming and your are a dog groomer with protected tweets I’m not going to see you and you may miss an opportunity for business.  What are you protecting?  Think twice before you protect your tweets.
  • Be patient.  Give it a try.  Twitter wasn’t built in a day.  You need to try it on, take it out for a test drive, kick the tires a little bit before you decide.  The social web has a web site for everyone – Twitter maybe for you or it may not.  But at least give it a try.
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Who Moved My FriendFeed?

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By now most folks who use Friendfeed know that it was acquired by Facebook yesterday.  If you visit Friendfeed today you’ll see lots of gloom and doom predictions, rats leaving the sinking ship and so on.  Ah, human nature is amazing to behold in action.  Move someone’s cheese and they just can’t handle it.

I’m not saying you have to like Facebook, I’m not saying you have to stay if you don’t feel like it but let’s wait and see if all that you are sure is going to happen, happens.  I remember when I first started at Friendfeed everyone was predicting the fall of Twitter – everyone is moving over here they won’t use Twitter.  I even blogged about this and letting the dust settle before I made any rash decisions or predictions.

I maybe one of the few at Friendfeed that love both sites and use them differently.  I don’t know what is going to happen (and neither do any of you who aren’t employeed by Facebook).  So let’s just sit back, see what happens and for once not assume the worst.  If you have to leave based on some princple then go but do it quietly please.

I guess my quote on my Momentile profile says it all – “Embrace change because it’s going to happen anyway.”   If you have been around the interwebs for any time at all you should know by now that things change, sites get bought out, new ones become the golden child and tried but true ones fade away.  It will be an interesting next couple of months to see just what happens to Friendfeed and who stays or goes.  Maybe I should have gone into psychiatry – manking and the way they thing/react is indeed very interesting to study.

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More Than Just Addition

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Anyone who knows me understands that math is not my strong suit.  However, there is more to using social web sites than just adding a post, a picture, a video.  What you really need to do is multiply!

Multiply your readers, visitors, followers or friends by making sure you add as much information as possible.  For example Flickr – don’t just add your photos and call it a day.  At the bare minimum you should include a catchy title (hate when I see img_0875.jpg as title), add a tag or two (being the self-professed tag whore I would say add as many as you can) and include the picture on the map.  Why?  Because by doing any of those things you can make it just a little bit easier for someone to find you, your pictures, your web site – object isn’t to make it harder for your customers (audience) but easier.

Make your audience’s search a bit easier.  If I did a search for Jackson Pollock because my child attended a class at the library and there were photos being taken, I would expect that those photos should show up in the search results somewhere.  Well, they won’t if I don’t use it in the title, description or tags.  If I leave the title as img_0875.jpg – what does that mean to anyone who isn’t a camera?  Refusing to add a description or at least a few tags leaves my audience not getting the search results they expect.

This goes for personal accounts as well as organizational accounts.  Not everyone searches the same way.  Some people will type a name into a search box, some will explore a site and dig around (but not for too long if they don’t find what they want) – the point is everyone is unique and they come at their information gathering in a different way.  So don’t expect people to KNOW you have an account on Flickr and they’ll find your photostream – maybe they’ll stumble upon you while searching tags or exploring the map.  They won’t be able to do that if you don’t take full advantage of the features a site offers.

This may take a little bit more time to do for each photo you upload but in the long run it is worth it if your customers/audience finds you a lot easier because you just did some simple math.  You can also apply this math lesson to other social web sites – don’t just add, multiply!

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When Is Too Much, Too Much?

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I am probably going to be in the minority on this one.  But how many Tweets is too many?

Does your message get diluted if you Tweet too much on Twitter or does it get diluted if you have too many followers?

How do you balance the right amount of Tweets to keep your followers engaged vs. overwhelmed?  Keep in mind I’m thinking more along the lines of an official account versus a personal account but I think it can apply to both.  Is one man’s not enough another man’s too much?

I subscribe to several Twitter accounts that are linked to libraries or businesses – some of them Tweet quite often while others rarely.  I don’t seem to have a problem with the ones that Tweet more (I quickly glance at the Tweet that pops up in Twhirl and move on – just like those Thunderbird pop ups that let me know I have a new email).  Some say you overwhelm your customers/consumers if you Tweet often.  Not sure I agree with that.  The ones that don’t Tweet much at all are doing their customers the real disservice.  Don’t taunt me, tease me into thinking I can communicate with you via Twitter and then give me nothing or very little.  Is more than 10, 20, 30, 50, 100 Tweets a day too much?  Is it really about a number?  Shouldn’t it be about content?  Shouldn’t the real measure be whether or not you are providing your customers/consumers with content of value and a way for them to reach you?

So what do you think?

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Let The Social Web Document Your Next Training

social-web-researchWhile driving home from the Maryland Library Association conference I had several hours in the car alone to contemplate things.  At some point my mind wondered to those forms that we or at least folks in Maryland have to fill out to receive CEUs.

The form is boring.  The form can’t really capture what you may or may not have learned at a training or conference.  Why not allow the social web to document your next training or conference as an option.  Mind you I know not everyone blogs or Twitters or has a Flickr account but many of us do.

Submit your Twitter stream and the hashtags you used.  Give the URL of your Flickr set from the training/conference.  Set up a blog and live the sessions you attend.  All of these options would give your employer a much better idea of what you got out of a session than some form.

Maryland Libraries Sandbox Wiki Email Issues

Many Maryland library staff who participated in 23 Things and played with the Maryland Libraries Sandbox Wiki.  Well now due to PBworks (the software behind the wiki) changed who it views as an admin to the site (basically anyone who ever signed up their email address so you could edit the wiki) – people are now getting lots of emails from PBworks Changebot.

Here is how you can stop these emails from hitting your inbox:

  • log into the wiki
  • click on Account in the upper right hand corner
  • click on the Home tab
  • in the Preferences section select NEVER
  • click submit

If you can’t log into the wiki – either contact the workplace owner and explain that you want to login (but forgot your login)  to change your settings

OR

setup a filter in your email client to delete emails that come from the marylandlibrariessandbox.

Tale of Two Customers Experiences

It was the best of customer experiences, it was the worst of customer experiences.  Odd that they both took place during the same conference.

BAD:

I attended the 2009 Maryland Library Association conference held at the Clarion hotel in Ocean City, Maryland.  I left my home in Northwest Baltimore County to travel to Maryland’s Eastern Shore around 6:30 pm.  Believe it or not I’m not familiar with Ocean City despite being a Maryland native.  I’m more of a Rehoboth Beach, DE kinda of girl.  So I took my trusty GPS with me so I wouldn’t get lost.  Of course that is exactly what happened or at least it took me on a very round about way to the Clarion in OC.

For some reason the day before a large convention which had most of the hotel booked they decided to paint half of their parking lot.  So when I get there there was no parking on the same side of the street as the hotel.  I parked in front of the office area and walked in to see where I could park.  “Hi, I’m here to attend a convention and I’m staying the night.  Can you tell me where I can park, your lot is full.” “There is overflow parking across the street.” is what I heard back.  No, “Oh let me check you in first since you’ll need to place a tag on your car” or “Would you like to check in now and then park your car?”  Instead I get back in my car, drive down a couple lights to find a spot where I can do a U-turn and park my car.  Since I’ve heard horror stories of people being hit while crossing Coastal Highway, I decided to be a good pedisterian and crossed at the crosswalk, drag my bag on the sidewalk until I get back to the hotel.

When I get there I see four people working the desk, three of them talking to each other and one actually helping someone.  Finally one of the talkers looks up and asks me if I’d like to check in.  After I check in and get my key she then tells that I need to hang this tag on my car which is now unconviently parked across an eight lane highway.  It wasn’t that big a deal to walk over there it was just the topping on poor customer service.  Good customer service would have dictated that when I came in to find out where to park they should have offered to check me in and give me the tag then.

In this day and age with the economy depressed as it is and businesses failing left and right customer service, good customer service is MORE essential than ever.  Just because I am attending a conference in your hotel does not mean I have to book a room in your hotel.  I can assure you that next year if I attend MLA 2010 I won’t be staying at the Clarion.  I’ll find a place that actually understands what proper customer service looks like.

103_1120GOOD:

Thank goodness I was able to experience the opposite of the above customer service issue while I was still in Ocean City.  Thursday night I went to dinner with a good friend.  Since he is more familiar with Ocean City and what they have to offer I asked him to pick the place.  We drove up to Galaxy66 Bar and Grille.   As I walked through the door I realized that this was going to be a different dinning experience.  The decor, colors used, even the plates on the table set a tone.  Then from the moment we walked in the customer service and attention to detail was excellent.

I asked our waiters if they served Coke products.  Sounds a bit odd but I’ve made the mistake over the years of asking for a Diet Coke but they fail to tell me that it’s really Diet Pepsi.   I explained to the guys that I had gone all day without a Diet Coke and I was jonesing big time.  That was just the start.  They brought me a Diet Coke and before the last drop was finished there was another glass was brought to me.  Their attention was the right blend of anticipating what we needed, asking us and staying away so we could chat and dine.  The menu was unique.  The flavor combinations were different but they worked.  I was pleasantly surprised with my bokchoy salad – red curry aioli, scallion crepe, radiccio, yellow and orange peppers, crispy lo mein noodles and shoestring carrots.  I then followed that very generous portion of salad with the gnocchi – seasonal mushrooms, rocket, garlic truffle oil, aged Parmesan.  Dinner was accompanied by toasted bread with my favorite herb, rosemary.

103_1117It was a wonderful time to spend with an old friend and the restuarant only made it better.  I judge a restaurant not only by it’s customer service, food but also by it’s ladies room.  It doesn’t have to be fancy but just clean.  Well, Galaxy66 had both.  The funky decor continued into the ladies room and it was clean.  To me that means you care – if you care about that then I have faith that the kitchen has as much if not more care given to it.  The icing on the cake for me was the card that came with the bill.  Being the social web guru that I am I absolutely loved seeing that they were on Facebook.  When I visited their web site they are also listed as being on Twitter.  You know I just had to follow and friend them.  Thank you to our waiters, the chef and the manager of Galaxy66 for great customer service, a wonderful unique meal and making my short stay in Ocean City a lot better (especially after the Clarion’s boo-boo).

What To Do With Your Digital SLR

nikond80_mirrorI had the good fortune to attend a WONDERFUL class last night at the Howard County Library.    My hats off to Cristina Lozare of the Central Library  for orchestrating this.  She not only contacted the two passionate photographers to teach the class but she really marketed the class – so well attended class there were no empty chairs.  The class was presented by Anne Kelley Looney and Jeff Kniple.  They did an amazing job of sharing their love of photography, answering questions and making things make sense to this buddy photographer (read very, very much a beginner).  They even kindly stayed after the library closed to help people with the cameras they had bought.  I love to see passionate people share with others.  It was just such an infectious atmosphere to be in.

I decided to Twitter my notes with the hashtag #dslr so I could go back and put them altogether.  The infectious atmosphere must have translated to my Tweets because I had 2 of my followers tell me “really enjoyed your #dslr tweets” and ” following your tweets makes me want to go out and take pics…but it’s dark!“.  I even had a couple of comments on my Facebook page because of my tweets from the class.  I was happy to share this fabulous class with everyone.  I promise Cristina that I’d pull my tweets together into a cohesive list so she could let those pass them on to those who attended the class last night.

My tweets from the class – a lot of good information that I’m happy to share:

  • Sitting in Digital SLR class at Central Library waiting for it to begin – going to hashtag it #dslr for my notes
  • Class offered by Anne Kelley Looney and Jeff Kniple
  • this class will help those stuck in the program mode to get out of it – get a little bit technical to get creative
  • 5 main things – focusing, shutter opening, aperture, ISO speed, white balance
  • your eye sees things differently than the camera
  • Nikon D200 has 11 focal pts where as the Canon 5d only have 9 pts
  • use whatever you are most comfortable w/live view or viewfinder – most don’t focus as accurately in live view
  • biggest reason to use viewfinder – DSLR were designed that way and can be held more firmly/proper grip – leads to sharper pics
  • subject not moving/nor you -choose manual focus – subject not moving too fast – single shot autofocus
  • subject moving – use servo or continuous autofocus mode
  • Exposure – if you can’t see it doesn’t matter if it’s in focus
  • aperture let’s light in more or less efficiently depending on setting – aperture is like the size hose to fill the bucket
  • to a camera the world is grey – camera’s try to average the range of tones into an exposure
  • scenes that fall into the extremes throw off many cameras – sun in frame, beach or snow scene, night time, high contrast
  • camera is trying to capture the best image wo/over or under exposing what it thinks is the subject
  • shutter speeds – camera is giving you a fraction of a second for shutter speed
  • camera is trying to capture the best image wo/over or under exposing what it thinks is the subject
  • fix exposure change the shutter speed, too dark – slower shutter speed , too light – faster shutter speed
  • aperture – fstops – lower # = bigger the higher the number the smaller the whole in the lens
  • fix improper exposure is to change aperture – too light close down lens w/higher # too dark open lens to lower #
  • ISO lower # less sensitive it is to light – higher speed requires less light for correct exposure
  • ISO range fromn 50 – 25,600 most DSLRs 200 – 3200
  • too dark – go up to higher ISo , too light – go to lower ISO – be careful to a pt that is OK – no free lunch
  • higher ISO lose bit of color, clarity – and you get grainy/noise less sharpness
  • wt balance – natural light different colors, tungsten – yellow, shaded areas more blue, fluorescent is greener
  • when possible use white balance setting for the type of light you have – if mixed light use camera’s auto balance
  • read up on raw files change light and switch things around
  • 4 exp. modes – Program camera chooses apt. and shutter speed
  • A or Av you pick apt. S ot TV – you pick shutter speed
  • simplest solution to too dark or too light – adjust your exp comp wheelt to a + number and take it again
  • if too light – turn exp to – side and repeat the process until you get it right
  • inside or if dark enough around you – look at screen
  • if too bright use the highlight warning screen or histogram
  • blow out the highlights means too much light in a particular area – no value – the bucket is over filled -over exposed
  • digital you are exposing for the highights where as film was exposing for the shadows
  • using histogram don’t lose stuff on the far right of the image – the white side
  • don’t over extend the sensor on the dark or the light end – you want it to be in a range – you don’t want extremes
  • got to get it right in the camera no matter what editing software you use
  • larger apt give smaller amt of photo in focus – smaller apt gives more in focus
  • shutter speeds 2nd most important key to sharp images – blur or freeze the subject
  • old rule of thumb – equal length of lens that you are using to ensure sharp pic
  • 1 1/2 times the length of lens w/today’s DSLRs – 50mm 1/75 or faster 100mm 1/150 or faster
  • you can cheat a little if your lens has VR or image stabilization – read manual or marketing on it
  • shoot at lowest ISO rating that your camera is made for – move it up if you have to – no farther than you have to
  • most important accessory – flash! match a flash to your camera system
  • bounce flash gives softer look – bounce off wall can give directional light no harsh shadows
  • shadow directly off to the side – from on board flash
  • if the photo is not interesting, you are not close enough – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • flash can be a great way to freeze action
  • evoke a feeling – tell a story – document a moment – express imagination – be fact or fiction – be understood uniquely – suspend belief
  • compostion – how you want everything in the image to relate to each other
  • composing your image what/where main subject is and what else is included – yopu are telling them what YOU want them to see
  • white card under subject draw light from the sky into the subject – simple way to get more of what you are looking for
  • composition – size, position, focus of subject
  • where does your eye start? how do your eyes move around the image
  • main subject – where you want viewer’s eye to go – rule of thirds based on 19th cen painters
  • most powerful spots where the lines intersect in the rules of thirds
  • upper left and lower right most compelling spots for main subjects
  • our eyes will follow the subject’s eyes – make sure there is room on the left and right of subject
  • support the main subject – soft focus background, lines leading to the subject contrast between lt & dk framing subject
  • your image is a story – support main character but there are supporting characters too
  • main subj – edge light – juxtapose near/far objects, include something in foreground – leading lines, tone, contrast create depth
  • looking at photographs from famous photographers over the ages to demonstrate the things that support main subject
  • creative ways – get close, wide angle, strong light as an edge light, shift subject away from center
  • watch the background – so easy to make this mistake but so easy to avoid this mistake
  • 2 or more people similarly toned clothing allows focus to be on the people expression relationship than the clothing transcends style
  • remember wide angle lens will widen the subjects at edges – use 50/70 and walk a bit away – will look better
  • always power off before changing memory, battery or lens
  • don’t change lens in dusty area – have camera down to take off lens and put new lens on
  • your computer monitor can be out of calibration so what you think is color correct may not – create relationship with photo lab

#Follow Any Day

More and more people are getting on board the Twitter train.  One thing that I hear from  people who are either new to Twitter or aren’t sure about it – who do I follow?  A trend that got started is the perfect solution to the answer and it’s known as FollowFriday.   Every Friday you are encouraged to suggest to your Tweeps who you consider follow worthy.  I love this idea and have contributed to it each and every Friday since I’ve learned about it.  Only flaw I’ve seen is there was no real way to know why I should follow one person vs. another.  When I’ve tweeted my #followfriday recommendations I’ve always tried to include what these people have in common.  So in other words I categorized my Tweeps (gee, I do work in a library you know – sorry no Dewey decimal or LOC subject headings just basic tagging here).

My list of who I am following is growing.  I have lots of different groups (library folks, Linux people, business, news, etc).  So I decided to break down my groups and list them here on my blog then you can follow these fine folks any day of the week.  Listed in order as they appear in my Twitter account.

Libraries, Library people and trainers to follow:

yalescilib / YaleScienceLibraries

HCLDayintheLife / HowardCo Lib Staff

HiRecommended/HCL Highly Recommended

geekegrrl / Sarah

Auger / Brian Auger

beccalovesbooks / Becca Johnson

weelibrarian / Krista Godfrey

vargasruth / Ruth Vargas

dbouman / Danny Bouman

jdelagardelle / Jody Delagardelle

typealibrarian / Jennifer Hrusch

glenhorton / Glen Horton

chattylibrarian / Joan

CanuckLibrarian / Jennifer C

FrontierLibrary / Sarah Baldwin

kgs / K.G. Schneider

SBULibrary / Stony Brook Library

Kaess / Katrin Kropf

libraryfuture / Joe Murphy

cdm014

Lee_Martin

skiddjohnson / Suzanne Kidd Johnson

LibraryGuy / Craig Anderson

infowidget / Amy Harmon

Jill_HW / Jill Hurst-Wahl

cclibrarian / JMS

library_chan / Melissa Houlroyd

billcompugeek / Bill

Sara_Mooney / Sara Mooney

jaimebc / jaime corris hammond

sclapp / Sharon Clapp

lagina

jenother / Jen Spisak

pollyalida / polly

gspadoni / Gina Spadoni

hbraum / Heather Braum

calimae / Cindy Bowen

ashlieconway / Ashlie Conway

Slzimm1 / Stephanie Zimmerman

LorreS / Lorre Smith

griffey / Jason Griffey

walkingpaper / aaron schmidt

awd / Aaron W. Dobbs

cindi

librarysteve

rtennant / Roy Tennant

stevelawson / Steve Lawson

ZenLibrarian / Annette Jones

infosciphi / Chadwick Seagraves

bckhough / Brenda Hough

aarontay

ALA_LITA

ellbeecee / Laura

ashuping / Andrew Shuping

caro6302 / Caroline Ramsden

james3neal / James Neal

webmaster_ref / Brent Ferguson

librarygary

libkitty / Freya Anderson

WebJunction

brewinlibrarian / Matt Hamilton

erindowney

lorireed

hblowers / Helene

librarianmer / Meredith

libraryman / Michael Porter

akearns / Amy Kearns

askusnow / Maryland AskUsNow!

s_francoeur / Stephen Francoeur

LibraryJournal / Library Journal

talkingbooks / Talking Books

tisfortraining

joshuamneff / Joshua M. Neff

MLx / Marianne Lenox

librarianbyday / Bobbi Newman

crankylibrarian / Kaia

tattp / Valerie Beyers

LibraryChica / Stacey Aldrich

shifted / Jenny Levine

RyanDeschamps / Ryan Deschamps

victoriaptersen / Victoria Petersen

library_chic / Courtney S.

pfanderson / P. F. Anderson

cjburns / Christa Burns

gregschwartz / Greg Schwartz

conniecrosby / Connie Crosby

strnglibrarian / Julie Strange

rachelrapp / Rachel Rappaport

TheLiB / Sarah Houghton-Jan

mbreeding / Marshall Breeding

mstephens7 / Michael Stephens

adegroff

jessamyn / jessamyn west

msauers / Michael Sauers

baldgeekinmd / MC aka baldgeekinmd

Web 2.0 or Social Media/Networking:

hootsuite / HootSuite

Topify

FirstDigg / FirstDigg / Urgo

TwitZap

adamostrow / Adam Ostrow

Gripwire / Brett Polonsky

mattsingley / matt singley

bobrobboy / Bob Robertson-Boyd

rww / Richard MacManus

socialmedian / Jason Goldberg

ashleylomas / Ashley Lomas

TheNextWeb / The Next Web

kanter / Beth Kanter

adamhirsch / Adam Hirsch

digitalnatives / Digital Natives

jowyang / Jeremiah Owyang

mashable / Pete Cashmore

SocialMedia411 / Social Media Insider

socialmention

slqotd / SLQOTD

TiffanyStrobel / Tiffany Strobel

socialmediaclub / Social Media Club

Open Source related :

ranginui / Chris Cormack- Koha

joetho / Joe Tho- Koha

wizzyrea / Liz Rea- Koha

Miromurr / Thomas Brevik- Koha

gmcharlt / Galen – Koha

magnusenger – Koha

corephp / ‘corePHP’

nirak / Karin Dalziel- Linux

LinuxVoices

galaxiecruzin / Alex B- Linux

nengard / Nicole Engard – Koha

linuxjournal

Linux

Companies or  Web Sites:

momentile / Momentile

wefollow

engadget / Engadget

google / A Googler

Twitter_Tips / Tips, Tools, Status

facebook / Facebook

nytimes / The New York Times

TwistenFM / Twisten.FM

WebReference

firefox / Firefox

BreakingNewz / Breaking News

Grooveshark

TalkShoe

wordpress / WordPress

BreakingNews / BNO News

google_us_news / Google News US

bbctech / BBC Technology

cnnbrk / CNN Breaking News