Following the Candidate

I follow Will Richardson on Twitter (among others…) It’s interesting to read the comments and track the updates as you can follow some of these leaders as they go about doing what it is that they are doing. Today, he made an interesting observation.

Barack Obama is on Twitter.

So, I hopped over and sure enough, he has a Twitter presence. I checked out the history of his updates and it’s fascinating reading. It’s a virtual timeline of major happenings in his attempt to become the next president. Within the hour, I get the notification that he’s now following me.

I’m trying to get a grip on how a politician would use social networking and it makes a great deal of sense. Follow your candidates and get a sense of what’s really happening and not just what makes the 6:00 news. From a candidate’s perspective, you can control what message that you get out and it doesn’t go through a network producer/editor. And, unlike a major speech, the candidate has to get the message across in 140 characters. Best of all, it’s free.

I’m sure that someone must have taken the time to do a mashup on an internet mapping service of all of the candidate’s public appearances. You’ve got to believe that they are getting with the program and understanding another aspect of their constituency. Now, we’re not talking about millions of followers so the presence isn’t necessarily going to put the candidate over the top. However, it does serve to show that he’s trying to connect with voters and I’m sure the efforts will make a piece on a major news source as they take a turn at showing how candidates try to be young and in touch.

Flip back and Hillary Clinton is there as well. I’m not quite naive enough to think that these major candidates are doing the twittering themselves each time. It’s interesting to read and insightful however it is created.

Unfortunately for them though, this follower is Canadian.

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The Library as Conversation

If you have an hour, here’s an interesting presentation to listen to.

How do you create knowledge? It’s about conversation and how should libraries embrace conversations and promote active participation.

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Search is big business

If there’s any question that “Search” is big business, it’s solidified in this report in Business Week.

The report indicates that internet search giant Yahoo! will lay off 1000 workers.  The number 1000 is a large number and gives a sense of the size of the corporation.  But, the more telltale indicator is apparent when you read that revenue is predicted to be up to $6 billion dollars with profits in the millions.  This is huge and almost surreal to think of something that big.  And, you access it with your $39/month internet account.

You’ve got to believe that when you’re talking business of this size that you can’t rest on your laurels.  There was a time when you could count on your hand the big areas.  Altavista, Yahoo, Lycos but there has been so much growth in other areas of search.  Search also has evolved to the point where you may need or want to search from wherever you are.  There was a time when you went to a website to do  a search.  In attempts to corner the search market, access to search engines reaches into your browser with its search windows and your search bar add-ins. 

Not willing to sit at the back of the bus, APIs are available that will allow people to perform their searches right from your blog or wiki or webpage.  In the demand for universal search, those of us who are web producers must add as much functionality to our websites as others.  Search engines provide this functionality to us to incorporate this into our own productions.

In this mode, search is big business and viral.  It reaches into our desktops, our favourite webpages, our toolbars, and yes, even our bookmarked pages.

Search is no longer use something that you do; it’s everywhere; and it’s big business.

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Even comes with cupholders

The Airbus A380 is one of Airbus’ latest and greatest entry into their fine line of aircraft. It is touted by the company to be Greener, Cleaner, Quieter, and Smarter. The Airbus website outlines the details and the specifications of this marvelous machine. It’s spectacular from end to end.

Read all about it at:

I got a whole new appreciation for the aircraft, the design, and certainly for the pilots who make sure that you get from starting point to destination.

However, with the wonders of computer technology, I have a whole deeper appreciation for the job of the pilot. It has been a long time since I’ve seen a virtual reality simulation that engaged me this deeply.

Strap yourself in and head over to:

And before you take off, check out the cup holders!

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