Staying organized

I’ve used a number of utilities like this over the years. It’s a handy way to keep track of online resources that I use frequently. A long time ago, I even created one for the school district and it was called the Student Reference Portal. I had the IT Department make it the default page for the browsers.

Essentially, it’s a collection of important and frequently referenced links. If you’ve ever witnessed the frustration of watching students type a URL, you’ll immediately see the value.

And, more importantly, you can’t expect students to “Google” everything that they want to use on the internet. That doesn’t teach them much and there’s no guarantee that they’re going to end up where you want them to. Then, there’s the whole misinformation / literacy piece.

I played around with my latest find in this genre of resources this morning. It’s called Papaly.

You can create your own account and start getting organized or just play around with this tutorial offering.

The authors have taken a “card” approach to the layout. This means that you can pick up any of the cards and rearrange them to meet your need. When you start from scratch, you’ll have nothing but quickly can add your own links or import your bookmarks.

You’d populate the board with cards and enclosed links of your own and then leave this in a tab or make the link to your board the default for your browser.

If you’re going to start somewhere, you might as well start somewhere immediately usable. We all have our browsing routine. With a service like this, you can facilitate it by baking it right in.


Today in Twitter

Are you the type that likes to review what’s happened during the past day with your Twitter account?

Do you have this paranoid feeling that people are talking about you and you missed it?

Is there an event with a hashtag happening that you’d like the details about?

Is there something going on with a common word that you’d like any and all of the details about?

Is Twitter blocked at your location but you still want to follow any of the above?

Do you want to know everything but don’t want to be connected to Twitter 24/7?

If any of the above apply to you, then Twilert may well be the answer to your problems.  It’s a simple and yet very powerful concept.  Just head over to the Twilert site and login with your Twitter ID or Google ID and create yourself a Twilert.  It can be any user or hashtag or search term.

Twilert then goes to work aggregating all of the comments based upon that search term and sends them to you in the form of an email.  The final step in this process is to pick a time when you’d like Twilert to email the results to you!  I follow the term “dougpete” and have mine delivered at 2pm.  It’s a nice mid-afternoon to late-evening diversion.  (Never mind the green marks – that’s my Web of Trust letting me know that those links are safe.

If you should miss a message or want to jump into the conversation, Twilert conveniently provides links for you to right in the email message.


If your job is tracking social media conversations about your product, it’s invaluable.  But, even hobby users of the service want to stay on top of things, so why not? You’ll never miss a message again.

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Moving On

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I try my best to share the weblinks that I find on a daily basis.  It started out as just a personal project so that I wouldn’t lose anything.  It worked out well just recently.  A colleague recalled an article about cell phone use but couldn’t remember it.  Fortunately, I had tucked it away and a quick search allowed me to help her locate it.

A while ago, I had used Delicious to keep track of things but just for my own personal reasons.  I showed a friend how it worked once and she was the one that suggested I work on finding a way to share these “finds” with others.  It made sense – we’re all better when we’re rowing in the same direction.  I dug around Delicious and found an experimental feature that posts your links daily to your blog.  For the most part, it worked really nicely.  Every now and again, however, it seems to go wonky and makes repeated posts.  It’s annoying, to be sure, and I found that I was doing a lot of back fill maintenance to stop the blog from looking like a dog’s breakfast.

The latest episode happened last week.  So, I decided to go through and try to do some maintenance and see if I could figure out what was going wrong.  Alas, I’ve been presented constantly with the following message.

That was my call to action.  After all, I have so much to share!  For a few days, to give Delicious time to orient itself, I was doing the posts manually.  But, there’s no resolution in site.  I decided to pursue another angle.

My posting process actually has the links being posted to Diigo first and then cross posted to my Delicious account.  I’ve kept both accounts going for a number of reasons including, and correctly as it turns out, for redundancy.  It turns out that Diigo has the same sort of functionality for posting.

Then, it was sit and wait with fingers crossed.  It turns out that it works nicely.  It’s posting to this blog as it should and posts sent to Diigo are stored there as well as being forwarded to Delicious.  I have the timer set to do it in the evening so that I can monitor it rather than its traditional, hopefully non-intrusive, 1:00am timeslot.

Does this mean that Delicious is done?  Absolutely not.  It’s a great service and I’ve got a nice network of followers over there.  It’s also great to have a redundancy backup for this process as well.  It’s just a shame that things aren’t working the way that they should.

The problem with robotic posts is that when robots go wild, strange things happen.  I just felt like I had to so something as it had gotten out of control but I was “spamming” people inadvertently.  And, everyone hates a spammer!

links for 2010-11-13

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    Mobile devices have changed the way consumers access the Internet as well as the way marketers are trying to reach customers. Although QR codes and mobile barcodes have been around for several years, the explosion of the smartphone market allowed barcode scanning to grow 700 percent from January 2010 to July 2010.

  • Teacher Magazine: Mr. Administrator, Tear Down This Firewall!
    Hoping to move the debate along, members of the Teacher Leaders Network recently had a very frank discussion of the topic in our 24/7/365 private chat room. Here’s a sample of what we had to say. (To honor our TLN confidentiality agreement, I’ve only used first names here.)

  • Ford Social Media Guidelines
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