CASE SMC Resources

Many of you are aware that I am chairing the CASE Social Media and Community conference. I’m excited to meet the more than 150 participants signed up to take part in what I hope will be valuable experience. For those of you who are part of that 150 (and for those of you who are not) we have online resources you can peruse during the conference:

Check out our Diigo group. We plan to add more resources to the group during the conference and after it is complete.

Follow the backchannel with the Twitter hashtag #CASEsmc10 – listen in on what you’re missing.

See the photos on our Flickr group. We just have placeholders there for now, but will add more photos once we kick off.

See you next week!

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Conference Buzz: CASE SMC

I’m pleased to report that the email and print promotions have gone out for the CASE conference I’m chairing in April:  Social Media & Community: Developing and Managing Strategies for Online Outreach. Perhaps that’s how you found your way to my blog. Welcome!

A quick reminder: we’ve set up presences on third-party sites where you can interact with faculty and with each other before, during, and after the conference. Of note:

Twitter: follow @CASEsmc, and use the hashtag #CASEsmc10 to keep up with news and info. If you’re planning to join us in Chicago in April, @reply the CASEsmc Twitter account. We’ll follow you and add you to this Twitter list: http://twitter.com/casesmc/attendees.

Diigo (social bookmarks): find articles, blog posts and other content of note in the conference Diigo group. We’ll keep this active after the conference as well.

Flickr: post some photos you’re proud of, and post your photos from Chicago after the conference in our Flickr group. If you’re unfamiliar with Flickr, this is a good chance to try it out.

See you in April!

Social Bookmarks: A Useful Tool You Aren’t Using

What is social bookmarking?

According to Wikipedia: a method for Internet users to share, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of web resources. In other words: keeping track of stuff you find on the web, and making it easy for others to find. The key to all of this is tagging – assigning keywords to each bookmark to help keep them organized and easy to locate when you need them. Social Bookmarking hasn’t caught on like Twitter or Facebook. But it’s incredibly useful for keeping track of links, resources, blog posts and all sorts of things we come across on the web and think, “I need to remember this” or “I might want to refer to this later.”

Among the most popular sites for social bookmarking are Diigo and Delicious. Delicious allows you to save and tag bookmarks, connect with other users, and subscribe to individual users’ bookmarks with RSS. An example: Mark Greenfield’s bookmarks are an excellent resource (username markgr). Mark makes great use of tags and has more than 2500 bookmarked resources. Want to know more about Twitter? Click the twitter tag in his list and you’re set.

Diigo offers a full suite of tools to help keep tabs on your bookmarks, and share them with others – it’s ideal if you’re engaged in a research project and/or collaborating with others. You can highlight specific sections of a site’s content or leave comments for others to find. Diigo also boasts a group feature, which allows users to self identify and share links with others interested in the same subject. We’re planning to use a Diigo group as a resource for the attendees of the CASE Social Media and Community Conference (thanks to Joel Price, a member of our faculty, for setting it up).  It’s brand new, and we’ll start populating it with content in the weeks to come.

And that’s Social Bookmarking in a nutshell. Give it a shot. It will save you from many  “now where did I read that?” moments.