Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Push and pull doesn't quite get it

Seth's Blog has a post on push and pull which seems to ignore the fact that you can create feeds from wikis, for example notify me on the Information Fluency wiki. I'm not saying the concept works well, at least from my limited experience (I wasn't terribly impressed by the feed we created from the Library Instruction wiki: spam galore), but it does seem unfair to say that wikis do not allow you to push information. Maybe they don't push information well, but that's another story.

I'm not sure how push would be handled on an Intranet where you may likely need authorization to read content, but wouldn't that be the same issue with blogs?

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Blogging survey results, compliments of Meredith Farkas

In her 2007 Survey of the Biblioblogosphere: Blog Demographics, Meredith Farkas provides some interesting blogging figures, including how long respondents have been blogging, to what type of blog(s) they contribute, why they blog, and more. She also provides demographics to accompany these results. Out of 839 respondents, she had 18 from Eastern Canada, 16 from Western Canada, and 20 from Middle of Canada, which gives a tidy Canadian total of 54 "bibliobloggers" (i.e. folks who write library-related blogs). Or to look at in from a slightly different angle, 6.5% of the total number of respondents were people living in Canada. Not bad! Here's the post in which she announced the survey in July 2007. These data are certainly informative regardless of the issues surrounding surveys in general, how the respondents were sought, etc. She's also got an index. Thanks, Meredith! I hope the filtered results will put a regional spin on the blog demographics too...

Bloglines vs Google Reader Update: Can Bloglines Hold On?

Bloglines vs Google Reader Update: Can Bloglines Hold On? Google Reader is catching up, although Bloglines is still ahead of the game. I haven't given up on Bloglines yet. I love their search options and my Google Reader trials over the last year haven't swayed me. But then again, maybe it's just force of habit...