Figuring Out Ebook Downloads in Ebrary

I’m slowly trying to learn all the possible ways that you can download ebooks from ebrary. As I’ve been documenting steps for various devices, I’ve been building a mind map so that I’ll have an interactive way to present options (this may be more useful to library staff in public services positions than library users). The attached PDF is a work in progress. I’m putting it up here just so I can think out loud. When it is closer to done, I’ll try publishing it as a flash file, which is a nice “save as” option that the MindManager offers when you’re working on mind maps.

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Bottlenose Helps Filter Your Social Network Streams

I’m trying out Bottlenose, a new service in beta that billing itself as a “social media dashboard” promises to help you filter your incoming and outgoing social networking streams. So far, the service only lets you feed in Twitter and Facebook. I’m hoping that they soon add Google Reader, Google+, and FriendFeed.

As you can see from this screenshot, the service automatically analyzes content and tries to assign meaningful tags to categorize them; in this screenshot, I clicked on the Q&A tag  and was shown all my tweets where I asked a question.


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I can imagine this might be a useful way to sift through conversations I’ve had in various places. Bottlenose also offers a graphical way to view the cluster of topical tags, hashtags, and people in your outgoing streams or in the streams of others. This video demos this feature, called, Sonar, better than I can describe it here:

If you’d like an invite, leave a comment here on this post. I’ve got 10 to give away.