Twitter, Facebook, Delicious, and Alex

I spent time last evening and this afternoon integrating Twitter, Facebook, and Delicious into the my Alex Catalogue. The process was (almost) trivial:

  1. create Twitter, Facebook, and Delicious accounts
  2. select and configure the Twitter button I desired to use
  3. acquire the Delicious javascript for bookmarking
  4. place the results of Steps #1 and #2 into my HTML
  5. rebuild my pages
  6. install and configure the Twitter application for Facebook

Because of this process I am able to “tweet” from Alex, its search results, any of the etexts in the collection, as well as any results from the use of the concordances. These tweets then get echoed to Facebook.

(I tried to link directly to Facebook using their Like Button, but the process was cumbersome. Iframes. Weird, Facebook-specific Javascript. Pulling too much content from the header of my pages. Considering the Twitter application for Facebook, the whole thing was not worth the trouble.)

I find it challenging to write meaningful 140 character comments on the Alex Catalogue, especially since the URLs take up such a large number of the characters. Still, I hope to regularly find interesting things in the collection and share them with the wider audience. To see the fruits of my labors to date, see my Twitter feed — http://twitter.com/ericleasemorgan.

Only time will tell whether or not this “social networking” thing proves to be beneficial to my library — all puns intended.

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2 Responses to “Twitter, Facebook, Delicious, and Alex”

  1. Ed Summers says:

    I’m not exactly a huge fan of Facebook for some reason, but I am a fan of how they implemented their “Like This” functionality using the Open Graph Protocol. Basically you embed some metadata (imagine that!) in your HTML page, describing what your page is about (they have a property for book). And then you can use their JavaScript SDK (which is up on GitHub with an Apache 2.0 license) to add the button to your page (if you don’t want to use the iframe).

    If you do go about trying to integrate Alex with Facebook using Open Graph Protocol definitely check out their URL Linter, which lets you see how they are extracting information from your page…which is very useful indeed. Open Graph Protocol is actually using RDFa for the metadata embedding pattern, which is neat. The use of RDFa plus their opening up the code kinda makes me want to use Facebook more :-)

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