I went to a workshop today on Social Software, or Web 2.0, whatever you want to call it. We talked about blogs and wikis and rss feeds and tag clouds and all sorts of different sites, including MySpace. It was nice to go to one 4-hour workshop and get an overview of various topics and how different libraries use these tools to interact with patrons. We also talked about the perils of on-line life, of course, including the fact that somewhere this web page is being cached in an enormous database and will never, ever disappear from the earth, even if I delete it.
Or so they say. I'm not sure how true that is. Does your MySpace account really follow you for the rest of your life? Hmm... anyone else out there remember Friendster? It's gone now, and I kind of doubt that my measly profile (there never was much info there) will follow me around until the end of my days. LiveJournal was really big for awhile too. Now Facebook seems to be in ascension. I think maybe these things are the current-day equivalent of platform shoes and bell bottoms. I suppose pictures of yourself wearing those things might affect people's perception of you down the road... or maybe most folks are smart enough to make decisions based on who you are here and now. Then again, maybe not.
Speaking of bell bottoms, tonight is a new episode of Project Runway - hooray! And then I think we only have a couple more episodes before the end of the season. Sigh. I think at this point I want anyone but Jeffrey to win, just because he's MEAN. And I don't like his stuff, either. So there.
Luck is with me, though. Battlestar begins again Oct. 3. If we weren't parents with a small child who goes to bed at 8 p.m., we might attend a frak party to celebrate.
Maybe we'll have a virtual frak party. If so, you're invited!