Thursday, November 10, 2011

Exploring Web 2.0 Further

Let me just say that Pandora is one of the greatest inventions ever!  As I type this, I am listening to a station of Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.  My music tastes are wide ranging and eclectic so I love being able to make a different station for every mood.  It is a great way to find new artists and explore a genre without having to purchase a lot of music only to find I don't particularly care for it after all.

Google Earth is not only fun to play with, it can also be very useful.  This is not really library related, but I volunteer for an animal rescue and Google Earth comes in handy when screening applicants.  Unfortunately, people are not always honest so I can use Google Earth to make sure they actually do have the fenced in yard or acreage that they claim.  That is just one practical application of this service.

I was not familiar with Google Book Search until very recently, but I am quickly becoming a big fan.  I was shocked by how many books were available.  They are easy to browse by topic as well.  For example, I am interested in the Social Sciences so I can click that category to find a whole list of books that might interest me.  I can read an excerpt to decide if I might be interested in purchasing that particular book.  I can also create my own library of books I've read, my favorites, books I would like to read and books I am currently reading.  I could get carried away with this application, particularly when creating my "To Read" list!

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