ORB – Oregonian Research Blog

February 24, 2009

Brown Bag Reminder

Filed under: Friesen,Social Networking,training,twitter — Lynne @ 12:52 pm

Looking for a way to justify being on Facebook at work all the time? Ever wonder whether Twitter serves a purpose? Mark Friesen & I will offer an introduction to using these tools and other social media to connect with your readers. This is particularly geared for staffers with existing blogs.

Wednesday, 12:30 p.m., the Well. No signup required.


January 8, 2009

Thursday ORB Roundup (interactive edition)

  • Portland Twitters. If you haven’t checked out our Twitter page (another Friesen creation) on Oregonlive you must.

November 10, 2008

Tweet, Tweet


I have been twittering a bit . Twitter, a social media tool, is a fast-growing technology that months ago defied an easy description. That is no longer the case. Twitter found its stride during the election

All election day long,  I, and many others,  were glued to Twitter’s Election2008 stream. Mark Friesen even configured a special Portland election page  that featured feeds from Doug Perry and Scott Nelson, as well as Twitterers across the Portland area who were expressing their election thoughts in real-time.  Mark’s page is still active. The page is no longer election specific but it is still a great place to check out what certain Portlanders are saying. (Think of Twitter as an AP feed for the community.)

Interested in starting your own Twitter account? Check out this great primer by Sarah Evans on building a Twitter community over at Mashable.  She provides tips on how to search, the quirky lingo, as well as, a general how-to.

July 21, 2008

Web 2.0 is all about you, but is that TMI?

Future doctors sharing too much?
A University of Florida study published this month in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that many medical students act more like students then future doctors.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Would it bother you to know that your physician smokes cigars and likes to do “keg stands”? That your gynecologist was a member of a group called “I Hate Medical School”? That your urologist is a fan of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”?

That is exactly the sort of information many people share on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. According to a new University of Florida study, many medical students are sharing far too much.

“College has traditionally been a time in life when non-normative behaviors are considered OK,” said Dr. Lindsay Acheson Thompson, an assistant professor of general pediatrics at UF’s College of Medicine. “I’m not sure I would want to have a permanent, public record of everything I did 10 years ago, but many of our students are creating just such a record, and they need to understand the problems this may cause.”
Read more on the University of Florida News site.

Gawker thinks newspapers should ban comments.

Let’s begin with some truisms: a newspaper is not a blog—not even its online version. Conversely, a blog is not a newspaper. However, newspapers have been in the toilet lately, partly due to the proliferation of blogs. One easy pseudo-solution some newspapers have settled on is to act more and more like blogs. After all, this 2.0 world is all about “You,” the user, which in practice means it’s all about a false sense of democracy through publication of comments and user-generated content—just like a common blog. After the jump: why newspapers should stop slumming as blogs and disallow comments. Full post.

Mark Friesen points out that the stock photo they use is of a copy of the Newport News-Times. Looks like it is a 2004 edition.

June 13, 2008

Google Maps – Street View

Filed under: Friesen,Google,mapping — Lynne @ 1:44 pm

Mark Friesen notes:

Google’s extended its Street View all the way to the coast, east to Goldendale and Wasco, north almost to Chehalis and south past Salem.

Thanks for the heads up Mark.

This expansion isn’t limited to Oregon. A recent post on Google’s blog states that they are bringing Street View to 37 new areas (alas, Seattle is still missing) and expanding coverage in 15 existing areas.

Wait, there is more.

Google is also adding 10 new parks and recreation areas to Street View, including Lake Tahoe, California’s Death Valley National Park, and Yellowstone.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Street View, it is a Google Maps feature that lets users view 360 degree photographs of an address.

The New cities include:

CA: Bakersfield, Fresno, Sacramento, Stockton
NJ: Newark
NV: Reno
VA: Virginia Beach
NC: Charlotte, Winston-Salem
SC: Columbia, Greenville
GA: Atlanta
FL: Boca Raton, Cape Coral, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Sarasota, West Palm Beach
OH: Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo
MI: Ann Arbor
MO: St. Louis
KY: Lexington, Louisville
NE: Lincoln
OK: Oklahoma City, Tulsa

May 10, 2008

Creating Memorable Links

Filed under: Friesen,tools,web 2.0 — Lynne @ 12:44 am

I was wishing I had a memorable URL to give people for a presentation I did in Google Docs. My Google Docs URL wasn’t too long but it contained about 20 characters of random letters and numbers. My first thought was to use TinyURL but that would have still created a link with random letters and numbers. What to do? What to do? Good thing I sit next to Mark Friesen. He suggested I check out Metamark.

Metamark not only shortens a link, but it also lets you add an optional nickname to a link. My link will expire after 5 years, but that will be far beyond the memory of this presentation.

There are other web tools similar to TinyURL and Metamark. You can read a great review of them all on Webware: Cool apps for everyone.

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