There are plenty of reasons to keep an eye on social media rankings, from finding out what’s being said about your organisation (or anything else for that matter) to measuring the impact of a particular promotional campaign.
Menae is a new tool that let’s you check your website’s ranking across a number of avenues. It gives you a search engine score, social media score, traffic score, social bookmarking score and blog score. Fun to play with but it could sure use an ‘About’ page and it’s a new entry into a pretty crowded field. SocialScan offers something similar by checking a URL against the main social sites, including Delicious, StumbleUpon, Digg and Twitter.
For a more general overview based on keywords, username or trends, Social Mention is hard to beat. You can set up an alert to receive regular updates.
KohaCon10, marking the 10th anniversary of the Koha Library Management System, kicked off today in Wellington (give or take a pretty big time difference). There will be 3 days of conference followed by a three-day developer hackfest. They’ve also planned a trip to Levin in the Horowhenua, birthplace of Koha. All in all, it runs from 25 October to 1 November.
A social media policy is becoming a must-have for libraries and, luckily, there has been a recent flux of guides to help get started. As more and more libraries make use of social networking tools, it’s important that this use is planned and managed alongside (and within where necessary) other library policies.
As well as being free and open source, you can also access Twapper Kepper APIs and export data in a variety of formats.You can find out more at both the blog and community site. There’s also a demo to play with. It would be great to see how this works with a Twitter analysis tool like ThinkUp (formerly ThinkTank).
The 14th Institutional Web Management Workshop, which kicked off today at the University of Sheffield, really demonstrated the potential of remote participation in conferences. Even if the topic doesn’t directly relate to you, it’s well worth checking out their output over the remaining couple of days. Not only is live video streaming available , but it’s accomanied by live blogging and an active and recognised Twitter feed and other mechanisms to support participation from afar. Brian Kelly (co-chair of the IWMW 2010 event) described the organiser’s stance on remote participation as “a commitment to treating the remote audience as’ first class citizens’ who, where possible, have as authentic experience as possible“. [You can read the full comment on Chris Sexton’s blog] This is an approach I really hope catches on at other events.
Tomorrow’s session even includes BarCamp sessions for remote participants. For those of you who are interested in the proceedings, the live streaming will continue over the next couple of days. Check out the programme for details. . You can also catch up on presentations you’ve missed. And even the ones that haven’t happened yet.