Checking your social media ranking

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.

And if you’re just looking at your Twitter usage, the Twitter Reality Check is a handy tool and TweetStats generates some great graphs (magic happening!).

And for making the case, the Search Engine Journal explains why social networking is important for SEO.


KohaCon 2010 now underway

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.

If you weren’t lucky enough to be in New Zealand for the conference, you can keep up with it via the live channel – #KohaCon10. Nicole Engard has already blogged some of the presentations.

Coinciding with this nicely is the release of Koha 3.2.0, the latest major release of the Koha software. You can read all about the latest features and enhancements on the announcement page.

Some useful guides to creating a social media policy

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.

The Social Media Examiner1 has published an extensive guide to creating business guidelines for social media. This nicely complements the recent 23 Things Oxford workshop and the subsequent guide to writing and managing a social media policy.

For more specific advice, there’s Beyond Slice Bread’s guide to giving your library a Twitter makeover (and also masses of other advice to be found on this blog).

This is not a complete list (yet!) but definitely a few places to get started.

1. hat tip to iLibrarian

Twapper Keeper now open source

Great news. Twapper Keeper, the Twitter archiving platform, has gone open source. A version that can be installed on your own server is now available via their Google Project page. A hosted version is also available.

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).

Twapper Keeper was created by John O’Brien and is supported by JISC. The name is kindly explained on the blog too.

IWMW10 – remote participation at its best

IWMW Live Feed
IWMW Live Blog

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.

Social networking and libraries event Friday 9th July

Cilip’s Multimedia Information and Technology Group held an excellent event on social networking and libraries yesterday (9th July) with speakers covering tools such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs and Foursquare as well as mobile technologies. Overview: also tweets on the seminar at #mmit

Cilip’s Multimedia Information and Technology Group held an excellent event on social networking and libraries yesterday (9th July) with speakers covering tools such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs and Foursquare as well as mobile technologies.   Overview: also tweets on the seminar at #mmit and photos on flickr

MMIT event social networking in libraries – 9th July 2010

MMIT event: social networking in libraries. 9th July 2010. Liverpool.


New event: Social networking in libraries

Multimedia Information & Technology Group announces its latest event: social networking in libraries. The event will take place in Liverpool on Friday July 9th.

The speakers are:

  • Gareth Johnson – University of Leicester
  • Andy Walsh – University of Huddersfield
  • Zelda Chatten – University of Liverpool
  • Dave Pulpett – LSE


To book or for more details, contact: or Ruth Wilson