Obsessed with Facebook

 

 

Are you obsessed? Our library Facebook page is a lot of fun to keep going, and yes, we check it quite a bit. For our Firvolous Friday post, a few interesting facts about Facebook and our obsession with the social media site.

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 Thanks to Online Schools for this unique visual!

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A Facebook Book?

It seems like just about every living being on Earth uses Facebook.  It’s one of the most immediate pieces of social networking available. So it comes as no surprise that in this new world of digital publishing (eBooks etc.), someone has decided to “publish” a book on Facebook.

Author Alex Epstein has written a collection of 88 short stories, which he says will be published in Hebrew traditionally in a few months, but in the meantime, he’s published the collection on Facebook.  It is called For My Next Illusion I Will Use Wings and he calls it a Facebook Book. Epstein’s friends on Facebook are able to flip through the photo album (each story is collected there as an image), and read the stories from cover to cover.  He was surprised at the immediacy of it, saying hundreds of people read it within minutes of ‘publication’. Certainly gets the book out there even faster than uploading an eBook to Amazon or Google.

The interesting thing about this idea is that not only can people read the book right away, they can comment on individual parts or just “like” it as a whole. It lets Epstein know immediately how well it is being received (although I would assume many readers would be his “friends” already.)  You can take a look at the idea right here, and while it isn’t in English, it’ll give you a good idea what’s possible. Good idea or bad, it’s innovative, but almost seems like it was staring us all in the face the whole time.

If you’d like to read an interview with Alex Epstein, click here. It seems that our world is becoming smaller and smaller every day.

What’s happening at the library?

It’s the day before Canada’s birthday and we’re expecting another CRAZY day at the library.  This week has been hectic with kids off school and everyone coming in to get books before the “long” weekend.  Just to remind people, we will be CLOSED ON CANADA DAY!  But, Friday and Saturday will be normal hours so don’t worry if you don’t have anything to read.

We’ve started the TD Summer Reading Program and already we’ve given out a huge stack of tickets for Destination Jungle.  If you have a reader between the age of 0 – 12, stop in and we’ll get them started.  And if you have older readers, there’s a schedule for them as well, and a fun contest going on all summer long.  Just stop by or give us a call for more information.

If you’re looking for instant updates on what’s happening, you can follow us on Twitter this summer.  Just click on the picture below and add us to your list.

We’ll also be posting information and photos from our summer fun on our library Facebook page.  You can visit that by clicking on the picture below!

So, have a Happy Canada Day!  Enjoy the sunshine and fireworks and we hope to see all of you really soon!

Twiller on Twitter

Twitter

I haven’t quite come to grips yet with the idea of constantly updating my tag line on Facebook to let my friends know what I am up to each day.  Okay, I must confess that I do enjoy seeing what my friends are up to, how they are feeling that day and so on, but I rarely post anything myself.  Why not?  I’m not trying to keep my privacy, really, I just don’t think enough to do it.  But updating your life online has started to go in a new direction.

There was quite a bit of talk in the news recently about a man who was arrested in Egypt and all he had time to do was send a quick one-line note on Twitter to say he was in trouble.  And sure enough, that was all that was needed for someone to start the process to get him released.  What is Twitter?  Twitter is a free service that lets you update your life as often as you wish.  You just sign in and post whatever is on your mind.  You can see what other people are doing with a random sort of “news” ticker. In fact, it can be fascinating to see what people are saying. Sometimes, there isn’t much going on, and other times, you’ll get a few juicy tidbits about people you will never know, but obviously lead interesting lives. So if Twitter can be useful in times of need, or just for fun, what else can it be used for?

Several authors around the globe are starting to post their novels on twitter…..a word or a line at a time.  They are calling this a “Twiller”. You can sign up to follow someone’s twitter posts exclusively so that you don’t miss out on anything they are saying or doing, so posting a novel online little by little is an interesting concept…..only if your novel is interesting, I’d think.  I’m not sure I’d stick with something that was going to take months, even years to complete, if it was just one boring word after another.  But who knows….maybe this is the new way to write.  We demand everything these days to be instant, as our free time is so short, so reading a novel as it is posted could be just what readers are demanding.  What do you think?

You can read more about this idea here.

And for the article on the man arrested in Egypt, you can see more here.