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Evaluating New Social Networking Services: Google Buzz and Foursquare

Two new online services have made the news lately:  Google Buzz and Foursquare.

Google Buzz is a good example of why it’s not always a good idea to immediately go out and try a new service.  Give it a week and let the “dust settle.”

At first, Google Buzz seemed like a great idea:  Facebook-like interaction with your contacts integrated directly into Gmail.  Unfortunately, reports of privacy issues and too many “automatic” features began almost immediately.  For instance, users reported that all their Gmail contacts were now public for everyone to see.  Google has now been forced to admit it made a mistake and to try to fix the system.  See this blog post entitled, “Google: We Screwed Up with Buzz, Stay Tuned” for a summary.

Meanwhile, a mobile service called “Foursquare” has been getting a lot of attention. Foursquare is a “geo-location” app for mobile phones.  People can share their location with their friends and offer “tips” about particular places in their city.  The Krafty Librarian has an interesting post about the service and whether it has any application to libraries.  For now, it appears to be mostly a “fun” application but it’s worth keeping an eye on for future library applications.

E-licensing offers — what’s been happening?

We have a new web page that lists the e-licensing offers that SCELC has negotiated for the NN/LM PSR E-Licensing Program. This page is available on our web site at http://nnlm.gov/psr/services/e_license/offers.html. To navigate there from our home page, click on Member Services, then Licensing Electronic Resources. This brief listing includes the date of the initial offer as well as the deadline to participate. The most current offers are listed first.