At today’s event, we focused on the ways that we discover things to read online, how and when we do that reading, and how we save items that we want to maybe re-use later on. Among the specialized services and apps we discussed were:
- Feedly. An RSS reader that offers a free service for up to a certain number of feeds or a paid service for more feeds.
- Pocket. An app and web service for saving items to be read later.
- Instapaper. Another app and web service (that I use) for saving items and sharing them.
- Evernote. App and web service for saving notes (also can save articles, blog posts, etc, that you want to read later)
- Pinterest. Bookmarking app and service.
- Pinboard. Another bookmarking app and service
- JournalTOCs. Web service that lets you sign up for email notification of new content in journals you care about.
- Zotero. Web service for saving citations and bookmarks and generating properly formatted bibliographies.
- Nuzzel. Web service and app for seeing what your friends in Faceboook and/or Twitter are sharing.
I showed a video I made on my phone of how I use Feedly to scan through items in my RSS subscriptions, Instapaper to save things for reading later, and Instapaper to share to Twitter the items that I think others might want to know about.
A couple of us shared our experiences using Slack for communication with a team working on a project or for communication among professional social network. We noted that Microsoft and Facebook each recently released competing products called Teams (Microsoft) and Workplace (Facebook).
Finally, we watched a video from Facebook about a new virtual reality social network they’re working on.