Why, indeed? No reason I can think of. Many times I hit "favorite" to save something for further reading, but typically, I do that with posts from people I know will share something useful. So I'll cull my faves and share only the ones I think you can use--and I welcome your feedback. They'll appear at the end of this list.
A warning: I headed into this week from the National Association of Science Writers meeting, so some of these shares come from speakers and colleagues at that conference--but you'll find them useful no matter what your specialty is:
- RSS. Yes! RSS -- really simple syndication -- is still my favorite tool of all, so I was happy to share this post on the best mobile apps for RSS and another from publishing CEO Michael Hyatt on how to use Google Reader to keep up with the blogs you want to follow (or anything else with an RSS feed). He keeps tabs on 200 blogs. RSS will help you stay productive, I guarantee it.
- QR codes with a twist: This post on why the best online marketing may be headed offline reminds us that QR codes let people access your online marketing while they're, um, not online, but in your coffee shop, office building or other location. Expand your perspective with this one.
- Just listen. Make your audience happy: How often have you hear the urging to "surpise and delight your customers?" KLM is doing that by listening to its customers, then surprising them in ways to make them happy. A thoughtful (and fun) approach to social media.
- Line up now for open-source video editing: Lightworks, which has won Academy and Emmy awards, is a top video editing app that'll be open source at month's end. This post describes it as "truly professional-grade stuff, with features like real-time audio and video effects, multi-track audio and voiceover tools, support for 3D projects, native 2K resolution support, and project sharing for multiple editors." One of my better finds this week.
- My other great find was Google Refine, a new service that lets you clean up and work with large data sets, which you might need to do if you're playing with data visualization. (See the favorites for more on data viz resources.)
- New nutrition communications program: Tufts University is launching a new online graduate program in nutrition communications, worth exploring. Starts in 2011.
- Want to make your blog or site shareable? Try these free social media icon sets. Yes, free.
- Productivity hacks: Lifehacker suggests a 30/30 minute work cycle to keep you productive and focused. Have you tried this?
- Using small transitions for productivity: I don't follow many motivational blogs, but love Karl Staib's Work Happy Now site (which I recommend if you're particularly unhappy in your work--it'll help you dig out of that, by which I mean the unhappiness, that job, or both). This week, I favorited his post on how transitions can dramatically improve your productivity. These are transitions between tasks--not the big transitions! Also this week, Karl shared with his tweeps that he's been diagnosed with cancer and has an inspiring post on it here.
- Research on engaging online participation: Danielle Brigida from the National Wildlife Federation was one of the great speakers on our NASW panel on experiments in new media. She shared another fave of mine, this post on engaging online participation and conversations.
- Journalists, ethics and disclosure: TBD.com's Steve Buttry (another NASW panelist) offered this possible remake of the journalism code of ethics, and NYU's Jay Rosen suggest that, in light of the recent firings and suspensions of journalists with opinions, journos start their own disclosure pages (and he's looking for examples). Both worth reading to keep tabs on how journalism's shifting.
- Data viz goldmines: Also at NASW, we had a great session on data visualization from which a lot of resources have now been shared. I was impressed with Tableau Public, demonstrated here. Google Motion charts also got a workout in this session and one example is here. And here are the overview slides from the session.
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