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Post #2: Squidoo!

February 9, 2008

The other day, I stumbled across a website called Squidoo. So what the heck is Squidoo? Squidoo is a web platform in which people can build a single web page on any topic they want. The folks at Squidoo call these single web pages “lenses.” Someone who builds a lens is called a lensmaster. I found lenses on topics like public libraries, Jimmy Buffett, song lyrics, parrotheads, and Matthew McConaughey. (It’s really varied, right?)

It struck me that Squidoo is a little like Wikipedia, and a social networking site all in one. Lensmasters can create a lens on any topic that they are passionate about, and it’s a scoial networking site, because people can see what lenses have been created by others. The difference between Wikipedia and Squidoo is that the lensmaster is the only person authorized to edit the lens. A lensmaster can use their lens to point people to their blog or website, teach people about a topic, or just get a point of view across.

Squidoo seems like a great tool for libraries. A library could create a lens and mention all kinds of facts about the library. In fact, that’s exactly what the Winsted Public Library in Winsted, Minnesota has done. Librarians can create a lenses based on any topic they choose, and point people to the library’s website.  

The possibilities are endless!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. skborris permalink
    February 11, 2008 9:16 am

    Oooh! Squidoo looks like a great site to make free wikis, on any topic really. Thanks for the link!

    I like that users can give each lens a star rating (4 stars=splendiferous, 5 stars=awesometastic, it says)–something you can’t, unfortunately, do with wikipedia entries. I clicked around the “Are You Polar Bear Aware?” lens (rated by 293 people as “awesometastic, 4.5 stars–and in Squidoo’s Top 100). The lensmaster certainly took a lot of time to educate Squidoo users on these bears–including “unBearably cute” photos from Flickr of polar bears and much more. hehe It turns out I wasn’t “polar bear aware” until now…Thanks, Squidoo.

  2. ccarro7 permalink
    February 23, 2008 7:52 pm

    I have only used Squidoo for a couple of graduate school classes wherein the professors posted online readings and links for us to check out. I liked the functionality of the site for me as a reader, but I would definitely be interested in seeing how useful and easy it would be to create a Squidoo site. This might be a great resource for any teacher who wanted to create a class project/link page.

  3. March 28, 2008 3:58 pm

    Very interesting tool. I like the idea of it’s simplicity. This could be a good technology program idea to work with the upper elementary school age tweens at the library , I’m already brainstorming for an idea for a program.

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