Post #2: Squidoo!
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!