Sunday, November 18, 2012
Taking our TLVirtual Cafe webinar series and Twitter chat #TLChat one step farther a few months ago we started #TLChat Live! (For some reason I always have to type the word LIVE! and Science! with an exclamation - don't judge.) Spearheaded by Joyce Valenza, Nikki Robertson, and a core group of or TL Geek Tribe (volunteer moderators listed on our TLChat Live! front Wikispaces page! Add your name to the list!) we were so jazzed to get this ball rolling!
We meet the 2nd Mondays of the month at 8pm Eastern time, we chat for an hour on a crowdsourced topic, share ideas, grow our PLN, make new connections, and enjoy each others company! It's grand! Our first Live! discussion hour was on September 17th and thanks to Library Girl Jennifer LaGarde we have a cool infographic created with Easel.ly to share about it!
wikipage. (come right back I wanna tell you how to do it, k!?) Ok, so the hour is up, our fingers are numb, and we wanted to archive all those Tweets and really? I had NO idea how to do it! EEP! I've used a few disappointing 3rd party clients for this before, and IFFIT used to work but is now not connected to Twitter and basically each one has let me down!
Dr. Joyce Valenza to the rescue! She found a way to use this cool site Search Hash and Google Apps to easily archive, publish, & embed Tweets on a Wikispaces, website, or a blog! And I thought it was so spectacular that I was inspired to create this Comic Tutorial on how to do it! (Oh and also people kept Tweeting & emailing me how it was done! LOL) So I had to, right?!
Here's a big size for your viewing pleasure which can be found on my Flickr Page!
Here are some afterthoughts that were too long to make it to the comic. I do try & be brief on those, you know!
• Twitter hashtags are time sensitive. You can't go back in time & grab them all, grab them soon after the event, conference, or conversation takes place.
• Search Hash is British - so make doubly sure when you put in the date it's YYYY-MM-DD.
• HIDE certain columns of information then re-size fields so that the user name can be easily read & the Tweet isn't all mushed (#TechnicalTerm)
• Export out your Spreadsheet to MS XLS to easily sort your Tweets by author & to gather raw Data for Infographics! Aggregated data is SEXY!
• REMEMBER: Scroll down & read from the bottom of the spreadsheet up! Tweets are chronological that way.
• After you grab the EMBED code & before you publish it - I edited and hanged the size of the pixel width & the depth of the embed - so readers could see a large part of the page without too much scrolling.
Like the comic? Want to make your own? Read my blog posting Creating A Comic Life to learn how!
Your comments, thoughts, & ideas contribute to the conversation! What do you want discussed at our next #TLChat?
Also, your corrections to any typos are appreciated, too! ;-)
Search Hash was created by Dave Briggs and Steph Gray. n.b. Results cached for 60 minutes; it isn't designed for realtime search.
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Resources and Links:
ReadWrite – 10 Ways to Archive Your Tweets
How to archive your tweets | Macworld
Eight ways to save your tweets | VentureBeat
Twitter: How to archive event hashtags
Thursday, July 5, 2012
One of my fav members of my PLN on Twitter is Josh Stumpenhorst - this morning he posted this Tweet about an article on Social Media Today titled QR codes – Don’t Believe the Hype which got my blood boiling because it's flawed logic - especially for educators!
Which, of course, leads to great Tweets & discussions. So I decided to write a blog post refuting their assertions because when it comes to QR Codes you know I'm a fangrrl! If you search my blog with "QR Codes" you'll see I've blogged a LOT about them over the years, what they are, connecting with parents and the community, and lessons utilizing them in the classroom & library!
My dear friend and QR Code long-distance partner in crime Ms. Mensing Tweeted this back!
1. No one understands them
"The majority of consumers simply don't know what a QR code is; they aren't even sure what app they need to be able to read one. Even if you do search for 'QR code scanner' in the app store, you're greeted by a never-ending list of options, there's no clear app to use and all this just confuses people more."
HA! Not true! It's a bar code. It's square. It can hold more information than a standard striped bar code. It can encode a web link, text or audio message, or phone number. It was developed in Japan by Toyota to track auto parts. It's square. Oh, I already said that. Done. Was that hard? But for those that are visual I created this Comic Tutorial to help! I also have a comprehensive QR Codes in the Classroom slidedeck on Slideshare to give out the basics & ideas for use in the classroom!
2. They are too much effort
"QR codes require engagement from a potential customer. If they see a QR code on a product or an advert, they have to download and install an app, take a picture of the code then scroll through the website to find out more. In today's world people want speed and clever technologies to save them the most valuable commodity, time. Unfortunately, QR codes leave you standing still waiting for a screen to load for too long."
What? Now that's just silly! Like the commenter Craig0r on the socialmediatoday article said: "Really? Pulling your phone out of your pocket and clicking the screen two or three times is too much effort? Sure, you have to get the app ONCE, but beyond that, you turn on the phone, open the app, click the capture button, and you're done." My favourite QR Code reading app is inigma - download once - scan forever. -Inigma Reader - Mobile-Barcodes.com Don't know how to make a QR Code?...that's OK, I have a comic for that! How to Create a QR Code in 3 Easy Steps!
3. No one wants to read loads of information on a tiny screen
"QR codes are meant to help you find more information about a product or service. However, if you want to delve deeper into something before purchasing it - if you really want to know the details - then you're more likely to research at home, on you computer. Not when you're out an about and having to thumb around on your smartphone."
Seriously? As my new friend Craig0r said and I vehemently concur "Well... yes they do, that's why people HAVE smartphones, so they can read information on the go. People use them for texting, web browsing, Twitter, facebook, ebooks... how is that any different?" Ok, I'm there with Craig0r with all that except the FB part (cause you know we broke up, right?) but really, that's just re-donkulous!
4. QR codes rely on a good Wi-Fi or 3G connection
"For a QR code to take you from the maze of black and white squares to a website promoting a product, it needs a good internet connection. This is a problem because there are times when the mobile internet is really slow, doesn't work or makes a website look bad if it isn't mobile friendly. There's also the problem of QR codes being displayed in places where there's no internet - I refer back to the confused people wondering why their QR code scanner isn't working on the tube."
Bah! Doesn't everything on a Smartphone or iPad require a connection of some sort? So you're blaming the vehicle of the internet because there may possible connection issues? Really? Well, then let's forget these QR codes and smartphones all together and go back to 2 tin cans and a string otherwise I'm sorry but this doesn't hold water.
5. One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch
"In the marketing rush to have a QR code promoting products there were a lot of poor codes slapped around. Some of them didn't scan properly and of the ones that did, some took the customer through to a bad website or linked to something they weren't interested in. These bad experiences have put people off and left the QR code redundant."
OMFG!* Again, hello? That can happen with any link on the Interwebs! Do you quit using the Internet all together because of one clumsy 404 site not found? Do you quit Twitter because one day you got the fail whale? No way. Though I gotta say that was one of your best points. Just for laughs now checkout WTF QR CODES - NSFW humour *Oh my fairy godmother!
Let's Get Real! The first picture in this posting is from a Google+ Hangout with QR Codes! long-distance lesson I did with my friend and Gifted & Talented teacher Karen Mensing. You can see those kids leaning forward with their mobile devises scanning those codes! You can also see MY 6th grade kids holding up printed QR codes up to the screen for the 2nd graders to scan! They get it! Even a 5 year old can "get it!" Also from Karen Mensing: "I had lunch with a fellow teacher the other day and she was telling me how her 5 year old (just finished KG) STILL gets excited each time he sees a QR Code anywhere in a restaurant, store, flier, etc. Five years old! You just do not see that kind of lasting engagement with most things! "
Haters Gonna Hate! QR Codes are free to create, flexible, fun, and engage kids with mobile learning faster than I've seen just about anything in the last few years. With only 2 iPod touch G4's, my iPhone, and a few smartphones that kids bring in (with permission!) my mobile media lessons are buzzing with excitement! I think other kinds of codes will come around but I really think QR codes are here to stay! So there....[grins] Whew! I had to get that off my chest. So There Michael Ruffles
@michael_ruffles! Reposted by Matt Thomas aka @smartamatt from the UK - I think you're dead spot OFF on this one! (Yeah, I just made that up. You're welcome.) PS. Haters Gonna Hate Meme origin.
(Authorship Clarification) Cheers!
What do YOU think dear reader?
Are QR Codes all hype? Here to stay? Replaced by near-
Gaming with Plants Vs. Zombies, Cyberbullies with Zombies, and the Level Up Book Club!
Oh and I've gotta give a huge shout out to Mr. Russel Tarr of Class tools for creating a neat QR Code Scavenger Hunt generator! LOVE this idea! My way was more visual with custom .jpeg graphics & answers but my way was also a LOT of work! LOL
My Related QR Posts:
Oh and as a little giftie to you dear readers...feel free to download & snag this blank version of my Second & Comic Life tree! Insert your QR Codes on this tree (or just paste them on) - photo of tree taken from my property in Second Life - 4 season SL tree created by Sixpense Ninetails.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
(Click above for more sizes & to download or to embed!)
As promised! Please feel free to Take, Use, Share! Creative Commons - Share Alike!
Like these Comic Tutorials? I have a whole slew of 'em!
From Blabberize, Customizing Blogger & blog design, downloading YouTube videos to your HD to a Two part Twitter Primer - I seem addicted to creating these bright fun direction sheets!
What Techie Topic or subject would you like to see me do next?
Leave a comment with your suggestions!
(ps. Dear Howard Rheingold...don't worry I'm still working on yours for the book! Hush hush)
My Mini Moo QR Cards Arrived! -- and they WORK!
They scan beautifully & auto launch to this blog...woohoo!
I got my Zazzle QR Code Square Buttons!
and they work, too! BUT...the shiny surface seems to take a little longer so maybe wearing them will be easier to scan than under my stove lights! LOL
Will this end my geeky QR Code Obsession? Should I splurge for a QR Code Hoodie? or the stockings? OR The Ked shoes that dear pollyalida teased me with? Hmmmmmm
Do you wanna see pics of the QR Code necklace when I get it? What ELSE can I paste, sew, crotchet or custom order a QR code upon?
QR Code Ked photo by pollyalida