Weekly Wrap-Up Post: Week 2

19 May

Photo Credit: @ifatma. via Compfight cc

#thing2 – photos on mobile devices by Cath Shead (@kiwiLibrarian)

Snap happy? I wasn’t before, and I’m not sure I am now, but as a group we sure got into via Instagram, Flickr and Snapchat. Oh, okay, I confess: I suspect I’ve caught the mobile photo bug with a vengeance!

I said to Kate the other day that #anz23mthings has grown legs, with over 484 followers on Twitter and more than 715 people signed up to learn together. How cool is that?

Week 2 was all about taking photos with mobile devices and using Instagram, Flickr and SnapChat, as well as Instaweather and a few other cool tools. Initially some people sounded reluctant but that soon gave way to ooh, look at this and have you seen that?

Twitter Chat on Thursday night was a great success. It was hard to keep up at times, but everyone had a great time and shared lots of ideas. You can read more about it here. Remember when you’re Tweeting to use #anz23mthings so we can capture the conversations, and so others see your tweets too.

Speaking of capturing the conversation, here are some of the blogposts, tweets and comments that caught my eye during the week. Not all are #thing2, some are good advice re #thing1 as well.

Twitter tips, comments and links to photos:

@flexnib – with your avatar pic, don’t feel pressured to do something you’re uncomfortable with, is my only advice 🙂

@LibrarianH – my photo from week 2 activities http://Instagram.com/p/ZPhvy0A2Ug

@Nataliee_1 – I’ve learnt how wonderful it is that ppl are so willing to help and share #thankyou #learning

@Amber23456 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/amber23456/8747212324/in/pool-anz23mthings

@JacquieMorrisnt – Takapuna Library reference staff studying http://tinyurl.com/bafm7dh

@coraliecw – I do the ‘views my own’ thing and always think – would I want my boss to see this?

@lgreenpd – Great example of the power of a mobile snap for #anz23mthings #thing2 http://tinyurl.com/cgyz5lm

@kaz747: Dinner’s ready, we’re hungry. Miss 20 says “nobody eat anything until I’ve taken a photo for Instagram” #1stworldproblems”

Other resources:

The Flickr group had 20 photos uploaded last time I looked. Some of them are Instagram photos of the weather – what a neat way to let patrons know what the weather is like before they head to the library.

@katejf – Using Instagram as a business tool. http://tinyurl.com/azxk7dr

@dpgreen – iPhone users! Try KLYPAPP: 1st Manfrotto hands-free photo capture app: http://bit.ly/11UK7Kl

@katejf – How to swipe away photo im-perfections. http://tinyurl.com/bb87llg

Participant’s blogs:

Tony: http://bonitoclub.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/a-picture-is-worth/

Kristy: http://kpallin.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/anz-23-mobile-things-instagram-and-my-cat-amora/

Fiona: http://fionablogsat.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/picture-this/

Stephanie: http://bookgrrl.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/pics-please-instagram-and-flickr/

Renee: http://world-is-quiet-here.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/23-mobile-things-instagram.html

Sharon: http://wheretheriversmeetthesea.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/anz-23-mobile-things-week-2-take-photo.html

Sarah: http://sarahlibrarina.tumblr.com/post/50301698025/thing2-taking-photos-on-devices-anz23mthings

Anne: http://hecubasstory.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/well-i-guess-heading-says-it-all-i-love.html

Nicola: http://nmcgeown.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/through-a-lense/

Cath: http://www.kiwilibrarian.co.nz/thing2-photos-the-mobile-way/

Abigail: http://octopuslibrarian.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/getting-the-big-picture-taking-photos-on-a-mobile-device-anz23mthings/

Please, if I have missed your blog leave a comment and I’ll add it in. Don’t be shy 😉


A couple of final thoughts: 

It was great to be invited to help out with the Twitter account, along with David Green @dpgreen, as the huge growth meant Kate and Abigail needed a few more hands on deck. Writing this wrap-up has been both easier, and harder, than I expected. Full credit to Kate for last week’s excellent summary.

In the introduction to #thing2 two of the thinking points were:

  • How could your library use photographs to promote library services, events and activities?
  • Does your library Twitter account use Instaweather to provide a daily update?

My initial reaction was that I didn’t need anything else to do. How wrong I was! For only a little extra effort I can see quite a few ways in which Instagram and Instaweather could add value to the conversation we have with our library users. I’m not going to leap right in; I’m going to plan my approach and think about what I want to achieve first. Although, know me, by the end of the day, I’ll have canned that in favor of what the heck, let’s just do it.

I hope you have all had a great week learning to take photos on a mobile device and share them with others, or gaining extra tips and tricks if you were already a user. Thanks for being part of the learning journey.


9 Responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up Post: Week 2”

  1. Catherine Hocking (@c_hocking) May 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    I’m sorry to say I gave up on ‘thing 2’ – not having a camera on my mobile device just made things too difficult! Had a half-hearted attempt at using Instagram on my husband’s smartphone but gave up due to the app wanting to link to his Twitter, facebook etc accounts. I’ll have a go at this again when I have my own smartphone… one day…

    • Cath Sheard May 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

      HI Catherine. That’s a shame but the good thing about 23things is that you do what you can, and what you want, and leave the st. Hope this week suits you better.

      • Cath Sheard May 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

        *leave the rest* – oops!

      • Catherine Hocking (@c_hocking) May 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

        Thanks Cath!
        I did enjoy snapping away at my yabbies on Instagram, just a pity it was difficult to share. This is something I will definitely come back to when I can 🙂

  2. karentoittoit May 20, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Thanks for a week of mobile photography. I have only finished my own blog post just now: http://karen23mobilethings.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/mobile-thing-2-photos-on-mobile/

    Do you have any suggestions on the type of copyright to choose on Flickr? > I tried to follow the Twitter stream, but I did not see it come up in the discussions…

    • Robyn Collins May 27, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      Have you seen PopBooth for iPad and iPhone? Free app that makes a photo strip of 4 images. You can share by Twitter, Facebook & email or save to camera roll. Customize the look with various filters. As a very reluctant nonvolunteer for photos it appeals to me as a way to make avatars and profile pics – FUN & definitely love this !


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