Been enlarging my Web 2.0 Footprint recently.
I have started cataloging my books in LibraryThing. It is a really nice tool to use with lots of features. Of course it has aids to getting your book information entered, for example, for books currently on the market you can simply enter the ISBN and have the system fetch basic information and an image of the cover from your favourite amazon location. The really fun features are in the social area. You can immediately see who else has the same book. Or who else's catalogue contains a similar collection of books, or who else has done a book review. Or you can sign up to interest groups.
And there is a messaging feature, so you can make contact with other subscribers. I did a search on a very obscure Christian novel and found one person had it in their catalogue. I was intrigued by her profile positioning herself as a member of the "Christian Left" (in the USA). So she kindly sent me a description of what that meant. Comforting to know that such brave, defiant people exist!
On the right is a random selection from my catalogue. (Provided LibraryThing is not down. It does seem to be taken down quite frequently to deal with database issues.) You can see all the books I have entered so far here.
CoComment has been working well for me. I find being able to retrieve comments I have made and track discussions is a great addition to the blogging experience (oops, there must be a better way of wording that thought!). And I have found that odd sorts of things can be added into my comments collection like the one book review I ever posted on amazon and my contribution to the "We The People" collection of photographs of Europe on nrc.nl. (You need to click through from the CoComment entry to the original article on its site to see the picture.) My recent comments as registered in CoComment can be seen in the right side bar and my whole collection here.
I finally seem to have got Technorati tags working. It needed a combination of TypePads new feature supporting Technorati tags on posts and some tuning of the parameters on my RSS feeds. I am not convinced that it is working fully consistently. This post will be a further test. I had hoped I would be able to go back and get my posting history into the long tail on Technorati, but that does not seem easy.
So I think I will have to get my own stuff into the long tail by putting all my posts on del.icio.is. Which does seem a rather narcissistic process.
So what is this all this effort to achieve personal exposure? Well, having read or skimmed through "The Long Tail" (the book not the blog!) I am comfortable this is just a normal way to participate in the global community. So 'Hi - this is me, on the way. Greetings!'