In a previous post, I commented that I’m experimenting with Twitter as an adjunct to the two blogs that I edit (this one, and Cancer Stem Cell News). I’m also in the early stages of experimenting with FriendFeed. For more information about these two sites, see the Wikipedia entries for Twitter and FriendFeed. Twitter is “a free social networking and micro-blogging service“, while FriendFeed is a “real-time feed aggregator” that uses “your existing social network as a tool for discovering interesting information“.
A hashtag that’s used on both sites is #OpenAccess. Results of a Twitter search for #OpenAccess revealed that a number of Twitterers have added this hashtag to “tweets” that are related to OA. (Tweets are micro-blog posts on Twitter. “Tweeps” are Twitter persons, or followers of Twitterers). See: Twitter Types – what kind of Tweep are you?).
[The next two paragraphs were revised on July 16, 2009, to remove outdated text and links, and to add some new information]:
Results of a FriendFeed search for #OpenAccess also reveals posts that have been hashtagged #OpenAccess (or #openaccess). There’s some overlap between the results of a Twitter search for this hashtag, compared with the results of a FriendFeed search for the same hashtag. Such overlap will occur if the Twitterer is also a member of FriendFeed.
The social bookmarking site Delicious (see Wikipedia entry) can also be searched for the hashtag #OpenAccess. When this search was done (on July 16, 2009), only one recent bookmark tagged #openaccess was found. It was bookmarked by Keita Bando. Another social bookmarking site is Connotea (see Wikipedia entry) . I’ve found (on July 16, 2009) only one use of a Connotea bookmark by Keita Bando on Delicious. It’s a bookmark of this shortened URL: http://bit.ly/uHt5x (which links to: The open access tracking project (OATP), Peter Suber, Open Access News, April 16, 2009). [End of revised section].
More about the OATP is available from a section of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #133, May 2, 2009. The purpose of the OATP is to use tags on Connotea in a collaborative effort to track new OA developments worldwide. For example, there’s a pipe, based on Yahoo Pipes, which starts with a Connotea feed of the most recent 100 items tagged oa.new and then removes any duplicates. An RSS feed is available (OATP 100 items no dups) via (for example) Google Reader.
Comment: Yahoo Pipes is quite a remarkable resource. For example, I’ve built a pipe which combines a Twitter search for #OpenAccess (the most recent 15 items) with the OATP pipe (but with only the most recent 15 items from Connotea, no duplicates) sorted by publication date in descending order. It shouldn’t be difficult to build a pipe that would display a combined total number of items larger than 30.