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Consolidating your Web 2.0 profile

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If you’re like me, you belong to more than a mere handful of social networking and sharing sites. Keeping track of your online presence might be a daunting task. And letting people know where you hang out online might entail a rather long list of web sites. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could consolidate all that into one nice widget you could just embed on a web site or blog? What if that widget could also show your latest tweets, photos or links to your newest blog post in real time?

The widget exists, and its name is Retaggr. This is one of the handiest I’ve yet seen. To see an example of a Retaggr widget in action, look over to the left on my blog. You’ll see the Retaggr icon:

If you click on it, you’ll see my latest tweet, and links to my profiles on numerous social networks. OPLIN has a Retaggr account too, and you can see it on the left side of the oplin.org web site.

Creating one and embedding it is not difficult, and Retaggr supports over 170 different Web 2.0 services, with more being added all the time. You can also make your blog/site Retaggr-enabled, so that commenters with Retaggr accounts can have their cards attached to their comments, too. Your Retaggr info can even be made into an email signature. Overall, it’s a very flexible service that provides a lot of value for, well…it’s free!

What does this mean to me, Laura?

  1. If your library has (for example) MySpace, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, etc. accounts, this is a great way to accumulate all of them in a compact space online.
  2. Imagine sending all of your online presence info as part of your ibrary’s email.
  3. Remember that the info it shows is public (which is the point). If there’s something you don’t want included, you don’t have to.
  4. You can customize the widget with other widgets!