Thursday, March 05, 2009

Totally Tech

Yep, this picture is small, but technologies are getting smaller and smaller. It wasn't so long ago that we all carried brick phones and plugged them into the car lighter.
I was recently running a teen painting party program at the library and all teens were comparing their phones. One girl's phone was the size of a pen! She played some Weird Al eBay song for me that she stored on there. She did not believe that Weird Al was popular when I graduated high school 2 decades ago.
What's next? What has made your life much easier? Adults love Twitter. I got asked three times this week to 'drop someone a Tweet'. A year ago that would have sounded obscene. I don't see teens doing the Twitter as much, but every teen I passed at the library on the computers was doing Facebook.
I downloaded Twilight this summer and listened to it while walking. eBooks are greener and easier than ever to obtain now. If you haven't read an eBook or listened to an audio file of a book, try it soon, because you are missing out! While prices are lower on downloads in many cases (Quake books, for example!) many libraries offer online audio and print books right into your device or home computer.
Next week is the Young Adult Library Services Association's Teen Tech Week, and this week is eBook week. Celebrate by trying a new way to read.


Anonymous said...

It's neat that you would bring this up. It was just announced that Barnes and Noble bought Fictionwise for 15.7 million.

Pam Ripling said...

Gulp--sputter--cough--spraying coffee on the keyboard...

B&N BOUGHT FW? Oh my. Oh m'my my my, as Piglet would say. I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Yeah, my daughter also has Weird Al on her iPod. These days, I don't dare mention that I know anyone she knows, or they become instantly uncool. Poor Weird Al.

It seems like Twitter has literally exploded in the last 6 months. Originally, it was primarily used (to my understanding, that is) by a smaller sect of business people as a compromise between a live phone call and a message left somewhere. It's like texting hundreds of people at the same time. Bizarre.

While I've picked up a few interesting things from Twitter, I find it to be a time stealer more than anything. Especially if you are following a lot of people. It's like watching a stock market ticker.