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The Disruptive Web is an InfoWorld article about the "disruptive" power of weblogs. Combining the aggregated reading habits of the blog community collected by All Consuming with bookmarklets and an RSS feed, the author conducted an experiment to search for the availability of blog-popular books at local libraries. "By the end of the day, the technique was verified to work with many libraries in the United States. What's more, it had mutated. Reports came in from around the world about adaptations that worked with library systems from other vendors." link via post atomic
posted by madamjujujive (196 comments total)

 
The Library Lookup Homepage, if you need to find your local library. BTW I'm running IE 5.0 on Win98 and this doesn't seem to work for me when I drag a URL. Any guesses?
posted by trondant at 11:01 PM on January 12, 2003


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It's unfortunate that AllConsuming is dead slow at the moment. Did it get MeFi'ed, or DayPop'ed, or something?
posted by Slithy_Tove at 11:18 PM on January 12, 2003


trondant, according to the article, "The vendor of the library lookup system that our bookmarklets were invoking, never having imagined or intended this disruptive outcome, hastily yanked its listing of the 900 libraries. The following day, the listing was just a ghost in the machine, manifesting itself in Google's cache and the Wayback Machine. What seemed to be an informational Web page turned out, to the vendor's surprise, to be a Web services directory." - so I think the list is defunct & that would explain the bum bookmarklet you dragged. He has a "build your own" bookmarklet generator but you need to know the vendor software that your library uses.

Slithy_Tove, AllConsuming is coming through ok for me, but there is a note from the webmaster that he is in Dubai to til the 27th so if there is a problem, he isn't around to fix it. It's really a pretty cool service - I hadn't seen it before this article.
posted by madamjujujive at 11:36 PM on January 12, 2003


The bookmarklet works fine with my local iPac library system. I just wish it would instead launch a telnet session and run a script in that window. But I suppose I should get used to these web-based interfaces all the kids today are talking about.
posted by gluechunk at 1:22 AM on January 13, 2003


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Works for the Salt Lake City library, but haven't figgered them out for the other Utah libraries because they use some monstrous java client that my OS X chokes on.

This is just cool enough that it should be outlawed soon.
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