Visualize Tasks with DropTask


Lifehacker pointed me to this cool looking tool that I thought might interest some of you. It’s called DropTask and it lets you visualize your tasks in a sort of Ven Diagram way. I created a couple tasks in a project called ‘Blogs':


This from Lifehacker:

DropTask is incredibly intuitive, and while it can seem a little weird at first—not to mention space-inefficient—it can be pretty handy if you’re managing larger projects. In fact, where it really shows its stuff is when you work with other people. If you sign your entire team up for DropTask, you can assign tasks or groups of tasks to different people with just a flick of the mouse, making it really easy to dole out responsibilities. Check out the video above to see it in action, or click the link below to try it out.

Neighborhood Watch Goes Online


Nextdoor is a new site that sounds pretty neat:

With neighborhood social network, Nextdoor, communities can stay up-to-date with everything from crime, activities and even ask the neighborhood if they can borrow the proverbial cup of sugar.

Here’s how Nextdoor works: Login to find your neighborhood and sign up. Every user must verify their address. If your neighborhood’s not there, you can be the person to start your neighborhood’s social network through Nextdoor. You’ll outline the boundaries and find the local school districts to include — yes, it takes some work, admits Tolia. But they want to avoid people signing up just to “kick the tires,” so to speak. Invite nine of your neighbors to sign-up and have them confirm their addresses on your neighborhood within 21 days. Once that’s done, your site is officially launched. If your neighbors don’t sign up, or maybe you don’t know enough of them, Nextdoor will alert you when someone else in your neighborhood successfully creates the site and then you can register.

The librarian in me wants to sign up and fill in all the info but the anti-social side of me doesn’t know the emails for 9 (or even 1) other person in the neighborhood so I’ll have to wait. I’m also wondering how to handle neighborhoods without names. I don’t know what I’d call my neighborhood other than the street name … but even that isn’t really accurate because I’d include the surrounding streets as well. Learn more at Mashable.

Project Gutenberg to Dropbox

Gutenberg Dropbox

In the past I’ve given you tips on how to get Project Gutenberg MARC records in to your ILS. Now I can tell you how to download ebooks directly to your Dropbox account so that you can access them on all of your devices.

The Gutenberg website has recently added support for Dropbox meaning you can download ebooks directly to your Dropbox account in the cloud. Once you authorize access, it will create a new “gutenberg” folder in your Dropbox and the ebooks will get saved directly in that folder.

More here.

Google Floor Plans

Google Maps

This looks pretty awesome.

Floor plans for over 10,000 locations worldwide are available on your web browser, such as stores, train stations, airports and museums. You can use it to plan the fastest route through the mall, or make sure you know how to get from the taxi to the airport gate without running all over the airport.

“Simply zoom in on a building on Google Maps and you’ll automatically see a detailed floor plan with helpful labels for gates at the airport, stores within the mall, departments within a retail shop, as well as ATMs, restrooms and more,” Google wrote.

Learn more at Mashable and if you can, upload your library’s floor plan to help enhance the product.

Easily Change Social Network Profiles

Bliss Control

A new tool called Bliss Control lets you manage all of your social network profiles from one place:

Bliss Control is simply a directory of links to manage your social media settings. The tool helps you easily access links to any settings page on the top social networks.

For example if you want to change your bio on Pinterest, you select those options on the homepage, hit “Go” and you’ll be taken to the right place on Pinterest to change your bio.

One of the commenters on the site said it reminded them of IFTTT and it kind of does, but it’s not automated like IFTTT is.

Getting Content out of Google


I was recently reminded of Google’s Takeout service by ReadWriteWeb’s guide to getting your YouTube videos back from Google and thought I should point this tool out to you all. Google Takeout is a product of the Data Liberation Front:

The Data Liberation Front is an engineering team at Google whose singular goal is to make it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products. We do this because we believe that you should be able to export any data that you create in (or import into) a product. We help and consult other engineering teams within Google on how to “liberate” their products.

To learn how to get your content back from Google checkout the Takeout tool which allows you to get your videos, voice messages, contacts, etc.

If This Then That


How is it that I haven’t told you all about this tool yet? I was looking for a way to automatically post my Delicious bookmarks to my blog and my friend John LeMasney asked me if I had tried IFTTT yet. IFTTT is a site that lets you program automated actions on the web!

IFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement:

If this, then that.

We call ‘this’ the Trigger, and ‘that’ the Action. Together, it is a Recipe.

IFTTT is pronounced like “Lift” without the “L.”

Check out all of the cool ways you can automate posting with this awesome tool. Right now I’m using it to post my Delicious bookmarks to Twitter and Facebook as I save them. What I’m waiting for is a ‘recipe’ for sharing from here to Google+ … let me know if you find one that works!

Multiple Google Account Sigin Just Got Easier

My Google Account Chooser

My Google Account Chooser

I use Google Apps at work and Google for my personal account as well, this means that sometimes I have to take a few steps to log in to both accounts at once. Google has tried to make it easier with the new Account Chooser.

It works by linking one Google account to the others, so when you’re signed into account #1 it knows you should have access to accounts #2, #3, and so on. Some users will see a preview link on the sign-in page when they visit it, but if you want to enable the new feature now you can just visit Google’s account chooser help doc for complete instructions.

Found via Lifehacker.

Use Pictures to Plan Travel

PixMeAway Pictures Take 2

There is a new site out there that’s fun for people like me who like to travel and love pictures! PixMeAway lets you pick a series of pictures that interest you to determine where you should travel to next. I decided to play a bit with the tool to see where I should go. First I chose these pictures:

But then it told me that a percentage of me was interested in adventure and that is very much not the case so I chose again and decided on these pictures:

This was a bit more accurate, but not exactly how I’d describe me so I went with it and choose my preferences on the next screen:

And then the result! Apparently the first place I should visit next is Tel Aviv:

Where did PixMeAway say you should go?