I have all but abandoned Google Reader for keeping up with the news. Twitter, Flipboard and a couple of Twitter apps have made my reading experience more enjoyable, provided a way to efficiently keep up with the news and even enjoy a quick conversation with friends. If you don’t already, I highly recommend that bloggers add Twitter along with their RSS feeds as distribution paths for your blog posts.
Barnes & Noble has introduced a web-based book reader. Now you can access all your B&N ebooks from any web browser. I was pleasantly surprised with the interface and the ability to quickly follow links within the text makes it a very useful reader for research.
Are you a Susan Branch fan? If you don’t have a clue, Susan is an artist well known in the scrapbooking community. She has just returned from several weeks in England (which were well documented on her blog) and yesterday gave away a limited edition of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit that she brought home with her. In the post announcing the winner, there is a photograph of a page-in-progress from her trip diary. It is gorgeous! My first thought was how well this format and style could translate into a family history project. Maybe it’s time to pick up a pen again . . .
Over at The Signal, a delightful story about one family’s efforts in building a personal digital archive.
Taneya’s got her WordPress webinar slides posted on her site. If you missed the webinars, go check them out.
Evernote for the Mac has been updated. It includes support for the new retina displays (nothing I’m going to see any time soon) but it also has an activity stream. My first thought was “huh?” but when I realized that it was mostly for use with shared notebooks, it all made sense. If you’re using a shared notebook to work with others, this activity stream will keep each of the shared users informed about additions to the notebook. This can be an awesome collaborative research tool! The update is available now to Mac users who downloaded their app from Evernote. If you installed from the App Store, you’ll have to wait for it to complete the review process. Ever since that nasty bug from a couple of weeks ago that caused all those crashing apps, the reviews are taking a lot longer to complete.
If you’re a Mac user and an Instagram fan, you may want to take a look at the InstaBackup app [Mac - $1.00]. It’s an easy way to back up your Instagram photos to your Mac.
This week’s spotlight book at Moultrie Creek Books. Combine these writing tips with your version of Susan Branch’s creativity and you’ve got a family treasure in the making.