The Web of the Future (Thing #19)
I immediately went to the book nominations for the Web 2.0 Awards, but was disappointed to see that a winner was not assigned to this category. According to the site, "there were either not enough nominations or there was no clear leader to award winners in this category." I beg to differ! LibraryThing was the obvious winner for me, hands down.
My favorite of the award winners is Craigslist, which is a site I've been using for years. It's a national site, with city-specific listings for most major cities in the US and even global. It's free and is a combination of online community, classifieds, and more. I've sold things prior to having a yard sale, found a newly formed bookclub here in Charlotte, discovered a meeting group for locals and newcomers to the area, searched for jobs, laughed at various 'rants,' given away stuff for free and gotten free stuff in return, and more. It's not that popular in Charlotte yet (in cities like Boston and Atlanta, it's huge), but as more people become aware of it and more transplants come to Charlotte, it's growing more popular everyday. Craigslist could be used by the library as a sort of community outreach, letting the public know about upcoming events at the various branches, such as book clubs, friends of the library sales, author appearances, etc.