Emojis – fad, or fabulous?

I have been meaning to write a blog post on the role of Emojis in communication and literacy for a while, and what better day to write it than on World Emoji Day. Yes, Emojis, those little pictures that animate texts and Facebook posts have an official day to celebrate them, and today is that day. Emojis have been around since the late 1990’s. Emerging from Japan, Wikipedia tells us the word emoji comes from Japanese e (絵, “picture”) + moji (文字, “character”). The apparent resemblance to the English words “emotion” and “emoticon” is just a coincidence. Lots of people...

Pokemon Go brings Augmented Reality to the Mainstream

You would  have  to be living under a rock to not have noticed that in the last week or so, Pokemon Go seems to have taken over the world. It doesn’t matter where you are, these (cute?) creatures are popping up (that is, if you hold your phone at the right angle!) flickr photo shared by edowoo under a Creative Commons ( BY-SA ) license Pokemon Go is based on Augmented Reality. I’ve written about this technology before on the ResourceLink blog, and although the technology has been around for a while, it hasn’t been until this week that it...

Making Twitter Work For You – Lists

After my post introducing Twitter to newbies, I thought I’d follow up with a second post for those who have dipped their toes in, but wanted to know a little more about how to get the best out of Twitter. This post spells out the secrets behind Twitter Lists – a feature that is under-utilized, but which puts you in control of your Twitter stream. It is particularly powerful if you use Twitter to connect and learn with others across a number of different topics. It helps turn your Twitter stream from a hodge podge of random posts into an...