Well, it is smart to make the connection between NPR listeners and dedicated readers like Gather has done. I don’t think I would necessarily join Gather, though, as I can always discuss books with my colleagues. However, I might go there to read reviews that may be more insightful (and possibly less revenue-driven) than those on Amazon.com.
I did like the WebJunction article, and I think that our library is planning to include an interactive aspect in the AquaBrowswer interface for our catalog – not so much conversation, but allowing patrons to write reviews and add tags.
From the WebJunction article: “The next step in building an interactive library — the most difficult and frustrating part of the project for us —involves convincing a few key people in the organization to consider integrating social networking into existing library activities.” I’m very excited about how Evanced will work towards this end, allowing people to email events and subscribe to programming feeds.
In the interest of disclosure, I am a craftster (I’ve even posted unattractive pictures) and I also belong to ravelry, an online community for knitters and other lovers of yarn. It was great to be able to get paid to look at one of my favorite places online.
I should also mention that I am an avid freecycler. It is so nice to have someone who will appreciate your junk come pick it up so you don’t have to take it to the thrift store or haul it to the dumpster.