ok, we’ve come to the end of January and that’s the end of the first We Swap Books competition. I hope to get a newsletter out next week, winners will be announced in the newsletter.

I’ll send the winners an email in the next few days.

A new feature added to the site is you can now add your own book reviews. I’ll mention more in the newsletter but you can find more details here

Don’t forget you can follow the site updates on twitter at http://twitter.com/weswapbooks

So, last night I went to the Edinburgh Internet Marketing Meetup and I heard Mike Coulter speak about Social Media and the way it’s been going and the possible road ahead. Now I’m not one for reviewing so I’m not going to list everything Mike said, but if he’s doing a talk near you and you have the opportunity to go along, then go. He had a lot of interesting insights, good ideas, cautionary tales and other assorted internet related adventures to share with the group. If you’re involved in the web in a professional sense in any way, I would recommend listening to one of Mike’s talks.

One thing he convinced me of is that my site (www.weswapbooks.com) is, in old diplomatic terms, a closed border country. I’ve been thinking since the talk that people are only going to visit the site to swap books, no other reasons. I was hoping to turn the site into a book community. Obviously that people would swap books there, but discuss books and participate in a community sense. It hasn’t happened and I just though “well maybe that’s not what people want”. But after last nights talk I think it is. I think somewhere for people to meet, talk about authors, review books and swap books is maybe what people want and I think maybe the site needs to be more interactive, more social.

So, planned improvements include

  • Members will be able to upload their own book reviews into the book reviews section
  • They’ll also be able to leave comments on other reviews, leave feedback and discuss the reviews as well as rate reviews
  • Only this week I’ve just started using twitter and I am going to use it, not only as a personal account but, also as an announcement service for weswapbooks
  • I’m not 100% what the tools are, but I’m going to look at the Amazon Developers Network and perhaps utilise some of their tools in the site

And I’m going to keep the old grey matter ticking over on what new and exciting tools we can use in an attempt to, going back to the old diplomatic terms, open the borders of our country.

And this is where you come in…if you have any ideas/suggestions on how to improve the site and/or make it more sociable, I’d love to hear. Post them as a comment to this post, please. Thanks.

By the way on a side note it was great to meet everyone at the event last night. Good people, good ideas, good beer, good chat, I will hopefully be along to the next one.

twittering

January 7, 2009

Thought it was about time I not only had a twitter account but that We Swap Books had one as well, so

http://twitter.com/weswapbooks

Follow for site updates and other inane stuff from my head.