August 26, 2013
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Those of you who have been following my thoughts for a long time know that one of my pet peeves is the current state of the library OPAC. While we have seen some improvements since I started blogging in 2009, we are still light years behind what we could have.
Libraries (sic) goal should be to make library system front end intuitive, easy to use and even more – attractive to patrons, and make them to come back to library discovery and delivery solution with pleasure instead of using different sources not connected with libraries….
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August 1, 2013
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As I had posted previously, I have been receiving spam messages from Zorpia. I tweeted an article I found on the subject, and this reply came from Zorpia:
Then why did this appear in my inbox this morning??? I changed the links and the image to protect my coworker whose contacts were apparently phished from her. All Zorpia links are removed as well.
|Rachel left you a private message
Rachel has left a private message for you. Click on the button below to view it:
|View Private Message
The Zorpia Team
I know for a fact that Rachel did not leave me a private message on Zorpia. All I have to do is click on the links in my email and access to my email contacts would be granted to Zorpia.
July 22, 2013
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Recently I have been receiving messages from a company called “Zorpia” informing me that “Rachel” had left me a private message. “Rachel” has my email address and my personal phone number, so I doubted she would leave me a message on a website I had never heard of. She doesn’t particularly like mainstream social networking, such as Facebook. I suspected, and my research has confirmed, that Zorpia is likely a pfishing scam, much like “ShoppyBag.”
It all started with PickyKidPix who opened the first Zorpia email from her friend Devin. Devin had no idea that such an email was sent out. No one does. I then got an email from my daughter that I had a message from her. Given that it was 11:00 pm and she was asleep, I opened the email. The only way to see the message was to allow it access to my Facebook.
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A comparison between discovery services, such as Summon, and Google:
… similarities include the holy grail of “the one search box” that searches “everything” (or close enough) and heavy focus on relevancy ranking to surface desired results.
As a sidenote, relevancy ranking isn’t really new to library catalogues by now (for example our “next generation catalogue” Encore, has relevancy ranking and ……
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