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Inside a Dog

The State Library of Victoria in Australia has created a neat service called Inside a Dog which I have blogged and spoken about before. It’s just made six months old.
In its first six months there were:
1,000 book reviews
60,000 visits
3,700 competition entries, and
7 amazing writers in residence.
The Australian Writers’ Marketplace even put insideadog at the top of their list of Best Australian Writers’ Blogs.
The creators tell me that the most active day is a Tuesday, and the least active a Saturday (presumably too much else on). And the most active hour of day is 4-5pm. so young people are not being made to look at the site at school, they are coming to it by themselves.
Either way this is a very successful effort at creating a national social recommendation engine for teens.
Don’t get the name? Groucho Marx said “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

Posted on: November 26, 2006, 2:40 pm Category: Uncategorized

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