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Edmonton public library leaps into social media

While other public and private organizations and corporations are analyzing, examining, testing and ignoring, the Edmonton Public Library soft-launched its Facebook application today.

As it says on the application teaser, it’s a very LIMITED version of the wonderful world of the Edmonton Public Library.

Currently you can:

  • check out your account status, including holds
  • ask question of library staff
  • search the EPL catalogue
  • find out what’s new at your local branch
  • check out coming events and programs
  • get local branch hours

Pretty thorough if you ask me. I wonder what the full version will have.

*** UPDATE Aug 23/07 ***

Looks like TD Canada Trust and Telus are also getting into the Facebook game, as reported by Kate Trgovac:

TD seems to really be going after the college crowd, so the Facebook app is a great play. They also have a “Money Lounge” (essentially a Facebook group). It’s really hard to tell who owns it; you rely on TD employees to disclose their biases.

And on Telus:

It’s a fishbowl where you can add your top 5 (or 8 if you’re a student) friends. It complements Telus’ current 5 friends campaign with their mobile product.

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