Knowledge Management

Control of Your Space

When you create your presence on the web, how much control are you willing to give up?
bq.When you host your stuff on a Web site that’s free and that you don’t control some nasty crap can happen. Yesterday MySpace started blocking Photobucket stuff. My blog is hosted on and I have the same issues the MySpace folks are seeing (the free service where my blog is hosted right now, which is different from the software that you host on your own servers). The thing is when a company is hosting your stuff for free they need to see some way to make money off of the service. This isn’t going to be free with no ads forever and ever. And, it certainly would piss me off if I worked on if someone came along and made money from my user’s photos and videos. – “Robert Scoble(MySpace’ers learn harsh reality)”: Of course, I have always considered Robert something of a special case before he always has made use of hosted services. He has “never really had(PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY NEW BLOG)”: full control of his web presence. Personally, I like having full control over my domains. That being said, I have enjoyed playing with “Twitter(Twitter / michaelkpate)”: of late. And after having sort of stumbled on the concept of a “lifestream(Streaming my life away)”:, I have “created(Tagged with Lifestream :: Michael K. Pate)”: them at “Ziki”:, “iStalkr”: (through “Steven(iStalkr – Social Feed Agregator)”:, “Tumblr”: (through “Alex(, Powered by Tumblr)”:, and the “phenomenon(Goodbye Twitter. Hello Jaiku.)”: of last weekend, “Jaiku”: It will be interesting to see where this goes.

By Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.

Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.

Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.

He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.

However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.

In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.