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April 9, 2008

Is Paul Douglas in our class?

I was reading CJ's column in the StarTrib and saw this quote by Paul Douglas, newly unemployed meterologist:

"In a few years we'll look back and laugh at what we were watching, how we were communicating, how we got business done, how we received news, weather, sports. There is a tidal wave sea-change coming, a true information revolution that will transform the way we communicate and surf for news that matters in our lives. I'm looking forward to being a part of this Next Big Thing. The timing is nearly perfect. I'm sticking around, and with a little luck and serendipity Minnesotans will be hearing back from me again soon, wearing a few different hats, trying something new, and hopefully, in a way, better."

I think he's been reading some of the same books as us.

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/17355669.html

March 27, 2008

Twitter's Deception

Local blogger Aaron Landry posts about "Twitter in [his] perfect world."

March 22, 2008

Since we are all about collaboration...

I can't take full credit for this great find since it originally came to me through Web Worker Daily but they introduced me to Lefora. Lefora offers free forum hosting, but it is unlike most of the other sites that offer free forum hosting, it is simple to use. It is quick and easy to set up and works great in a pinch. I used it for a recent work project and was surprised how quick and efficient it was to use. Furthermore, many of the clients I have invited to the forum are not IT professionals and this was a breeze for them to use. I love this site and definitely plan to use it again so I thought I would share incase anyone else had the same complaints about forums I did.

Here is the address for the Web Worker Daily entry http://webworkerdaily.com/2008/03/22/lefora-free-forums/

Here is the address for Lefora http://www.lefora.com/

Since we are all about collaboration...

I can't take full credit for this great find since it originally came to me through Web Worker Daily but they introduced me to Lefora. Lefora offers free forum hosting, but it is unlike most of the other sites that offer free forum hosting, it is simple to use. It is quick and easy to set up and works great in a pinch. I used it for a recent work project and was surprised how quick and efficient it was to use. Furthermore, many of the clients I have invited to the forum are not IT professionals and this was a breeze for them to use. I love this site and definitely plan to use it again so I thought I would share incase anyone else had the same complaints about forums I did.

Here is the address for the Web Worker Daily entry http://webworkerdaily.com/2008/03/22/lefora-free-forums/

Here is the address for Lefora http://www.lefora.com/

Since we are all about collaboration...

I can't take full credit for this great find since it originally came to me through Web Worker Daily but they introduced me to Lefora. Lefora offers free forum hosting, but it is unlike most of the other sites that offer free forum hosting, it is simple to use. It is quick and easy to set up and works great in a pinch. I used it for a recent work project and was surprised how quick and efficient it was to use. Furthermore, many of the clients I have invited to the forum are not IT professionals and this was a breeze for them to use. I love this site and definitely plan to use it again so I thought I would share incase anyone else had the same complaints about forums I did.

Here is the address for the Web Worker Daily entry http://webworkerdaily.com/2008/03/22/lefora-free-forums/

Here is the address for Lefora http://www.lefora.com/

Since we are all about collaboration...

I can't take full credit for this great find since it originally came to me through Web Worker Daily but they introduced me to Lefora. Lefora offers free forum hosting, but it is unlike most of the other sites that offer free forum hosting, it is simple to use. It is quick and easy to set up and works great in a pinch. I used it for a recent work project and was surprised how quick and efficient it was to use. Furthermore, many of the clients I have invited to the forum are not IT professionals and this was a breeze for them to use. I love this site and definately plan to use it again so I thought I would share incase anyone else had the same complaints about forums I did.

Here is the address for the Web Worker Daily entry http://webworkerdaily.com/2008/03/22/lefora-free-forums/

Here is the address for Lefora http://www.lefora.com/

March 6, 2008

A Little Peak at the Inside of Web 2.0

One of my favorite blogs, Web Work Daily, had this link a little while ago and I have since become obsessed. I thought I had better share incase any of you would feel the same way. The site is called "Office Snapshots" and it is a whole bunch of photos of the actual office of Web 2.0 companies. Ever wondered what Google looks like? What about Facebook or Craigslist? All three of these and many many more companies have photos of their offices, and in some cases employees. It makes me a little jealous sometimes but it is really interesting to see. I thought it was a good thing to share at the end of a long week incase you needed something to provide a little down time.

http://www.officesnapshots.com/

February 26, 2008

notes from the New Media Ethics Forum

Last night, the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and Minnesota Public Radio hosted what was billed as “a UBS Forum examing the present state of journalism, the effect of new media on mainstream media (MSM), and ethical issues and quandries created by evolving communication, expectation and collaboration.” I was unable to attend because of prior commitments. but the lovely folks over at Metroblogging Minneapolis live-blogged the entire thing. If you're interested in citizen journalism, take a few minutes to peruse this.

One of the featured panelists, Chuck Olsen of The Uptake, has posted some after-thoughts on how things played out. If you don’t have a passing familiarity with the citizen journalism landscape or are offended by mild cursing, this probably isn't for you, but I’m posting it for those of you who are invested in or interested in the local blogging scene.

February 14, 2008

likely of interest to many of you

The Resume Rebooted: A Look at Web-Enabled Job Hunting from ReadWriteWeb.

February 12, 2008

Social Media breakfast

Short notice, but there's a Social Media Breakfast tomorrow in Minneapolis. Looks very similar to what we're studying!

February 5, 2008

accidental networking

So Sally, a past student whose passion is Animal Behavior, copied me in on this email a few days ago, and she says it's okay to share it with you folks.

You will not BELIEVE what happened to me yesterday. I still can’t believe it myself.

So Etsy, right? The site that Krista referenced. It’s this big website where people who make jewelry and clothes and hats and scarves and art and knick-knackery can sign up for an online “store? and sell their stuff direct to buyers. The site takes a cut, but it’s a really good deal for the crafters. I buy tons and tons and tons of jewelry from them because it’s affordable and they’ve got some amazing designers and I love giving my money right to the artist.

There’s a necklace that I’ve been considering buying for about 4 months. After much hemming and hawing, I committed a whopping $25 of my birthday money to it.

My username on Etsy is badger* [NOTE: truncated by Krista to preserve privacy]. The woman who sold me this particular necklace commented that, since she studies badgers, she is always cruising around Etsy looking for badger-related things.

THAT’S RIGHT SHE STUDIES BADGERS. In fact, her study concerns a particular vocalization that ground squirrels make when they see badgers, a badger-specific alarm call. So not only does she study badgers, but she studies animal communication and vocalization … the OTHER topic I’m most interested in.

Long story short: we chatted back and forth a bunch over e-mail and, if she can secure funding, she’s invited me to come out to California and work as a research assistant. This will be in a year or more, I have no idea for how long, and it may never happen. But I am still so ridiculously excited. It would be fantastic for me to get some field work done while doing my undergrad, and for besides … um … badgers!!! And all because I bought a necklace from her. It’s amazing to me that I found a fellow badger-lover, and one who studies them to boot, through Etsy of all places.

Fascinating, no? You never know where these things will happen online.

February 1, 2008

short on Google Maps & Privacy

One of the (too many) things that fascinate me are popular conceptualizations of Internet issues. Sometimes they demonstrate paranoia, and sometimes they're right-on. Here's one on privacy issues and Google Maps: