Archives for the month of: May, 2008
If you want to keep up with the SLA conference in Seattle this June, Twittering may be another way for you do so while amusing yourself on public transport.
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Twitter Away at SLA

So, you’re setup with your Twitter account and following SLA2008, now what?

  • Send a few tweets everyday from your phone, handheld or the Twitter website
  • note-taking during sessions, meetings and presentations to stay focused and engaged
  • Live Twittering A Conference? Try Live Twitting!
  • Twitter, the ultimate conference ‘backchannel’
  • One Thing I Don’t Like About Twitter
  • Twitter FAQ
  • The Official Twitter Commands
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    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has an interview with Vinton Cerf, one of the Internet pioneers, to put it mildly.
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    Vint Cerf: Internet pioneer, coffee drinker

    It does not. First, since this is Seattle, how does “the father of the Internet” like his coffee. The key, he said, is to grind the coffee and then let it sit in a cold pitcher of water overnight. Doing so removes many of the acids, Cerf said.

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    My Live Signature is an interesting site. It allows you to create a variety of different signatures (some free and some for a fee) to use on blogs, the web and in your email. I think it is one of those sites that is just fun.
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    Create your own personal signature

    Free, simple & easy!

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    Twitter keeps entering my orbit. Although I am still resisting, I am intrigued by this article, which points out the usefulness for marketing people to follow brands. The article also points you to “getting started” type articles.
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    Want to Know What Customers Really Think? Twitter Will Tell You

    Twitter, in case you aren’t familiar with the service, is a way of staying in touch and keeping up with friends and colleagues no matter where you are or what you’re doing.You can access it via the web or via SMS on your mobile phone. At first blush, Twitter appears to be a giant chat room. But if you stopped there, you would miss out on one of the most important emerging social media destinations in 2008.

    Read this series by Jennifer Laycock of Search Engine Guide:

    From Twits to Tweeple, Why I Embraced Twitter and You Should Too Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five

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    Women use technology for more than baby monitors and zapping cellulite. We are a force to be reckoned with. This recent Popgadget article celebrates some of the best of the best of women in tech.
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    Let’s celebrate women in tech

    There aren’t many things that annoy me about writing about technology for a living. Having permission to ring the founder of Postsecret and ask him about his vision for the site? Not horrendous. Being offered new gadgets to trial before they are even on sale? I can deal with it. Writing about a fun topic I enjoy learning more about as time goes by? Two words spring to mind: cushy gig.

    Cali Lewis: gadget goddess of Geekbrief TV, the podcast that makes tech exciting and accessible to all.

    Natali del Conte of CNET’s Loaded – another young woman making tech more accessible.

    Elizabeth Spiers. Innovative launch editor of New York gossip site and former ed of Mediabistro, she’s since set up (and sold on) her own blogging network, Dead Horse Media, and become an accomplished commentator on all things Internet and business-related (did I forget to mention she used to be a financial analyst?) Oh, and her first novel is out later this year, too…

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    EveryBlock has the potential to become one of the greatest information sources of all time. They are taking data that people really want and putting it on a map. They are using reports and statistics that are already gathered and putting them together so you can look at your neighborhood in new ways.

    Tara Calishan has written a great article about them at her site and they really do answer their email, if you contact them.

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    EveryBlock Gives You The Skinny On Your Neighborhood — At Least in Three Cities

    Confessions of a Digital Packrat had a brief note about a new resource launched called EveryBlock. I went and took a look at it, and it IS pretty impressive — though I’m very jealous that it’s currently only available in three areas. EveryBlock ( ) currently only covers New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago.

    Basically what EveryBlock does is take public records and other notations of what’s going on in an area and aggregate them. This is brilliant. It’s like information trapping for an address. For example take a look at the New York City version.

    You can browse the information types or the various areas of a city, or you can do an address search. I did a search for 55 East 74th Street , because you know the Eleanor Roosevelt Mansion is up for sale, and I might have $20 million in my sofa cushions. Not.

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    Search Engines are great for textual data. You can usually find something on your topic, if you describe it the right way. Not so with pictures. A variety of organizations have been working for years on searching pictures. Nothing is quite ready for primetime and you still have to tag the pictures so people can search the tags.

    PicAnswers has created a site that allows you to post pictures and get answers to what they are: a human search engine! Perhaps librarians will come back in vogue.

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    Post a Picture, Get an Answer

    PicAnswers LLC announced yesterday the launch of a picture question and answer site called, appropriately enough, PicAnswers ( ). I thought a site like this would be kind of pedestrian but as always the Internet amazes me with what it’ll ask questions about.

    You’ll get the idea from the front page of the site — it’s like an answers site, with images. There are a series of pictures with questions attached to them. The pictures at the moment include what appear to be bones on a beach, what look like anime photoshopped llamas, an old tobacco can, and someone’s broken patio ceiling. The questions range from “Is this valuable?” to “What IS this?” and “How do I fix this?” Most of the questions I looked at had some kind of answer, and most of the time it was a useful answer.

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    If you shop online a lot, this site might work well for you. It allows you track all of your shipments in one place.
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    Order Online a Lot? Track All Your Shipments in One Place
    While I don’t do all my shopping via Amazon, I will say it made my Christmas shopping a HECK of a lot easier. Now in addition to easy shopping, I can get easy tracking with a nifty tool called TrackMyShipments.
    You get started by going to the Web site ( ), registering for an account (requires an e-mail address and name only) and confirming your account. Once you’ve done that, you can get started.
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