I heard about LinkedIn a while ago, but never seriously considered joining. A few weeks ago, I “joined the network” and started playing around. The first thing I did was gather together as many business cards as I could from my desk drawers and start sending out invitations. After only a few days, I had a dozen or so contacts, a few of whom I have engaged in conversation with already. After thinking, it seems strange that something like this did not come about sooner. Businesses are built on networks, and personal contacts are a vital part to any career. LinkedIn automates this process. As businesses move more towards the internet, sites such as this will have no choice but to thrive.Read More
Let me say one thing from the start. I have an apartment. I know where I am going to live, and I do not plan on moving any time soon. Even so, I have seen just about every apartment listed for Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Lawrenceville, Friendship and Bloomfield under Pittsburgh’s Craigslist page. I don’t know why, but it is addicting. I can’t help but visit again. Craigslist has such an intuitive user interface you can’t help but get exactly what you want. It is so simple that it seem like you are just chatting with neighbors about renting an apartment, or buying a couch, and not conducting some business transaction. This casual feel of the site adds a great deal to its attractiveness. Even if I don’t end up taking that cool 3rd floor on the busline with a balcony, I promise you I will always know it is out there.Read More
I was thinking of something to write about youtube, and thought I would just google ‘youtube news’ to see what articles were written about the site. The first thing I got back was a result about news on youtube, which got me thinking. Youtube somehow grew into a cultural phenomenon. Going back in time, we see people sitting around telling stories. Then there was radio, instead of sitting and listening to a physical person, they listened to a voice on a box. After that, television. Now we get to have the story visualized for us. No longer do we even think about what the characters look like – everything is completely given to us. This promotes laziness, and some have even said television has been a large detriment to society. I think youtube might start to move our culture away from the effortlessness of TV. Instead of everything being provided, the guy on his couch at 3am is the one with the material. It is entertainment by the people, not just for them. It will be interesting to see where the trend set by youtube takes us, and if Web 2.0 does in fact help and not hinder the evolution of entertainment in today’s society.Read More
Jott might be the next big thing in note taking. Pick up your phone, call a number, say something, and minutes later you are sent an email saying what you just said. This is a great service if you happen to have a great idea, but can’t get to a piece of paper.
www.jott.com provides a voice to text service (by the way, all for free) which makes it much easier to stay organized. In addition to straight emails, Jott allows people to set reminders and make lists as well. Whatever you speak into your phone, Jott will translate to text and provide it to you via email or a web site.Read More
In modern society, social networking is a great opportunity for communities to grow. In the past, community was only based on physical location, but now it is not. Communities are much more specialized. No longer are we friends only with our neighbors and co-workers, but now we can find anyone interested in anything we might think of, thanks to the internet. Social networking shows that while groups may have an identity of their own, the individual is the integral part. Individuals make networks, and the overall group dynamic can be seen through the intereactions of those individuals. Specializaton and customization have been considered great advances in areas of business and manufacturing, and just now those principles are being applied to social constructs as well.Read More