Friday, August 31, 2007

How to slap Facebook in it's face!

If it got a face! I fond this nice post at a Social Application site that I have set my sights on for some time, Appleseed!. I am in with Flint,(see a difference? ) the author of the article, this particular expression of Social computing and Social Networking.
"Damn the Facebooks and the MySpaces. The last time we checked, there was this thing called the internet that had 6 billion users. It's time to take our personal data out of Mr. McGregor's little gardens and put it back where it belongs -- free and open on the open web.

Social networks like Facebook and MySpace are taking the web by storm because they make it easy to manage your personal data and keep in touch with people you know. But to get value out, you have to put something in -- photos, contacts, appointments, lists of your interests and your blog musings.

Therein lies the rub. When entering data into Facebook, you're sending it on a one-way trip. Want to show somebody a video or a picture you posted to your profile? Unless they also have an account, they can't see it. Your pictures, videos and everything else is stranded in a walled garden, cut off from the rest of the web.

Like locked cell phones and copy-protected music, Facebook is on the wrong side of the open-network debate. Facebook is a sealed bubble. Facebook users are locked into Facebook, just as iTunes locks music fans to Apple's iPod.

Most Powerful Women in the world!

In the Forbes' list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women, Angela Merkel, the first woman to become chancellor of Germany, tops Forbes' list of the World's 100 Most Powerful women, for the second year in a row. Forbes mentioned her leadership qualities and ability to persuade European Union leaders to get moving on a treaty to replace their failed constitution as reasons for her appearance in the top stop.

Coming in at No. 2 on Forbes' list is China's vice premier, Wu Yi. Yi continues to help lead a government that oversees an economy whose gross domestic product may soon eclipse Germany's, making it the third-biggest economy in the world. Wu recently stared down U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson when he made myriad demands, including a revaluation of the yuan, in recent strategic economic talks with the U.S.

The rest of Forbes' Most Powerful Women run companies, governments and non profit organizations. They are at the top or close to the top of their respected industries and professions.

Talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey was ranked No. 21 on the list.

She beat out out two of my favorite women,
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who were ranked No. 25 and No. 26.

Here is the Top 30 and all the 100 could be found at Forbes.

1. Angela Merkel, Chancellor Country: Germany

2. Wu Yi, Vice Premier Country: China

3. Ho Ching, Chief Executive, Temasek Holdings Country: Singapore

4. Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State Country: U.S.

5. Indra K. Nooyi Chairman, chief executive, PepsiCo Country: U.S.

6. Sonia Gandhi President, National Congress Party Country: India

7. Cynthia Carroll Chief executive, Anglo American Country: U.K.

8. Patricia A. Woertz Chairman, Archer Daniels Midland Country: U.S.

9. Irene Rosenfeld Chairman, chief executive, Kraft Foods Country: U.S

10. Patricia Russo Chief executive, Alcatel-Lucent Country: U.S.

11. Michèle Alliot-Marie Minister for the Interior and overseas territories Country: France

12. Christine Lagarde Minister of economy, finance and employment Country: France

13. Anne M. Mulcahy Chairman, chief executive, Xerox Country: U.S.

14. Anne Lauvergeon Chief executive, Areva Country: France

15. Mary Sammons Chairman, chief executive, president, Rite Aid Corp. Country: U.S.

16. Angela Braly Chief executive, president, WellPoint Country: U.S.

17. Marjorie Scardino Chief executive, Pearson PLC Country: U.K.

18.Wu Xiaoling Deputy governor, People's Bank of China Country: China

19. Brenda Barnes Chairman, chief executive, Sara Lee Corp. Country: U.S.

20. Ruth Bader Ginsburg Supreme court justice Country: U.S.

21. Oprah Winfrey Chairman, Harpo Country: U.S.

22. Margaret Whitman Chief executive, president, Ebay Country: U.S.

23. Queen Elizabeth II Queen Country: U.K.

24. Melinda Gates Cofounder, cochairman, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Country: U.S.

25. Hillary Rodham Clinton U.S. senator, New York Country: U.S.

26. Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House, House of Representatives Country: U.S.

27. Michelle Bachelet President Country: Chile

28. Safra A. Catz President, chief financial officer, Oracle Country: U.S.

29. Susan E. Arnold President, global business units, Procter & Gamble Country: U.S.

30. Andrea Jung Chairman, chief executive, Avon Products Country: U.S.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Geemodo: Microsoft Fires all Humans

We might not see many people at Microsft! ;)
Geemodo: Microsoft Fires all Humans

Mexican Art Expert Gregorio Luke to Give Multimedia Presentation on Frida Kahlo at the National Museum of Women in the Arts September 9, 2007

Gregorio Luke, Director of the Museum of Latina American
Art in Long Beach, Ca., will discuss the life and influence
of Frida Kahlo through an illustrated, multimedia presentation
at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), Sunday,
Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. Luke will explore Kahlo's personal life
and deeply mexicanist persona through the use of slides
and documentary films from his extensive research library.
This talk is given in conjunction with Frida:
Public Image, Private Life. A Collection of Photographs
and Letters on display at NMWA through October 14, 2007.

Mexican Art Expert Gregorio Luke to Give Multimedia Presentation on Frida Kahlo at the National Museum of Women in the Arts September 9, 2007

Survey Reveals How Many Workers Commit Office Taboos

"Workplace Taboos" is a new
CareerBuilder.com survey, conducted by Harris Interactive of more than
5,700 workers. The most common workplace taboos that workers admitted to
taking part in include:
-- Falling asleep at work (45 percent)
-- Kissing a co-worker (39 percent)
-- Consuming alcoholic beverages while on the job (21 percent)
-- Stealing from the office (22 percent)
-- Spreading a rumor about a co-worker (22 percent)
-- Snooping after hours (18 percent)
-- Lying about an academic background (4 percent)
-- Taking credit for someone else's work (2 percent)

CareerBuilder.com Survey Reveals How Many Workers Commit Office Taboos

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Socialize with Yahoo Mail

Socialize with Yahoo Mail, yes with new Yahoo mail allows you to send text messages directly to cell phones. With Yahoo! Mail, people can send and receive free text messages in their email to and from any mobile phone number in participating markets including the US, Canada, India and the Philippines.
In addition one can instant-message chat with users of Yahoo or Microsoft's IM services. But I think SMS or the text messaging will take off as so many are texting today. The text messaging feature is integrated into the interface and works in almost exactly the same way as standard emailing, but users enter a phone number instead of an email address. Each message is limited to 150 characters. Unlike a traditional email inbox, the system creates an instant message style interface to allow users to track the course of the conversation.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Have you got pownced yet?

Pownce is a way to send messages, files, links, and events to your friends. You'll create a network of the people you know and then you can share stuff with all of them, just a few of them, or even just one other person really fast. I have been using it for a while and I like it. But if you need an invite, leave a comment. All my friends are on pownce and I think it will have a large social impact in our online lives. So be a part of it.

Leave a comment with your email, if there are more requests than invites I will randomly choose a few of you!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Search element in Blogger

I have created a Custom search engine that I use in one of my blogs last year. Then it was not easy to add that search to my Blog. But now Blogger in draft has a search element added, and it uses Google's Custom Search Engine to dynamically search over your blog's content, as well as anything you've linked to in your blog posts, and even your sidebar-based link lists and blogrolls. In other words, it's really nifty - you can find it in your blog's Template | Page Elements tab, in the "Add a Page Element" popup. Go try it the CSE works very well if you have a large blog!

Blogger in Draft: New feature: Search Box

Chinese Second Life, “high-pee-high” to debut in October

Well this article reminded me of going camping a long time ago! ;) where a bunch of small kids tried to pee high as possible into the bushes!! But after reading a post on GigaOM you will realize that it is as serious as it could be despite the way the name of the game is pronounced! The actual name is HIPIHI, carrying deeper meaning than you and I would guess. "The name itself is in part a play on “pihi,” Chinese for “innocent child,” while the three i’s are meant to resemble the Chinese ideogram for society."
Since GigaOM's article is really thorough, I think it is better to guide you there, where you could spend some good Saturday free time!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Build a Social News Site courtesy of Notifir

I visited Notifir.com again because they generously linked me in their response to my post "The best social networking news sources according to Notifir!"
Then I was back on the Notifir (I already got an account. You might get one if you request a beta account).
Anyway the idea of this post is to tell you about how to build your own Social News Portal. Again this is a post on Notifir Blog.
Why this interest me is actually I am trying out some of the tools mentioned in the post;

  • Pligg.com - A Digg.com clone. Yes gone through a few iterations.
  • NewsCloud - A CMS with a news ranking system. Again diving into the code
  • Drupal + Vote Module - CMS with added functionality of a news ranking system. ?
  • Diggclone - Another Digg.com clone. I looked at it
  • Drupaligg - A Digg clone built on top of Drupal. Thanks for the tip! Will look!!
  • Upwarded - Has a blog widget. Seen before!
  • Wobblog - The link to the source is on the license page all the way at the bottom. !
  • Quickit - A Reddit clone written in Lisp. Could not find it
Anyway thanks for the clues and hope I can build my Social News Portal!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Google Earth Gives a Virtual telescope to see the Universe

The virtual telescope brings together images from a number of sky-mapping organisations, including the Hubble space telescope and the UK Astronomy Technology Centre.

To start exploring today, download the newest version of Google Earth, click on the new Sky button on the toolbar at the top of the screen, and navigate the skies! There are 100 million individual stars and 200 million galaxies in Sky just waiting to be discovered. To help you get started, we've prepared a short video.

Users can view and navigate through 100 million individual stars and 200 million galaxies.

There are also special sections on constellations, backyard astronomy, Hubble imagery, the Moon, the planets, galaxies and the life of a star.

Dr Carol Christian, of the Space Telescope Science Institute which provided images for the project, said: "Never before has a roadmap of the entire sky been made so readily available.

"Anyone interested in exploring the wonders of our universe can quickly see where the stunning objects photographed by Hubble actually dwell in the heavens."

Lior Ron, product manager at Google, said: "We're excited to provide users with rich astronomical imagery and enhanced content that enables them to both learn about what they're seeing and tell their own stories.

"By working with some of the industry's leading experts, we've been able to transform Google Earth into a virtual telescope."

Google LatLong: Sky: The final frontier

Official Google Blog: The view from the Sky

Dale And Thomas Popcorn Launches the SHARE SOME Foundation

Dale and Thomas Popcorn(R), the premier name in gourmet popcornproducts, and its national retail lines,Popcorn, Indiana(R) Kettle Cornand Popcorn, Indiana(R) Original Movie Theatre, announced today thatit has created the SHARE SOME Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to recognize and promote the concept of sharing byencouraging people to share as much of themselves as possible.
The snack food company, whose motto for the past four years is"Share Some", believes that there is no greater gift than sharing,no other food that truly connects people like popcorn does and thatfriends and family sitting together sharing a bowl of popcorn cantruly change the world, one kernel at a time.

news release

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Place Picasa Web Albums Feeds in GME (Google Mashup Editor)

Lev Epshteyn, GME (Google Mashup Editor) Team has written a tutorial about placing your Picasa photos in a Google maps or even in Google Earth. He has done what he teaches with his own Geo tagged photos on Picasa.
If you want to some mashups with your photos, this is a place to start with. I will do the same with each album I have! I discovered this at Google Developer Blog

Other mashups are at this gallery

Friday, August 17, 2007

Skype Down! VOIP IP Telephony: Skype outage update

Skype down and Skype status and skype replacements like Jajah, Gizmo, Gizmocall informaaio
VOIP IP Telephony: Skype outage update

VOIP IP Telephony: Skype alternatives 1, go to Jajah for your free calls

Thursday, August 16, 2007

What do you do if you suspect you have a recalled toy?

What do you do if you suspect you have a recalled toy?

The first step is for consumers to determine if they have a toy that has been affected by the recall. To do so, they can visit www.service.mattel.com (See direct links below) where they will find a complete list of each toy recalled, including color photos and toy model numbers. You can locate toy model numbers on the bottom of most recalled toys. You also can compare the images.

From there, you are prompted to fill out a form and Mattel will send them (via email or to a postal address) a color brochure with photos and toy numbers of every affected product, as well as a pre-paid mailing label for return of the products.

Once Mattel receives a consumer’s returned, affected products, Mattel will send the consumer a voucher for each affected product for the product’s original value. Vouchers may be used at most national retailers and are good toward any Mattel or Fisher-Price manufactured product.

Direct links by type of recall
Mattel Playsets with Magnet Hazard Recall
Barbie® Doll and Tanner™ Magnet Hazard Recall
Pixar Cars Sarge Lead Paint Hazard Recall
Fisher-Price Toys with Lead Paint Hazard Recall
For People without Internet access (Please inform you neighbors), or for those preferring phone support, they may call the following hotlines dedicated to the different product recalls:

  • “CARS” Sarge character diecast vehicle Recall Hotline: 1-800-916-4997
  • Fisher-Price Toy Lead Paint Recall Hotline: 1-800-916-4498
  • Magnet Hazard Recall Hotline: 1-888-597-6597
Infromation was from MedDesktop your information source for health related information;

Toy recalls in Japan too by Tomy

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The best social networking news sources according to Notifir!

I was at notifir.com applying for a beta account, Notifir is an upcoming service that lets you track and manage some of your social bookmarking accounts from one central location. The site is launching its private beta tomorrow. Mashable has seen it already (envy envy);Notifir To Launch Digg Tracker
But the idea for this post comes from a post on notifir blog.

  1. TechCrunch.com
  2. Mashable.com
  3. Topix.net
  4. TechNewsWorld.com
  5. Digg.com
  6. Reddit.com
  7. Netscape.com
  8. StumbleUpon.com
  9. Google News (you may want to set a Google Alert for each social network you want to follow)
  10. SethGodin.com
If you think that the list is incomplete, poster says to leave links as a comment.
I would add Technorati

Monday, August 13, 2007

The Cinematic Social Network, Flixster

TechCrunch likened it to weed, (kind that grows in your grass, lawn, never mind!) Growing very fast. According to Flixster itself, "Flixster is a community for movie fans of all shapes and sizes. Whether you are a die-hard horror fan or lover of romantic comedies (or both), Flixster is a place where you can find others who share your taste and through them discover new movies that you will love.
Only a year old, Flixster is already one of the largest movie sites on the web with over 15 million registered users and over 500 million movie ratings."
It is a very busy site with multiple avenues to find your path in to movies. I also noticed that Techcrunch comments led me to believe that Flixster was stealing your phone book address. But it was again cleared by one of the founders himself in this particular comment;

  1. Josh

    I got a few “flixster invitation” emails from friends, and so I published something on my blog Proud Geek about Flixster “stealing” addresses from users. The blog entry is at:

    A few minutes ago, I got a comment on that blog post from one of the Flixster founders. The comment is below. Wanted to hear your thoughts about this.
    hi proudgeek,

    just stumbled upon your site via technorati… I am one of the founders of flixster…

    FYI, we absoilutely encourage new users to invite friends to the site (its about sharing movie ratings - not very useful without friends) - but we don’t force anyone to do so and certainly never “steal” addresses from anyone’s contact book. (We offer the ability to select friends to invite from your yahoo/hotmail/etc address book - but again, its optional and you get to choose who to invite and we don’t store your password at all)

    Anyway - sorry to hear you had a bad experience. Feel free to ping me back by email if you have questions…


So if you are into movies and want to know what other know, think or sugest about movies, it is time to go get Flixstered.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Apple using Social Networking sites to promote iTunes.

Apple seem to want to ride the social networking and web 2.0 vehicle for free. It has not invested on any Social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace but it is using the shear popularity of iTunes and iTunes users to promote itself. I would say now iTunes users are creating adlets to be placed on social network sites, users blogs and web sites.

How about a free song for every 5 referal?

Apple is offering iTunes users three new Web tools to let them promote music through social networking Websites such as Facebook or MySpace, or their blogs and Websites.

The three available My iTunes tools offer users tools to publish information about iTunes purchases, reviews or favorite artists. The tools are Web widgets which users add to their pages.

The widgets can also provide information pertaining to film or TV shows downloaded through the service.

The tools are available from within the iTunes Store. Navigate to the store in iTunes, access your account information and you'll find controls to enable the three new Web widgets, which include:

My iTunes Purchases: This widget tracks your most recently purchased music, music videos, TV shows and films.

My iTunes Reviews: This widget tracks any music or video you have assigned a four or five star rating too on iTunes.

My iTunes Favorites: This collects together those artists by which you have purchased the most music from iTunes.

I read about it at PC World

Troovy wants you to be Groovy

Troovy connects you to the world around you and lets you invite people around the globe to become urban anthropologists, travel writers and even citizen journalists or a lost netizen if you are like me. I would like to see what it is before I jump in!
Toovy should be providing little bit more information, upfront. I did not join Troovy and I could not get any information about it from troovy. I had to go to Mashable to get some information.
It seems like a good project and like most of my projects, need to finish.
The site claims;
This the place to find out what's happened there, what's happening there, why they're important, fun, frightening, fascinating... well, you get the picture.
So go get your picture....

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Blogger Buzz: Browse Profiles! Find new blogs to read!

Why are we blogging, why are we interacting with each other? We write articles in bad language or perfect English. Depending on the content, they get read.
We go to sites like Technorati, we check out who linked to your blog. We go to DIGG, we digg others posts and hope other will DIGG ours. It is a pleasure is unbelievable. Recently I had an article about GPhone, Google phone dugg at DIGG. When It reached 1200 DIGGs I was really happy.
So we are socializing and reaping the rewards. But one of the blogging platforms, Blogger, where this blog is hosted bringing new light on bloggers!;
Blogger Buzz: Browse Profiles! Find new blogs to read!
"Now you can go to any Blogger profile page (start with your own, or perhaps another popular blogger’s) and follow any of the links on the page to get list of other bloggers with the same industry, occupation, location, interest, or favorite book, movie, or music."
So next time you might find a group of people that have the same interests as you around your Blog!

Google News becoming Social News

Google is bringing a news feature to Google news to be more exciting or socializing the news in my speak. Someone writes about you or your company or a product . Either the news is right or wrong, you get to respond and work with Google News crew to add a comment to the news.

Google News Blog: Perspectives about the news from people in the news: "We'll be trying out a mechanism for publishing comments from a special subset of readers: those people or organizations who were actual participants in the story in question. Our long-term vision is that any participant will be able to send in their comments, and we'll show them next to the articles about the story. Comments will be published in full, without any edits, but marked as 'comments' so readers know it's the individual's perspective, rather than part of a journalist's report."

So I think this is the beginning of the Social News.

VOIP IP Telephony: Google Phone coming soon!

A lot of people visited VoIP IP Telephony last week. This is what a social site, bit of tasty news like Google Phone, Gphone could do. It is all Social computing, social networking. So now go and Social bookmark the site!
VOIP IP Telephony: Google Phone coming soon!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

MySpace Facebook and Gmail hackable! BlackHat goes Social networking!

BlackHat goes Social networking!
Deacon said the flaw he discovered requires that a user click on a link that leads to a Web page where the computer's "cookie" information is stolen. Deacon said he discovered the problem several months ago along with several other researchers and alerted MySpace, but the company didn't fix the problem.

"Facebook and MySpace both patch things that they find, but it's like a sandbox," Deacon said. "There's so much. And there are probably hundreds more cross-site scripting vulnerabilities there. There's no way they can find them all."

A MySpace spokeswoman declined to comment specifically about Deacon's presentation. The company said in a statement that "it's our responsibility to have the most responsive, solely dedicated 24-7 safety and security team, and we do."

In a separate demonstration, Robert Graham, chief executive of Atlanta-based Errata Security, showed a program for snooping on the computers on public wireless networks to steal the "cookie" information and hijack e-mail accounts and personal Web pages on social networks.

In his Black Hat presentation, he took over the e-mail account of an audience member using Google Inc.'s Gmail service. Graham said his program demonstrates the vulnerability of public wireless connections.

"Everyone has gotten into their minds that passwords over WiFi are toxic, so let's fix that, and they have," Graham said. "What I'm saying is that everything else is just as toxic."

Graham's demonstration would not have worked if the audience member had been using the encrypted version of Gmail.

Google declined to comment specifically on the presentation but said the company is expanding its capacity to enable automatic encryption for all Gmail users.
AP news at ABC

Neighborhood library online

My earliest social network was our neighborhood library. I would spend hours during the weekend (saturday) choosing books to read for next week. Over time you develop relationships. The librarian knows what you like to read. You get to know other kids, you fight over books, you reserve books.
I think the the first business card I ever received was the calling card from our librarian. Anyway this post is about a library. How about 75000+ free HTML books, over 400000 PDF books just like in the neighborhood library, categorized according to Subjects or genre. 120+ categories!
It certainly mad me smile.
Go make yourself smile, and find something to read at World Public Library.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Who is doing What on the Internet!

Looks like youngsters are socially active! Click to see a larger image.

Disney buys Social networking site, Club Penguin

Disney has entered the social networking field by buying Club Penguin for $350m (£172m).

The site features animated penguin avatars living in a snow-covered virtual world and users take part in group activities to earn currency and furnish their homes.According to figures released by Disney, Club Penguin boasts more than 12 million activated users, primarily in the US and Canada.

It also has more than 700,000 subscribers, paying $5.95 a month or $57.95 a year.
"Club Penguin embodies principles that are of the utmost importance to Disney, providing high-quality family entertainment and fostering parental trust," said Bob Iger, Disney president and CEO.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Revenue sharing folksonomy, is the aim of the Flixya

According to an interview done by Folksonomy.org, Flixya, a video sharing site seem to have hit a niche that others have forgotten or missed to see. Flixya employs a 100% revenue sharing system based on the Google ADSence income related to uploads and posts by it's members.
I am not much of a video bluff but I can see the value of such scheme. The widespread Video and photo sharing sites from small to huge, provides threats to any startup which by the way seem to be all WEB 2.0!
Flixya is built with the Google AdSense API and displays Google Adsense ads integrated around content submitted by members, and key features of the latest offering includes;
an adaptive ad optimization algorithm ,a mobile application suite, a media storage widget, private groups,geotagging and of course Facebook API integration.
You can find and read the Folksonomy.org interview here.