I was becoming increasingly frustrated with keeping track of my twitter feeds and I was hoping to find some other way of making it more convenient besides just having a plug-in to my browser, when my wife introduced me to Friendfeed. According to her, this would be a useful website for me because it strings conversations along in a linear user-friendly style. After signing up and noticing that I could add other social networks in their so I could just have a all-in-one site, I stumbled upon Goodreads.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love to read and try whenever I can find the time. More importantly if ever I’m curious about a book I always have to do a search for reviews and wonder if the review I’m reading is tailored to my tastes. Well according to this site, which is a social network for book-lovers, you can link to like-minded individuals and read their reviews, likes and dislikes and see if you can find some good recommendations for yourself as well as suggest some of your own. This sounds all fine and dandy, though I’m sure I’ll be wasting more time on the Internet before I can find a way to better manage it so I can focus on other things in my life. Here’s hoping that time comes soon. Now with this and a new podcast, I just keep piling stuff for me to do on my plate with no end in site.
At least I just have one site to visit now and maybe add more books to my “to do” list while I’m there.
After much debating and planned preparation I finally just took the plunge and recorded a podcast, with my wife’s assistance. As can be expected, it is most amateurish, and the lack of planning plainly shows. But whatever, I enjoyed myself. I obviously need to learn Audacity a bit better and I just have to keep practicing. Eventually it should sound crisp and clean, right?
If your curiosity is piqued feel free to check it out at this link.
Or listen to it here:
Or you can just subscribe to the rss feed and get an instant download.
I remember when the Internet first became more visual-friendly in ’95 and dial-up was pretty much the norm for most Internet users. Around this time, unless you had AOL or AIM, the only other way you could communicate with others on the Internet (if you had a t1 line) was through telnet and/or ICQ. Nowadays, in the world of broadband, there are so many different ways to communicate with people. Chat rooms and chat applications still exist but now you also have web 2.0 sites such as myspace, facebook and twitter to name a few. I have re-created log-ins on a few of them but the social network tool that seems to have gotten me the most captivated are forums, specifically the forum in the Keith and The Girl website.
According to wikipedia web forums have existed since 1996. Apparently I was oblivious to them until more recently. I guess I’m sort of old-fashioned when it comes to technology but I just feel that there is more camaraderie and interaction in a web forum then in myspace, twitter or facebook. In those other three I really only look for people that I know and just try and keep in touch with them; whereas, on a web forum I have a discussion of ideas, however trivial, with absolute strangers and develop new relationships from there. At least, those are my two cents. I’m sure there are others who disagree with my sentiments.