In a digital cry Occupy Wall Street is screaming ‘Viva la Revolución!’ with their new Facebook-like virtual stomping ground, The Global Square. The Global Square is the movement’s new virtual Zuccotti Park, a place where Occupiers can squat virtually — free from state and corporate intervention, they hope.
The Occupy Wall Street movement along with developer Ed Knutson created their own social networking site to keep it from prying governmental eyes. “We don’t want to trust Facebook with private messages among activists,” says TGS developer Knutson. This new electronic tent city aims to connect the various global Occupy movements, along with similarly politically aligned social misfits, drum circle-ists, hippies-who-finally-found-a-cause and Occupy supporters. Many (this writer included) are glad to see this virtual occupation finally materialize, as it was only a matter of time before someone like Knutson began to Occupy the Internet.
If you’re like me, then your social profiles haven’t done anything to your business life other than imploring you to waste valuable working hours looking at random acquaintances’ mobile uploads of their cats. Enter LetsLunch.
LetsLunch is a new networking tool that blends the ease of online networking with the practical use of actual networking. And, its as easy as 1-2-3. Literally!
If you have a LinkedIn profile already you’ve got step 1 done (if you don’t you can create one or use a LetsLunch account).
Step 2 is to tell the system what days you are free for lunch — after which it will send you an email with your possible lunch matches and restaurants within a convenient distance for both parties.
Take a guess at step 3 (hint: its delicious, entertaining and gives you something to do over your lunch hour).
There seem to be no lack of Photo sharing sites these days. LiveShare is the newest offering from Cooliris. LiveShare is available for your phones (iPhone, Android or Windows 7) and also for the Web. LiveShare is targetted towards get-togethers, parties, sporting events, trips, and other experiences with friends and family, as multiple cameras share into the group photo streams you create.
In today’s connected world, have you ever looked back at the times when we had conversations with loved ones face to face, hand in hand or if that wasn’t possible we wrote them hand written letters on hand made paper adorned with hand crafted insignia or memorabilia? Nostalgic isn’t it? Today I’d rather meet people on Facebook, exchange notes on Twitter and read/send mail on my Blackberry. In fact I almost loathe having to make a telephonic conversation. Why can’t you just email/txt/IM me instead? And I’m no teeny bopper, I’m a man entering middle age mind you. So imagine today’s youth doomed with the prospect of no connectivity. How would they respond to such a world?
The idea started when Trent Mitchell, a video-production teacher at Shorecrest saw the movie The Social Network, a story about the founding of Facebook and wondered if his students could cut themselves off from text and Facebook. Mitchell, 36 told the students that he didn’t think they could tear themselves away from social media. Half the students said they could do it; the other half thought it was the worst idea they’d ever heard, he said. So he pulled in friend and teacher Marty Ballew, and together created The Social Experiment.
The year is 2010 and social networking site The Well celebrates its 25th anniversary, providing us with the perfect opportunity to look back in retrospective, and look forward with bleak hope. Currently there are over 500 million users on Facebook, and if Facebook were a country it would be the 3rd largest country on the planet. The news is plastered with daily reports of people using Facebook pedophile rings, twisted acts of cyber bullying, and other signs of a decaying society. Thankfully there is little talk about the millions of hours logged daily by Facebook users on the Farmville app. This was perhaps not the intention of the fathers of social networking Stewart Brand and Larry Brilliant.
SnapGalaxy was launched in late 2006 with their primary focus of allowing users to send photo prints to friends and relatives. SnapGalaxy services are divided into 2 sub-categories — Printing Service and Online Service.
They allow you to send your photos anywhere in the world. They deliver premium quality photo products to their users and their friends, family and relatives. There is unlimited photo storage, photo sharing, PhotoFolio, VirtualPhoto and much more.
TagThisAn effort to allow collective crowd tagging
Ever since the first public beta of WordPress 2.3, a nagging itch had kept me worried — “How and who the hell will tag my old articles?” Tags are awesome but ‘are you sure you have tagged your post effectively?’, ‘will you go back and be able to tag all your older articles?’
Well, I searched for a similar or near-similar plugins which can accomplish this feat of tagging by your reader, and blog visitors. Unfortunately, Google was unable to find me anything I can use. I went ahead and drafted a plan for a custom plugin. I approached few ‘awesome’ WordPress Plugin developers and about five of them agreed to collaborate with me to come up with a plugin which we can release to the public under the GPL license. The good part was that most the developer were ready to do it for free. With schedule clashes and mis-timings with the other developers; I finally ended up with a kick-ass developer — Anirudh Sanjeev.
The development took way longer than anticipated due to many timeline hurdles, project clashes and yes, we got a bit lazy along the way. Fortunately, with a refreshed iteration of the project, a WordPress Plugin to allow your blog readers and visitors to tag your posts (articles) is ready — “TagThis”.
Few hours back, Mint reported that Firefly eVentures Ltd, a wholly owned Internet subsidiary of Hindustan Times Media Ltd., has acquired social networking site – DesiMartini. Terms and exact price were not disclosed but is believed to be less than $10 million.