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Vote in the Webware 100 Awards for 2008

Posted by Paula on February 26, 2008

For those of you who follow me on Pownce, you already got a note saying to go and vote for your favorite Web 2.0 sites. For those of you who don’t follow me, be sure to head over to CNET’s Webware site to cast your votes in 10 different categories! The great part is, if you have more than one favorite, you can submit 3 votes for each category!

I voted!

Not to give away all of my secrets, but I did vote for Firefox, iGoogle, BlogTalkRadio, Twitter, WordPress, Mahalo, OpenID, StumbleUpon, and a few others.

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Mahalo: A Social, Human Powered Search Engine

Posted by Paula on February 25, 2008

When I was first introduced to Mahalo, I must admit, I was not very … excited about this idea. A site where people recommend other websites. Yes, there is a protocol, not every site will be accepted. In fact, so far, I’ve had 4 sites declined by Mahalo. One was because I put it under ‘Surfing’ and I was thinking web surfing, not water surfing! If there are more ads than content, the site will not be accepted. If there is not a clear way to get a hold of the website owner, it will not be accepted. This is a search engine providing quality results. Sometimes, especially when writing that research paper, we only want the quality results. Sometimes, we don’t and we can continue on with Google or your favorite search engine.

A couple of months ago, Mahalo introduced Mahalo Follow. Although I did check it out when it first came out, I was not swayed to download it until about a month ago. Since downloading Mahalo Follow, I have found that it is simply something I cannot live without. You must know that it has to be good if a social junkie like myself is all excited about it!

When you find a page you would like to recommend to Mahalo, you simply click the Yes button on the tool bar and a screen will pop up for you to enter the search term that would be used to find such a page. Start typing and it will give you suggestions. Next you want to enter your tags separated by commas. Only drawback here, make sure you also keep them to one word tags or your del.icio.us bookmarks will become a mess! Enter a brief description or what you would like to use to share this link with everyone.

It is this next part that makes this tool bar the greatest tool bar ever! You then have the power to send this link and your brief description to up to 10 different social sites! The sites currently accessible are Twitter, Jaiku, Faves, Ma.gnolia, del.icio.us, Google Bookmarks, StumbleUpon, Facebook, Pownce, or your Tumblr blog.

Well, to get these links, I just signed up for Tumblr!  🙂  I tried Jaiku, but it still isn’t out of invites only.  I guess I didn’t realize what Tumblr was, because I had no idea it could take everything like this!  I’m looking forward to playing with this one, but that will have to be another day…

Hope everyone has a GREAT Monday!

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So many thoughts and so little time!

Posted by Paula on February 19, 2008

I started this blog because the dynamics of the social web has thoroughly intrigued me. That I can connect with a person living in Italy simply amazes me, but yesterday I did just that. I emailed with talented blogger Antonio Lupetti about my blog and how I am working on setting up a permanent home for it with it’s own domain.

This is the problem. I do not want to ignore this blog, but at the same time, I want to figure a design I like that I feel fits with this blog so I can move it permanently. There simply are not enough hours in a day. That I have such flexibility within my day job to be able to surf the net and work on my blog in my free time, is amazing. I am so lucky to have this freedom. However, my day job must always come first, at least during the day! By the end of the day, I have little interest in sitting at a computer, or if I do, family obligations often overrule.

I think that perhaps I should go back to the simple one or two paragraph posts until I am able to get things moved. I do have a lot to say about sites I have surfed the past week or so.

For those of you who may have been more interested in my ‘Personal Social Networking History’, I do promise, I will get Part III done about forums. I just can’t promise when! 🙂

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Social Networking – A Personal History Part II

Posted by Paula on February 14, 2008

I am hoping that with the previous post, everyone realizes this is a play on the new phrase ‘social networking’. I’ve had a lot more people pass through here since my last post, so I just thought I should clarify…

I had planned on getting this written over the weekend, but as I’m sure many who may also have a full-time job that isn’t blogging as well as a full-time family 😉 might realize – sometimes life gets in the way of things we want to do! The delay did allow me some time to do some thinking about what I would write next. In fact, I almost gave up sleep last night to get started, but my body overruled me on that idea!

My next bit of personal history in what could be called social networking is truly rather comical, but at the time was absolutely mortifying. To give some history leading up to this experience, I had already joined 43 Things and had even started my first blog on Yahoo 360. I did have a link to my Yahoo 360, but after searching for the photo below, I decided to remove it. My contacts on my Yahoo 360 page are friends that I went to high school with and we all have a very warped sense of humor.

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So we have all gotten those email jokes that people forward around. Sometimes it may even be an informational email about someone’s life or a virus alert. If you ever receive an email like this from me, you will see that I will usually send it to myself and then blind copy others into the email. The looping image shown above is exactly why I now follow this protocol. I had sent out an email with this image because I found it so very humorous! My mother replied – to everyone – “Now that is what I call getting b*tch slapped!”

The moral of this story is if you are one who sends out group emails, be 100% certain that you are prepared for any consequences that may arise with people having access to your other contacts.  If you are not careful, it could put you into a social networking disaster!

I have now covered two of the original social networking tools: chat and email.  The third and final part of my social networking history will deal with forums.

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Social Networking – A Personal History Part I

Posted by Paula on February 8, 2008

Social networking is not as new as we tend to believe. Long before the phrase was coined, there were chat rooms, forums, and further back, the electronic bulletin boards. These were ways to communicate and share ideas with people with similar interests that you might not otherwise ever meet. I don’t know if there are electronic bulletin boards any longer, but there are still many chat rooms and forums covering just about any topic imaginable.

In the mid 1990s I was active in an AOL chat room for the metropolitan city I live near. I met many people through there and looking back, I would definitely call that social networking. Of course, the phrase hadn’t been coined yet, and the internet was young enough that Oprah had a show touting the dangers of meeting people from the internet in real life or sharing real life information. At that time, there was no ‘appropriate’ sites for sharing such information. There were no dating sites like eharmony or match. No one was to share anything or to trust anyone while online. Overall, this was very good advice (and still is for children and teenagers), but I never have been one to conform to what society thinks is appropriate. I think now is a good time to mention that in the mid 1990s I was a recently divorced college graduate. I do not condone children or teens giving out personal information to people they do not already know in real life – FOR ANY REASON. I also think that it is very important to say that adults should also be careful with what they put out there about themselves.

As social networking has grown into more websites than one can even imagine, it is very important to realize that we are not only sharing this info with our online friends, but that unknown people may be seeing what we do (or have done) as well. These unknown people could be bad – people who want to hurt us in any way, or they could be good – potential employers, potential loan officers, or perhaps even potential friends/romances. In March 2007, Web Worker Daily posted an article Why You May Need an Online Persona, which shows that employers are not simply looking for those embarrassing photos you posted, but they are looking to see what all is out there on you, good or bad. Having the right information out there can be the difference between getting an interview and not even being called.

But, I diverged, and as this is my first post here that is of much length at all, I should apologize… I tend to get caught up in writing and just let it all come out! In school, I learned to go back and edit myself, but I think that keeps you all from seeing exactly where I am coming from, so here, I will keep all my thoughts, provided that it is appropriate! 😉

Meeting all of these new people in the AOL chat rooms provided me with a way to meet new people in my region that had similar interests. I have always been shy, so the normal ways to meet people were just not going to work for me. I could go to a bar or a gym or something along those lines, but I’d never say a word to anyone there. By meeting people online before meeting them in person, I was able to forgo the awkward small talk trying to see if I had anything in common with these people.

One person I was very excited about meeting in person was a man who had become a good friend. He acted like my online big brother, being protective of me with the unsavory chatters. When we did meet in person, before I even said a word, I went up and hugged him. A month later we had our first kiss and two months after that we moved in together. After a couple of years, we decided to make it legal and we were married. In July we will celebrate 9 years of marriage and we are still best friends and very much in love.

This was my first experience with being social on the internet. My next experience, to be covered in Part II, doesn’t leave the same happy feelings in my heart, but it did effect me just the same.

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