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Flickr & Delicious

May 3, 2008

Here are my views on Flickr & Delicious:

FLICKR
Flickr has some fairly unique features that I previously really had not explored. I didn’t realize just how easy it was to post pictures there and how equally easy it was to share them. Tagging is somethign I am slowly embracing and finding like tagged material was always interesting, but also strange, like the austrian who tagged his driver licence photo with general protection fault… strange. Hoever, my pictures are not yet searchable on Flickr, but I did receive a functioning link which I submitted, but that aside it was incredibly easy to use and navigate. The sheer amnount of content that is available and teh level of quality, well, that is just somethign to behold. When looking at pictures of Iris tags, some of those photos looked right out of a magazine. I think I may start using Flickr because it can be integrated easily into a blog, so I coudl have random tech pictures running along the side, sorta dressing up the site. Picture wise there wasn’t anythign that I could really use, but there were so many images related just to a simple iris tag, it might become my second stop for real-life images after Google’s image search.

DELICIOUS
Delicious is another story: yes its helpful having links available at a glance, and yes its a great way to remember hard to find locations, but I really just cannot see myself using it. It is just not something that I like having to contort myself into using. I would rather use the Firefox extension that lets me organize my bookmarks how I want in my browser via a login page than use delicious. Just like Stumble, its an unnecessary step for me and something that I will only use when it is required of me to use. Delicious is rather cumbersome to use if you decide NOT to install the browser plug-in (which I did on one system and did not on another), requiring a bit of puzzling before you discover which link actually adds a link. You’d think ADD A LINK/BOOKMARK would be prominent, but no. I also was not fond of the tag interface or the way everything is sorted or even the layout of the links… I would like lots of links close together, ala a browser, but I have to scroll and scroll to find links near the bottom of a long list. I understand the idea of tags, which is one of the things I did like about delicious, but sometimes I just want to see a familiar list, and delicious doesn’t give that to me in the way I want it. I was able to discover some fairly unique sites and locales thanks to Delicious, 30 free software offerings for example along with my other links) so I may use it as a searching tool, but not as one that I myself will subscribe and use.

On a side note, for the last 6 hours my account seems to have been corrupted because each time I attempt to add a new link, I receive a corrupted error… I know its like everything online, but its also just one more reason for me not to like/rely on Delicious.

So below are my ten new sites I found through Delicious, JUST USING THE SEARCH FEATURE:

  1. http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2006/12/01/30-essential-pieces-of-free-and-open-software-for-windows/
  2. http://www.ernestcline.com/dmd/ (also your monkey link)
  3. http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/new_study_shows_best_and_worst.php
  4. http://www.gta4.ws/archives/82
  5. http://www.collegehumor.com/video:110886
  6. https://www.libsyn.com/index.php?&mode=logout&message=
  7. http://www.transom.org/tools/recording_interviewing/200106.microphones.jtowne.html
  8. http://www.g15mods.com/
  9. http://www.blacklibrary.com/default.asp
  10. http://www.ticketmaster.com/

Of course, since the site kept timing out for me, I couldn’t locate individual links from, well, individuals.
Oh well.

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Answering The Questions

April 27, 2008

1) Before you started this class, had you heard of the term Web 2.0? Did you have any idea what it was?

I had definitely heard of the term Web 2.0 and I was pretty sure it was referring to all of the new whiz bang software that was allowing the lowly net surfer to no longer simply consume what is offered online, but with a minimal amount of time investment, allow them to start contributing to the information that is available in the Net ether.

2) Imagine you are telling someone about Web 2.0 who uses the Web but knows nothing about the term. What would you tell them?

I would start off by asking them if they had a favorite subject/topic/hobby (and just about everybody does). Then I would say that you could have information from an event on that specific topic/subject/hobby sent to your cell phone or email the moment someone posts anything that you feel is noteworthy, based on certain triggers that you set. Instant information, updated, well, instantly, and sent through a filter of your own design that leaves you with nothing but wheat and very very little chaff.

3) Do you participate in any sites that you think are part of Web 2.0? If so, what are they?

I guess you could say I do because I have a MySpace account and a blog. The MySpace account… not so much. That’s more of an ‘appease my girlfriend’ situation. On my blog however I actively seek out new content and have constantly updated headlines from major technology and game news sites running down the side. Constant information, constantly updated.

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3 Blogs Full

April 27, 2008

I had some hilarious idea for a joke involving that nursery rhyme that talks about wool, but it was much funnier inside my head before I shared it so I will just leave it at that.

Here are the three blogs that I really enjoy checking out:

http://www.destructoid.com/
This is a very funny and incredibly snarky blog that makes fun of not only itself, but also gamers, gaming society and all points in between. They also do various game reviews which are often very honest and reflect what the average joe would think about a title, but never had the tiem or patience to put it into such succinct words.

http://www.engadget.com/
This is what has been called ‘gadget porn’. They feature pictures and announcements regarding new technologies and various devices. They are almost always slick, cool, and drool inducing… and incredibly expensive or available only in Japanese.

http://www.kotaku.com/
A true gaming blog with a Japanese feel that positions itself as ‘the gamers blog’, they scour the web and post blog entries that are often overlooked, over tidbits of gaming news, reviews, videos or just offer incredibly odd features. One was all about the ‘artists’ who drew the ps3 and xbox 360 as female Japanese animation characters… it was weirdly disturbing.