What else is on my desktop

Since I posted on what can be found on my desktop I’ve thought of four more services that I use fairly regularly. One I know you’ve heard about. The others might be interesting to explore.

digg.com — The content of digg comes entirely from its users who post stories they think are interesting. Other users vote on the the stories. You don’t get to apply tags but you can leave comments and the comments are often informative in and of themselves. According to John Dvorak it has a greater readership that the New York times on-line. You can narrow the stories you see by some broad categories such as Technology and Science. Not surprisingly, I look at the technology stories first. With thousands of people combing the Internet for interesting stories you have a much better shot finding something that you would have missed. Just today I found an article on one of my interests, RSS (RSS: The New Internet Protocol?) that appeared on a blog of which I wasn’t aware.

dailymashup — The Daily Mashup is another popular link site that I try to scan at least once a day. It has hard core techie stuff interspersed with sites such as this one that helps you predict when airfares will go up or down. I’ve found useful sites on web design including techniques for using CSS effectively and a discussion on how people read a web page. If you are interested, the article is F-Shaped Pattern for Reading Web Content. Why is this important? It will help you place the important informaiton of your web page.

skype — Skype is a voice over IP (VoIP) service. That includes the Internet. They are offering it free until the end of the year. With Skype, from your PC, you can place phone calls. You need a microphone and speakers but a headset works better. Skype supports Skypecast, a large, hosted call, in an on-line session supporting up to 100 participants. I’ve used it myself in an on-line meeting and I thought it worked well.

MySpace — Unless you have been cut off from all news for a while, the chances are you have seen a story about MySpace. Currently it is the largest social network with nearly 90 million subscribers. I signed up out of curiosity but never did anything with my account until I read a couple of posts on Bill Drew’s Baby Boomer Librarian blog. On Monday Bill posted:

I am in the process of searching for other librarians on MySpace so I can send them requests to be added as a Friend. I am hoping to start up or find a MySpace group about using MYSpace to reach our users. If you only accept invitations from people you know, send me an invitation via MySpace.

He also referenced an interesting article from PC Magazine, MySpace Nation. Social networking is not just for kids is the gist of the article. So I became Bill’s friend and started looking around. I checked out his friends and found people whose blogs I read as well as a friend I normally see only at the SirsiDynix Superconference. I also discovered that there is a noticable library and librarian presence in MySpace. I’m getting a better idea of just how big this social network really is. I’ll keep you posted on what comes of this.

You might have noticed the absence of any reference to Google in writing about my desktop. I started listing the services offered by Google and am up to 17 and am not yet finished. Google is a discussion unto itself.

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