Tag Archives: Social Networking

Google search goes social

Google is rolling out in the next few days Search+. When signed in with Google+, you’ll find personal results and profiles of people you know or follow. You can even expand your world by discovering people related to your search.


Read more on: http://www.google.com/insidesearch/plus.html and http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2012/01/gpsf

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Google+ useful info

Everyone is talking about Google+, how they love it, how they don’t get it and how confusing it is. Yes you heard me, some people find it confusing… well I did at first, it took me a few looks in to realise, oh this is easy. I was actually making it out to be more complicated, it’s like when someone in a foreign country says something in English and you don get it because you assume they don’t speak it.  For my own interest, and maybe of others, here are some interesting and useful links about Google+.

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(Mis) understanding Social networking

Can you imagine if you were to be made accountable for every joke and funny comment you made when hanging out with your friends? Life would really stink. I have recently seen a lot of people getting annoyed with, or embarassed by their friends on Facebook, Orkut and the kind. Why do people take social networking so seriously? Is it a problem understanding written communication or is it that our malicious minds just expect the worse from people?  Or is it a simple lack of good old common sense? I think it’s all of it, and if you just add a bit of insecurity to the pile, social networking can become a pain. I have come to a few personal decisions regarding social networking and there’s no harm in sharing them.

  1. The benefit of the doubt: A difficult concept in today’s society. People are not as mean as we expect them to be, so give your (or someone else’s) friends the benefit of the doubt, take it with a pinch of salt. Relax.
  2. The e-persona: We all have it, yes we ALL do. That sarcastic, naughty part of us that comes alive when we go online.
  3. The intonation (or lack of it). This one goes with #1 (not what you are thinking, e-persona). Most languages base the entire meaning of a sentence in its intonation. So when reading something, try not go with your very first impression, especially if it’s a negative one.
  4. TWRTCS:  stands for “Think Write Read Think Correct Share(or not)” – it’s a friendship saviour. I can’t number how many times I have written something really funny (at least I thought it was) but didn’t share as a public comment, because I just took time to read it again before sending and saw it could be misunderstood.
  5. Avoid work colleagues (specially your boss):  You really don’t want your “private social life” to paint a different picture of you to your boss. It’s not about being fake, but they may not chose to give you the benefit of the doubt and may think that your e-persona is the real one. If you do have your boss on your social network just be very aware of what you write. Unless she/he are really cool!
  6. Privacy: Don’t write on someone’s wall about something that is more of a private issue, either yours or theirs.
  7. Get a life: Being in touch with friends on social network sites is fun but it can take over your life, and turn you into a very annoying “comment on everything” kind of person.

Add to it if you like….

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LinkedIn Timeout at Login

I was having problem Login in to Linkedin.com from work (also was one of the company directors), I went through my whole network and firewall setup looking for any setting that could be blocking their site.  I was getting a “Connection Timed Out” error.

The solution was also simple but still poses a question to me.  I deleted the LinkedIn cookie from my Firefox and it started working straight away, the interesting bit was that as soon as my computer gained access also did the other computers on my network.  So if you are having problem loging in to LinkedIn on your network and clearing your cookies does not sort it out, try asking you coleagues (who use LinkedIn) to clear their browser’s cookies. I will report this to LinkedIn to see if this has any foundation.

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Facebook Connect

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has finally released the so awaited Connect. This feature allows users to share actions and information from the internet with their
friends on Facebook including publishing Feed stories to profiles and
sending requests.

Connect was first announced in May 2008 but only recently it has been made available. There are already a few sites that have implemented this new feature. Check out the Facebook developer’s blog and see the list of sites already making use of this new feature.

To get started with fb:connect, check out their development tutorial.

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