Technology That I'm Thankful For
Anyway, I thought that I'd post links to a few things that are worth checking out - if only to be aware that they exist (listed from the most mainstream to the more geeky):
- Facebook: a social networking site to connect and interact with other people. It has something like 120 million users
- Flickr: an image and video hosting site. A great place to share photographs (although I typically just use Facebook), the service hosts more than 3 billion images and has a great search feature.
- Skype: software that allows users to make telephone calls over the Internet. Calls to other users of the service and to free-of-charge numbers are free, while calls to landlines and mobile phones can be made for a small fee. Skype also includes instant messaging, file transfer and video conferencing.
- Chrome: a free Web browser developed by Google launched in September. While it only has about 1% of the browser market today, I was hooked right away because it is so much faster than Internet Explorer or Firefox.
- Twitter: a "micro-blogging" service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (known as "tweets"), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length. The search feature is extremely powerful, especially during a big conference or when there is breaking news.
- RSS: a family of formats used to publish frequently updated works, such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video, in a standardized format. An RSS document (which is called a "feed", "Web feed", or "channel") includes full or summarized text, plus data such as publishing dates and authorship. RSS feeds allow users to subscribe to timely updates from favored Web sites and to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place. I suggest signing up for an RSS reader, such as BlogLines and then adding feeds, which you can find on many Web sites (including virtually all blogs and mainstream media sites).