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Tuesday, April 29, 2008
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Ran into some gothic social networks recently, and couldn’t imagine that there were so many of them out there. At least now I sit corrected on the incorrect belief that Goths were people who liked and wore only black and didn’t mingle socially apart from themselves. Now, the below are sites for Goths to meet and mingle with other Goths.
Goth Passions i
AS free online dating & social networking community site for Goth singles. Meet other Goth singles into clubbing, Goth literature or whatever including the occult.
Gothic Love Online
One of the top Gothic dating sites in North America and a safe, fun and effective online dating community. Members decide when, where and who they connect with.
An online community site that allows each of its members to post and view profiles, text, pictures, video, audio, and other content. Membership is free, although premium services are available.
An 18+ Dark Alternative Web Community with an extensive network of members from across the US and around the world. Their members consist of many different subcultural groups with alternative lifestyles who enjoy meeting, socializing & networking with others who share similar interests. Membership is free, although premium services are available.
Run by Goths for Goths and provide real free access to all their features. Members can upload photos, chat, take quizzes, send messages and various other facilities.
There are so many more out there - so keep searching !
Monday, April 28, 2008
Recently started to use the services of technocrati as one of my friends suggested me to have a Technorati Profile.
Technorati Profile as its a good website for bloggers. It gives all information on blogging and lets you to publish content and get famous amongst millions of other technocrati users. So watch my Technorati Profile and help me be famous too.
Sites such as MySpace and FaceBook could be a nonprofit's dream market - millions of users engaging in activities and all interconnected.
But just setting up shop and collecting "friends" will not necessarily result in donors and supporters. They provide information from a guide to the "lingo" of social sites, to an approach to planning your entry into social networking.
Eventually you will want to start turning your 'friends' into activists, donors, and volunteers. However, you should make sure your social networking pages always feature lots of opportunities to get involved. Also include donation opportunities on your social networking pages. Even if you do not raise much in the short run, it helps to set expectations for the future.
Always let people know what happened at an event or with a campaign even if they did not participate. They might get involved the next time.
Think of social networking as an investment for the future.
The mostly young people you will dealing with are your donors and supporters of tomorrow. Get into the game now and learn how to use social media or you might be left behind for good.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Yahoo recently acquired Del.icio.us, a New York-based startup that is considered a pioneer in social bookmarking, a type of online service that lets users save, annotate, and tag links to their favorite Web pages and share their lists with other users.
Both Yahoo and Del.icio.us separately announced the deal via postings on their official blogs. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"Together we'll continue to improve how people discover, remember and share on the Internet, with a big emphasis on the power of community," Del.icio.us founder and Chief Executive Officer Joshua Schachter wrote in his company's official blog.
In the official blog from the search engine unit at Yahoo, Jeremy Zawodny wrote that the Del.icio.us team will be working "in close proximity" to Flickr, a photo-sharing service that Yahoo bought in March of this year.
Flickr works in a very similar way to Del.icio.us by letting users not only create online photo albums but also tag and share their pictures with other users.
Schachter said today he's convinced that Del.icio.us will thrive as a result of the acquisition because Yahoo truly comprehends the concept of social bookmarking.
For now, Del.icio.us users will not see any immediate changes to the service. It will remain at its current Web site and will continue to operate in its usual manner, Schachter said.
Flickr and Del.icio.us are considered good examples of what some call the Web 2.0 era of Internet services. Web 2.0 is a much-debated term used to describe many of the Internet companies born after the dot-com bust of 2000 and 2001.
Friday, April 25, 2008
One of the most effective ways to find a job: Network.
Spread the word that you're looking for a new job. First, tell your family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances ... everyone. Even tell your mail carrier and your hair stylist. (But don't tell anyone at your current job.)
When it comes to networking though, there's more to consider than simply who you know.
You have to think about who you DON'T know. And then find a way to get to know those people.
Once you've exhausted your personal connections, it's time to focus on meeting some new faces.
Here are some tips on where to start building a network.
The American Association of Zoo Keepers, the National Association of Truck Stop Operators, the American Nuclear Society ...
No matter what your occupation, there's a professional organization for you!
National and international professional associations often have local chapters where you can meet other professionals in your field. And most hold conferences and other events designed specifically for networking.
Professional organizations can also help you keep up-to-date on the latest developments in your industry. They often provide members with the latest industry news, trends and research as well as training and education. This information can come in very handy in interviews.
Not sure what organization would be right for you? This list , organized by topic, can help you get started.
Hit the Books
Looking for regular contact with a group of like-minded professionals in your industry?
Take a class.
From art design to advertising to auto repair, you should be able to find a class in your area that's relevant to your career. And you're guaranteed to meet a group of people who are also interested in your industry.
As an added bonus, a class can give you new skills to boost your resume and make you even more attractive to employers.
Revisit Your Past
Wish you could find a ready-made network, just waiting for you to join? You can: Your alumni association.
Most colleges and even many high schools have alumni organizations made up of former graduates. These organizations usually contain people in every occupation and industry imaginable.
If your former school has an alumni group, get involved.
Take advantage of the fact that you have something in common with the other alums. Remember: It's always easier to meet new people when you share an experience.
Give Something to Get Something
Sure, volunteer work lets you help others. But it also lets you help yourself -- and your job search.
Consider doing volunteer work to expand your network. You'll likely meet an entirely new group of people.
Choose an organization that's related to your profession, if possible. If you can't find a relevant company or cause, offer to help out your favorite charity by doing something that's job-related. Organizations can always use an extra set of hands to help with everything from computer work to clerical tasks.
By volunteering, you'll get a chance to use your skills, expand your network and make a much-needed contribution.
Article Courtesy : Erin Hovanec
Posted by Shankar Pandiath at 12:32 PM
A lot of successful websites depend on returning visitors to account for a major part of their traffic. Returning visitors are easier to convert into paying customers because the more often they return to a site, the more trust they have in that site. The credibility issue just melts away. Hence, keep your visitors coming back to your site with the following methods:
1) Start a forum, chatroom or shoutbox
When you start a forum, chatroom or shoutbox, you are providing your visitors a place to voice their opinions and interact with their peers -- all of them are visitors of your site. As conversations build up, a sense of community will also follow and your visitors will come back to your site almost religiously every day.
2) Start a web log (blog)
Keep an online journal, or more commonly known as a blog, on your site and keep it updated with latest news about yourself. Human beings are curious creatures and they will keep their eyes glued to the monitor if you post fresh news frequently. You will also build up your credibility as you are proving to them that there is also a real life person behind the website.
3) Carry out polls or surveys
Polls and surveys are other forms of interaction that you should definitely consider adding to your site. They provide a quick way for visitors to voice their opinions and to get involved in your website. Be sure to publish polls or surveys that are strongly relevant to the target market of your website to keep them interested to find out about the results.
4) Hold puzzles, quizzes and games
Just imagine how many office workers procrastinate at work every day, and you will be able to gauge how many people will keep visiting your site if you provide a very interesting or addicting way of entertainment. You can also hold competitions to award the high score winner to keep people trying continuously to earn the prize.
5) Update frequently with fresh content
Update your site frequently with fresh content so that every time your visitors come back, they will have something to read on your site. This is the most widely known and most effective method of attracting returning visitors, but this is also the least carried out one because of the laziness of webmasters. No one will want to browse a site that looks the same over ten years, so keep your site updated with fresh bites!
Posted by Shankar Pandiath at 10:08 AM
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Social networking is now "just another feature" of many sites - we're coming to expect sites to be SNS-enabled.
At this point, you're probably familiar with - MySpace, Facebook, Classmates.com, even Friendster - as there are hundreds of emergent players, what are sites you need to pay attention to
This South Korean social network is emerging as a strong model for the future of social networks. According to wikipedia, , over 25 percent of the South Korean population has a Cyworld account, with up to 90 percent of South Koreans in their 20's having an account., Cyworld is truly cutting edge; participants in this game-like social network can micropay for clothes, furniture and accessories. Speaking to users of the service, it is clear that Cyworld is nothing short of a phenomenon.
Bebo has found a strong international audience, particularly in the UK. Bebo is an open, non-niche network, built on similar concepts as MySpace. Indeed, the market can't support many of these, but Bebo has found validity in sheer numbers. If your social network can find an audience - particularly one that will market on your behalf, users will come. Bebo is an emergent force - one that stands to make significant inroads.
Hi5 is the prominent SNS brand in India. Indeed, as India is a tech center, this brand reaches far beyond the Subcontinent - the site is increasingly popular in the EU, as users keep in touch with extended families. If Hi5 can learn from the popular features of Myspace, this brand has a very promising future in a very interesting market.
This long-established UK-based SNS service isn't as popular as Bebo and Myspace have cut deeply into Faceparty's market. Regardless, Faceparty is notable as that it has monetized its user base. Faceparty has the ability to see who is viewing your profile, advanced search, and filtering. There is much to be learned from Faceparty's successes and failures.
XuQa represents the other end of the spectrum in college networking - it is purposefully racy, full of game-like features - an anti-Facebook. XuQa is making social networking a game-like experience actually brings people back and it wouldn’t be surprising if Facebook integrates similar features.
Essentially, companies are building social-enabled sites around content areas - In this context, social networking adds the logical next layer to content-driven resources. This is an extremely important trend - in the future, all of our content sites will have social networking characteristics.
Social networking is absolutely here to stay - this is not simply a "phenomenon".
The young users of these tools are situating their entire formative internet experience around them and this "phenomenon" is not bound by geography or culture or language - everyone is welcome to join a social networking website and hundreds of millions of people have done so. Put in context, we're really only at the beginning of "social networking" - these sites, along will shape the future of our online social networking experience.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Social networking. We have all likely heard of it before, but not everyone knows what it means?
If you were asked to define what social networking was, would you be able to give an accurate definition? Unfortunately, most individuals cannot, even though it is likely that they participate in some form of social networking, especially online.
Social networking is defined as the grouping of individuals together into to specific groups, often like a small community or a neighborhood. Although social networking is possible in person, especially in schools or in the workplace, it is most popular online.
Social networking sites such as Myspace are primary means of communication among high school and college students and especially teens. And if we want to better connect with many of them, we need to at least be familiar with such "tools" for communication and sharing. If you are not familiar with and have little interest in MySpace, Facebook, and other social networking sites, you ought to reconsider:
We admit, social networking is not for everyone as all publicity is not good publicity and will social drive donations and is social traffic worthwhile and lastly will social traffic convert and is it cost effective?
This is because unlike most high schools, colleges, or workplaces, the Internet is filled with millions, if not more, of individuals who are looking to meet other Internet users and develop friendships. When it comes to social networking online, websites are used. These websites are known as social networking websites.
Social networking websites are, in a way, like an online community of Internet users. Depending on the social networking website in question, many of these online community members share a common bond, whether that bond be hobbies, religion, or politics. Once you are granted access to a social networking website you can begin to socialize. This socialization may include reading the profiles or profile pages of other members or even contacting them.
If networking on the Internet sounds like something you would be interested in, you are encouraged to learn more about it, such as the dangers of social networking. These dangers often involve online predators or individuals who claim to be someone that they are not. Although danger does exist with networking online, it also exists with networking out in the real world.
As when you are meeting friends at a bar, school, or work, you are advised to proceed with caution online. By being aware of your surroundings and who you are talking to, you should be able safely enjoying social networking online. Once you have learned everything that you feel you need to learn, about social networking online, you can begin to search for networking communities to join.This can easily be done by performing a standard Internet search. Your search will likely return a number of results, including MySpace, FriendWise, FriendFinder, Yahoo! 360, Facebook, Orkut, Friendster, and Classmates.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Have you been looking for love, but in all of the wrong places? Many singles are fed up with the traditional bar scene; therefore, many are looking for alternatives when it comes to meeting and possibly falling in love with someone. One of those alternatives is online dating. Online dating has skyrocketed in popularity because of social networking sites!
Millions of Americans have turned to the Internet in hopes of finding love. If you are thinking about doing the same, you may be wondering if it is really worth it. To determine whether or not it is, you are advised to examine the advantages and disadvantages of online dating. Before you can begin to examine the advantages and disadvantages of using your social networking website for dating, it is important to remember one thing: there are two main types of social networking websites. The first type is often classified as traditional networking websites. These websites are
websites that tend to have an open membership. An open membership means that anyone can join them.
The second type are known as specialty social networking websites. Specialty social networking websites tend to focus on a particular topic or interest, such as online dating. One thing that you may not know about online dating and social networking is that they are almost always connected. When many individuals go in search for love online, many head to online dating websites. Did you know that online dating websites are actually socially networking websites? What sets online dating websites apart from traditional social networking sites is that all of the individuals who are a part of the online community are looking to find love. In fact, that is one of the many advantages to using social networking websites, especially those with a focus on relationships.
When you join a traditional social networking site, one that allows all different types of Internet users to join, it is often hard to tell what many are looking for. A large number of network users are looking for love, but many more are only looking for friendships. Online dating websites help to eliminate confusion and awkward moments, especially when approaching someone who is not interested in starting a relationship.
Another one of the many benefits to using online social networking sites to find a date is that you literally have an unlimited number of different choices. Social networking websites have expended overtime. In fact, many networks have as many as a million members. This means that if you are looking for love online, there is a good chance that you can find a love interest online. In fact, you could probably find more than one! Although social network dating has its advantages, there are disadvantages as well. One of the main disadvantages is the cost of using the networks service. As previously mentioned, online dating websites are the best type of social network to join, especially if you are looking for a romantic partner. Unfortunately, unlike most traditional networking sites, most dating sites require a paid membership. To many this membership is worth the cost, but overtime it could get quite expensive and you are not guaranteed any results.
In addition to the cost of online dating, there are a large number of safety concerns that could be considered disadvantages as well. Unfortunately, the Internet has made it easy for individuals to claim to be someone who they are not. Essentially, this means that you could be starting an online relationship with someone who is not as they look in their photos or their personality is not as they described to you. While this will not only lead to disappointment when you find out, it could also lead to danger. There have been numerous reports of instances where online dates resulted in abuse or murder;therefore, you are always urged to be careful and meet your dates in a safe, public place.
The above mentioned advantages and disadvantages of social networking dating are just a few of the many. One you have examined all of these advantages and disadvantages, you can compare the two. If you find that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages then social networking and dating might be right for you.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Social networking websites, over the past few years, have rapidly increased in popularity, so much that many are wondering why. If you have used a social networking website before, it is likely that you are already fully aware of their popularity and the reason for popularity. There is just something about these websites that draw in millions of Internet users. With a wide variety of different social networking websites available, there are a wide variety of different reasons for their popularity. One those reasons being the ease of use.
Social networking websites are, for the most part, easy to use. Most sites are easy to navigate. In fact, many require little knowledge of the Internet. In addition to being easy to navigate, social networking websites also make it easier to meet new people online.
There are many Internet users who would love to make new friends online; however, that can sometimes be difficult do. Without social networking websites, you would have to connect with Internet users, often in chat rooms, and learn about their interests before deciding if you would like to consider them your “buddy.” Social networking sites allow you to learn information about another Internet user before ever having to make contact with them.
Another one of the many reasons why social networking sites are popular is because many are free to use. In fact, the majority of social networking sites, such as MySpace and Yahoo! 360, are free to use.
Despite being free to use, many websites require that you register with them. This registration will not only allow you to create your own profile or online webpage, but it will also allow you to contact other networking members.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Although most social networking websites are free to use, there are some that are not. Classmates is one of those websites. Many of these websites give you a free trial period or a free membership. That membership can be used to help you determine whether or not the website is worth paying for.
What is nice about paid online social networking websites is that many can be considered exclusive. Since most Internet users would not want to pay for something that they can get for free, most paid social networking sites are limited on the number of members they have. This may work out to your advantage because it tends to eliminate those who create fake accounts or aim to cause controversy online.
Social networking websites are also popular because they come in a wide variety of different formats. Websites like Yahoo! 360 and MySpace focus on a wide variety of different topics. This means that just about anyone can join. However, there are other social networking sites out there that have a particular focus. These focuses may be on a particular religion, political following, or hobby. Most specialty social networking sites restrict the individuals that can participate in their network; thus, making your experience more enjoyable.
Finally, social networking websites focus on meeting new people, especially online, but over recent months, many have started including additional features only available to their online members. Many social networking members can receive their own free webpage, get free access to popular music videos, a free blog, and much more. Although social networking websites are popular enough to bring in members on their own, these additional features are, in a way, providing Internet users with an incentive to join.
Mentioned above were a few of the most popular social networks that could be found online. Those networks included MySpace, Yahoo! 360, and Classmates. If you are looking for additional social networking websites, you should easily be able to find some by performing a standard Internet search.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
An 85-year-old man was requested by his doctor for a sperm count as part of his physical exam.
The doctor gave the man a jar and said, "Take this jar home and bring back a semen sample tomorrow."
The next day the 85-year-old man reappeared at the doctor's office and gave him the jar, which was as clean and empty as on the previous day.
The doctor asked what happened and the man explained, "Well, doc, it's like this first I tried with my right hand, but nothing.
Then I tried with my left hand, but still nothing. Then I asked my wife for help. She tried with her right hand, then with her left, still nothing.
She tried with her mouth, first with the teeth in, then with her teeth out, still nothing. We even called up Arleen, the lady next door and she tried too, first with both hands, then an arm pit, and she even tried squeezing it between her knees, but still nothing.
The doctor was shocked! "You asked your neighbor?"
The old man replied, "Yep, none of us could get the jar open."