Day 20: From Pull to Push

Happy Bastille Day from the land of wet paper bags. Rather than sit around and wait for recommendations from my loyal readers, I decided to break out the big guns over the weekend.  I am proud (yeah, right) of my single session haul of 22 sites.  Given my short time window and the repetitive nature of these sites, I have decided to group them by theme. The big news came from Ping.fm where I got a beta code (finally).  I haven’t fully tested it yet but plan to after this adventure is over. This installment features a load of social bookmarking and video sites.  They come in many flavors but essentially do similar things.  I am presently using Digg and Del.icio.us for bookmarking. These others seem like more of the same. I don’t have any original video content at the moment so I’ll have to see what I can find, tag and share. Site Count: 73 down and 27 to go.  (My eyes are killing me from all these captchas). Video Sharing/Viewing Sites ustream.tv veoh viddler vodpod Blip.tv Dailymotion Social Bookmarking vi.sualize.us clipmarks Furl Faves Simpy Blogging/Microblogging Vox Zooomr Location Based Services (like Brightkite and Dopplr) Groovr Plazes Aggregators Ping.fm Soup.io Other MSN – I use MSN IM everyday so I can count this. Slideshare – This is pretty self explanatory.  With its wide variety of qualty content, this one is worth checking out Mashable – A leading social networking and social media blog Yelp – Become a reviewer. Webshots – Another photo site. Thank you Also I’d like to thank everyone for the recent donations to my online fundraising page.  They will help a great cause (the Brackett Elementary School PTO). Poke you later. Frank aka...

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Day 17: Making up time

I am now more than halfway through this adventure and need to break through the 50% milestone.  One  friend suggested today that the last 50 will be more difficult than the first.  I disagree as the recommendations keep pouring in despite the fact that I have no friends (outside of FB, LinkedIn, Twitter and the Arlington All-in Poker group). So here is today’s installment (No, I didn’t have to resort to the dating sites…yet….) Ma.gnolia – A social bookmarking site with a more pleasant user experience. Dopplr – As a site for the “intelligent business traveller”, I figured this might be interesting.  I’ll have to try this next time I jet off to London.  This reminds me of Brightkite. Hulu -Founded by NBC Universal and News Corp, this ad supported site helps “people find and enjoy the world’s premium video content when, where and how they want it”.  I didn’t see much that meets my tastes aside of the TV show “The Office”.  Did I stutter? Mahalo – Claims to be a “human-powered search engine” that is spam-free.  I guess their “great links” are in the eyes of the beholder as their top three links are for swimsuit photos and Grand Theft Auto cheats. Mixx – Yet another social news/tagging/bookmarking site. Reddit -See Mixx. Spock – It claims to be “world’s leading people search engine”.  I recall getting an invitation from a friend years ago for this site.  Given I already have LinkedIn and Plaxo, I’m not sure why I need another site like this. Socialthing -Yet another aggregator/status updater.  They just added a bunch of new services (10 in total) but it still doesn’t have the reach of others (see Hellotxt and Ping.fm).  I do like the fact that you can vote on the next sites they will add to the Lifestream.  I’m just not sure if this will dislodge HelloTxt from the top of my aggregator/updater list. Second life -I will avoid the obvious joke about having no life so I have to go to this site to get one. Sons of Sam Horn -As lifelong Red Sox fan, I am very familiar with this site. Tumblr -A large-print blogging with with templates and easy RSS handling. Threadless -The community chooses t-shirt designs.  The business supports the artists who create them.  New shirts arrive every week.  I could use some of these threads to increase my coolness factor. YouTube -Where to go to view a vintage SNL Alex Trebek skit or random embarrassing video.  I need to update the Tangy channel. Total Sites: 58 down, 42 to go. That’s all for now.  Keep those recommendations coming and...

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Day 15: You’re ugly, you have no friends and…

…your mother dresses you funny. That was a common insult when I was about 8 years old.  These days I take solace in the fact that I did find a loving wife years ago and my mother doesn’t dress me anymore.  The middle part of that statement, however, hits a little closer to home.  When I started this inane trek, I figured someone would find me on these site.  I do have some “real” friends after all (238 on LinkedIn, 104 on Twitter and 61on Facebook to be exact). So what is the deal?  Despite a recent outpouring of moral support, over the last two weeks I’ve had fewer than 5 friend requests from places beyond these core three sites and most were in the form of invitations (thank yous to Dan Shugrue and Chuck Burt for the help). So how can you help Sir Slice overcome the sour quacking forces of evil?  There are three ways: 1.  Keep those suggestions coming.  Feel free to post them to my blog as comments, message me on one of the sites or resort to boring old email.  I am flexible (even though one former disgruntled PR manager once said I couldn’t manage my way out of a wet paper bag). 2. Add me as a friend.  I’m getting lonely and joining dating sites would certainly cause some marital strife.  Ideally, I’d like to see more friends from sites other than FB, Twitter or LinkedIn. 3. Make a donation to my Firstgiving online fundraising page.  I am raising money for the Brackett School PTO, the official charity of the Slice Family.  This money supports cultural enrichment programs for middle class kids in Arlington.  Basically, because of prop 2 1/2 these schools have no money to teach kids about things like Jazz, poetry and opera.  I’ve committed to $1 for each site I sign up for with a goal of 100. I plan to beat that number with all the recent incoming suggestions.  If this is entertaining, whip out that Visa card and drop in $10 or $20. Its pretty easy and its tax deductible. I have a bunch of new sites to highlight but they’ll have wait until tomorrow. Thanks again and be my friend,...

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Day 14: Must not stop, Must not stop…

As I rapidly approach the midpoint of my journey, I am feeling a little like I did this afternoon on my 18 year old mountain bike with squeaky brakes. It seemed like a pretty straightforward trip and before you know it I was huffing and puffing up that last hill to SliceCentral. It was a weekend full of laughter and tears as I added some newcomers to the list.  So here they are: Last.fm – This is a music community that is popular with my colleagues in the UK.  I can see why people really like this site.  It is a virtually limitless supply of music tagged by users and available as streamed audio.  My first search was for the band U2 (I know, predictable).  The site then delivered 8 or 9 related yet randomly selected songs by other artists.  This will likely be one of the greatest slices list at the end of this adventure. Kwippy – Basically it is a simple way to post your status to Gtalk and Yahoo messenger.  Since I don’t use either of these services, this was a bust (after thinking I found one before Limeduck did). Inviteshare – Are you having a tough time getting into that one special private beta?  This is the motherload for people seeking and sharing for beta invitations.  I signed up but will hold it in reserve for those desperate moments later this week. Identi.ca – They unseated Plurk as the flavor of the week.  I signed up over the weekend and it took less than 24 hours for the complaints to start flowing on Twitter about the site being down.  Hellotxt added Identi.ca so this is a freebie for updates. Del.icio.us – I can’t believe I forgot this site.  I discovered Del.icio.us early last year and somehow forgot about them.  Its simplicity is a strength when compared to other social bookmarking sites like Digg (I know, I know, some people believe Digg really isn’t a social bookmarking site). Regardless, I find this site very easy-to-use and expect to have it back in my daily rotation. Enough for now. Tweet you...

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Day 10: The search for intelligent life

Now that I am one third of the way through my journey, I have shifted gears from a sheer volume-based search to a quest for useful and interesting social platforms.  Since we are in the middle of a speculative Web 2.0 bubble, there is a virtually limitless supply of niche social media sites.  For those of you who disagree with this assertion, there is Ning.com where you can “roll your own” social media network. With over 30 sites in the bag, I am looking for tools that can help me keep track of my friends and “share” my status updates (I know this is a broadcast approach to social media but it is the best I have right now). I am still using HelloTxt as my preferred tool for aggregation and distribution. I am regularly logging onto Twitter, Facebook and Brightkite (maybe its because I want people to know that I spend my days on the 42nd floor of the Firstgiving Tower in Davis Sq.) Here are the latest Tangy extensions: Mybloglog:  Now a Yahoo property, this site allows you to aggregage content from 49 sites (yes 49 sites!) in one place.  It also allows you to create an RSS feed or push your content to a bunch of third part sites including Netvibes. This seems intriguing for its sheer volume of sites but I am still trying to figure out how it works. Profilactic: Memorable name aside, this is yet another aggregator (YAA). It seemed promising until I learned I needed a Ping.FM account to update my statuses. Ping.FM: Yep, they are in a private beta.  I signed up for it and offered to say something nice on my blog if they sent me a beta code.  I guess they’ve heard that line before.  Anyone out there have a spare one? SocialThing: YAA.  Surprise, they are having a private beta.  This is getting a little predictable.  I sent in my email but I’m not holding my breath.  Do I have any friends on this site?  My kids’ school PTO really needs the money for cultural enrichment programs. Yoono: (I think it is pronounced “You Know”): This is a browser plugin that functions as YAA.  I like the idea of this as it connect to the biggies (ie Twitter, Facebook, and a bunch of IM clients).  The UI, however, is a little confusing and the sidebar can get distracting.  I’m going to run with it a few more days to see if it grows on me. Enough for now.  Friend you...

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