Day 28: The End is Near

As I was reading the latest MIT Tech Review (the one with Leah Culver of Pownce on the cover), it dawned on me that most of my efforts on this adventure will likely be wasted.  The cold hard fact is that most of these site have no business models (I know, revenue can be a distraction).  I imagine that the party is going to end pretty soon and their investors are will have one heck of a hangover. Here we go: Heavy: Another video site. This one is not exactly for my demographic profile. Propeller and Blinklist: More bookmarking sites. Googlereader: An easy-to-use news reader from everyone’s favorite search engine. Slide: A slideshow and photo sharing site. Odeo and Sevenload: Audio and video sharing sites. Total: 91 down, 9 to go.  Wish me luck and show me the...

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Day 26: Never Give up…

As the futility of this exercise begins to set in, I am trying to remember those kids at the Brackett Elementary School and the people who pledged money to my online fundraising campaign. Here is the latest installment. Please remember these are for entertainment purposes only. Friendster – Along with LinkedIn, these guys were one of the original social media sites.  Frankly I am surprised I’ve never received an invitation from a friend.  My guess is that it is an east coast-west coast thing.  I bet these guys are now thinking “man, we coulda been Facebook if we opened things up earlier”. SecondBrain and Social URL – Two more aggregators to help me “syndicate” my microdrivel. Webshots – Another photo sharing site. The Hype Machine and iLike – Two more music sites. This brings my total to 85 with 4 short days to go.  Keep those donations...

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Day 21: More Sights and Sounds

OK.  I’ve finally broken out of my recent funk thanks to suggestions from a less sinister duck (that lazy slacker Robb Corduck) as well as a bunch of recent donation from some Fg’ers (thanks to Mark, Mags, Suze and JH) and old Experian-QAS colleagues (thanks Jaime and Jane:-).  Strangely I haven’t seen any suggestions from Fidel Castro – despite being seldom in doubt and frequently wrong, I imagine he visits some interesting sites from his deathbed. I’ve been on a music and video kick this week as I feel the need for some new inspiration. Finetune – This is yet another site that provides streamed music.  Like its competitors, it also includes a recommendation engine and a community.  I particularly like the pop-up player with its iTunes feel.  I also discovered the singer Beth Orton and her intoxicating voice.  This site will be in the heavy music rotation until a new competitor unseats it. Fuzz – These guys get extra credit for persistence.  As I am learning every day, starting a new community from scratch is hard work.  I got 5 emails in the last 24 hours from people trying to befriend me.  These messages were clearly handcrafted.  I was impressed with one sender who knew that Tang was consumed by the astronauts in space (clearly a trivia buff or another hipness seeking Gen-x’er).  I’ll be back when I’m in an indie music mood.  Rock on Mr. Blimp. Pandora – I tried this music community over a year ago but can’t recall why I didn’t go back.  It will be a while before I go back unless I get tired of Finetune’s recommendations. Godtube – This site further proves the point that there is a community for all kinds of people.  Maybe I’ll earn some brownie points from the man upstairs for promoting it. Myoutdoorsite – This is another square state special.  I was looking for a duck hunting photo to post here but that seemed in bad taste.  I particularly enjoyed the posed pictures of little kids along with daddy’s recently killed animal. It is best not to coddle these children.  We are at war after all. Total: 79 down, 21 to go.  Stay tangy and keep those online donations coming....

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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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