Day: 3 November 2007

150 years of news.

The Guardian and the Observer have just launched a DigitalArchive At present, they have the Guardian from 1821, the Observer from 1900 – both to 1975. Eventually they’ll have the Observer back to 1791, and both up to 2003. Rather than the current online editions – this is a full archive, adverts and all. The…

"Fiction" meets "real".

ToxicShark is a blog that’s been mentioned several times on the BBC’s Casualty; it’s a blog which is somewhat less than complementary about members of the staff of Holby’s A & E. (The rest of the hospital hasn’t, as yet, come under criticism). I leave you to decide which is “fiction” and which “real”!…

How many social networks…

… can a person keep up with. To support the work I have been doing, over the years, (and, yes it is years) I have created accounts on assorted Social Network sites. I’m now realising the error of not keeping the original confirmation emails. I can’t remember when I first signed up to Facebook, but…

OpenSocial – Google Code

OpenSocial – Google Code has finally been launched. There are many websites implementing OpenSocial, including Engage.com, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo, Salesforce.com, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, and XING. I’ve not yet had a chance to have an explore. At the moment, they have links to Orkut, (the Social network that…

Facebooking feminism

Kathy Fischer discusses the way that the University of Connecticut Women’s Center has used a Facebook community. Fischer comments that as Facebook allows students to explore their identity, so it fitted well with the ethos of the centre. The ability of users to set levels of privacy was seen as useful, though Fischer realised the…

Facebook envy – Telegraph

Yet another journalist (Nicholas Coleridge, from the Telegraph), looks at Facebook , and, in particular, aspects of friendship. He comments “We have turned into a nation of social-stamp collectors.” At the start of his facebook ventures, Coleridge was adding all offers of friendship – though not actually asking anyone to be a friend. Which more…