What is LinkedIn Today?

May 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Linkedin Today seems to be Linkedin’s answer to Google Social Search, its similar to Digg, Reddit, Stumbleupon in that it is sharing articles. Linkedin Today connects to twitter enabling users to see what their connections are reading. Google Social Search is more inclusive as it shows any social media connected to your google account, but it is simply a search engine not its own sharing entity. Linkedin Today is yet another example of how the spread of information is changing. People like getting information via ‘word of mouth’ even if that word of mouth is sharing on Twitter. There is something to be said about the personal connection created by reading an article recommended by a pier. An assurance, or an increased level of interest. I think Linkedin Today is special because Linkedin has remained mostly a professional and career orientated social network. It is not so much a network to find friends, but employment and contacts within industries. I think this will keep the content on Linkedin Today fresh and relevant to peoples interests unlike Facebook and Twitter which tend to become cluttered, even if they are tailorable sites.


1 Year Worth Of Skype

May 9, 2011 § 3 Comments

620 pages on A5 paper, a years worth of conversation with my sister.
INTRO: This book is a log of conversations had with my sister via Skype over the past 10 months. My sister Lena lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, USA; a single Mom with 3 kids. I live in Preston, England and am earning my Masters in Graphic Design. The conversations span over six countries: USA, England, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, and France.

I hope to present a diary of these conversations as a reflection of our lives, of our most truthful thoughts and feelings. The topics discussed throughout this book are the type you only share with someone you trust, like a sister. And now I share them with you so you may take from them your own impressions and cast your own judgements.

My intention is not to simply share these conversations with you, but also to show the ways in which technology has changed communication and relationships. Technology has connected us in ways that have never been possible before. The relationship I maintain with my sister via Skype is something new, something amazing. The concept of sharing this conversation with you, is new in itself as well. As a third party, you can extract unedited conversations we shared without a one-side biased re-account of the events. Here you see first hand information and will draw your own conclusions. Judge me if you like.

The accounts in this book reflect the immediateness and impermanence of modern communication. We no longer treasure our conversations, especially those had via digital media. Text messages are as quick and easy to send as they are to delete. We no longer keep a box of correspondence tucked away in our desks, under our beds; we store the reflections of our daily moments electronically, often without thinking, never looking over them again, passed pressing send.

An excerpt from the the book
Rachel 8/17/10 12:10 PM
lenadigenti 8/17/10 12:11 PM
How’s it going?
Rachel 8/17/10 12:11 PM
good mooorning!
lenadigenti 8/17/10 12:12 PM
good morning, what time is there?
Rachel 8/17/10 12:12 PM
good, just relaxin rob went to drive his friend to the airport
but i oppted out.
lenadigenti 8/17/10 12:13 PM
oh but when you get to England it will be 5 hours right?
Rachel 8/17/10 12:13 PM
yah 5 or 6 depending on the time of there year.
lenadigenti 8/17/10 12:14 PM
I fired Katlyn last night
Rachel 8/17/10 12:14 PM
oh no!!!
what happened?
u want to type it or tel me?

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