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What is Social Media?

by Barbara J. Feldman September 28, 2008

Are you confused about what social media is, or why it’s being hailed as the next big thing? For starters, try Social Media in Plain English ( ) a video from Common Craft that explains social media by telling a simple story about Scoopville, a town that is famous for ice cream. For another […]

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How to Make Web 2.0 Badges

by Barbara J. Feldman June 10, 2008

One of the most popular trends of Web 2.0 design is a glossy badge with highlights and reflection. But creating them from scratch takes skill and talent. With Web 2.0 Badges , however, you can make badges for free by simply pointing and clicking. Badges can be customized with your choice of text, color, and […]

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Data Lookup with Google Spreadsheets

by Barbara J. Feldman July 2, 2007

One of the advantages Google Spreadsheets has over a client-side spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel, is access to live data look ups. Using the GoogleLookup function, data lookup for many kinds of standard facts is simple. Standard facts include, for example, population figures for cities and countries, capitals for states and nations, and places of […]

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Swapping Books Online

by Barbara J. Feldman May 24, 2007

Avid readers have long swapped books with friends. Now, with online book-swapping sites acting as middlemen, we can trade books with complete strangers. Although the basic concept is the same, each of the following sites handles the mechanics of postage and mailing labels slightly differently. Take a look at Bookins, and Paperback Swap. For more […]

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Yahoo! Pipes

by Barbara J. Feldman May 10, 2007

If you are comfortable with RSS feeds, then you are technical enough to use Yahoo! Pipes to create a new web service. Yahoo! Pipes is an exciting feed aggregator that gives non-programmers a way to create data mashups: merging web content from a variety of sources to create a unique output. This is the sort […]

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Tag Cloud

by Barbara J. Feldman December 26, 2006

A tag cloud is a weighted list of keywords, visually designed so the more popular tags are displayed in a bigger, heavier font. Tag clouds are frequently used on social networking sites where individual users tag their own entries, as well as those of others. Some notable examples of tag clouds can be found at […]

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