Posts tagged ‘Web sites’

Vote now for the Webware 100 Awards 2008

All of the finalists for the Webware 100 have been announced and polls are now open for voting. I have found several new sites and applications to play with already and plan to spend some more time this week and next exploring before I cast my votes. You can view the finalists in one handy alphabetical list or by category on the ballot form. Even if you don’t plan to vote, this is a great list to help you stay current and find new “freebies” to use at work or home.

The contest, now in its second year, is organized by CNET and has an interesting companion blog. Voting will run until March 31 and winners will be announced on April 21. Almost a million votes have been cast in the first few days alone according to their vote tracker.

March 6, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Not Enough Friends? Buy Some!

Not feeling “popular enough” on your MySpace page? Afraid that others have way more friends!? Scared the friends you do have aren’t good looking enough!? Concerned prospective employers and/or mates will search for you online and find you just don’t cut it!?

Don’t worry – now you can buy some VIRTUAL friends!!!

The New York Times today reports, Fake Your Space is a “business founded by Brant Walker, which offered users of MySpace.com and similar sites a way to enhance their page with photographs and comments from hired “friends” — mainly attractive models — for 99 cents a month each.”

Wow.

I’ve felt like a loser in real life, but not on the Internet. Yet. Maybe I should!?

On the other hand, if you have too many friends, or unwanted friends (!?), Mr. Walker also provides a service called BreakYourSpace.com to get rid of unwanted friends!

According to the article, all of this is perfectly legal. MySpace and Facebook have had no comment.

Is this unethical? Immoral? Is it any different from pre-arranging a cell-phone-call-bail-out when you are going on a blind date or other potentially bad social engagement? Is it any different from a totally “fake” online self? Is this “stealth technology”?

I wouldn’t worry about it too much, and anyway, if you use this service you’ll be so popular you won’t have TIME to think about issues like these!

February 26, 2007 at 5:33 pm 4 comments

Top Sites of 2006

Send me your nominations for the top sites of 2006 — and do it quickly if you can!

I am teaching a class in 2 hours called “Top Sites of 2006″. I have a fairly lengthy list of sites to demonstrate, but just thought perhaps I missed something that I should include and some feedback would be great. I will repeat this class once or twice in January and can change it based upon sites sent to me. The class is basically an overview of what was hot (or cool, depending on how you view it) on the Web in the last 12 months.

Actually, it will really be fascinating for me to see if the sites I selected for inclusion are nominated by other bloggers and to see what I missed. It will also be a good test to see how many are reading LG on the day before a long holiday weekend ;-)

December 29, 2006 at 10:48 am 5 comments


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