An introverted programmer and student decides to overcome his social inhibitions by attempting a conversation with a stranger everyday for thirty days and (obligatorily) blogging the results.
posted by norabarnacl3
on Jul 17, 2009 -
The commercials are all over television — and they certainly are attention-grabbing. They’re the ones where the heavy, bald guy is sitting in his easy chair talking in a squeaky female voice about all the clothes he bought — including a bustier. Or the little old lady speaking with the gruff voice of a younger man about the sweet motorcycle she now owned. Identity theft is a serious crime — one that is occurring with an alarming frequency. The Identity Theft Manifesto
explains how criminals get your personal info
, and what you can do about it
posted by netbros
on Jun 1, 2009 -
A message from baby Emily.
Most popular baby names + Medicare advice + awful Elvis impersonation = EPIC FAIL. A single link video post from the Social Security Administration. You will laugh. Until you remember we (USians) paid for this. (via Andrew Sullivan)
posted by fourcheesemac
on May 17, 2009 -
Another weekend sitting alone in your apartment? Thinking of sending that two thousand word cry for help to anonymous Ask Metafilter? Maybe you should take a look at the advice at Succeed Socially
first. [more inside]
posted by TimTypeZed
on Feb 16, 2008 -
Some fancy security for 6 to 14-year-old girls
Anne's Diary is a Canadian social network for 6 to 14-year-old girls (I read about it on the CBC's Spark blog
). It has two interesting security features to fend off child molesters and the like. To sign up for the service, kids need to get a non-parental adult professional as a 'sponsor' who validates their identity and age (much like applying for a passport). Secondly, you get a USB fingerprint scanner with your initial package, and I gather the kids use this to log in to the service. And yes, that's Anne with an 'e'. No Prince Edward Island gable was ever this secure. [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot
on Dec 6, 2007 -
Trackulous - Track Anything.
There have to be ten dozen ways to track your weight online
. MeFi users track thteir social athletic accomplishments at WeEndure
. But what if we wanted to track (and graph) Javelinas Sighted, Cookies Tossed, Fights with Boyfriend, or any other user-defined numerical quantity over time? And what if we wanted to share our statistics with our friends? For that, Trackulous
- a simple, elegant, mobile-friendly web tool.
posted by ikkyu2
on Nov 19, 2007 -
Diversity counterproductive to "social capital?"
James Wilson's article in Commentary magazine talks about Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam's essay recently published in Scandinavian Political Studies. In the essay, Putnam publicizes the findings of his research, conducted in rural districts, towns, and cities, whose conclusion establishes that diverse neighborhoods show less "social capital" because ethnically diverse residents seem to distrust each other. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007
on Nov 2, 2007 -
Decentralized social network:
"...build your social network in one place and have other NoseRub clients connect to it instead of you having to build multiple networks on multiple social networks. The best part is NoseRub is released under the open source MIT license." via eHub
. Previously related
posted by yoga
on Oct 4, 2007 -
would like to invite you to a picnic and seat you precisely with those most like you.
posted by sudama
on Jul 25, 2007 -
FabIndia becomes a Harvard Business Case study
It's a brand that does not advertise
. It, in fact, celebrates the success of its copycats
. And now Fabindia
, the craft-conscious enterprise
, is a Harvard Business School (HBS) case study.
"Founded in 1960, Fabindia makes the cut
for being an example of a corporation that does not just aim to do well,
but does good too. "A strong mission can be both an opportunity and a constraint on the growth of a firm," points out Dr Khaire
. However, the private retailer's unique value proposition
has not come in the way of it being recognised as big brand
today. And this in spite of the fact that Fabindia has never advertised
, points out Dr Khaire."
posted by infini
on Apr 15, 2007 -
is now bigger
, counting 1.3 million users. Is it just another social booknetworking site, or a way for me to finally "surf" the intertubes? Just ten more Stumbles before bed, and this time I'm serious.
posted by Area Control
on Jan 17, 2007 -
Remember Third Voice, the controversial
browser plug-in that let you add public notes to any website? Enough webmasters complained and it was shut down
in 2001, after only two years in operation. Maybe attitudes have changed, because the folks at Trailfire
are trying this idea again. Available for Firefox
posted by Who_Am_I
on Nov 14, 2006 -
What News Corp doesn't want you to know about myspace
is that the much of the success of myspace was due to a large successful advertising campaign and it wasn't grass roots at all. They also don't want you to know that Tom Anderson didn't really create the site and that it is more spam 2.0 than anything else. The article is written by a 19 year old web journalist called Trent Lapinski. Has everyone just been had? Does it matter?
(via Digg and Valleywag)
posted by sien
on Sep 11, 2006 -
"These are just slush funds for conservative interest groups"
--The Compassion Capital Fund ($148 million of our money), and the Community-Based Abstinence Education grant program ($391.7 million of our money)--just 2 of many new programs. ...The distribution of new money to conservative organizations is a small part of an estimated flood of $2 billion a year in federal grants to religious and religiously affiliated organizations.
--except it's only to organizations who have policies that agree with Bush and the GOP agenda on social issues, and not about need.
posted by amberglow
on Mar 22, 2006 -