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Delicious-Library 2.0 is sooo cool!

6 Oct

Hi guys, i just came across with Delicious-library 2.0… Do u all familiar with this new web 2.0 tool? Its sounds similar with delicious but Delicious library 2.0 is a visual version and have more functionality other than Tagging any website… From the blog i read with the heading DELICIOUS MONSTER, it is a tool which acts as an inventory for putting all our stuffs up such as  Catalog your books, movies, music, software, toys, tools, electronics, & video games. The interesting this about it is how it works… You just hold almost any items in your hand in front of your webcam and it capture, then the Delicious-library 2.0 can detect the UPC which allows the picture and the price of that partcular object will be automatically recorded… It downloads all the relevant information of that particular item from the internet… And all our items will be displayed on photorealistic shelves as shown below.. Its makes us remember what are the things we had…

Delicious actually has a lot benefits. Some of them:

Let say if someone stole our things and we want the insurance company to pay for those item but they need exact items list, how are we going to list every single items we hav had.. But with Delicious-library, its quite easy to do that… as i mentioned it will keep all our stuffs so that it might be useable if something happen in the future as a platform not only for inventory,  but can become sorts of catalogs or we can even sell things from here… since it is represented products to our customers or friends…

Delicious-Library

As the blog DELICIOUS MONSTER refers to how it can be used for Loan books, I was thinking that this tool can be useful as propose tools for QUT library but as I read the article again, I guess it only suits for individual used.. Let say If i loan a book from the QUT library and the due date is on 23 december, so on the due date, Delicious library will shows pop up to remind me about loan due date.. If QUT library used this tools as there are thousands of students to loan the book and every single user, this tool will pops out everyones loan due date, this will be painful isnt it… Yeah but for sure I really like this delicious-library 2.0.. It allows us to download and try it! if u like it, u can purchase the from the blog it self.. It will be useful and fun… What u guys think?

BRUSOME, my own social networks with Ning.com

1 Oct

A couple days ago, I was researching about library 2.0 for my business proposal report… Search…search and search until i came across to one the website which thrilled me alot… You know… Building our own social networks web site.. I dont mean Facebook or Twitter but i become the owner of that particular social network… let say if I am the owner of Facebook… This is the same concept… Isnt that awesome.. Ning.com is the web page that I salute…I have registered with it… I named it as BRUSOME… Why BRUSOME? Ok fyi i am from Brunei so i abbreviate it as BRU and as i am currently studying in Australia… australian always used common word AWESOME…. so i shorten the word into SOME…Then combined them as BRUSOME…haha…If you signup and it is actually easy to set up the page… It has most of the functionality that Facebook has such as the update of peoples comments, it allows us to embed Photos, videos, applications and we can even customised it with the design page we like… After all page setup has been done, then organised the tool bar and upload all the media that we want to include… In my case, I add my favourite videos on the youtube, my photos, music and applications… It looks like a blog with sidebars…  but its different..I become the administrator for this social network…I can change the design page the way I like..I can add more pages on the toolbar if i wish… BRUSOME displays not only blog post but also all the activities happening in members profile page included all comments, adding events and forums.. The most interesting part of Ning is it allows most of web 2.0 tools and applications to be organised in one single platform(i.e Ning).look at the sample page of BRUSOME that I have created…and look at the toolbar at the top, we can make any page easily

brusome

Actually the first planned I had was to make BRUSOME as my profile page… Then I have this notion that instead of making the profile page of myself… This is the opportunity for me to enhance my personal branding using Ning coz it allows other user/friends/family to signup to my networks… I remember the first name I had was “Sam Online Network”.. hehe… After BRUSOME setup has been finalised Then the next step is how to attract other users including friends/Families/public users to make used of this website as a new social network…

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There are many issues raised in my head for having people to accept Brusome… Mmmmm how? Not many people can accept any fresh social network with no one appears in the members list…. The first stategies I have was… a bit dodgy..lol…I create a dummy profile using my brothers picture…Then i create some fake comments between my profile and my brothers profile just to fill in the comment page so that the next member signing up to my BRUSOME will see whats happening in there…  Then I informed all my siblings to signup…Ok so thats 3 members already.. Then I suggest my team mates to make used of BRUSOME for discussion doing our library 2.0 proposal… I think this is a good Idea to increase our collaboration tools.. It WORKS!!!!… We communicate well in here because if any member writing comments in our group page, all members in that group with receive via email with the name marked “BRUSOME”.. just like emailing someone… Very very easy….So I will have more strategies coming up to promote people using BRUSOME…. Some of the members signup now really like BRUSOME… They upload their photos up for public viewers…

If you want to explore about Ning… You can signup to my page here and be part of my community online….

Buzzwords is better than Google DOC?

27 Sep

Have you all heard about buzzword acrobat? 2 days ago my friend was typing her document online.. I was just asking her what was that.. She said “I was doing my assignment with my team mate on Buzzwords”… Huh???? Havent heard that… She mentioned its actually quite similar to Google DOC...It allows us to keep the format layout of the document just like Google DOC…So today I try to experiment using it…The first page we need to fill in the form to register..For information, Buzzword is free! One thing about Buzzword, the loading is so slow and only a single user can edit at any particular time.. Google DOC is different… it allows the shared users to edit at the same time .. e.g if person is typing in the document, person can actually see the cursor running while person A is typing at real time…Isn’t that cool!! look at the print screen below.. This is what the buzzword looks like:

buzzword

Check it out and tell me what do u think about buzzword?

Google Doc makes my life easy

26 Sep

Hi guys, now its been my busy week. Just Imagine how all my assessments items squeeze due onto the same week.. Most of works relies on group works and team management…So I have to organised every document in a single location? One problem I always have was I kept on forgetting to carry my hard drive and have to go back and forth my house and Uni to take it.. But One tool that helps me.. You know what? Yes! its Google DOC... I upload all my documents there and I dont need to worry about my storage drive anymore… Sooo Sooo Easy…. So I can edit the document from anywhere… I even dis my works while i was in the restaurant, internet cafe and anywhere that has internet access… I make folders for each of my course units and add documents into it… Similar way how you add your file into folder in your storage drive…

I also can share the document that I have created among all my team members to enable them to edit and save it… When you open the Google Docc, at the top right hand corner of the toolbar, you can see the word “Share” then expand it… Click on invite…. Then you can add as many email address as you wish to allow them to access the same documents that you are working on…This is a good application for collaboration between team members in doing project documentation… The last one who updated the document, the username will be shown at the top at a stated time.. Easy right?Look at the sample below how I categories my folder in..You can look at column Folder/Sharing… e.g Jeff to 5 collaborator means Jeff had invited me to share his document with 5 more users to enable us to edit and save…

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Try them up! We don’t need to install it as this is one of web 2.0 Technology.. The best thing is it is free…

What makes aspect of Web 2.0 do you feel most passionate about?

26 Aug

Well there are lots of things i am so passionate to use Web 2.0 tools and techniques. Some of these are:

1. It makes our works easy to manage

2. Make new friends.

3. Increase our online community

4. Integration – most web 2.0 can be integrated into web based platform such as a blog so that we can organisaing them up from a single platform only

5. We can get feedback about something from unknown users. What i did last months was, i needed some feedback about should i but NDS game or ipod touch. the blog post actually got large number of feedback from those who have these games and comment on which of these two are more worth buying… Finally i got the answer… Most feedback said “if you are into gaming go for NDS but if your are more to organising stuffs, email, need applications and games go for Ipod touch…Now i have ipod touch… See how the feedback from people are crucial in making decision.

6. Getting more information and knowledge faster.

7. Efficient in transfering data such as photo or message from one user to another…

8. The most important things was it allows me to keep in touch with my family and friends.

9. Web 2.0 also allows works and personal overlapping each other through feedbacks about a particular blog post.

So how about you? Share you thought here..

Twitter used for academic purposes and enhance personal branding

9 Aug

This topic tells us how Twitter can be useful to enhance our personal branding over the internet and for academic purposes.

Twitter develop Personal Branding

To achieve and develop our name over the internet so that it is highly well known by the online community, one should have personal brand. For instance, I am as a web consultant helps organisation to set up web 2.0 tools to develop Enterprise 2.0. So i must build a name online to be recognised by company so that companies would access my blog to find any information they want. But how? So I have registered in and join many social networking platform to show links to my blog.. this includes Twitter,Facebook and so on. I used twitter as my daily routine… After i wrote something on my blog i will then go to Twitter to tell the community that i have post a specific topic on my blog post by providing URL address. From here, i will increase my network not only from other bloggers, blog readers but also from Twitter. In Twitter i have followed many communities specializes in Enterprise 2.0. Therefore when i send something such as my blog  post with Url in Twitter, all these communities will receive this link and when they click on my message, it will be directed to my blog. This attracts people to look at what i write. So Twitter help me much to upgrade my personal branding over the internet.

From youtube i found this guy “alaisterlow” talk about how do we brand ourself on twitter:

Twitter in class

In general, students and teachers can use Twitter for many purposes. I suggest teachers should make a twitter community for instance “ST George School primary 5” community. Teachers then introduce this link and inform about the purpose of having Twitter  to the class. In my point of views, Teachers and students can communicate more effectively by Twitter. They can discuss about the topic they have studied out of class and allow students to interact immediately to their teacher if they dont understand anything in class. So this will develop close relationships between students -students and teacher-students… Sometimes email will take longer for people to reply any incoming message but Twitter happen in real time.. It similar to Msn messenger but twitter only contains 140 characters… So its better to utilise the technology we have to improve ways of livings. Check out this youtube video by UniversityofMinn, where some university uses twitter in class and out of class to allow engagements and participations among students:

Best Practices for Businesses on Twitter

8 Aug

Twitter is a powerful program which allow us to share information to the world in every second. But how we can use them for businesses.. Twitter or also called as Macro Blogging useful for company success. It becomes a communication platform between company, customer, vendor and those who are interested about the company. It is more quickly to share information. As individual who work in a particular organisation/company, they can use twitter to tell stories about their company how great, dissappointing  with their business.

Twitter allows us connects to customer in real time environment and possibly they would inform about how good or bad our product. Therefore we will get feedback faster and we can provide immediate respond right away or use for future planning. We also can inform any updates that our company has made e.g if  you are working in shopping centre, you can update to people there will be great party or event coming up. In this way people will be inform directly and most people would probably interested in this information and come to your shopping centre. Easy right!! Twitter could be one way will help our business to excel…

How twitter works?

Anyone /company don’t know how to use Twitter, i have provide a video explaination what Twitter is and how it works here (This video take from commoncraft:

Best practices for business on Twitter:

(taken from Twitter101):

Think about Twitter as a place to build relationships:

1. Include in your Bio and/or custom background the names (or @usernames) of the people twittering from your company account. It’s also a good idea to include additional contact info, like email addresses.

2. Listen regularly for comments about your company,   brand and products—and be prepared to address concerns, offer customer service or thank people for praise.

4. Use a casual, friendly tone in your messages.

5. While you shouldn’t feel compelled to follow everyone who follows you, do respond to some questions or comments addressed to you.

6. If you like a particular message, retweet it. People often appreciate the sharing and amplification of their ideas, so look to retweet cool stuff.

7. Post links to articles and sites you think folks would find interesting—even if they’re not your sites or about your company.

8. Make sure your tweets provide some real value. You know better than we do what is valuable, but here are few examples to spark ideas:

  • Offer Twitter exclusive coupons or deals
  • Take people behind the scenes of your company
  • Post pictures from your offices, stores, warehouses, etc.
  • Share sneak peeks of projects or events in development

9. Don’t spam people. Twitter’s following model means that you have to respect the interests and desires of other people here or they’ll unfollow you. The most common way to run afoul of that understanding—and to thus look like a spammer—is to send unsolicited @messages or DMs, particularly when you include a promotional link.

10. Of course, if you run an account that focuses explicitly on sharing exclusive coupon codes or sale information, you’re probably just fine posting promos. But tread carefully, and consider explaining in your bio or background how the account work.

So hope you will practice these tips for setting up twitter which might help for your business… Goodluck guys…

How Web 2.0 assists our personal productivity

6 Aug

Web 2.0 tools help people collaborate,communicate, and save time—and the good news is most are free.  Here i got some resources to show how we can improve our personal productivity.  Karen Greenwood Henke has a great tips about it this… Fantastic!… read them for more information…How ever i will summaries them up in my own words.and from my experienced using some of the web 2.0 tools mentioned below…

Use RSS for News updates

Now Its easy to get updates with news from any website you always read from..Every browser now has feeds that you can easily subscribe. Its easy to do.. First you open any website that contains the news you always read…You can see RSS subscribe button somewhere on the page.. Click on that.. Then it will be stored in your feed directly. The website will automatically send to you feed any updates they have.. Isn’t that easy??? Yess it is… 🙂 .. You can just check your feed and u dont have to open the website anymore…

Use WIKI and Google Doc for sharing your document

Google DOC and WIKI are web based documents thats allows us to share the same document to multiple number of users to enable them to update from anywhere and anytime…Google DOC ranged from words document, spreadsheet and presentation slides.. Wiki is a great collaboration tools for group works that entice more participations between team members.  Since  all tasks will be done online, you no longer need to keep you files in home PC/laptop /storage devices…We just need internet access to open our document…

Use BLOG to start dialogue with your community

Blog is similar to website which allows us to put all our contents and information online which publish in a very easy way than website.. It allows participants to enter comments on each post  and enable us to provide platform for public dialogue or closed discussion for a small group of professionals working together..

Use Delicious for BookMarking

I have experienced using Delicious before.. What it does is Delicious allows us to tag any website to bookmark them for our future reference… This will be useful for the purpose of searching any content/information faster especially for researcher who always dealing with search engine to find resources. It allows multiple users to tag and the tag can be categorised and organised easily through  Delicious…

No more Computer desktop

As we combine all the above web 2.o tools, we are no longer need computer desktop that stays in the office and we can portably work from anywhere with our laptop.. All we need is just organised all these tools by signing Google, Yahoo or AOL to create our personalised desktop with access to all of the other tools such as email, alerts an RSS aggregator, documents and more…

What makes a good blog post? Future blogging? Share your thought

5 Aug

It would be interesting to know what each bloggers thought about blogging.. People who are not yet become ablogger might want to know your insight in blogging. This blog post would probably beneficial for them to start and create one… So let me give you some idea what we should discuss here:

– “What did you post everyday”

– “What your blog is all about”.

– “What specific topic you normally discuss”.

– “How would you attract some external bloggers to come and view you blog”?

– “In your own perpective, what makes a good blog post”?

Share your opinion how blog helped and useful to you?

 

My Opinion

Okay.. Let me start..

I have 3 actives blogs and 1 new one i created this morning. That is:

samthesalsa.blogpot.com

samloveanimation.blogspot.com 

the third one is this blog samloveenterprise.wordpress.com

New one http://student.ci.qut.edu.au/n6192432

 You know why i got heaps of blogs on my hand… That is because i used them for different purposes.. Samthesalsa is my personal blog, samloveanimation is my animation blog showing all my animation video to public and friends, samloveenteprise is for enterprise 2.0 and last but not least is my new blog for my design blog showing different artworks but i just started…so it only contains a few blog post at the moment…

If you guys realized, two of my blogs had been created by using blogger.com and 2 blogs using wordpress… In my opinion, i really like wordpress than blogger because there are more options to choose from for setting and we can make our blog consist of number of pages.. I dont know whether blogger can do that? I have been searching for it but i couldn’t find it… Does anyone know? but i love wordpress still… lol..

Blog helped me to express my feeling when i got stress…Blog allow me talk to strangers or outsiders out there who make some comments on a particular blog post… indirectly they can be my social networking friends over the internet… Sometimes im bit lazy to remember things… so i wrote it in my blog so i can refer to it again later… Love it!!!..

What Makes A Good Blog Post?

In my perspective, a good blog post must gives us some knowledge or benefiits to us, of which i can learn from it. The post will help me to do works more effectively.. Introduce new ideas and he/she shares some good stuffs.. i mean something we can download from… for instance a blog provides some video tutorials about something…is that great? .

Some of the best blog i always referred to is :

Ranoadidas – Brunei no 1 social networking site..

This is my favourite blog.. You know y? Because i am from Brunei Darussalam but currently i am staying in  Australia. So this blog gave so much information for me to update the latest news what have or going to happen in Brunei… like events or some changes  in Brunei…  Almost all Bruneians are familiar with Ranoadidas. Awesome!!

Future blogging?

I probably predict blogging will be become a standard interface for all as it helps social networking, marketing, involve in affliate program, platform that makes money and will be more advanced feature and function… Maybe in life video streaming in real time environment…. where people commenting on blogs can communicate directly via blog…who knows right???

Take a look at what this guy steve interpret and predict whats his opinion about whats coming up soon…click here Refer to his fantastic map…. Awesome!!

video tutorial how to make a blog

3 Aug

Hey for those who still vagued about what is  a blog and how to make one… I have found this video tutorial from commoncraft… Watch it and i bet you will be so much easier to understand this than reading…
Enjoy…Common craft is genious having all thise awesome video..