I am pleased to announce that Connected Conversations now has “Social Feet.” Now, you can browse this site with your friends. Want to know if Nat has read a particular post here? Want him to know that you have read something? Just log in with the Facebook “connect” button on the right-hand side of the blog. Social Feet has a half dozen sites, and will be adding (a lot) more over time, so it’s also way to find out what interesting things your facebook friends are reading elsewhere on the ‘net!
And if that isn’t enough of an incentive, then how about doing it as a favor to us? We’d love you to help us test our alpha launch. :)
I recently posted about annoying Robocalls that I’ve received. In response to them, I’ve changed my phone setting so that no one who hides their phone number can call me. But that hasn’t stopped the robocallers. I just received my 40th or so “second notice” about my auto-warranty. This time, I got some information. The caller is “NIC Reinecker” at 620-585-0104.
Unfortunately, I could not reach anyone at that number. However, I did google the number and this interesting site popped up. This a spy vs spy site that lets people like you and me coordinate our efforts to fight these evil telemarketers. You can type in the number or name from your caller ID, and find out what others have experienced and tried to do to respond.
In this case, however, the only gratification I got is knowing that I am not alone in this fight. As I posted earlier, we just don’t have the tools to fight back on this scourge yet.
Here’s a great site that computes the median sales price/monthly rental price by town or county and plots it on a map. As you can see in the screenshot below, my town of Menlo Park is an expensive place to buy: the ratio of sales/rent is over 20x compared. In contrast, Newark/Fremont in the east bay are near the national average of 14x. You can check out your current or prospective neighborhood(s).
In my facebook class, we are responsible for forming three person teams: a marketer, a technologist and a manager. I’d like to manage a team that creates something useful for e-thePeople and other membership organizations, so I put together this video to solicit interest. I am pleased with the results. Check it out yourself:
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Yahoo has launched a neat site that allows you to compare video responses of the Democratic candidates. Check it out here:
Unlike the one I wrote about yesterday, this one is highly produced. Charlie Rose asks the traditional questions and Bill Maher challenges the candidates with nontraditional ones. You can make video playlists by selecting the issues and candidates you want to see.
I find it ironic that they called a “mashup.” It’s really nothing of the sort. It’s professionally produced programming, not an amateur hodgepodge put together from different sources. I like it, but I still like ExpertVoter.org better.
While there has been a lot of attention of the recent YouTube/CNN debates, where citizens got to upload videos of themselves asking question, I think youtube may even have a greater impact in a less flashy way: video voter guides. Why? ExpertVoter.org shows 40 second clips from anywhere – interview, debate, web site and they are terrific summaries of the candidates positions.
The site itself is “ghetto”–there aren’t any flashy bells and whistles. As you can see in this screenshot, it’s just a grid of issues and candidates
But the editor has done a good job of picking a single good video to watch in each square. Sure, I’d love to be able to create a quick playlist by candidate or issue. But even as it is, this resource is one you can use. I wonder if there is a way to add rebuttals, citizen comments, etc., too, although you might argue that those elements would only clutter the very concise summary that this service offers.
Go spend some time there now! Why waste 90 minutes to watch an entire debate on TV when you learn what you need in 20 minutes here?
Here is an interesting tool that ranks the candidates based your issue preferences and issue priorities. Apparently, I agree with Kucinich on something like 28/30 issues. Among the major candidates, I am closest to Obama and then Clinton.
You can try it out here:
And then cut ‘n paste the results as a reply all. It shows where the candidates differ from your ideal position. (See my answers and those of other e-thepeople.org members by follow that link.)