Friday, July 20, 2007

Week eight, things 18 & 19

From the directions: Week 8: Online Applications & Tools18. Take a look at some online productivity (word processing, spreadsheet) tools.19. Explore any site from the Web 2.0 awards list, play with it and write a blog post about your findings.

18. online productivity: The online productivity tools are good to know about. Free, "portable" means of creating, storing, and retrieving documents.

I tried out google docs, and saw that it was easy to use. It looked "familiar", even though it was the first time i was trying it out, maybe because it's comparable to Microsoft word. I like that you can import documents from various sources, and thst it's compatible with different formats. I think it's a useful resource, and I showed it to some folks the other day who had come for the morning computer class.

19. web 2.0 awards list: Nici showed me her Netvibes account, one of the web 2.0 award list. This is a personalized homepage with all kinds of bells and whistles, very customizable. It looks cool, so I signed up for an account, too, which I have yet to play with.


i started playing with my netvibes homepage, and it is pretty great, i'm not really ready to switch over from yahoo, even though it is way more customisable and playful, and seems pleasingly impartial and modern.

then i went to another of the web 2.0 awards winners: Yahoo answers. Yahoo answers, where i have searched for questions and answers before, requires that you sign in if you want to post.

It turns out that you create an account and start with a certain # of points (100 or so). You can ask questions with points (5). you get points when you answer questions (2). or 10 if your answer is chosen as the favorite.

anyone can ask or answer, you must take it all with a grain of salt...but it's a really interesting way to communicate and share information.

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