Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I got it to work!

Here are the states that I have visited:

create your own visited states map
or check out these Google Hacks.

Web 2.0 Award List

We have already worked with several of the winners, including Technorati, Library Thing, Google Docs and Spreadsheets, Twitter, Flickr, and Del.icio.us. Others, such as Facebook and Meebo I have worked with before starting the Library 2.0 program. I decided to look at Craigslist, because I had heard of it, but I wasn't very impressed. It is rather text heavy and not very pretty to look at. I tried Cocktail Builder, but everything required something I didn't have on hand. I don't want to stock that much variety. I thought they would take what you have and give you ideas, so I wasn't very impressed with that either. I went to upcoming, which I'm sure would be great if someone were keeping it up to date, but for all of Boone County, it said there was nothing going on this weekend. I can't believe that Ragtag and Blue Note have nothing planned this weekend and I was surprised to see that the Salute to Veterans Airshow was not mentioned. Maybe I just have different expectations than the normal seomoz users.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Google Tools

Google Transit- this would be great when I am traveling or visiting big communities. There aren't many cities listed yet, but since I am going to D.C. in June, if it were available, it would be nice to check out my route and available transportation beforehand. I like the fact that you can look at the map as a regular map, as a satellite picture or as a hybrid, which shows the satellite picture with roads and bridges drawn on. It will be more useful as they put up more communities, but at this point they only 10 cities in the United States and the country of Japan, which is only in Japanese. If it were in English, I was going to recommend it to a friend who will be going to Japan soon, but she hasn't learned Japanese, which makes it useless for Americans.

Google Page Creator- One thing that drew me to this tool page was the fact that it makes developing a web page so easy. One of my favorite things is that, on the front page it says "Google Page Creator saves your changes automatically as you type, so no more nervous breakdowns from losing all your work. " It claims that as you edit your page, you're seeing exactly what it will look like when other people see it. It gives you the choice of a variety of looks, layouts, fonts, and color schemes. I'm sure there are other options available to help you produce webpages, but this is the first one I have played with. It has options to download images and to connect to link to other webpages. It was fun, but not something I would use on a regular basis. I could see it being used though, since there are many people that want to share their knowledge and this makes it easy enough for them to do.

Google Suggest- This is fun! You start typing your search topic and it comes up with a list of possible options related to what you have typed. It would be helpful, if you weren't sure what you wanted to search. I would use it in that case. If I know what I'm searching for, it could be a little confusing. I can imagine it becoming a permanent option on Google search, because people like the assistance.

This is kind of cool, but it would be nice to have more fonts available. I'm just used to all of the possibilites of Word. Other than that, I don't see many differences. The "Revisions" option is nice. I like the thought of being able to change the document and then change back if the original copy is better (or at least parts of it).

The coolest part of this is that my daughter, whose computer doesn't have Word Processing on it, now can use this to write papers for college! It saved her money over having to buy a Word Suite and since she is in college, any money saved is a great thing! It is also very handy to be able to work on your document from any computer that you have access to. The portability and compatibility is a definite strength! I can remember when I was in college and you had to make sure that the computer you were using supported the version of Word (or whichever application that you were using) that your report was typed in. Then, half the time you couldn't print because your word processing application wasn't supported by the computer or printer. This is such a huge improvement!