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Yes, There Is An i In Team!

 

Thanks to It’s all about who you know… and Shel Israel’s comment on my last post, I found an i in team…iTeam! Why shouldn’t we recognize that every team has an i? Israel worked 17 hours a day for 6 months on Naked Conversations, and I initially referred to the book in my last post as if he had nothing to do with it, dismissing his collaboration with Scoble. My apologies!

 

i’s are an important part of the team and here is a little breakdown: Look at Facebook, a young team of networkers. Each networker created a personal account and profile, once upon a time, and then searched for Friends after his/her Facebook

skin was ready to be presented to a community of people. Without individuals, Facebook would be nothing and there would be no platform and no applications. Lucky for the network, i’s have come together to form Facebook and users like me get no financial credit. We do, however, get the privilege of creating our own groups and applications, and we’re connected to everyone on our Friends List.

 

Those of us who have jobs are definitely lucky. Some people use their Friends to get jobs, thinking that It’s all about who you know… Actually, the assertion could be true considering all the corporate relationships today…just look at all of Google’s Friends!

 

Collaborations are part of business and it looks like Signe gets the idea, since she’s on tour with a Pakistani pop-star and all. Hopefully she knows that she’s a star no matter how much exposure she gets. In a world where money consumes the minds of nearly everyone, I think we should think about the implications and responsibilities of the little tiny i. Forget about what everyone told you, I see an i in Team, don’t you? Seriously though, I see that little i EVERYWHERE.

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November 15, 2007 Posted by | Blog, Facebook, Google, iPhone, Myspace, Social Network, technology, world wide web | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Separate And Unequal Blogs In An iTunes Kind Of World

It’s too bad that some people are missing out on juicy topics, simply because they don’t read blogs. Magazines and newspapers are printed in people’s minds as sufficient information for today’s world. So my lesson today is this: Don’t get too caught up in black and white print. Check out the links and videos, and pay special attention to blogs.

 

Earlier today, I read A Rose-Colored Kind of Apathy, and now I’m drinking a delicious glass of lemonade. The first line, I view blogging as the maximum expression of self-centeredness, drew me in. Nearly offended by the sour BS at the end of the first paragraph, I caught myself wanting to get closer to the center of this particular blog.

 

On Blogs…

 

Let’s not put them in a rose-colored miscellaneous file. As links are in blue, blogs should be in red. So quick to lose its meaning, blogs are WEB-LOGS, simply put, the stories of the people. It takes great skill to report an article in the Washington Post. To get a tight story, you have to get the right quotes and the right angle to make the article objective. Bloggers, a little off-beat, read in between the lines of issues that have personal value, and then blog about it, blah, blah, blah.

 

Considering that you click where you want, bloggers should mirror your interests and ring a bell. They’ll have you looking for articles in the Washington Post. Like, why haven’t I seen anything in the news about my iPhone containing toxic chemicals? Yes, I want the facts, but blogs can lead the way to a valuable personal awareness.

 

On War Blogs

 

Why don’t I know much about the war in Iraq? And why don’t I know how this will affect me? Yes, the 25 and under crowd is stuck in a corner, hooked up to iPods and such. Some of us pause the music/games to get on the front-line in Iraq, like my best-friend who fought in Iraq for 3 years to get a chance to go to college. And others are busy idolizing stars, trying to make money or doing nothing at all.

 

I didn’t know anything about milblogs before last week. I guess that’s because I hate to talk or even think about the war, so I certainly steer away from clicking around the topic. It’s absolutely ridiculous to me and it doesn’t make sense. Why would a country raise billions of dollars to violate another? I don’t need to hear any details about that for my personal fulfillment. However, military bloggers describe the pain that I imagined as soon as I found out my best-friend could have to go to the war in Iraq. Even if I never read another milblog again, I am changed forever. My best-friend has never talked to me about the war, so I’m left to wonder. What would be the color of her blog? Would it have a black background with dark letters, like this? What pictures would she show and describe? What did Iraq do to her? Maybe I’ll find out on Thanksgiving when I visit her in Indiana. This is better than the Washington Post, but thank goodness for my instructor who made me click around in the war zone.

 

Separate & Unequal Blogs

 

I, too, am fortunate enough to reap the benefits of a people who struggled to be treated humanely. Plenty of black people expressed the pain of separate and unequal treatment in America. Many stories that would have us google-eyed are lost somewhere in Martin Luther King’s dream.

 

Imagine black bloggers back in the day. BB’s would’ve been too much! Harriet Tubman had her audience right in front of her and broadcasting her intelligence to the rest of the world would’ve hurt the mission to escape captivity. The Malcom X’s and the Martin Luther King’s wouldn’t have been able to buy a blog or computer if they tried, but the Nella Larson’s would’ve passed a word out somewhere.

 

Separate from news and unlike any other personal log, blogs today are right on time and valuable. Almost free, they’re the apple pie in a world where iTunes will instantly let you download and play any song you want to hear, and preview the songs you’ve never heard before. Left to rot underneath light-weight articles, the juiciness of blogs will still satisfy the sweetest craving for the American dream , when all one has to do is search.

November 14, 2007 Posted by | Blog, Google, Iraq, Life, News, Politics, The Search, war, washington post | , , , , , | 5 Comments

“Truthiness” and Other Mess

 

Who is a teacher?  Who is an expert?  Who are we to believe either of them?  And heck, where can the truth be found and what in the world are facts?

 

I remember an incident that happened thirty some years before I was born.  My dad, then an elementary school black kid in the mid-1950s, sat in his class full of white students in Los Angeles, California only to look up to his teacher’s finger pointed straight at him and hearing the factual sounding statement, “You are a Negro.  You have no history.”  Remembering this incident, my dad began to question every authority, teacher, book and word that he heard or read.

 

I’m still struggling with the concept of this “truthiness” term that Stephen Colbert plays around with to describe what people know without the help of evidence, facts, or intellectual thought.  It’s funny because I make up words as they are needed, and I love to throw a “ness” on the end of just about anything, but never would I have thought of coining the term “truthiness.”  The truth in itself has always been blurred for me as the daughter of an African-American studies/political science professor who questions and challenges what is represented as the truth in culture, politics and history.  What we choose to accept as the truth must always be questioned, researched and verified before it gets buried under a lie.  With that being said, I can only accept the term “truthiness” as a “temporarish” word, representing the twisted, endless road to the truth.  “Truthiness” must be the first step in arriving at some agreeable conclusion, but it certainly can’t be the last.

 

All this talk about “truthiness” reminds me of writing research papers at William G. Enloe High School and North Carolina Central University.  Of course all papers required sources and teachers made it clear that using the internet was not acceptable, unless the author could be proven reputable.  I wondered how any author could be trusted for that matter.  The complete history of black Americans was left out of all of my U.S. History textbooks and if I hadn’t been encouraged to think for myself I’d still believe everyone who said Christopher Columbus discovered America.  Ha! 

 

On top of all this mess, there’s 9/11.  We certainly can’t just accept what history books have to say about the devastation that occurred that day.  Sure enough, information is leaking that suggests our government had something to do with the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.  Do a little of your own research on YouTube or just google the mess out of 9/11 and see what you find.

 

And when you find something you like, go ahead and add it to Wikipedia if it’s not there already.  Why not?  We’re all googling and searching for the truth anyway.  Just keep in mind that no one can be trusted and we all have to think for ourselves whether we believe in “truthiness” or not.  Darn.       

     

October 17, 2007 Posted by | "truthiness", African American dilemma, Blog, Google | , , | 2 Comments

Google World

 

Should we be afraid of Google? With its huge information database and variety of applications, like Gmail and Google Earth, the company has broken a lot of ground since its public launch in 2004. Google Web Search holds 50.8 % of the market share over Yahoo and Live Search. Many would argue that people are becoming dependent on Google and losing their privacy at the same time.

 

We have to be careful not to mistake Google for the only web search, or else our perception of news and information will be limited. There are plenty of other search engines out there and if we take advantage of as many as possible, a dependency on this technology will be helpful. John Battelle breaks down the power of search engines, which he calls the source of intentions, in The Search, but he focuses on Google because the company is setting high standards.

 

The Search makes a good case for the possibility of Google to become the main source of information for everyone. Partnered with NASA Ames Research Center, Sun Microsystems and Time Warner’s AOL, there’s no telling what Google will try to pull off in the years to come.

 

I assume that there is nothing I can’t research using Google’s search engine. It’s a quick way to get select information, so I use it as questions come up throughout each day because the home webpage is and convenient.

 

Here’s a list of useful Google tools and applications…

 

Google Web Search

Gmail

Google Maps

Google Maps API

Google Earth

Video Search

Image Search

YouTube

News

Weather

Calendar

How to…

World Clocks

Map

ToDo

Dictionary

Wikipedia

Games

More…

 

Sure, there are some privacy matters that Google has to address in terms of pulling information into its database that one may not want to be there and protecting social security numbers and financial information, but the bottom line is taking advantage of such a large source of information is beneficial. After all, Google’s mission statement is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Google’s website does just that, allowing users to personalize their Google home page so that news and information related to selected topics is brought to the forefront and to search through queried blogs, videos, images and more.

 

There is also talk about Google branching out into the social networking world in competition with Facebook and MySpace, using its Earth application. Google Earth, in short, allows users to see different locations of the world from the perspective of a satellite on their personal computer screens. I imagine that combining the Earth application with a social network will create a new set of privacy issues to worry about.

The fact is Google has the potential to branch off in many different directions with Earth and all of its other features that I have listed above.

 

Don’t be scared of getting linked into Google. Instead, focus on personal integrity, the value of networking, and take advantage of the information that Google provides..

 

September 26, 2007 Posted by | Blog, Blogroll, Google, The Search | Leave a comment