Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Saturday, September 16, 2006

CreativeCamp - Phila.PA -Sept.16-06

I am at CreativeCamp in Phila. We are in a very unique house built 1860’s.
Hoping to make connections for the social networking site.
The camp is running from 1-4pm. I am trying to blog on site so its a little uneven in places.
It was posted up of online http://cmaccess.pbwiki.com/
political action types, graphic designers, podcampers, social networkers and more. The order of the day is finding out as much as we can about this new media and each other.
Its very informal and in a unconference style as we had our first presenters:
1- LinkedIn-1st- subject -was really touted as a great way to network in finding friends in your area and people you didn't know that were related. It was also good for doing a job search Much was made of the fact that there is no advertising on the site. I asked the question
Q-DO YOU GET PAID OR IS ANY TYPE OF RETURN FOR SIGNING PEOPLE UP? the response was NO.
LinkedIn is great for referrals for your resume and it has a search feature available.
Q-PAY FOR IT BY VIRAL MARKETING ? the response was unclear as many of these services hope to be sold someday for lots of $$$.
keeps contacts up to date no forums or discussion groups premium members-
LinkedIn also,makes money is made through jobs listings?
2-Next was a discussion on blogging as a new style of writing .
"best of craigslist" was referenced as a place of great writing
other topics covered included:
wordspy- new word everyday , webzen - collects cliché, favorpill, and flickr- was not user friendly for writing.
3- A presentation was made on a very exciting concept a - “Coworking wiki” which seems like a great idea- where you network with others to accomplish tasks in private spaces on a venture or meet-up vs out of your house or at the local Starbucks. -space seems to be the limiting factor for starting up a
-loft or current company's conference room might work?
4- Final presentation was on podcasting by Eric Moss of Fader magazine I believe.
The close - out quickie was a - possible photoshop type plugin-from Toomatation.
cookies, sodas and veggie sticks were appreciated,even though I'm glad I had stopped at the local KFC - Thank God! I had not had time to eat breakfast and the 2 hour drive from Baltimore made for a big appetite.
My quest continues for building a social networking site for my magazine – where are all the web developers at?
I will be checking out the upcoming:
http://www.thenewnewinternet.com/ Wed.Sept.20-Mclean,VA
http://www.peacethroughcommerce.com/ Sat. Sept.30 in DC
and http://convergesouth.com Friday Night, October 13, 2006 Saturday, October 14, 2006 Greensboro North Carolina


Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Christian Social Sites (CSS)

the following social networking sites I received for analysis.
My review:
1) http://www.mychurch.com
went to the site and it appears to be down, I got the following message when I tried to get email:
We own mychurch.com.You make it your own.
NetIdentity reserves thousands of name-based domains, then we share them with our customers.

2) http://www.holypal.com
this is a site copied after MYSPACE, looks & feels with
the same type of graphic effect. I wonder who's behind it
3) http://5loaves.net
not very different in look and feel from holypal
these 3 social networking sites above are preety much knockoffs of what has already been done before.
4)http://royouth.com/
now I found this site to be HOT- it the #1 Romanian Youth website. Good layout and design. Praise God!
I am more interested in creating a site that will enable you to stay current on what is happening, more along the lines of http://eventful.com ! Who Can Help ME!!!

Social Searching BETA #1

Hey, I like the above title !!!! I think I'll keep it as a lead in for future posts,we'll see.
MYSPACE - is the talk about how they are trying to limit youtube from posting /linking from their site. seem as if they have gone corporate on a great grass roots medium. thats what happens when money rules. it would be great to see if myspacers rebell and let the corporate bigwigs know that in a web 2.0 era the people are in POWER!
SOCIALIZR- http://www.socializr.com a new social networking site has os being when I tried to sign-up I got the follwing message: "Sorry, you don't seem to be on our Gamma Testing list." How UN social is that? It seems to already be blocking out early adapters. So whats up with being a on "A list"? who are the "A lister's" anyway? Also,where is the Socialzr BLOG? So where'sthe beef? Myspace the #1 social networker tries to BLOCK as well as startup Socialzr. Hmm!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Social Networking Beta

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" Hebrews 11:1

The above scripture is my mantra for the journey I am starting to find the resources to form a social networking community for the faith based community specifically and the African-American community at large. I hope to be posting daily as I pursue this venture. There are many conferences on this new phenomon call web. 2.0 that I will be attending. Also, there is a wealth of bloggers, social web communities, venture capitalists, and many other leading edge or should I say bleeding edge companies who are trying to develop this new and exciting internet medium. I invite you to join me as I seek to put together a business model, socialweb company that will empower God’s people and and help us connect with one another.
Currently I publish “The Power” a Christian monthly magazine www.thepowermag.com to the African- American community that has “calendars” of events for an entire month.
Calendaring is a HOT topic in the web 2.0 world, so I’m hoping to use some of my 16 years experience in magazine publishing to try and CONNECT THE DOTS!