keeping hope alive

Great News Network

keeping hope alive

what’s the great news network?
The great news network is a news site that reports only positive news stories. News is submitted by its members and voted on by its members. If a news story receives enough votes, it automatically gets promoted to the front page. 

Can Anyone Be Your Facebook Friend?

Can Anyone Be Your Facebook Friend?: “

In my case, no. My Facebook friends are pretty much only my real life friends and closest coworkers. When it comes to some other services, such as Digg, I’ve let pretty much anyone be my friend, but sometimes I feel it’s better if I restrict my online friendships to match my real life connections.

I do this for one simple reason: Facebook is too valuable for me. If I have hundreds or thousands of friends, the service simply isn’t that useful; I get bombarded with too many status updates, and after a while I simply stop caring. I haven’t yet determined the sweet spot for the ideal number of friends on Facebook, but I’m pretty sure that – for me – it’s under 100.

Of course, Facebook is just one example; as our Adam Ostrow had shown in a recent post, by tweaking Facebook custom friend lists you can make sure that you don’t see stuff you don’t want to see, and by tweaking the privacy options you can hide your personal details from certain groups of Facebook friends. However, Facebook is just one social media site among hundreds, and not all of them offer such detailed customizing options.

On Twitter, I’m a bit more relaxed, and I follow several hundred people. But even there I’d rather have 100 relevant friends than 10000 random ones. It’s simply practically impossible to actively follow that many people.

Of course, if you’re a social media consultant or otherwise deeply involved with social networking & media sites, you might find it a necessity to amass as many friends as you can on sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Digg or Facebook. From a certain perspective, I should probably be doing it, too. But I just can’t get myself to do it; for lack of a better word, I like Facebook too much to ruin it by having too many friends. Sure, if you look at Facebook and Twitter as somewhat of a passing trend which might be gone in a year or two, none of this matters. But I believe these sites are here to stay, and I’d rather take it slow, even at the cost of not being the hippest user out there.

How do you feel about this? Do you add as many friends as you can on social media sites, or do you prefer to take it slowly and keep the number of friends in check? In your opinion, what’s the ideal number of friends on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Digg, and other social media sites? Please, speak your mind in the comments.

Reviews: Digg, Facebook, Twitter

(Via Mashable!.)

How To Start Your Morning Online

How To Start Your Morning Online: “

How do you start when you first check your computer in the morning? Please tell me: as I am thinking about what we should add next in Seesmic Desktop (ex-Twhirl) it will help me prioritize what we should add.

Here is my sequence in general, with lots of new steps now that we are focusing so much on helping everybody build their community

The most important
-my email, see if anything important with the company happened during my sleep
-check and the stats of everything we do (number of downloads, seesmic for facebook stats etc)
-check the company chat backchannel (powered by Skype)

What everybody is saying
-check what everybody is saying on Twitter about Seesmic, Twhirl and… yes I check my name too
-check what everybody is saying on Google blog Search

Say hi to my community
-say hi on Twitter, which also posts to Facebook and other social software
-often a quick short video

Read (and answer what I can) my social software replies (that includes seesmic and twhirl):
-my Twitter @replies
-my direct messages
-my Skype chats
-my seesmic video replies
-my blog comments
-my Facebook page and Seesmic’s page comments
-my YouTube comments
-my Friendfeed comments
-my Flickr comments ”

Read the news
-Read the friends I follow on Twitter
-Key blogs and friends (I won’t name them here, save it for a later post)
-See the front page of the NY Times and sometimes some french press
-If I have time also read my Google reader (I have to admit that’s less and less)
-I start to pay attention to two Ning communities these days, Triiibes and Geeks so I check what’s happening there

The whole process takes 30 mins to one hour, every morning. How about you? What is your sequence? Did I miss anything important?

coming next: the sequence to share online as after reading… I generally share too!

(Via Loic Le Meur Blog.)

Sad story

Violinist in the Metro – Interesting Discoveries – Ego Dialogues

Violinist in the Metro

This is an incredibly sad story which gave me chills. It is a social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people.

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning.
He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.

to read the end :Violinist in the Metro – Interesting Discoveries – Ego Dialogues

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Death toll comparisons «

As a zairese originally comin from RDC, I always feel lonely when I’m in a dinner talking about such things as death toll comparison, here are the numbers and figures…

I know we can’t compare people suffering but why decide to talk about some genocide and not an other ?

Death toll comparisons «

The death toll from the world’s deadliest conflict of our times – the DRC (5,400,000) – is compared to the death tolls of a number of other better-known conflicts – those in Israel-Palestine (5,000), Kosovo (10,000), Bosnia (60,000) and Darfur (300,000). The square area of each circle is proportionate to the death toll of each conflict.

Death toll comparison: DRC and Israel-Palestine

Death toll comparison: DRC and Israel-Palestine

Death toll comparison: DRC and Kosovo

Death toll comparison: DRC and Kosovo

Death toll comparison: DRC and Bosnia

Death toll comparison: DRC and Bosnia

Death toll comparison: DRC and Darfur

Death toll comparison: DRC and Darfur

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