Tagging and Social Networking With Books

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I recently discovered Library Thing, an online service to help people catalog their books.

Here are some of the features of Library Thing:

  • You add books by searching Amazon and other libraries.
  • You can use Library Thing to find people with similar libraries and get suggestions from people with your interests.
  • You can also add tags to your books and find books by tags. (just like and Flickr)
  • You can learn more about a user by clicking on their user profile.

There are so many more features about this website. To find out more about Library Thing, check out About Library Thing .

10,000 Case Studies, Oh, My!

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Hey Net2 folks!

My name is Britt Bravo and I’m Net2’s Community Builder.  I’m the person putting together the Participate page on the site,, and the one who can give you info. on all kinds of cool ways to get involved in NetSquared.

Have you check out the NetSquared in Action page lately?  Well, if you haven’t, give it a browse ‘cause right now we have 37 case studies up profiling how nonprofits are using technology like wikis, podcasts, blogs and RSS feeds to create social change.

new open source guide

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O'Reilly has just released Open Sources 2.0: The Continuing Evolution, "a collection of insightful and thought-provoking essays from today's technology leaders that continues painting the evolutionary picture that developed in the 1999 book Open Sources: Voices from the Revolution." Both those links provide tables of contents and sample chapters -- in the latter case, the whole book is accessible.

These essays explore open source's impact on the software industry and reveal how open source concepts are infiltrating other areas of commerce and society. The essays appeal to a broad audience: the software developer will find thoughtful reflections on practices and methodology from leading open source developers like Jeremy Allison and Ben Laurie, while the business executive will find analyses of business strategies from the likes of Sleepycat co-founder and CEO Michael Olson and Open Source Business Conference founder Matt Asay.

Highly recommended for any organization, profit or nonprofit, trying to get its collective head around the new tools enabling wide-area web-based coordination and collaboration.

Update From The NetSquared Crew: New Host Committee Member

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Warm greetings to all from the NetSquared family.

We're delighted to welcome Tessie Guillermo, President and CEO of the Community Technology Foundation of California to NetSquared's growing list of advocates!

Ms. Guillermo is a co-founder and former Chair of the CTFC Board of Directors. Prior to the CTFC, she served as CEO, for 15 years, of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a leading national health policy organization. Throughout her career as an advocate for underserved communities, she has promoted issues of health and technology access, services and equity. Ms. Guillermo co-founded many nonprofit organizations, including the California Pan Ethnic Health Network, the Community Technology Policy Council and the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans. She has received numerous community leadership awards. In 2000, she was appointed by former President Bill Clinton to serve as an inaugural member of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Ms. Guillermo currently serves on Boards of Directors of The California Endowment, a $3 billion philanthropy in California and Catholic Healthcare West, the largest hospital system in the state.

A simple to do list

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I've playing with Ta-da lists.  It's a very simply way to share a to do list.  You put items on and check them off. You can make it available to individuals or on the web (the way I did in my example).

Remember the Milk (how's that for a clever name) is another shareable, web-based task manager.  It's more sophisticated -- you can set dates and priorities.  It gives you categories for your items.  More than just a simple list. 

Portland to be U.S. Open Source capital?

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The Christian Science Monitor reports that Portland, Oregon, is rapidly becoming ground zero for a burgeoning Open Source development community. The story was also picked up by USA Today. source is fast gaining converts, shattering traditional business models, and, in the process, transforming Portland into one of the world's open source hubs...

  • Companies like IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Intel have developed their own open-source labs here.
  • Linus Torvalds, author of Linux, the first mainstream open-source operating system, moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to work at the Open Source Development Lab in Portland.
  • In mid-October the city hosted the first Government Open Source Conference, a gathering for state and municipal technology managers interested in using open-source software in the public sector.
  • Most recently, Oregon Gov. Theodore Kulongoski announced a $350,000 contribution from Google to develop open-source software, hardware, and curricula at Oregon State University, which boasts an Open Source Lab, and Portland State University.

Get Hip to Text Messaging

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I heart my text messages.

Who doesn't like to get a note from their sweety during the day or confirm the address of where you're meeting your friend without having to take notes and loose it on the way there?

On my new cell phone when I call 411 they send the number I was calling about as a text message to my phone. I think that's cool. Why? Because I don't have to try and write it down and then program it back in my phone after they connect me. Also, I don't always have to call them back every time I want a specific number because I'm too lazy to program it. Now, I just program it right way in a few buttons. It saves them money, I'm sure, because I have unlimited 411 on my plan and they want to reduce the number of times I'm calling, no doubt.


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