MY GRANDMOTHER WAS AN EARLY adopter because she had one of the first telephones on her street. She wasn't allowed to use the phone because it was all chatter (a party line) and she couldn't ring anybody outside the local exchange. By the time she turned a teenager in 1916, the home phone could connect to all of Pennsylvania and by the end of the Great War, she could ring nearly every other Irish illegal on the east coast of the US. Nana put a long bet onto telephones when she was my age. She actually thought you would be able to take phones outside and in the car--and use them to call people back in Ireland. She thought phones could become intercoms. She was right. And after using Google Buzz for a work day, I think my grandmother's perspective applies to electronic social communications today.
A GUEST POST from the Tipperary Institute project management Skunkworks.
Several things become very obvious when working within a group. On one hand, there are things you expected along with things you did not. Things you thought you knew quickly become things you don't know. On the other hand you can find a subject you like and become quite good at it. As a mature student in a creative multimedia project group, I mingle with men and women of mixed ages and differing backgrounds. Most of us are mature students and we find it can be difficult to touch base outside of the classroom. We have, however, achieved several important initial goals by using a number of tools. Our success goes beyond diligently managing our e-mail. We attribute part of our success to Skype. Free online conference calls through Skype have proven invaluable to us. Skype is free, easy to use, and can be done from the comfort of your own home. Google Talk and Google Groups have both been useful too. The great thing about these forms of communication is that if you use text it will save it for you and you have your transcript ready to drop into your weekly or monthly diaries.
Adrian Weckler -- "Get lost with these location updates" in the Sunday Business Post, 7 Feb 10.
Claudine Beaumont -- "Foursquare enjoys surge of popularity" in the Irish Independent.
USA TODAY's Ad Meter tracks the second-by-second responses of a panel of viewers to ads during the Super Bowl and ranks them from best to worst. You can watch the ads yourself, then weigh in with your opinion and rate the ads yourself from one to five stars. Chris Abraham makes good observations about placing advertisements on the Super Bowl. As an American ex-pat, I miss these advertising extravaganzas and enjoy rewinding the ads, if only for a taste of American culture.