If you want to break through the bulls**t on the Internet, sometimes you need a helping hand. David Friedman blogs at Ironic Sans (a great blog), and a while back he posted a Firefox plugin to “Uncensor the Internet.”
All you have to do is go to his page, and click on the appropriate link to start using the plugin.
Most of the time, you’ll never need it… strangely enough, if people are going to “swear” on the Internet, they mostly just go ahead and do it. But others (like me, occasionally) choose to moderate things a bit. In my post I would just like to point out that I was just quoting Jimmy Carter… he’s the real culprit there!
Anyway, I highly recommend Firefox, and David’s plugin is a great one for you, too.
They recently added “Street View” to my old hometown of the Twin Cities, Minnesota. (Minneapolis/St. Paul) Not only that, the Street View functions go well out into the suburbs. I can now see the house I grew up in from Google, as well as old friends’ houses where I spent lots of time growing up.
My sister’s place hasn’t had the Google Street View van go by, but virtually everywhere else has. Kinda crazy, and I certainly spent a little too much time last night checking it out!
What the hell is Plaxo? It’s your addressbook on steroids, and synchronized like the fastest rowing boat you’ve ever seen. If you’re on Plaxo and move (either jobs or homes), as soon as you update your information it’s automatically updated in your friends’ and colleagues’ address books! (If they’re also Plaxo members, that is.) When your friends move, their information is automatically updated in your address book. Perhaps more importantly, you can select with each person how much of your information they can see… home, work, and other levels of access. It’s great!
Furqan talks about the latest version of Plaxo here, and John Jantsch of “Duct Tape Marketing” discusses Plaxo here. I know as I get close to Christmas card season, I wish everyone I know had Plaxo accounts! It’s also nice that Plaxo will send you e-mails to remind you of peoples’ birthdays, which can help make sure you don’t miss any important dates.
One of the coolest things about Plaxo is that it synchronizes all of your contacts and calendars across accounts and computers! Just check out this video for more information!
What the hell is LinkedIn? It’s your resume/CV online, and connections to your entire professional network. Whether you’re looking for information on a company you’re going to do business with, trying to recruit someone for a job at your company, LinkedIn is a fantastic tool to take advantage of the network you already have. (You can have LinkedIn scan your contacts list to find people that are already members.)
You may not see benefits from joining straight away, but at some point, it will be invaluable for you.