Social networking goes beyond MySpace and Facebook
Published Monday, July 30, 2007 1:23PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, May 18, 2012 6:38PM EDT
We all know about Facebook and MySpace. But now social networking on the web just got a little more sophisticated. There are new sites that respond to the needs of special interest groups; from pet lovers to philosophers. Tech Expert Kris Abel tells us more.
- It's a "MySpace" for those who live to cook.
- You can exchange recipes, get baking tips, and create your own virtual kitchen.
- It's exactly like "Myspace" in terms of functionality, such as instant messaging and blogging. In this case you are in a virtual kitchen and exchange recipes with others. For example, you can find someone online who has expertise dealing with lemon zest or even how to tackle cake design.
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- It's for pets and their owners.
- Here you can create a profile for your pet, upload photos and videos of their adventures, and relate stories and tales of their lives.
- This site caters to all things furry or not so furry; from dogs to snakes.
- Pet owners can also set up blogs on behalf of their pets and recount daily activities.
- It's a "YouTube" for science-related videos.
- Based in Halifax, the site is devoted to fun, educational videos of science experiments and lessons.
- A team of scientists review the videos for legitimacy before posting online.
- Some examples of videos include "how ballet slippers are made" to demonstrating the explosive results of dropping a Gummy Bear in molten potassium chlorate.
- It covers physics, biology, space, green energy, and math.
- It's the YouTube for intellectual discussion and discourse.
- Institutions, educational establishments, as well as anyone with a camcorder can upload footage of a debate, talk, or presentation on philosophy, science, business, etc.
- YouTube can often post mind-numbing videos For example, pandas sneezing. This site prompts discussion of topics on political, social and cultural issues. Some examples: Will China democratize? Why Can't We Be Good?
- Speeches from high-profile people posted include the founder of Wikipedia and UN head Ban Ki-moon
- TeacherTube.com is a "YouTube" for educators, students, and school librarians.
- Individual teachers or schools can create their own channel and upload videos of lessons, class projects, school events, etc.
- Kids can show off their artwork and science projects and teachers can put their favorite lessons online for the world to view
- Some lessons available: Mrs. Burke rapping about "perimeters" and "probability," the causes of World War I and "Pepe and Petunia Pug Learn the Prepositions."