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Tools for "Connecting" on the Internet


Addthis.com

This website allows you to add a sharing button to your blog or website. It gives people the option of sharing your blogposts or website pages via Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, and Google. Great tool to use when you want to get more publicity.
To see an example of how a student used this tool: http://sarahbethwills.blogspot.com/2010/09/social-bookmarking.html

Backchannel

"Backchanneling" is the process of carrying on conversations outside of a presentation or event, DURING that presentation or event. Many sports events that you can watch online will have a backchannel where you can make comments and talk to other sport fanatics while you watch the game. A great service that is available online for "backchanneling" is http://www.backnoise.com/. Another way of participating in a Backchannel is through Twitter and the use of tags.
To see a slide presentation about Backchannel, visit: https://docs.google.com/present/edit?id=0AZTg0lGvNkV-ZGZzdGR4a2dfN2NzeHNneGZw&authkey=CPmUsr8H&hl=en

Skype
Skype is software you can download that allows users to make voice and video phone calls over the Internet. Skype to Skype calls and video calling are free. If you want to call a landline or mobile phone, you pay a small fee. There are about a billion additional feature that make this tool even niftier: conference calls (more than one person and it's free if you're all on skype), voicemail, call forwarding, instant messaging, file sharing, your own online phone number (so anyone can call you at your computer number), screen sharing (let others see your screen while you're talking to them so you can do a walk through of something), and even text messaging! If you don't already have this tool in your backpack, it's past time.
Jeffery Chen wrote a great tutorial on how to get started here.

Diigo

Diigo is a really great website that you can use to bookmark webpages, highlight web pages, and add sticky notes to web pages all for free. Diigo also gives you the chance to join groups who have similar interests as you, and you can then connect with others, and see what they have found online. THIS TOOL IS GREAT! It really gives you freedom on the internet to browse and then quickly bookmark pages that you want to read or reference later. It's a great tool for research projects, and for connecting with others that have your same interests. Check it out, and you will definitely be pleased.
To see a student's blog about using Diigo, visit: http://hdatgh.blogspot.com/2010/10/dii-would-like-to-go.html
See the tutorial video that is on the home page of Diigo for further explanation of what this tool can do for you: http://www.diigo.com/

Twitter

One of the quickest and easiest ways to express yourself and connect with others on the internet. Most of you have probably heard of Twitter and writing "Tweets". Twitter allows you to write quick posts about what you are up to and questions or ideas you might have, and, it then allows you to connect with others of common interest through tags and searches. It is a great way to connect with a global internet community.
To see a brief video about what twitter is, watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddO9idmax0o
To see an explanation of signing up and using twitter from a student, visit: http://enoughsaid11.blogspot.com/2010/10/create-microblogging.html#more