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Twitter in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product is Explana. So, what are you doing?

Twitter in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product is Explana

It's one of the first questions we often ask friends and family. Even if the answer is just mowing the lawn or cooking dinner, it's interesting to us. RSS in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product is Explanation. The Internet has problems.

RSS in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product is Explanation

Technorati says there are 50 million weblogs, and as you can see, it's going up. Social Media in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product is Ex. I’m sure you’ve heard the buzz.

Social Media in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product is Ex

Social Media may be the next big thing. What’s it all about? Let’s take a visit to Scoopville, a town that’s famous for ice cream. For over 20 years, Big Ice Cream Company has been making high quality ice cream with a big factory in town. A few years back, the company did focus groups and found out that they could maximize profits by offering three flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry. The residents of the town were content. The Smiths decided to make pineapple ice cream. Of course, some ice cream was more popular than others and that was okay. It didn’t always come from a factory. When they arrived, however, there seemed to be a problem. Franklin had an idea for his ice cream. At a glance, visitors could tell what his ice cream was all about, and learn from people like them. Wikis in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product is Explanati.

These four friends are going on a camping trip.

Wikis in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product is Explanati

They need to bring the right supplies because they're backpacking. The group needs to plan and plan well, so coordination is key. They're all computer users, so they start planning with an email. It's start with one, but then becomes a barrage. Email is not good at coordinating and organizing a group's input. The important information is scattered across everyone's inbox.

Social Bookmarking in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product. It's just too much.

Social Bookmarking in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product

Did you know that there are over 15 billion web pages? To make sense of it all, we need to pluck out the best pages and save them for later. Online Photo Sharing in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Produ. When asked what should be saved in a fire, along with family and pets, people often choose photos.

Online Photo Sharing in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Produ

If photos mean a lot to you, it's time to learn why keeping them on the web makes sense. As you know, cameras and photography have changed. What used to appear on paper, now appears on computers and phones. No matter the format, we still love our photos and now they they have new powers. Social Networking in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product. Networks get things done.

Social Networking in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product

Whether it's sending a letter or lighting your home. Networks make it happen. To get from Chicago to Santa Fe, we need to see the network of roads that will get us there. We see that Chicago is connected to St Louis, which is connected to Dallas, which is connected to Santa Fe. Of course, people networks can help us with finding jobs, meeting new friends, and finding partners. The problem with social networks in the real world is that most of the connections between people are hidden. This problem is being solved by a type of web site called a social networking site. Blogs in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product is Explanati. You've seen the word, you've seen the web sites and you may even have one.

Blogs in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product is Explanati

But have you ever wondered: What's the big deal about blogs? To make sense of blogs, you have to think about the news and who makes it. Podcasting in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product is Expl. Remember the good old days of TV and radio?

Podcasting in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product is Expl

Everyone would gather around to be entertained. Shows were broadcast at specific times and if you weren't there on time, you missed it <boo>. Broadcasts disappeared into the ether. Web Search Strategies in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Prod. The Web may seem like a vast ocean when it comes to finding something you need.

Web Search Strategies in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Prod

Thankfully, search engines can help turn oceans of information into small pools that make finding information easier. Before we dive in, let’s talk a bit about how search works on the Web. Search engines go out and try to account for every word on every webpage. All this information is then organized for easy reference. When you search for a word, the search engine finds all the pages where the word appears, and displays them in the search results. The problem is that there are often too many results. Say you’re looking for a specific kind of fish, and these represent all the websites on the Web. Try to imagine the exact fish and describe it in the search box. But to be a smart searcher, you should know some basic shortcuts. Twitter Search in Plain English - Common Craft - Our Product is. It seems like everyone is using Twitter these days. You know, sharing little messages with each other on phones and computers.

It turns out that all these little messages, if you look at them all at once, become an easy way to find people, news and trends. Life After Death by Powerpoint 2010. 21st Century Education in New Brunswick, Canada. Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?