Ning is an online platform that allows you to create your own social network or join an existing one. It’s a unique place to share your interests with other people online. By creating a Ning webpage, you can customize the look of your site and choose features to add, such as forums or media pages. It could be used for sharing ideas, connecting to people with similar interests or even in a classroom setting (see this Educause article for some ideas). On Ning, you can also find a wide range of networks to join from politics to art.
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With Kwout, a Firefox Add-on, you can take screen shots of any Web page that you’d like to display as an image. The distinguishing feature of Kwout is the use of an image map, which allows hyperlinks within the screen shot to remain active and clickable. The image above is an example of a screen shot taken using Kwout; notice that the links are active within the image.
To start using Kwout, you will need to first install the Kwout Firefox Add-on. Users can easily share an image that includes an image map on a blog or social networking site, using the embed code that Kwout provides. There is also the option to post directly to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and other sites.
Creative Kit in Google+ (formerly known as Picnik and has since joined Google) is a free online photo-editing program that offers an array of professional and fun tools. This application provides numerous creative filters and effects such as cinemascope, focal B&W, vignette and many others. A few highlights of the program include:
- - Allows you to upload pictures straight from social networking sites such as Flickr, Facebook, Photobucket and more
- - Access to creative and fun tools such as adding text, stickers and creating collages
- - Provides options to print straight from your computer, order prints online or order other photo projects like books, posters and wrapping paper
If you’re a booklover whose typical conversations with friends include the question, “Read any good books lately?,” finding new reading materials can be easier than you think. Goodreads is a free website that allows you to keep track of what you’ve read or are planning to read, write reviews, and see what your friends are reading. The main benefit of using Goodreads is its social networking potential; using the site is all about getting suggestions from other users.
Loyola Libraries has its own account, which provides the Loyola community with a great chance to learn what faculty and staff at Loyola Libraries are reading. If you are already on Goodreads or want to join, don’t forget to add Loyola Libraries as a friend to get their book reviews in your regular digest.
Set up an Account
While you can simply peruse the website to learn what others are reading, in order to get the most out of Goodreads, you’ll want to set up an account and start adding friends. Once you provide your email address and create a password on the on the Sign-up page, Goodreads will enable you to find friends in your address book who already have accounts, if you use Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, or AOL. Additionally, you may send a Goodreads invitation to your contacts who do not yet have an account. It’s also worthwhile to check out the recent reviews, where you can learn how users have rated books in categories such as popular, most read, and unpopular. It can be helpful to learn how others have rated your favorite book or the next novel you are planning to read; and it’s especially rewarding to receive recommendations from those whose opinions you value most, your friends!