Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Feed me, I'm Hungry !!

I have successfully signed into the Google Reader and added four, not five, items to my list (not including the four blogs of fellow 26.2 classmates that are already there too). I feel overwhelmed with the many online sources that have been created for me to "organize my life better" only because it adds one more place for me to remember to go to. Right now I have RefWorks, Google Reader, Google Calendar (using at work already), facebook, and four different emails. This is just WAY TOO MUCH! I'm going to try the Google Reader to see if this makes my online life a little less all over the place, but I can't say I will remember to check it often enough!

Oddly, RSS is not such a new thing, but some of the sites I visit are still not set up for RSS feed of their site !!

Craigslist Vs. Boston.Com

Craigslist Boston has come in handy many times in my personal life. I've found room mates, things to do, jobs, and places to live from careful research on that site. I like the city by city orientation of Craigslist (NH, my home state, has finally got their own Craigslist too) and the multitude of choices for what to look for.

What I didn't know is that Boston.com offers many of the same options and choices as Craigslist. There are discussion forums ranging from stay-at-home moms to books to movies to news. There are green living pages, classifieds and personals that I must add, are a little less seamy than the Craiglists personals can sometimes get. I really liked the section on Boston.com called "Do Good" as well, giving a new focus and importance to people volunteering more.

I feel both these sites can be advantageous to people new to Boston or trying to learn more about their communities. However, when appyling for jobs or looking for a rental, the competition is fierce as these are two heavily visited sites. Going in to situations with this in mind will soften any disappointment that might follow.

What's Hot or Not

For a peer/social review site, I chose Five Limes. This is a site trying to promote information on becoming a more informed consumer by purchasing locally made products or supporting businesses with sustainable practices. Sustainable practices could include but are not limited to selling local products, using environmentally friendly products, community building, etc...

For my entry, I reviewed a local restaurant that I thoroughly enjoyed the one time I went (though I have a reservation to go again next week!) - Ten Tables.

Please check out those hyperlinks to see what I did.