Web 2.0: Craigslist, Pandora, Alice.com and Skype

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Presentation for a workshop held on Nov 13/09 at Darien Library in Darien CT.

Presentation for a workshop held on Nov 13/09 at Darien Library in Darien CT.

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  • 1. More MoreMore 2.0
    Craigslist, Skype, Pandora and Alice.com
  • 2. So much internet, so little time
    There are hundreds, millions, maybe billions of web 2.0 sites out there.
    This is a short introduction to a few that you might find fun or useful.
    This handout gives you a beginning, but don’t be afraid to jump in.
    Come to the Power Library any time to try them out. The helpdesk staff is happy to give you pointers.
  • 3. General Tips
    When you try out a new web 2.0 site, immediately write down:
    the web address
    your username
    your password
    Write everything exactly as you typed it (case sensitive, spaces, punctuation).
    www.alice.com
    Username:
    hmartyn@darienlibrary.org
    Password: testtest1
  • 4. Craigslist
    Online classifieds.
  • 5. Craigslist (craigslist.com)
    Online worldwide classified ads.
    Has a section for Fairfield County.
    Post ads without revealing personal information.
    Reply to ads.
    Housing
    Sale (goods)
    Services
    Jobs
    Community
    Personals
    Discussion forum
    Gigs
    Resume
    What it is:
    What you can buy/sell/do:
  • 6.
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  • 9. This is what the classifieds look like.
    Click on any heading to see ads in that category.
  • 10. Craigslist
    A Note About Content:
    All sections of craigslist are not created equal.
    Certain sections are more prone to scams, for example the housing area.
    Certain sections are more prone to indiscreet behavior and language, for example the personals and discussion areas.
    Craigslist has Adults Only areas (personals). These areas tend to have explicit language and images.
    You may also come across explicit content in the gigs and services sections.
  • 11. From the Antiques section.
    Ads are listed in reverse chronological order (newest first).
    A good ad has:
    • a description in the headline,
    • 12. a price,
    • 13. an accurate location and
    • 14. maybe a picture.
  • Seller anonymity is preserved.
    Ads are free to post, so you can find a lot of interesting deals.
    To reply to an ad, copy the email address exactly and then write an email to the seller.
    They will reply to your email address.
    On craigslist, deals often last only a few days, and really good deals may be gone in less than an hour.
  • 15. Craigslist
    Ads are easy, free and viewed by many people.
    Make sure to post accurate and clear information.
    Craigslist will assign you an anonymous email address that will forward any messages to your personal email.
    Photos and accurate locations will increase the chance your ad will be read.
    Posting an Ad:
  • 16. To post an Ad, click
    post.
  • 17. Every category has a set of options for posting. These are the options in Lost & Found.
  • 18.
  • 19. I put my real email, clicked “anonymize,” which will hide my real email from the responders.
    Think about this box. Do you want your ad to appear on other websites?
  • 20. Some posts are better with pictures.
    Click browse and select a picture from your files. When it is uploaded, you will see a green circle.
  • 21. This is what the ad will look like.
  • 22. Craigslist
    Use your judgment, both about your personal safety and about avoiding scams.
    Post personal info in an ad: (full name, email address, home address, telephone number, financial info etc.)
    Reply to an ad by giving your personal info (within reason.)
    Do:
    Don’t:
  • 23. Craigslist
    You can delete an ad you have placed.
    If you delete an ad, you may not be able to put it back up for a few days.
    Try craigslist for buying, selling or giving things away.
    Be aware of risks.
    Advanced Tips:
    Conclusion:
  • 24. Alice.com
    Shopping by mail
  • 25. Alice.com (alice.com)
    A shopping & coupon website.
    Designed to get you great deals on dry goods products like:
    Toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper.
    Granola bars & cereal.
    Office supplies.
    Ships to your home by mail.
    Create shopping lists.
    Browse deals.
    Get reminders when it’s time to reorder.
    Save time.
    Social networking:
    Chat
    Share photos
    Review products
    Make friends
    Free shipping!
    What is it?
    What can you do?
  • 26.
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  • 32. Alice.com
    You can start shopping.
    You can prepare lists and budgets.
    You can set up a profile for social networking.
    Once your account is set up:
  • 33. This is main page of your account.
  • 34. Do you really want constant emails from Alice.com?
    -Click on the Settings tab.
    -Deselect both boxes to prevent emails.
  • 35. Referring friends can earn you discounts on your orders.
  • 36. To start shopping, click “My Products”
    Then click on a “duck”
  • 37. You can also delete the “duck” if it’s a product you never use, or don’t want to buy from alice.com
  • 38. You can:
    • Add a product to your cart by clicking “Add”
    • 39. Get more information by clicking on the photo.
    • 40. Sort the results by the criteria on the left side.
  • Clicking on any product gives you options: description, reviews, images. Video, price info.
  • 41. When you “Add product” it gives you options:
    • How many
    • 42. How often to reorder (it will automatically remind me about the same lotion in 3 months).
  • 43.
  • 44. The “Advanced Planning” tab organizes your reminders.
    Soon, you will be able to set Alice to automatically ship you items at certain intervals.
  • 45. You can also choose products by room, using the “Shop by Room” tab.
  • 46. Or shop for products by other categories.
  • 47. Click the checkout icon when you’re ready to buy.
  • 48.
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  • 50. Alice.com
    Setting up a profile lets you use the social powers of alice.com
    It’s under the Neighborhood tab.
    Add friends, chat with Alice.com users
    Share photos.
    Track deals.
    Alice’s social networking features are less developed than facebook or twitter.
    Expect improvements and upgrades.
    Social Networking
  • 51. Social Networking on Alice. Set up a profile, chat with other users, share photos etc.
  • 52. How to find friends: click the Profiles tab under Neighborhood and then search.
  • 53. Alice.com
    Warnings!
    To shop on Alice.com shipping is always free but there must be a minimum of 6 items in your cart.
    Note coupon expiry dates and order accordingly.
    Conclusions:
    Alice is a fun and convenient way to shop.
    Look for even more advanced social networking features in the future.
  • 54. Pandora
    Customized radio online.
  • 55. Pandora
    An online personalized radio station generator.
    Uses analysis of music to choose songs and artists like those you select as favorites.
    Over time, it learns your taste and makes accurate suggestions of new music.
    Free with some advertizing.
    Paid subscriptions with no advertizing.
    Create up to 100 personalized stations.
    Connect with friends
    Try pre-created stations.
    Bookmark songs
    Get apps for your smartphone to use Pandora on-the-go.
    What is Pandora?
    What can it do?
  • 56.
  • 57. Web 2.0 sites often ask personal information, usually for their advertisers and marketing.
    • Age: You can fib, just make sure to have an age greater than 18 years.
    • 58. Zip: Use a US zip code (Pandora is not available outside the US)
    • 59. Gender: This is pure marketing use.
    You do not want recommendations and tips (spam), de-select that box.
  • 60.
  • 61.
  • 62. Songs just played
    Current song.
    Rate the current song “Like” or “Don’t Like” to improve the system’s knowledge of your taste.
  • 63. Player Controls:
  • Ads are a major revenue source and keep Pandora free.
    They are ugly though. And interrupt the music.
    Create a new station any time.
  • 66. I created a new station, but the old Johnny Cash station is still there next time I’m in the mood.
    By selecting “Menu” below the current song, you can ask the station to lay off a song that’s overplayed, see why a song was selected for you, or bookmark a song.
  • 67. The social networking area:
    • Create a profile
    • 68. Add friends
    • 69. Bookmarked songs and artists.
  • 70.
  • 71.
  • 72. Warning:
    • This looks exactly like the previous screen but it is slightly different.
    • 73. This screen is asking if you want to send generic emails to your friends who are not already Pandora members.
    • 74. You can just click cancel.
  • Once you have added friends, you can see what they listen to.
    It’s a great way to find new music.
  • 75. Clicking the “About This Music” icon gives you more information about the current song and artist.
  • 76. Genre stations are pre-created by Pandora and are a fun way to listen to music.
    From the genre stations you can still:
    • Use the menu to bookmark, ignore or see more song info.
    If you “Like” or “Don’t Like” a song played on a genre station, it will create a new station in your list devoted to the genre you are listening to.
  • 77. Pandora
    Pandora One (Subscription Pandora)
    No advertizing.
    Has higher audio quality.
    Unlimited listening (free service is limited to 40hrs/month).
    Download a player instead of using it in a browser window (still need internet connectivity)
    Customized look (skins).
    Play for 5hrs without timeout.
    $36/year.
  • 78. Pandora
    Really fun way to listen to music on your computer.
    Not as many privacy concerns as some web 2.0 sites.
    Easy to use, no downloading necessary.
    Conclusions:
  • 79. Skype
    Video and voice chat online.
  • 80. Skype (skype.com)
    What is it and what do you need?
    Voice and video calling over the internet.
    You need a mike (for voice) and a webcam (for video.)
    You’ll need to download a program.
    What can you do?
    Talk to skype-using friends and family around the world for free.
    Free video calling between skype users.
    For a fee, you can use Skype to call landline phones and cell-phones.
  • 81. Skype
    Most new laptops have built-in mike and webcam.
    Most desktop computers and monitors don’t have built-in webcam and mike.
    If your computer doesn’t have one, you can buy them at any electronics store.
    Most webcams have a built-in mike.
    They usually cost between $40-$150.
    Microphone and Webcam
  • 82. Skype
    Go to skype.com
    Choose the “download” tab.
    Click “download now”
    If it does not start immediately, check for a popup blocker. (click on it, choose “download file…”
    A window should appear. Click “run”
    A windows warning may appear. Click “run”
    Follow the installer instructions.
    Installing the Program:
  • 83.
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  • 86. Note! If you have a popup blocker, you may see this yellow bar. Click on it and choose “download file…”
  • 87.
  • 88. No! You do not need any browser highlighter! Note: This is tricky because it looks like you have to agree to the Browser Highlighter to agree to the terms of use. You don’t.
    • Just de-select the button (click where you see the green check mark and it will disappear)
    • 89. Click “Continue installing Skype.”
    Just like signing up for an email account.
  • 90. Write all this info down, so you don’t forget your Skype Name or password.
    Special offers = junk emails.
    Here’s where you agree to the terms.
  • 91.
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  • 96. Skype
    PRIVACY: How to
    Skype is full of
    1) Spammers and
    2)Strangers who want to make friends.
    Go to the Skype menu.
    Choose “privacy”
    Choose “Only allow people in my contact list to contact me.”
    PRIVACY:
    It’s ok to meet friends online, but always safeguard your personal information.
  • 97. The “Directory” tab lets you search for friends or phone numbers, or import your email contacts.
  • 98. Skype
    You can pay-as-you-go or pay monthly to use Skype to call landline phones and cell phones.
    You can use a membership to lower your long-distance call rates, even calling landline or cell phones from your computer.
    You can get favorable long distance rates calling from your cell phone to landline or cell phones (this is a pay-as-you-go service).
    Paid Memberships and Skype Credits
  • 99. The “Shop” tab allows you to upgrade to a paid membership, or buy credits.
  • 100. If you have a membership, or credits, you will be able to call landline or cell phones using the “Call Phones” tab.
  • 101. Skype
    Conclusions:
    Skype is useful and can be fun and cost effective.
    Once the program is installed on your computer, it is easy to use.
    You may need to ask friends and family to join.
  • 102. Final Thoughts
  • 103. Web 2.0 sites can be confusing and that can be frustrating.
    Don’t be shy: Ask for help, anytime, at the Power Library helpdesk.