Saturday, May 10, 2008

How Stuff Works: Web 2.0 Usage


How Blogs Work

Blogs serve as online journals and communities, often linking to news stories and other sites. Learn the basics of blogging, explore the blogosphere and find out how to create your own.

How Chat Rooms Work

Chat rooms give us the chance to discuss anything and everything with people around the world. How do you get started, and what do you need to watch out for?

How Computer Addiction Works

Obsessively checking e-mail. Playing online games for 12 hours or more at a time. Placing more value on chat-room friends than real ones. Just what is computer addiction? Why is it a problem, and why do some doctors disagree over whether it exists at all?

How Craigslist Works

Whether you're looking for a job, apartment or motorcycle, chances are you've consulted Craigslist. Craigslist started as an electronic community newsletter but has become the go-to site for users in 450 communities worldwide.

How did a computer programmer find all those sex offenders on MySpace?

When MySpace claimed there was no way to patrol its own profiles for sexual predators, Wired News editor and former hacker Kevin Poulsen took it as a challenge.

How Digg Works

Welcome to, a user-driven news Web site that brings together hundreds of thousands of people to find, submit, review and feature news stories drawn from every corner of the Web. Digg is sort of like Slashdot without the editors, bringing a democratic approach to the news-submission Web site.

How Facebook Works

A social networking site created for Harvard students, Facebook is now open for anyone to join -- and it's gained 5 million active users.

How Friendster Works

The online social network Friendster connects you to your friends and your friends of friends. Can Friendster help you to find a job or to reconnect with that special someone?

How LinkedIn Works

LinkedIn is a social networking site geared toward professionals where you can look for a job, find sales leads or connect with colleagues. So how is it different than all the other networking sites?

How much time do we spend on MySpace at work?

A study suggests that some businesses are losing $260 million a day from employees on MySpace and Facebook. Should companies block social networking sites altogether?

How MySpace Works

One of Web's most explosive phenomenons, MySpace grew to 54 million profiles seemingly overnight. Find out what MySpace really is, how it blew past the competition and why Rupert Murdoch thought it was worth $580 million.

How Pandora Radio Works

Pandora Radio is different from other Internet radio sites. Instead of relying on genre, user connections or ratings, it uses a Music Genome. What is this Music Genome and how does it know what songs you like best?

How Photo Sharing Works

Online photo-sharing sites let you upload and share your digital photos with anyone you choose. There are quite a few sites you can use, but check out an example in this article.

How Podcasting Works

Now almost anyone can be a disc jockey, talk show host or recording artist. Find out what tools you need to record and receive podcasts and see what industry analysts have to say about the future of podcasting.

How to Add a Video to YouTube

The evolution of dance, a laughing baby, Filipino inmates performing Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video: This is what we watch on YouTube. How did it get there?


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