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Wednesday, 30 January 2008
2nd day at yuwie (http://r.yuwie.com/anesahosein )
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: I'll remember (Madonna)
Topic: Internet fun things

Right, so still at Yuwie ... still hating the adverts. However, when I returned home and checked my inbox, there was a pile of mails from Yuwie ... 8 persons had made comments on my profile. Most were trying to drive you to their profile so they can get views under the pretext of giving you guidance on how to behave on Yuwie and earn money. Some were saying how to advertise such as banners, placing in adverts on the internet as classifieds etc. to get 'new' friends who would act as referrals.

Not sure to what extent this actually constitute a social networking website anymore. There were other notes on how to make sure you have a picture and create a themed blog to drive people to your profile.

Anyway, I was debating to myself whether I should send an invite to all my friends ... and I've realised that it was the lure of the almighty dollar that was causing me to act that way, because I NEVER send invites to all my friends because I just think of it as a junk-mail. I only send it to people I think might find it useful. So, with the lure of money still hanging over my head, I did send an invitation to my siblings and three other friends via email - asked them to join but also pointed out the problems with the website. Interesting question to myself, is this a business scheme that is being developed or a true social networking? Is it the lure of money that is driving the 'creation' of friendships? Is there any friendships being creating in Yuwie at all? I'll keep you posted to see what happens.

Oh yeah and remember my referral is: http://r.yuwie.com/anesahosein  ... the lure of money holds me strongly it seems ... hmmm ... got to guard against that. Perhaps we can test whether the "Love of money is the root of all evil".


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Tuesday, 29 January 2008
Yuwie - general overview (http://r.yuwie.com/anesahosein)
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: It's All Coming Back To Me Now (Celine Dion)
Topic: Internet fun things

So, came across this new social networking website on the internet ... actually really it was someone who was spamming facebook - so found it and decided to follow it and see what it was about. There was a cute guy telling you all about Yuwie was - so sat down and listen to it. It all sounded too good to be true really, basically there is a pyramid scheme in which users can earn money by number of page views. Basically they calculate the RSR (Revenue Sharing Rate) at each month and for every 1000 page views you accumulate you can get a percentage of the RSR.

The pyramid scheme works in such a way that you can earn RSR from up to ten levels of your friends' page views ... Therefore, it is often worth the while of a person to ensure that they have lots and lots of 'friends'. Hence the 'spamming' of people to ask them to join under their referral (by the way if you want to help me test this out ... my referral is http://r.yuwie.com/anesahosein :D - might earn some money for myself during this Phd - if this works out :P)....

Anyway, I have to say the site itself at first reminded me of hi5 but other people says it look sort of like myspace ... and on reflection think it looks more like myspace. But for a social-networking website it pales in comparison to facebook by far ... I think it is even worse than Myspace. I think the most annoying thing of this site is the adverts (although I think they expect you to accept or bare with it - because in their spiel they indicate it is through adverts that they earn money!). Almost anything you do, they'll give you a page with an advert which you have to skip and the most annoying is that it sometimes forget the original information you put it. And then there are the annoying flashing and blinking and sometimes talking adverts on the sides - they're certainly conspicuous!

It has a horrible red colour to it ... which just makes you feel angry - although you can change or create your templates like in hi5 and myspace. I cannot in good mind recommend this as a good social networking website - it feels a bit clunky and the pictures it uploads are not of very good quality ...

Right will give updates on how it proceeds ... I'll try and see what happens - you can help me by joining to see how the referral scheme goes ... but don't have to - because got to say I don't like the site so much ... But there is an Open University school group (with only 2 persons! - myself and someone else) ...


Posted by prejudice at 9:57 AM GMT
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Thursday, 27 September 2007
Google Maps has new cool feature!!
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Picture This (Blondie)
Topic: Internet fun things
So, went to check out the route for a trip between Northampton and Milton Keynes (was planning on going on the upcoming BSRLM conference) ... on google maps ... and discovered now you can move around the route to choose which roads you want to use it ... that is so great!! Because I always prefer the nice quiet scenic country roads rather than the dual-carriageways and most of those direction programmes never let you choose that, but now with this feature in google maps ... you can!! They really do know what people want ... I mean the ability to drag the map and see where you want to go rather than clicking arrows (as in other irritating programmes such as from the AA and RAC) is brilliant ... and the ability to do satellites look as well is great!! Especially with me who really want to see how confusing the highway interchange or roundabout is :D

Posted by prejudice at 8:02 AM BST
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Saturday, 24 March 2007
Guy's Guide to a Geek Girl
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Surprisingly nothing!
Topic: Internet fun things

I've just been reading (well actually still reading) the Guy's Guide to a Geek Girl. It's so funny and so me!! She's got me down pat :). Says that the geek girls have an active online life (ain't that the truth - the worse part is that I think guys who don't have an active online life - just don't have a life :) ).

Anyway ... she says that geek girls like sci-fi ... well not too much me ... but did hit the nail on its head when she said geek girls like Spock more than Captain Kirk ... so true!! I'll take Spock any day over Captain Kirk. How can you not like Spock?

"The hair can be any length, but in almost all cases, it is OUT OF THE WAY"

So TRUE!!!! I like my hair but out of the way ... got to be up in a pony tail :D.

 


Posted by prejudice at 12:00 PM BST
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Wednesday, 21 March 2007
Blufr
Mood:  chillin'
Now Playing: Papa Kehte Hain (Quaymat Se Quaymat Tak)
Topic: Internet fun things

Just came across this site and thought it was fun so thought I will post it, it's called blufr. It is just some little known facts in which you have to guess whether they are true or not. I had a score about 1100 but then decided to go do some work instead (I have a pilot of my LP due today so got to work on that).

But its a cool site :)


Posted by prejudice at 10:12 AM BST
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Thursday, 8 February 2007
A Rock Group Named Anesa!
Mood:  chillin'
Now Playing: Salt Lake City (The Beach Boys)
Topic: Internet fun things
In my never ending search of things name Anesa (or rather not being able to fill my egoistical bucket) ... I've found on the internet a french rock group called Anesa. There music ain't that great (well its in French - but that never has stopped me before - but the music ain't to my taste) - however the guys are kinda cute ... which I think they should be after naming themselves after me :).

Posted by prejudice at 8:30 PM GMT
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Friday, 24 November 2006
I'm a fanatic!
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: You Won't See Me (Anne Murray)
Topic: Internet fun things
Well, after seeing that I've had 500 more ratings to move to the next level in my yahoo radio ... over the last few weeks I've been addictively rating songs and yes this morning I've made it to the Fanatic Level ... just need 5000 more for the other level which is 'Rating Master' ... since it took me about 4 years to reach this position (5000 rated songs) ... I would sit silently and not be rating addicted ... 5000 is a lot of songs, so, probably I can check back in 2010 and see how far I've reached :D.

Posted by prejudice at 9:47 AM GMT
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Tuesday, 21 November 2006
Google Talk
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: I Don't Know a Thing About Love (Conway Twitty)
Topic: Internet fun things

Ever since we've gotten Google Talk (well Ritch insisted I get it after the phone bill Amalia keeps running up) and I've gotten headphones (well only 3 days ago we really started - although had the headphones for quite awhile - Amalia hadn't really got into the whole Google Talk before) ... I've been talking to her pretty long over the internet ... Amalia says it's like 'free porn' (a reference to Joey from Friends) ... because we have it ... we must use it :D. We use msn messenger just for video camming but I think Google Talk is better for talking ... it does sound like a real voice conversation ... actually, the other night, Amalia called Mum and Pa on their Guyana mobile phone in Suriname (they were roaming) and she placed her phone on loud speaker and I was able to talk to them ... it was cool ... Mum said I sounding as if I was home. So, Mum and Pa now want to know how to connect up to Google Talk ... but think they need a mic, although Mum said that Pa's new notebook has a mic, but she's got to look for it.


Posted by prejudice at 11:02 AM GMT
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Second Life
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: High Blood Pressure (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Topic: Internet fun things

Well, Peter T. over in FELS is starting up a project in Second Life, and I've decided to join up and play along. It looks like fun, I'm always up for something that looks like a game. Only thing is that a really good internet connection is needed - and I can't play in the OU because of the firewall thingy ... but was able to sign up yesterday and do it before my computer came crashing down.

Anyway, hoping this is fun ... this is actually an initiative for looking for alternative educational 'places' for learning, because Peter T. is running the Schome initiative (School + Home).


Posted by prejudice at 10:45 AM GMT
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Wednesday, 30 August 2006
Going to watch Volver tonight with a Spanish Group!
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: I Can't Dance (Gram Parsons)
Topic: Internet fun things

So, I signed up to a Spanish Language group through www.meetup.com, and one of the events is to watch Volver with Penelope Cruz, I was planning on watching it anyway, but when I saw that event popped up - decided to go with them instead, since I can't make the next meeting (ecumenical council). This is the first time I'll be meeting them - so, I hope it is fun.

However, I think this www.meetup.com site is really cool - this way can meet people with some of my interest and we can meet like once a month and have a bit of a night out. My social life is a bit lacking - it tends to have the same people (who I quite like : Tina, Cling and Farah) - but I think its nice to meet other people - you know me - love meeting new people :D.

So, I've signed up for movies, dining out, social networking and walking as interests. Hoping there are a lot of people will sign up for the interests and then will form a group (I don't want the responsibility of forming a group and organising events - because it will mean I'll always have to be there - and I don't like that stricture - I like to feel as if I'm flexible, although I may not be :)).


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