21 Social Sites exercises
  1. Log on to (or create) your delicious account.
    1. Searching for [carbon trading]. You'll use the search box in the upper right and change the drop down so that it searches the appropriate information:
      • Search Delicious: Search all of delicious for carbon trading. You just want these two words to appear somewhere in the title, description, or tag.
      • Search Everyone's bookmarks: Search for carbontrading.
    2. Now repeat the search so that [carbontrading] must be a tag for a bookmark. You do this by putting "tag:", with no space, before the search term.
    3. You should check out the following features. These are great tools for finding random sites that are useful and interesting.
    4. Search delicious for terms related to your term project.
  2. Explore Diigo.
    1. Read the home page.
    2. Watch the tour video. And then read the rest of the text on this page. After this, you should have a clear idea about why they think Diigo is better than delicious.
    3. Create an account.
    4. If you use delicious, you can use the import tool to import links from delicious.
    5. Use the Search box in the upper right. Search the community library for information related to your project.
  3. Explore Digg.
    1. Create an account.
    2. If you are using your own computer, install the Digg Firefox extension or the DiggBar in any other browser.
    3. Go through the tour of Digg. Figure out how a story gets higher ranked on the Digg site.
    4. Features:
    5. Go to the search page and try out searches for [carbon trading]. Look for results within promoted stories, and then look for results in only upcoming stories.
    6. Search digg for terms related to your term project.
  4. Explore Reddit.
    1. Create an account.
    2. Look at the following pages:
    3. Look in the FAQ to see how a submission's score is determined.
    4. Edit the Reddit sections that are shown on the front page.
    5. Search Reddit for information related to your project.
  5. Go to Mixx.
    1. Create an account.
    2. Look at the following pages:
    3. Take a tour of Mixx. Figure out how each story's score is determined.
    4. Search Mixx for information related to your project.
  6. Explore StumbleUpon.
    1. Create an account.
    2. Watch the video intro.
    3. Go to the search page and search for terms related to your project. (Sort by rating and then by review.)
  7. Explore Fark.
    • This is a lot of parody, satire, and snarkiness. Nothing at all to help with your project, but it's a lot of fun.
  8. Explore Newsvine.
    1. Create an account.
    2. Check out the welcome screen.
      • Click the second box (that brings up text related to "Voting & Commenting".
    3. Under the help button, be sure to read the Reading FAQ. It will explain the difference between the Wire and the Vine. Also, be sure to understand how articles move to the top of the page.
    4. Also under the help button, be sure to read the Interacting FAQ. It will explain how voting works.
    5. Look at the following pages:
    6. Note the RSS feeds listed in the left column.
    7. Search Newsvine for information related to your project.
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