Communicating Links

Links that lead to off-site pages about human communications via computers

TAGS: Blogging, Communications, Cyber Life, Cyber Tech, Email, Emoticons, IM, Images, Message Boards, TECH, Text, Videos, Wikis



BitTorrent is a protocol, created by Bram Cohen in 2001, for distributing files peer-to-peer as opposed to client-server. A .torrent file describes the components of a shared file (like music, pictures, movies, executables, etc.). People who have the whole file are seeders, people who don't are peers. A seeder initially uploads the file to a tracker server which tracks all the seeders and peers who form a swarm for the .torrent file. Initially people get the files from the first seeder, But as more people get different parts of the file, then more people beyond the first seeder can get and give different parts of the file too.

Most people essentially need two things: A BitTorrent client and a BitTorrent site where they can get .torrent files.


Collective Intelligence

Collective Intelligence (CI) is an "intelligence" that arises from the collaboration and competition of many individuals. This covers topics such as folksonomy, social software, crowdsourcing, collective wisdom, aggregate wisdom, and recommender systems. See also Video.

See also Online Office.

Emoticons and Shorthand


IM = Instant Messaging. If you use Yahoo messenger, it is super easy to make a link that allows people to IM you. EG: ymsgr:sendIM?YourYahooID. I can't believe that people post theirs publicly. The noise could become terrific.

Message Boards

Online Office

The ability to share, distribute, and corroborate on documents online with just a browser is very powerful. However, online office suites have some big hurdles: (1) Online security. (2) People are invested in and comfortable in current systems. (3) People do still occasionally work (gasp!) offline. (4) Offline apps tend to be more powerful and feature rich.

See also Popularity-Folksonomy.

  • Spreadsheets. All free (gratis) so far.
  • Storage. General storage as opposed to specific storage (like just photos or just videos). As of 2007-12, this is in a primative stage because it's not just about online storage but the ability to use it in flexible ways.
    • Google has been teasing us with a with GDrive or Cloud or whatever for so long.
    • Jungle Disk []. Part of Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3). $0.15/GB/month and $0.20/GB/transfer.
    • SkyDrive []. Actually Microsoft's Windows Live SkyDrive (sounds like they're squeezing in too much branding). First GB free.
    • Xdrive []. Offered by AOL. First 5 GB free then it's $9.95/50 GB.
  • Miscellany
    • Bindows []. 'With Bindows you can develop fully functional desktop applications in a web page, without any plugins.'
    • 'Free online storage'.
    • FCKEditor []. Powerful online word processing. Free (gratis and libre).
    • Gliffy []. Online visualization tools, including flowcharts and diagrams.
    • gOFFICE []. Online word processing, desktop publishing, presentations, and spreadsheets. Outputs to PDF too. Free (gratis).
    • Online storage. 25 GB free.
    • Meebo []. 'We're three folks working to bring IM to Web 2.0. Hopefully this lets you get all of your IMing done in one place and makes it easier too.' Free (gratis).
      • 'for transfering and backing up fileseasily, with complete security and free of charge. Our network transfers over 30 terabytes from more than 500,000 users every day. Our storagecapacity is almost endless and our service runs on redundant multi-Gigabit Internetconnections. There is no competitor out there who can challenge our user friendliness, quality of service, and overall performance. Megaupload is the biggest, fastest and simply the best file hosting service on the net.'
      • It's free but they have a priced "premium" service that let's you browse the most popular files and upload/download larger files.
    • Openomy []. 'an online file system. You can store files on Openomy and access them from any computer. Openomy organizes files and users via tags (as opposed to folders). You can choose to keep your files guarded by Openomy, or allow certain outside applications (of your choice) to do new and interesting things with your data.'
    • S5 []. 'a slide show format based entirely on XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript. With one file, you can run a complete slide show and have a printer-friendly version as well.'
    • SNiPiTRON [].
      • "A free service for professionals and academics to build research projects containing web pages, files, screenshots and audio/video content. Supports private, public and group projects."
      • With it's web page capture, it's like a personal wayback machine for sites you've visited and want to store. Sort of a way to work around sites that don't make their content free forever.
    • ThinkFree []. Online word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. 1 GB free online storage.
    • Webnote []. 'a tool for taking notes on your computer. It allows you to quickly write something down during a meeting, class, or any other time that you have a web browser available.'
    • Free, web-based collaborative documents, complete with roll backs, version comparison, etc. Also basic formatting (such as bolds, italics, list, and links).
    • Writely []. 'Simple & SECURE web document sharing.' Free (gratis). --> 2006-03 Purchased by Google!
    • Zimbra []. Free (libre) email and collaborations systems.



  • Wiki providers.
    • Free and commercial implementation of wiki.
    • Free implementation of wiki. Written in Common Lisp.
    • or A wiki combined with collaborative documents, calendars, and spreadsheets. 2006-10-31: Acquired by Google.
    • Free wikis as easy "as a peanut butter sandwich".
    • Free and commercial implementation of wiki.
    • Commercial implementation of wiki.
      • 'A TiddlyWiki is like a blog because it's divided up into neat little chunks, but it encourages you to read it by hyperlinking rather than sequentially: if you like, a non-linear blog analogue that binds the individual microcontent items into a cohesive whole. I think that TiddlyWiki represents a novel medium for writing, and will promote its own distinctive WritingStyle.'
      • 'One of the neatest features of TiddlyWiki is that it is entirely self-contained in a single HTML file - even including graphics like the GradientMacro and Sparklines. The file contains the actual hypertext document, and the JavaScript, CascadingStyleSheets and HTML necessary to both view and edit it. This means that it is trivial to host a TiddlyWiki on a website, or to distribute one by email. And anyone with a reasonably recent web browser will be able to read and edit it.'
    • Free open source implementation of wiki. Written in PERL.
    • A free hosted implementation of wiki with a more WYSISWY interface, comments, tags, etc. Wiki is going Web 2.0? I love Wikipedia, but I think others may find the interface dry.
    • Free. Started by Jimmy Wales of wikipedia. Looks an awful lot like wikipedia but it's geared towards communities.
    • 'Public wikis are free; private and ad-free wikis are $5/month or $50/year.'
  • Wiki content providers.
  • Miscellany
    • 'Wikiwyg is the simple way to add Wysiwyg editing to your existing social software project.'

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