Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What's the Buzz about Google Buzz?

If you are a Gmail user, you probably saw a tab labeled Buzz under your Inbox tab. Much like Facebook, Google Buzz is a social networking site. It is used through Google, and like Facebook you can `like’ statuses and reply directly to postings. Google launched Buzz on February 9th, and since then, the program has skyrocketed. There are over 200 mobile check-ins per minute, and about 160,000 posts and comments per hour.
Google Buzz can be used to contact people, get ideas and access information, which is why it is beneficial to students. It’s a great way to stay in touch and share thoughts or information both publicly or privately. Plus you can connect to other sites you use like Google Reader or Flickr. It also recommends posts that it thinks you are interested in and can summarize posts so that you just get the `good stuff ’ and everything goes straight to your inbox!

Friday, February 12, 2010

I need your help...

Halfway across the world, there’s a place called Ethiopia. Where the average income is less than a dollar a day, and less than half the people can read and write- we can help them. On March 6th I get the chance of going to Africa. While I'm there I will be working with Lifesong for Orphans, who is starting a school in Ziway, Ethiopia (pictured above), but they need our help. By bringing your gently used childrens' books to school, we can help give kids across the world a chance to learn.

Photo Courtesy of Lifesong for Orphans