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Social Engagement

I’m a university student in marketing currently working on a school project. I am required to do some research on social media and I was hoping I’d be able to talk to someone who is involved in your website’s digital publishing or audience engagement. Maybe a site manager or product manager would be wonderful. I have chosen the “Do It Yourself” industry, because it is of great interest to me and your website has caught my eye. I’d really appreciate any feedback you can offer me to help me proceed with my research and a phone conversation would be even better. It would only take 5 minutes of your time to answer 5 of my simple questions. If you are unable to contact me, please see the following questions below, and you may reply the answers to me via email at [falsabag@ryerson.ca]. If you would like me to call you instead, I’d be more than happy to, just as long as you provide me with your number. I will provide my number if you want that too.  1) Would you say that your company has an established social strategy? 2) Do you believe that keeping consumers engaged on your site is beneficial? 3) How is your company’s social strategy measured? 4) Do you currently have commenting tools for the content your site generates? a. If yes i. Who are you currently using? ii. Are you happy with the level of engagement being delivered? iii. What is best part of the service being provided? iv. Does your current provider offer analytics? v. Are you using any other social media analytic tools? vi. What is the one feature that you believe is missing with the current offering? vii. What price range is your current service in – set range? b. If No i. Are you aware that there are platforms that allow you to generate comments from content that you create greater engagement? ii. Would capturing data from those who visit and interact with your site be beneficial to your organization? iii. Would your organization value real time analytics and commentary from your content consumers? 5) Thank you for taking the time to answer my survey.  Would you like someone to contact you regarding potential social engagement solutions? If so, may I have your contact information, such as your name and phone number.

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how do i get on facebook at home?

How do i unblock facebook or myspace while i am at home on the school computers?

Question by shamalia    |  last reply


Social Network Hackerspaces?

Hackerspaces have gotten pretty popular among makers across the world. They are a great place to borrow tools and share knowledge. But what about people that don't have local hackerspaces? The solution: social network. Digital hackerspaces! Great for people that don't have physical buildings, or can't afford to round one up.  If you think about it, that's what instructables is! The idea is to have video chat and forums to share knowledge for projects. If you guys would voice your ideas, that would be great!

Topic by Robot Lover    |  last reply


Social Media Suggestion

I would love a button that would enable you to easily share a contest win on social media. Yes, I can type one up and post it, but share buttons are so nice in the way that they compose a simple message for you and provide an image. It would be another opportunity for Instructables to use social media to advertise contests and sponsors. The message could be something like "I just won some great prizes from ____ in the ____ contest on Instructables." It would also be an opportunity for us to thank and share some victory with our friends that support us. 

Topic by Brooklyntonia  


Social Chat Groups!!

Hello everybody!!  I wanted o have a goup in mobile applications.  Like Telegram, viber, whatsapp, or ...  for example a Programming and computer group.  Who wants to?! Let's make a group!!  :-))

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Why was I invited to the ice cream social? Answered

Just wondering why I was invited to the instructables social. The email says that it is for authors, but I haven't been a featured author on instructables. Why send it to me?

Question by XOIIO    |  last reply


were can i meet people online that have the same intrests as me? Answered

Well ever since iv started home schooling I only have 4 or 5 friends that i talk to and there getting old (not that i wanna get rid of them).But they get boring and iv been googling for hour and cant find anything i just wanna find a place(not myspace facebook or any main stream social networking site) were i can meet people that like the same kinda stuff that i do e.g games movies proggraming computer hardware modding so on and so forth so please any answers would be appriciated

Question by Goomanhimer    |  last reply


What's your Zune tag?

Mine is "aDimWit"

Topic by aDimWit    |  last reply


blog early blog often

Any body here got a bebo account bebo stands for blog early blog often

Topic by DELETED_Gavabc123    |  last reply


More infos on profile pages.

Hello everybody. What I would like to see, is more infos on users' profiles. Currently there are: Instructables (very good), Views (completely not important I think), Comments (somewhat important if We want to check if user is active). And that's it. Nothing more.  What is missing is: - Instructables User made - super important, right after list of instructables created. I am very surprised it is not there!!! - Some basic info where particular user is from. Description page is not enough. People most often leave it empty or They don't put any usefull infos. - Links to User's YouTube channels or other social media profiles. We don't live only in Instructables. Cheers Radek

Topic by zolv    |  last reply


Killerjackalope's social experiment results

Well I've been conducting a secret social experiment using shopping bags and the environmental topics everywhere as a media for this to happen. Basically my plan was to see if I could affect the decision of whether or not to take a bag when it's not completely necessary, to change the course of decision I used different phrases and tried to get a more accurate measure by choosing the same people that come in for milk or bread each day.The phrases are:'Would you like a bag?''Do you want a bag''Do you need a bag?''Wee bag there, mate?'Bag?'The results were really quite interesting, the one putting emphasis on need (very subtlety) reduced bag takings by over half in a day, whereas 'Wee bag there, mate?' produced a very high bag taking day because it detracts from the bags impact as an object. The other things I found was that it's actually possible to control some customers bag taking completely, there's a customer that comes in every day to get milk and I have managed to control his bag taking with about a 95% success rate, so shopkeepers unite and we can eradicate unnecessary bag taking, thereby reducing the majority of plastic bags that end up in the street and ocean, landfills are another story, thankfully my stores bags are fully biodegradable...What do you make of all this, and is it possibly a bit much power to give to a shop worker...On another note I have curtailed the efforts of one customer I know as the bag thief, he used to take five or six for various uses, through gentle shame jibing he's now down to one.

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growerbot, social gardening assistant

Howdy, I've built a follow-up to my garduino project that I'm really excited about. Called growerbot, it's a fully-automated, wifi-connected, open-source gardening assistant. Check it out on kickstarter, and please let me know any ideas to improve it! -Luke  lukeiseman.com

Topic by liseman  


Idea for Social Electronic Art

Hi everyone, I have been working on an idea for a new type of electronic creative art form. Social media has increasingly become cloud and computer-based, enabling people to network and share ideas and concepts online with others from around the world; this community is an excellent example of the power of electronics in fostering shared creativity. Art has always been an important aspect of society, bringing people together through the power of self-expression. In recent years, graffiti parks have become a popular method for communities to express themselves in a constructive way. In the area of electronics, circuitry and robotics have become increasingly accessible through open-source programs such as Arduino, enabling anyone to build complex and beautiful projects in their own garages (or anywhere!). This idea focuses on blending the social aspect of conventional art mediums with the untapped potential of electronic technology. One new technology in particular that has taken the first step towards merging the different fields of creativity is conductive ink and paint, created by Bare Conductive. This graphene-based material enables users to paint circuits and electrical systems onto most surfaces, opening up the entire world as a building area. Essentially, this is the focus of the idea- creative communities making the world their canvas through the power of conductive ink and open-source electronics tools. Imagine the possibilites! Walls covered with lights that can be activated by touching a drawn image, buildings covered with playable arcade games and interactive media, and childrens' parks with community-sourced learning tools on the play area! Of course, there's another aspect here; the social possibilities. See a circuit that someone didn't ever finish, or a piece of electronic art that you wanted to expand? Whip out your Arduino kit and ink bottle, and draw it in! Every wall would tell a story, and it would never stop growing. Our imaginations would be the only limit... What does everyone think of this idea? Let me know any thoughts or input you might have!

Topic by Chikpeas Brother    |  last reply


FaceBook Slammed....

Far be it of me to downplay the impact of activists on the Facebook ToS issue but it raises interesting questions about why some companies get pilloried while others seemingly get a free pass...More Here' GMJHOWE asked me to link to his posting on security at Facebook, so here it is....

Topic by Goodhart    |  last reply


Tumblr suggestions?

So, I'm just starting to get into this Tumblr thing (I know, behind the Zeitgeist, but still...). Do you have any suggestions about who to follow? I'm looking for Makers, crafters, and other creative folk.   Oh, and I wouldn't mind a few followers myself... (These are my "new" goggles.)

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


How about a Google+ +1 button?

Having moved to Google+ and seeing how alive the place is with interesting people, I am sad that I cannot easily share Instructables there. The Google+ Chrome extension picks up a random ad, which looks awful. Could we have a +1 button next to the Facebook and Twitter ones? Thanks, -Lars

Topic by larsrc    |  last reply


Instructables is on Tumblr!

Did you know Instructables is on Tumblr?  We've been on it for quite some time, but we haven't been very active in the last couple years (?).  We'll, we've decided to get things up and running again.   We've decided to expand beyond the normal sharing of projects and have decided to show you, not only that, but also what's going on around the office.  Curious what everyones work space looks like?  We're planning on bringing it to you! Come on over, check it out and let us know what you think!  What do you want to see?

Topic by Penolopy Bulnick    |  last reply


DIY Problem Solving Should Include Kith and Kin

Doing favors for,  and asking help from your local friends, neighbors, and merchants should always  be part of significant problem solving  . Not always the first step, not always the last step. But there is no intelligence like local intelligence.   The paint guy at Mutual Ace hardware and I know each other by name. The cashiers at Craftwood Lumber and the guys who work the lumber counter there know me as well. It's not that I do that much business. But, when they are not busy, I have run ideas past them.  Neighbors here discuss improvement  and fix up projects., I've helped people; they have helped me. I';ve helped teach this skill to my kids and they have profited by it   If you don't know someone local, the sites: meetup.com and rentafriend.com can help this.  The skill is being lost; otherwise I wouldf not mention what used to be obvious.

Topic by Wilmette    |  last reply


Buddies, the social network in real life!

Hi friends! :D I'm starting a new project with a couple of friends: Buddies, a new idea of social network based on geolocalization. I would be glad if you'll have a look to our web pages, I'm actually following the desing/GUI of the whole thing. There's also a fill-up form in the landing page, so you can be contacted if you're interested in becoming a beta tester! Thank you :) Buddies landing page - click here! Buddies Facebook page - click here! Buddies Twitter page - click here!

Topic by Darthorso    |  last reply


Patches, rewards, badges and social engineering

Love the site. I wanted to suggest that in the social engineering area of the site, a badge system similar to CNN iReport's might be more motivating then patches. The iReport site awards badges (see attached pic) automatically based on stats - a badge for your first post, 10th post, first vetted post, a certain number of comments, 100th post, first time featured on CNN TV, etc. The badges are coveted and they show very quickly who's good at what and what they've done. Perhaps you could do patches for your first instructable, your 10th, your first one with 10 comments, featured ones, etc. until if you get enough badges, you get a pro account?

Topic by calebjc    |  last reply


Socially Responsible Textiles - Bagru Textiles

One of my close friends from college , Jeremy Fritzhand, is spending a year in Bagru, India as a Union College Minerva Fellow.  He has created a business plan to allow the artisans of Bagru to market their textiles directly to Westerners by establishing a cooperative internet marketing strategy.  Read about Jeremy's journey and see how you can support his efforts and the efforts of the Bagru Artisans by visiting bagru.etsy.com. About Bagru Bagru - unique artisan village in India known for block printing, a technique that is used to create beautiful textiles.  It is one of the last print centers to use all natural dyes and no chemicals. The Problem The current system of textile trade in Bagru involves many middle men; the artisans have little to no interaction with the consumer. Jeremy's Solution Jeremy has formed a business plan to cut out the middle man and allow the artisans of Bagru to market their textiles directly to Western consumers.  He has been in Bagru for several months working with the Print Block Guild to establish a cooperative internet marketing strategy where the artisans can market their goods directly to the consumer.

Topic by Carleyy  


2013 Pre-Maker Faire Ice Cream Social!

In town for the Bay Area Maker Faire next weekend?  Come to our annual Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Social! There will be: Liquid nitrogen Ice cream made with liquid nitrogen Pizza (not made with liquid nitrogen) Beverages (possibly made with liquid nitrogen) Authors and other interesting people (playing with liquid nitrogen) Also, we may have some liquid nitrogen When:  5-8pm, Thursday, May 16, 2013  Where:  Instructables HQ, 82 2nd St, SF, CA (look for the big robot on the window!) Come see our lab, meet some amazing people, eat pizza and ice cream, meet the Instructables team, and take advantage of your last chance to really decompress before the craziness that is Maker Faire. If you can make it, please RSVP to: LN2 @ (instructables.com)     <-- slightly obfuscated to avoid spambots! so I can order enough pizza for the crowd!   We're looking forward to meeting you! Christy and the rest of the Instructables team

Topic by canida    |  last reply


What do you think about online how-to's/tutorials and social communities?

Let me know what you think in one sentence, it's for my research for a dissertation ...Or if you want to be even more helpful and you're really bored, complete one of my surveys?, MASSIVE help! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZQNV77R            < If you use online tutorials and the social communities like this (instructables) http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5DHMLSB            < If you upload tutorials/how to's onto online communities like this (instructables) I know it seems like I don't care about craft etc like you do, but this project has made me want to do so many projects, I have made a list for when I finish uni and have some time =D Thanks anyway for your help/comments/thoughts/completion of survey!

Topic by katrina789  


New Interactive Collaboration Page & UI (Instructabook - social ible)

Bricobart has proposed a collaboration contest, read more: here. I guess it would be great to introduce the less-noticed collaboration feature of instructables.  Problem: I think one of the main reasons why the collaboration feature is ignored is because it's difficult to use. Difficult in a way that two or more ible members are having a hard time exchanging ideas through email. Emails are are slow and bulky compared to social networking. Also one of the problem with collabs is that the people who contributed to the write-up doesn't show-up on the credits. My Experience: My former classmate and I had the same problem. We both did the same thing, e-mailing. It also took us hours to finish a write-up. Months after my first collab another friend of mine encouraged me to do another collab, this time with the help of Facebook. The chat and group feature of FB blended perfectly with instructable's collab feature. Proposal: I think that it would be good to have a new social collaboration feature in ibles without using Facebook as a seperate medium for planning and for discussing ideas. ____________________________________________ Concept: The concept includes a designated page for social ible collaboration. The page has six main parts, the six main parts are the following. 1st.) Proposal Page: Imagine this as the forum page, it's divided into all the possible channel categories. People can post ideas of their dream project (like starting a new thread in forums).  2nd.) Find Partners: The project proposal threads are now being viewed by fellow ible members (members willing to discuss and build the project). The project proposal thread should have a "COUNT ME IN" button. Those who wants to join the project should press the "COUNT ME IN" button. 3rd.) Discussion Page: Now that you have found fellow ible members who are willing to build the proposed project, it's now time to close the thread. The thread's status is switched to "In Progress", the "COUNT ME IN" button is now greyed-out. During the discussion, collab members are redirected to a new page, the private discussion page. This page should look like a private group of Facebook. In this page, you can share photos, videos, ideas with one another. You can post on the group's wall and comment on the posts. Notifications shall be sent automatically to the "you page" once a member posts something on the group page. We need to know if everyone is ready to build the project. Once everyone has checked the "I'm Ready" check box, the project advances to the next step. *The discussion page can be accessed by fellow collab members anytime.  4th.) Write-up/ Editing Stage: This is where the traditional instructable text-editor comes in. This time with the presence of a  live chatbox, similar to FB. The chat box should also have a "upload/ attach an image" feature.  5th.) Add Contest: bricobart's idea comes in here. Collab members can join regular and special contests (collab contests). 6th.) Publish: The collab members can now publish the guide! Credits should be given to the collab members. Ex. Designer:_____, Builder:_____ , Programmer:_____, etc..... ______________________________________ I hope this helps. If the idea is too blurry, just tell me. I'll make a HTML-PHP dummy page of how it looks like. 

Topic by ASCAS    |  last reply


For Italian Authors! :)

Hi everybody! Me and Lindarose92 are creating an unofficial Facebook Group for Italian Authors! After I've published my Understanding Italian Gestures ible, I found that there are a lot of users and authors from Italy on this magical website! So, we create this page in order to share ideas, comments and news about our hobbies! Here's the link, if you are Italian and you are on Instructalbes, come and join us! ^^ https://www.facebook.com/groups/712367995475463/

Topic by Darthorso    |  last reply


Using Arduino For Communication Device?

Hi there, I'm currently working on a University project for my Final Year and currently have some proposed ideas for a social device which can be worn or attached to clothing. My plan is to create a device which sends messages or other information using a sender/receiver which then stores the information, ready to be read later either through USB or simply viewing it on the device itself. It may even work in a similar way to another, similar project I have found on Instructables (see below). The user would simply wear this item of clothing in a specific environment (such as a nightclub - speaking hyperthetically) which would allow communication between people just by walking past another person with the same device. Think of this as a close-proximity, P2P-type device for communication. https://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Lilypad-Interactive-Passion-Sensing-Scarf/ I have talked the project over with my peers and found that there are two main options to creating such a device, which are: - Use several Arduinos (one for each user) which send and receive information via RFID Readers/Writers (again, a set of each for each user) attached to the board. One problem with this is that it will be incredibly bulky and unlikely to survive being washed or put through the punishment that clothing often takes on a daily basis. - Use a central Arduino board which receives information from Arduino XBees which receive information from the central Arduino and are sent information back from it. One problem with this is when several devices come into contact with each other, the central Arduino will be unable to tell which message has come from and should go to another device. However, one plus point with this is that I've heard XBees (Series 2 only) will be able to send and receive information on their own and are incredibly small. If you have any ideas on how this device could be produced or if you have any comments on the above, please let me know. I would greatly appreciate any feedback you may have. Cheers, KugarWeb.

Topic by kugarweb  


Instructables' Annual Pre-Maker Faire Ice Cream Social!

It's that time of year again! In the spirit of Maker Faire and all things DIY, Instructables is hosting our annual Pre-Maker Faire Ice Cream Social - and you're invited! We want to thank our awesome community of authors for sharing all the cool stuff they're making, and for helping us grow our site to 75k projects! We will be hosting this free ice cream social at our downtown San Francisco headquarters for all our authors and maker friends. Come meet the team behind Instructables and get an inside peek at our lab. In addition to some frozen Liquid Nitrogen ice cream treats and adult-beverage popsicles, we will be holding a "Show & Tell." Bring along a small project of yours to show off! And, just in case you're not already going, we'll be raffling off a select number of tickets to the Bay Area Maker Faire. So please come join us! RSVP in the comments below When: Thursday, May 17 4-9 pm Where: 82 2nd Street, San Francisco Looking forward to meeting you, Karen and the rest of the Instructables Team

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What media tool can I use to save Instructables to disc to share with friends w/o internet service?

I recently become involved in helping people "On The Other Side Of The Digital Divide" homeless, immigrants, migrants & economically displaced people that want to stay in touch with technology & learn Marker Skills to cope with life. I've tried ant.com & flash video recorders, but I can't capture the images. If I could burn disc folks could watch them on portable players etc.

Question by mcshawnboy    |  last reply


Instructablize Your Social Media! (aka YouTube)

Are you looking for the world's worst picture? Look at my profile picture! (As of now...) Since I've opened a new YT Channel, I decided that I'd make myself a channel intro (which I've already done) and nice banner, and most importantly: INSTRUCTABLIZE IT! (It would also be nice to have an option for a banner here on Instructables, since there is a lot of wasted space with the new update..) After a few hours*, I think I've finally come up with a nice one- See the screenshot below, if you're interested. (EDIT: Here is a link to may channel, in case I update it in the future, or if you'd like to give me some feedback-- I'd really appreciate that! :) It's not perfect, but I like it. I like how my name is in fairly bright green, the 24 is in blue. I also like how the robots hover all over the place, though I think I might have made them a bit too big... I made this with the Pixlr Editor, and if you want to make your own, feel free to use my image and modify it. If you do this too, don't forget to post a picture/ link to your channel below! EDIT: I forgot to write this, but this was actually my "second" try, since I tried to do something similar to this a few days ago... It is now a pinned (to the top) tweet on My Twitter (as of now, too...).  *This might look really simple, but it took me several hours to do this. Don't ask why!

Topic by Yonatan24    |  last reply


The Social Problems That Plague Instructables - A Discussion for Everyone

Disclaimer: Nothing I say relegates to any sort of EULA/terms of service instructables may have. This is strictly concerning a matter of taste and public interest. I don't really know anything about the "legal" matters here, in fact, I could care less - I'm just seeking a practical solution. Before I begin my ranting and raving, I'd like to begin with these few questions. I don't expect you to respond tit-for-tat in list answer form - these are broad questions that you may choose to answer in your response I suppose, but the purpose of them is to get you thinking a bit: 1. Do you feel as though the quality of an instructable is important? 2. Does it bother you when you read an instructable that is very sloppy and appears as though no effort was put into making it appealing to the reader? 3. Does it bother you when you see instructables that tell you how to create things that appear to be ostensibly simple, as if you are being instructed on doing some menial thing? 4. Do you ever feel as though people post instructables in order to gain attention and don't seem to care about the instructable itself? If so, does that bother you? It appears to me that many people feel as though the content of Instructables.com is crummy at times. It looks as though more often than not as of late, people are posting a lot of negative comments on certain instructables. The populace is simply becoming frustrated with the amount of poorly-written, lame duck, perhaps "half-assed" instructables that are popping up on the site. Allow me to purge a bit before I create a storm: I am a man who preaches "For each, his own." I usually fall towards a laissez-faire policymaking attitude and I seek to just "let it lie" if necessary. I find that things work better uninterrupted. This is why I think I have held back here for a while about my thoughts on Instructables I didn't appreciate. Usually I would just mark it with a "-", leave a comment about what could be improved, and flag it if it was inappropriate. The problem is, I started to do this too much over time. Maybe I just became too acquainted with the functions, but it feels to me as though it is the quality of the instructables that have waned. I am evidently not alone with this feeling. I have remained as reserved as I can, but I think it is time to speak out about something because other people are starting to shed light on it. Perhaps we should be a little more conscientious about what we post. As the site grows, I think it is important we keep it tidy and nifty looking. There will be tons of new instructables every day, but I think we should reduce the number of them that many of us find pretty crummy. Perhaps a more overt ranking system. Instructables is a really awesome site that has a very strong backbone - it was founded by people who really cared about it's potential. They actively upgrade the website to our whims and make it as best as they can make it. At the least, we owe it to these people to post our best and brighest works and make instructables look like a decent site. My personal opinion: I hate to sound like an elitist jerk, but there are a lot of trashy instructables... they're not worthy of being labelled as instructables. It seems like every day the number of atrocious posts increases. At times, it seems as though instructables is no longer treated as a decent site, rather, it's just a landfill for people to post their junk. I won't name anyone or any specific instructables, but honestly, there are some that are just there to garner attention and get our juices flowing. It's not fun. Tear this to shreds, gents. G'nite ;).

Topic by mikesty    |  last reply


Did you notice how the internet and mobile phones totally changed our culture?

Go back just 20 years and on a busy shopping street you saw the poeple walking around as they do today - or did they?I remember poeple talking to each other, standing in front of the shop windows and checking the offers.People greeting each other or stopping for a chat.Now all you see it zombies staring at their phone screen or texting.Even the dreaded "self talker" with a BT earpiece seems to die out.You like fast food don't you? ;)But did you ever bother to waste some time watching people going through the drive through?Back in the days they mostly tried to keep their cigarette going or the girls were busy with the make up.Today it is almost impossibe to spot someone making it through a drive through without playing on his or her phone.The shopping is finnished and all you want is to pay once your trolley was emptied onto the conveyor going to the register.If it were not for the person in front of you...On hand holds the phone to the ear, you hear the latest gossip you don't want to know anything about...And then painfully slow one hand tries to load the trolley again and then finally tries to find a credit with still some money left on it.My favourite are however all those people who are fully addicted to their phone and go mental if you try to tell them.You are having a cold beer with your mate and just want to reflect about the great day fishing.Hold on a second....Oh, did you see this today? ....Ok, just quickly checking FB...Your beer is already number three while your mates beer went warm and stale.Fair enough, was a long day...Then you knock at his door at 3AM to take the boat or or go on a trip.Still half asleep but the phone and all social media must be checked before even making it to the toilet...You get the picture, hopefully not by looking in a mirror now ;)When the "internet" started to be a thing I was already long on the wagon of "online".And back then some big players in the game said "One day we will all be connected in real time!".Of course everyone had a good laugh and moved on.No chance "everyone" could afford a computer, let alone get the skills to go "online".But look at today:You call your provider, tell them you need internet at home and you just plug a box in and have it.Oh, moible is prefered?No problem, just pick the phone you fancy, add a sim card and off you go minutes later.I remember libraries not just as a place to read books but also as a place to learn new things.Explore the world, see other cultures...If you could afford it you might have seen it all for yourself and in real.Today all this is replaced by a single term:"Google it!"What we have today is a simple money scheme created through the totally useless "need" to be connected.So how do you know that you are already addicted to you electronic friend and failed to realise it?Quite simple actually and in the same way as maybe your grandparents did with your parents - if they are old enough ;)Yes I mean the goggle box, the good old TV.Back in the day we said that 4 hours of TV time for a teen is already quite much.We can't escape screens for work or school needs anymore.What we can though is ask:How many hours per day do you spend on yo phone? The time that is not work or school related...How much of your daily life do you organise through your phone by texting, social media or just notes, reminders and so on?Do you complain that even the newest phone newer has enough charge for your "needs"? ;)Do you get cramps in your hands or fingers? ;)Or just plain simple: How long could you really be totally without mobile phone, computer and internet?The answers you give yourself might shock you ;)What are your thoughts on the mobile phone zombies of today?

Question by Downunder35m    |  last reply


What do homeschoolers want in a social networking site that doesn't exist yet?

I am asking this because I am creating a social networking site for particularly Christian Homeschoolers. What do homeschoolers want from a social network that hasn't already been provided? What new features would you be looking for? This site would not only be for homeschoolers though, but rather just makes it easier for them. Any suggestions? I have already started programming. I already have a preview of the site here: http://www.socialize24.com which I encourage you to read. Thank you!

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VR gaming parties anyone?

Last week I was "volunteered" by friend to help setting up a rented and empty factory building for what he called a VR gaming party.My job was down to somehow get enough cables and power outlets from that rented industrial power box inside the building.And well, organising about 800m of network cables with routers, switches and whatnots :(After a hard days work and testing all we went for a well deserved beer.Next day I pooped in to see how the computers are going and where things like tables, catering stations, portable toilets and so would go.Well, the later ended outside for various reasons...To my surprise all hardware was basically boxed in and then padded all around.And although not even running at full capacity the computers already created a lot of heating the building.(Mind you we getting into the summer here)The most confusing thing was seeing several elevated work platforms with people creating a maze of wires about 2.5m above floor level.Now it dawned on me that this "party" might slightly more than what I was used to in my gaming years.Was curious enough to ask if I could jump in again when the actual thing starts and was invited for a quick test later that night.Walking around in an empty building while thinking you are inside some racing game was a strange thing to say the least.I learned why there where two people around me and my brain not always makes the right decisions without the sensory information provided by my ears matching what my eyes see.A bit later when most players where set up and active I realised that this type of VR is not for me.Ever seen those movies where someone has really bad halucinations and tries to fight against something that is not really there?Yes, that is exactly how it looked like LOLSometimes all is in slow motion then suddenly they jump shoot their virtual guns and go for cover...I guess if you are not in it then you just won't understand.Watching the screens for a while I could at least find some relation to the action but it was like another world if you know what I mean ;)What do you think will the near a slightly further future bring us in terms of virtual reality?Will it affect us as badly as social media and mobile phones already do or will it bring some real benefits for everyone?By the way: Virtual Reality Cars are already in the design visions!Self driving cars that put you into another world while driving - why think you sit in the car if you can put the seat back and immerse yourself into a virtual beach?

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Can someone trace all the calls, text Msgs, social app Msgs from my phone? Incase yes then how?

I want to know if someone can trace all the details of my phone and incase it's possible then how do I get rid of the same.

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Games for Change

Everyone loves video games. And most everyone loves social change. So, video games for social change.... a sure winner!If you're in New York City next week, be sure to check out the Games for Change Conference.It's hosted by Parsons School of Design, the greatest school on the planet (I might be biased).

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Robot Dance

It's little known but robots were first invented by timid engineers who didn't want to dance at parties and also didn't want to seem socially inept. This is a video of a new breed of social robots created for companionship and dancing. This is also is why you should build this robot suit. LED robot suit

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Tumblr: Hit 30,000 Followers!

Tumblr Gif for everyone!

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Facebook for Nerds

This may be just me, but does anyone else feel as if Instructables is a social network of nerds?

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Searching for volunteers to test NEW San Diego Social Network

Www.theunload.com Have you ever been a part of something great in San Diego and wanted to tell all your friends? Have you ever been 'in the know' about a well kept secret or breaking news and were itching to "Unload"? That's where The Unload comes in. It's a gathering place for people to discover and "Unload" the latest news and happenings in and around San Diego. Stop by, register and unload on your favorite topic!

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PLEASE HELP Dissertation questionnaire on craft projects online and the social community!

Hi can you please complete this questionnaire for my dissertation? It would be a massive help, the subject is about online how to's in terms of craft and the social community and whether or not people prefer this to learning in a classroom. If you could fill out the questionnaire or leave a comment below with your thoughts, that would be amazing. The questionnaire is anonomous! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5DHMLSB Also I am designing a dressing table so ladies, if you could complete this short one too that would be amazing! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5KPNJ6Y Thankyou for your time =)

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Random GoodHart: a newly discovered LAW

I know this is kind of random, and I just now, moments ago, accidentally discovered this, but there is a GOODHART's LAW  :-) It states:   once a social or economic indicator or other surrogate measure is made a target for the purpose of conducting social or economic policy, then it will lose the information content that would qualify it to play that role. This almost sounds like a parallel to the famous Quantum Mechanics rule of effecting the state of a particle by observing it.  This bulletin was brought to you by the Totally Random Goodhart Reseach and Useless Information Recovery team.  Thanks for reading.

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http://www.specbox.net/ Cool new site to showcase your computer!

I found this cool new site. It is sorta social networking site where people share their computers and share and discuss ideas. I normally don't like social networking sites but this one seems pretty good. They just got up on their feet so I thought I would help them out by spreading the word on them. So give http://www.specbox.net/ a try. Here is my profile page https://www.specbox.net/usersonly/profile.aspx?id=d4Az0MwUy7c%3d&sid;=YT95HtuskvE%3d

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Mystery Prizes!

What's more fun that winning a prize? Why winning a mystery prize, of course! We're sending out mystery prizes to winners of the First-Time Author's Contest and Homemade Gifts Contest, and if you end up being one of lucky winners, we want to see your reaction when you open it. Share a picture of your mystery prize with us here or tag us on social media and we'll give you a shout out!  Check out the First Time Author Contest or Homemade Gifts Contest and make something awesome! 

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Is there any unblocked proxies sites that you know of ?

I'm just a student who wants no.. NEEDS a proxy site where you can go on social networking sites with javascript turned on  

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Altered Barbie in San Francisco

It's time for another Altered Barbie exhibition in San Francisco - perhaps the best thing that's happened to Barbie since her introduction over 50 years ago. Here Barbie "breaks out of the mainstream American concept of beauty and social stigma. The new Altered Barbie metamorphoses and naturally blossoms into a diversity of attitude, social roles, politics, and culture expressed through the medium of art." If you've seen lavonnesbarbies at Maker Faire, you already have a good idea of what you're in for.  If not, check out the great gallery hosted at Altered Barbie and find out more about the upcoming exhibition!

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Solar/Wind Forum for DIYers?

Does anyone know of a good DIY forum for solar/wind? I need a community to help with some real basic questions and this site while it is amazing has a low social to it. Looking for a group of solar/wind enthusiasts.

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New York: Not exactly tourist-friendly

A British mother took her teenage daughters to New York as a Christmas present.Shortly after arriving, she was hospitalised with pneumonia.Social workers told her they would look after her daughters in a foster home, but:They were taken to an orphanageThey were strip-searchedThey were asked intimate questions like whether they had been abused or attempted suicide.They were required to shower in front of observing adults.They were split upThey were prevented from visiting their mother in hospitalThe Social Services have informed the mother that she is now under investigation.Is this a typical occurrence in the US?Or is it just New York?BBC storyAOL articleDaily News article

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GoodGuide

GoodGuide is a cool website I discovered via Web 2.0's Launch Pad (which Instructables was a part of in 2006). It ranks various products on Health Performance, Environmental Performance, and Social Performance. See how good or bad your soap is for you, the environment, and the workers who produce it.

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G'day!!!

Hi there!!!! Im 14 and Australian. I like Tech stuff, video games (no fantasy) ,friends , books and computers! Im classified as a nerd...but i dont care!!! Im a social one ;) Anyway hope i got the right section of introduction! AWarGuy

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