Sprung From The Ashes Of Formspring, Spring.me Raises $5M To Create The “Friendliest Social Network”


This is one of the social networks/web applications I use.

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Feedient


I have just started (today in fact) using Feedient, which is currently in Beta development. I use Feedient to follow my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube feeds in the one place in real time. I guess this is something of an experiment to see just how this new web application goes – so far, so good.

Visit Feedient at:
https://feedient.com/

Kevin’s Portal – Google+ and Google


I have now added a Google+ and Google page to Kevin’s Portal. Over time this will become a hub for my various Google activities, which will of course tie in with my Google+ Profile and Pages. I’m fairly new to Google+, which may surprise many (including myself). I have had a profile there since very early days of course, but never really used it – trying to rectify that now.

The ‘contents’ column at the left on every page on Kevin’s Portal pages will eventually also have the links to my Google page at Kevin’s Portal – this should be completed over the next week I hope.

For more visit:
http://kevinmatthews.zxq.net/google.html

My Recent Online Activity – 19 May 2013


I have been quite busy of late – though not directly on the portal site. A lot of my activity online has been around my Blogs and reading interests. Pretty much all of the Blogs have been posted to over the last several weeks, with just a couple that haven’t had any posts at all (those associated with news from actual websites that I still haven’t got around to updating).

 

Goodreads

I have been slowly adding my books to the Goodreads site and hopefully this will continue – there are so many to add. Of course I have also been updating the books I’m reading as I make progress on them.

The Particular Baptist Reading Group that I host via Goodreads is soon to kick off (at the end of May 2013), so I have a little work to do for that – which I may get finalised today, all going well. This will probably involve yet another wordpress.com Blog, which will make it so much easier to host the content of the reading material for the group. The various discussion points will be hosted at Goodreads I think, or perhaps a combination of the two. I’m quite looking forward to getting this work up and running.

My Goodreads Profile:
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4675745-kevin

The Particular Baptist Reading Group:
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/101137-particular-baptist-reading-group

 

At the BookShelf

At the BookShelf now has its own domain name – which I thought would be a good thing as it is my most popular Blog. I do hope to continue to develop this Blog and grow its user base.

The new domain is:
http://atthebookshelf.com/

 

Visit the Kevin’s Portal at:
http://kevinmatthews.zxq.net/

Kevin’s Portal: Work Has Begun


Yeah – I have been able to start work on getting the Portal back online and updated. I’m particularly concerned with getting the basics back up and running before I get too tricky with sprucing the site up with a lot of photos, videos, etc. At least each page should be working properly again soon.

The home page has been completed, as well as the photo and video pages, accessible via the directory in the left-hand column. All my video sites are included (I think), but only a small portion of photo-related sites that I currently use. I have also removed a number of redundant sites that are no longer in existence.

The home page has seen a few changes, with all of the social media buttons and widgets removed, the various Blog feeds are now all in the right-hand column and I have removed everything Facebook with the exception of the Facebook link in the site directory. I think this is a far better and working format then I had before. 

Visit Kevin’s Portal at:
http://kevinmatthews.zxq.net/

Kevin’s Portal: Shelfari Removed


I have just removed Shelfari from my social networks and web applications at Kevin’s Portal. I am no longer using this site and have posted about it at my Blog ‘At the BookShelf.’

Visit the post at:
http://atthebookshelf.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/shelfari-closing-my-account/

 

Kevin’s Portal: Latest Update


The following links/sites have been added to Kevin’s Portal:

 

Get Satisfaction

Get Satisfaction is a social network for setting up communities. I have essentially joined Get Satisfaction so I can participate in discussions at the Bundlr community on Get Satisfaction. Never-the-less I do have a profile there now:

http://getsatisfaction.com/people/particularkev

 

Evly

Evly is a crowdsourcing platform that I have joined. I am not really sure as to what I will do with this just yet, though I have a few thoughts floating around upstairs.

http://www.evly.com/User/Persona/E-HR2z/particularkev

More information Evly and crowdsourcing can be found here:
http://www.evly.com/crowdsourcing.htm

 

Page 99 Test

Page99Test is a social network to rate and comment on page 99 of books – a type of book reviewing service.

http://page99test.com

 

Other Links Added But Already on the Page

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Kevin’s Portal: Latest Update


I have been tinkering with the web applications and social networks listing on the page. I have decided to add links to all of the sites I use so that any interested visitor can check them out for themselves. I am identifying those sites that I have a public profile on and that I have linked to elsewhere on the page with a simple * at the front of the link. The list is not yet 100% completed – and will end up quite large as I do tend to test and use a large number of sites for one reason or another.

 

Bundlr

I have just started to use the Bundlr social network/web application this evening. This could be a great little tool that will allow me to bundle (hence the name) resources from around the web into collections of curated content. I should hopefully be able to embed this information into other websites in the future. It should be a great tool for some of my other sites and I am already experimenting with it for the kevinswilderness.com site. Links to my Bundlr profile and to Bundlr itself have now been added to Kevin’s Portal.

Visit my Bundlr profile at:
http://gobundlr.com/u/kevinwmatthews

 

Evernote

One of the tools I use a lot is Evernote and a link to this tool will be added to Kevin’s Portal tonight also. There are no public profiles for Evernote, though there is the ability to have shared folders and to share individual files with others and other sites. I will use Bundlr to form a curated page for Evernote also so that I can promote this brilliant tool. Evernote is my favourite tool in the cloud and it can be used on all manner of mobile devices and computers.

My Bundlr Evernote page will be at:
http://gobundlr.com/b/evernote

 

Kevin’s Portal: BookYap


I am about to start using a new web application called BookYap. Put simply, BookYap is an application that recommends books based on criteria you enter. There are over 650 000 books in its database, so chances are it will find a book for you.

You can search for a book by using keywords or the filters it has available (based on personality types). By becoming a registered user, the application learns more and more about you and your reading habits, improving the recommendations it makes for you.

Books appear with thumbnails of their covers and book ratings. A brief description appears by hovering over the thumbnail. You are able to interact with the application and associated community by sharing books you have read and your reviews of them. There is connectivity with both Facebook and Twitter also.

You are also able to add books to a reading wishlist if you like. Books can be purchased from Amazon when you choose a book to read.

There is now a link to my BookYap profile in the directory at the left of the page.

Check out Kevin’s Portal at:
http://kevinmatthews.zxq.net/

 

Kevin’s Portal: Latest Updates


I have been adding new content and links to the Portal. These include the following:

  • A new Doo.gl commenting tab at the left of the site. Simply click on the tab to bring up the commenting wall.

  • I have added several new links including links to Receivd (for file sharing), Doo.gl (see above), Topickr (for discussions), Open Zine (online magazines), Skype, Tiny Letter (Newsletters), WordPress.com (My preferred Blogging platform), Tumblr (Blogging platform), Posterous (Blogging platform), Plinky (Blogging aid and platform), Survey Legend (surveys) and Splitweet (Multiple Twitter platform).

Check out Kevin’s Portal at:
http://kevinmatthews.zxq.net/