I have now finished the immediate task at hand – the site is all fully functional again. I will be doing a fair bit of updating in the days, weeks, months, etc, to come – adding new sites and content, but that is more fun than work.
For reasons I have no real inclination to get into at the moment, I haven’t been doing a lot on the web for some time – for a couple of years really. I have several Blogs that I have continued to maintain, but my websites, web applications and various social networks have all been let go and allowed to go to cyberspace fallow.
Hopefully all of that is beginning to change. I have awoken from my slumber, though I’m still in that place where I could easily go back to sleep if I don’t cultivate my regathered interest in all things online where I have a presence. It has been a measured return, taking just small steps and moving towards much larger ones. Enthusiasm is gathering pace and interest is quickly returning.
How things have gone by the wayside though with the time that has passed. Warmly embraced places I called home have ceased to be – Glitch, Accomplish, etc. Others have moved on with great panache, making significant strides into their future and obviously mine as I try to make up for lost time. Such small amounts of time on the Web can mean tremendous change and movements forward, that one can be easily left behind and seemingly struggling to make up the lost ground. Such has been the case with Evernote, my all time favourite app and others also. Of course a whole host of new and amazing social networks and web applications have burst onto the scene as well and I am very keen to find out more about plenty of them.
So for a fresh and renewed start, the Blog here has also been revitalised with a coat of new paint and trim. I am keen to get started again and have a whole wonderful bag of new toys and tricks to check out via my various saved bookmarks, with a good number of them to be added to my Portal home. Some will also need to be cleared out as they have greatly diminished with the passing of time and others have simply died and disappeared into the annals of cyber memory, never to rise again.
The overhaul of Kevin’s Portal is now complete and it has been a massive work. The site has increased in size tenfold plus – and that’s a big plus! I hope the site is even more useful to visitors and a help to those interested in my online activities.
What’s to come now that I have this overhaul in the bag? Well, I will continue to add new social networks and web applications to Kevin’s Portal as I discover and begin to use them. I don’t expect there to be any major changes to the site now for the the foreseeable future – phew!!! I am thinking about some additional content at some point – being mainly a page about the software I use to create my online presence, such as Internet browsers, HTML editor, etc. That is down the track however.
The site overhaul is progressing well – so well in fact that some of it is already live. The amount of time that I have already spent on it I would have thought I’d have made more progress, but the progress made I think is good and so the time well spent. There is so much more to do though – but it is looking good.
Not all of the links in the directory in the left column are working yet. Some are and you’ll be able to get a feel for how the site will look when the overhaul is completed.
Not only is the content that was there before being placed back onto the site, but there is a massive amount of new content being added as well.
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.
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).
I have put up a few more links to Kevin’s Portal – these are:
This is a site that plots the locations of your Facebook friends on a map of the world. Just log in to Facebook to access this web application and the rest is done by placebook.
This is a new start up where people can easily follow you on sites that you’re a member of. It is only new, so thus far I am only connected to facebook and Twitter with this one. It does also connect to LinkedIn, but I’m not on LinkedIn.
I have recently added some new links to Kevin’s Portal. These include the following:
mylifelisted.com is a social network where members can list, count and share their life experiences. It seems a little odd perhaps to make lists of your experiences – what you’ve done, when you’ve done it, where you’ve been and what you’ve achieved – but it may be a useful way to remember your life to some degree. When you add locations on a map, add photos and comments, add the names of people who shared your experiences, the lists you form begin to take on even more meaning. So perhaps mylifelisted.com
could be a helpful and useful way to remember your life.
mylifelisted.com has only just begun and I have only just signed up, so time will tell as to how useful a site it is. I’ll give it a try anyhow.