Jim’s WebLetter for 2/26/11

Hi-ya my friends!

It’s another weekend edition of “as the world turns” on the World Wide Web. Check out what I came across this week while online …

This week Disney purchased the Togetherville social network for kids for an undisclosed sum. This is the website I reported about several weeks ago where kids under 13 can play games, create art, watch videos and communicate with their parents, extended family and friends. As they say, their website “mimics the experience of adult social networking sites, but it’s age-appropriate and parent-monitored”. Disney’s transaction seems to be a perfect fit. http://www.Togetherville.com/

Followers of “American Idol” will see a change in voting for their favorite singer this year. The voting phase of “Idol” begins on Tuesday as the men go first. As an alternative to the old way of calling in the vote, participants can go to AmericanIdol.com and, with the help of Facebook for security, cast their vote. One thing’s certain, voting may be close as the lineup of talent this year is the best the show has had. http://www.AmericanIdol.com/

With a growing number of people chatting about TV shows like “Idol” on Twitter and Facebook, television executives are trying to tap into what is being called “the online water cooler.” More and more, TV shows are using, social media in their story lines. The water-cooler effect makes big shows even bigger. For instance the Grammy Awards had its highest rating in a decade on February 13th. And that effect gives small shows a new way to stand out. As a result, the viewers feel they have to watch some shows as they premiere in order to keep up with conversations online. The real winner, of course is Facebook and Twitter. Their user numbers show it with more than 600 million registered between them. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/23/tech-talk-podcast-online-water-cooler/

As I mentioned earlier this year, this is being touted as the year of the tablet. This next week (March 2nd), Apple is due to make it’s announcement of the new iPad 2. What may be a surprise is how the new tablet will be available almost immediately afterward. Appleinsider has details and a lot of supposition on the new Pad. http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/02/25/apple_may_surprise_with_near_immediate_availability_of_ipad_2_next_week.html

The Skype to Go service which allows it’s users to call other users via any phone has a new capability that makes it easier to use. Now, you can assign Skype’s local phone numbers for up to nine of your “far-flung” friends, making foreign phone numbers local for you. Then, according to Skype, you simply call that number as you would any other … no Internet connection required. As Skype puts it, “No more waiting around with voice prompts … the call just goes straight through.” The result? Low-priced, extreme long-distance calling that feels like a conventional phone call. Hello, Tokyo? http://www.skype.com/

The young man from Mississippi came running into the store and said to his buddy, “Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup truck from the parking lot!”
Bubba replied, “Did y’all see who it was?”
The young man answered, “I couldn’t tell, but I got the license number.”
(thanks, dad)
Craig’s two kids are in the same class at school, and the teacher had the class write reports about their pets. After the reports were all turned in, the teacher called one of the youngsters up to her desk and scolded him.
“This report on ‘My Dog’ is exactly, word for word, the same as your brother’s. Did you copy from him?”
He replies, “No Ma’am. It’s about the same dog.”
(thanks, Kathy)
My husband was once employed in the printing division of a large manufacturing firm. One morning, word came from the top that some visiting VIPs would be touring the plant in just a few minutes. All production was immediately shut down as employees scrambled to quickly tidy up the work place.
When the appointed lookout yelled, “Here they come!” fifty fingers that were poised over fifty machine start-up buttons pressed down in unison and blew every fuse in the building.
(thanks, Pat)
A special “hi-ya” to new members of the WebLetter readership. Thanks for joining. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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