Jim’s WebLetter for 7/2/11

Hi-ya Netfriends!

This week a lot of things happened on the Web … Google released Google Plus, then cut it off because of incredible demand (I applied for it too, but know that I probably won’t get access for some time), My Space was sold for $35 mil, Facebook has partnered with Skype and is in talks with European music source Spotify. That’s what I will show you this week along with jokes sent in by readers like you.

It’s no secret that Google and Facebook are at odds with each other. Because Facebook has been perfecting social media, it makes Google the one to attempt to beat it. So Google has created “Google +” (pronounced as Google Plus). While much of it seems to have the appearance of Facebook, there are some notable changes and improvements. One of which is the use of “circles”. Here’s a tour of the Google social ‘experiment’ … http://www.google.com/+/demo/

MySpace was once THE place for free websites and social sharing. Then it was purchased by News Corp and it’s CEO Rupert Murdoch and ads and pop ups and more ads ensued and people began leaving it behind. Then along comes Specific Media and $35 million dollars later, it as changed hands. That’s a far cry from what News Corp paid for it back in 2005, a whopping $580 million. Incidentally, one of the principle owners of Specific Media is actor Justin Timberlake. It should be interesting to see what the new owner does with it. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jun/30/myspace-internet

Facebook has been working with Skype to add video chat. So, CEO Mark Zuckerberg promises that Facebook would “launch something awesome” next week. Speculation is that video chatting is the new feature. At this writing, there’s nothing about it on the Facebook Skype page … https://www.facebook.com/Skype

Of course, Facebook has been busy talking with several companies about partnerships including European music source Spotify. Word on the Web has it that they are about to announce a team effort that will bring another music sharing source to America. Spotify gives its users access to millions of songs to download and access, but is only available in 7 European nations. If everyone can clear the copyright hurdle unique to America, then this could be a huge advantage to Facebook. http://www.spotify.com/int/

Finally ,,, my wife and I stopped in and ate at our local Chic-fil-a yesterday. One guy I like to watch on YouTube, comedian Tim Hawkins, recorded a song about the fast food giant known for cows telling us to “eat more chicken”. You’ll find it on YouTube … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsJHqstPuNo

The fist knocking on the door belonged to a cop. Bracing for the worst, my husband, who was working on a job site, opened up. “Is that yours?” asked the officer, pointing to a company van that was jutting out into the narrow street.
“Uh, yes, it is,” said my husband.
“Would you mind moving it?” asked the officer. “We’ve set up a speed trap and the van’s causing everyone to slow down.”
(thanks, Andrea)
I had trouble with the idea of turning 30 and was oversensitive to any signs of advancing age. When I found a prominent gray hair in my bangs, I pointed to my forehead and asked my husband, “Oh no, have you seen this?”
“What?” he asked. “The wrinkles?”
(thanks, Mary)
On my first day working at the gas station, I watched a senior co-worker measure the level of gasoline in the underground tanks by lowering a giant measuring stick down into them.
“What would happen if I threw a lit match into the hole?” I joked.
“It would go out,” he replied in a very factual manner.
“Really?” I asked, surprised to hear that. “Is there a lack of oxygen down there or some safety device that would extinguish it before the fumes ignited?”
“No, the force from the explosion would blow out the match.”
(thanks, Marshall)
Here in America, we are celebrating the independence of our country. Each July 4th, we take time and enjoy cookouts, going off in our cars to points of interest, and enjoy time at the beach, parks in the mountains and other things of American interest. While enjoying the weekend, friends … remember your history and thank God that we have a great nation to live and in which to enjoy.

Have a great July 4th weekend and as always, I pray that God bless you and keep you safe.

Jim’s WebLetter
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