5 Feel Good Things You Can Do on the Web!

Wonder if others feel the same way? If you go back in your memory for about 10 years ago you would remember the world was a much kinder place. People seemed to see each other more – poking and chatting on Facebook don’t count. More importantly, you would always find people helping each other out.

Kindness Campaign

Kindness Campaign

Not to sound like my parents, and to control the amount of selective memory enhancements that I apply, I hit the web looking for examples of how kindness changed with the advent of the web. One of the first things I came by was a wonderful talk (embedded at the end of this post) that was both inspiring and amusing. From there, I kept on looking for how the web helped to make the world a better place – one person at time.

My findings give the impression that, if anything, the internet enabled many acts of kindness to occur. According to some, the whole internet could collapse if it weren’t for those acts of kindness. So here are some places on the net where kindness is alive, well and plentiful!

1. Free Rice

Feel good about yourself and have fun at the same time. This website will make donations of rice in partnership with the WFP for every word you guess correctly. Not much can be said about this site other than it’s all around awesome. [link to Free Rice]

Free Rice

Free Rice

How Many More Books Will Google Allow Me to Read?

A thought crossed my head the other day… I don’t particularly consider myself a bookworm but I’ve read my fair share of books: how many books would I end up reading in my lifetime?

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The Google Library

So to make it easier, I assumed there is  an (extreme) bookworm who reads on average a book a day since he was 12 fora period of 70 years. Thus, that would mean that throughout his life time he will end up reading 25,550 books. Now that’s a hefty amount of books to read!

As of the end of last August there were 168,178,719 books in the world. Given that this number remains the same for the next 70 years, you would have read 0.0152% of the books in the world, if you have read a book a day. Yet, the depressing conclusion I reached is this: it really doesn’t matter much how many books I go through but what matters the most is learning from them.

Given that Google is moving along in their creation of the last library, and they are already beyond the 10 million books mark, they will certainly give the word reading a book a whole new meaning. Just to think of the prospect of having the biggest library in the whole world search-able and accessible online! It would most certainly would make reading a book a day a lot easier.

So what do you think about reading books and the Google library? Wouldn’t you be worried if that much knowledge is listed under the name of one corporation?

Numa Numa, Dancing Matt, Chris Crocker… Where Are They Now?

A meme, what once meant the inheritance of cultural genes is now synonymous with the LOLZ. Have you ever wondered what contributions those moments of genius provided to the human race ? They have given us the Tron Guy, Bubb Rubb and “he who shall not be named !” which have provided us with innumerous countless hours of face exercising that help vend off wrinkles and burn calories as well. As all celebrities should be treated we should keep up with them and put them on a pedestal, so we at the Thoughtpick blog wanted to do our part and wonder “Where are they now?”

4 Ways of How Twitter Can Make Money… Which will it be?

The debate of how twitter will be able to make green to materialize its success has been a contentious question on the minds of many in social media. There has been a lot of talk about the different models that Twitter can take up, and Twitter has just taken the first step on adopting a model.

Semantic Web 3.0: The day you will have your own assistant, maybe?

Semantic Web 3.0: The day you will have your own assistant, maybe?

Web 3.0!

The Internet, since its inception, facilitated sharing and accessing information but the information on the web was not interconnected. What the semantic web attempts to do is allow computers to socializes with each other and share and understand the information that interests them or their users and pull other relevant information...

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Yahoo! Maktoob: Ready to Deal With Freedom of Speech and Piracy Issues?

Yahoo! Maktoob: Ready to Deal With Freedom of Speech and Piracy Issues?

Yahoo!Maktoob

After almost 2 years of rumors about this deal, Yahoo! made a big move last week when it purchased the Arabic portal Maktoob for an estimated $85 million. This is certainly one of the biggest moves in the Middle East tech field. What bumps to expect along the road?

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Anonymous Atheists, Christian Evangelists & Mosques in Second Life… Spam?

Anonymous Atheists, Christian Evangelists & Mosques in Second Life… Spam?

Reddit Atheism Category

Religious freedom has a total different taste when you experience it in a virtual world; it turns into something more akin to the taste of spam. How would you feel about it if someone tried to convert you online? So what effect do you see social media having on religions?

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A Glimpse at Web 3.0: 13 Semantic Web Applications Reviewed

A Glimpse at Web 3.0: 13 Semantic Web Applications Reviewed

Google Squared

Want to take a peek into the future of the Web? Check our this mini-review list of semantic web services that any internet user can benefit from...

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Migrating To The Cloud. Are You “All In” on The Wrong Hand?

Migrating To The Cloud. Are You “All In” on The Wrong Hand?

Something interesting has been going on with twitter a problem surfaced and started spreading across the Twitterverse ... tweets went missing !

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New Ways of Sharing, Using FriendFeed & Diigo…

New Ways of Sharing, Using FriendFeed & Diigo…

Like I always say "sharing is caring" and what better thing to share than your "great" findings and conversations on the web? Isn't it wonderful to experience a less constipated mailbox not spammed by your friends links and jokes? While we all have become quite familiar with social networking and bookmarking tools such as Delicious...

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