Source: She’s the Geek
Woman of the Week: Jackie Biggs October 25, 2010
My name is Jackie Biggs and I am a 43 year old mother of 2 daughters. I am married for 24 years to a wonderful man. I am a home executive and I love being hands-on and involved in the lives of my family. I am the type of person who loves being of help to whoever is in need of my assistance.
Has technology changed your life in any way?
I started becoming interested in social media when my eldest daughter introduced me to face book that was the time I was down with a broken ankle and not much to do. I then started browsing other sites. Technology changed my life whereby I started connecting with friends from school and even family members whom I very seldom see.
Take us through a typical day in your life
Being alone at home every day I have lots of time to do whatever I wish to do. So first thing in the morning when everybody has left, I go on Face book to update my status and read through the statuses of my friends. I also browse through the other sites I’m connected to. Once I’m done with whatever I need to do in the house, I will go onto Face book and read through.
What are your current projects?
My current project is to finish my Mom3.0 classes and graduate.
Why do you Blog?
I blog because I can share my experiences with the rest of the world. I can put my thoughts in a blog. Writing is sometimes better than talking.
What is the best gadget you ever played with?
Not many, a Laptop but I wish I had gadgets to play with so that I can explore all the options available to me.
What social media tools do you use?
A computer and my cell phone.
How many hours do you spend on the Internet?
Not more than 4 hours a day. I limit myself because I have a family.
What advice would you give to a newbie starting out?
They must be interested in technology. It is a learning process and fun at the same time. They must not feel intimidated by those who are pro’s because they are there to assist us.
What are your top 5 favourite websites?
Face book, Twitter, Blue world, You Tube, Blogger and I love to Google. I just discovered Skype which I think is so cool.
Where do you look when you need a little inspiration?
At the blog posts of ordinary people in the community. People with day to day experiences and using modern technology to share them with the rest of the world.
So what can we expect from you in 2010 and beyond?
Not sure yet but I would want to learn whatever I can concerning technology. I would like to have my own website one day. The world is my oyster!
Source: She’s the Geek
Skype for the MOMS!! October 21, 2010
All the women signed up to Skype and updated their profiles with pictures. Thereafter, they invited friends and searched for other friends and family on Skype. Jackie Biggs (one of the moms) was brave enough to do a presentation to the rest of the class on how to sign up to Skype. She did a good job of explaining and showing the rest of the class how to sign up. She was so good that she even won a prize!
It’s very exciting to watch how the women are growing more confident with social media and within themselves. Next week we having an international Guest Speaker chatting to the women via Skype. This will be the first time this medium is used for the Mom3.0 Cafe Session to have a guest speaker. Happy calling ladies!!
This week the WTF Media Conference one of the speakers, Eran Eyal a co-founder of Springleap spoke about the Power of the Crowd: Crowdsourcing. And he introduced us to Evlydotcom, which is the first crowdsourcing social network of its kind that allows you to connect with a global community to solve anything! Now this was an interesting talk and we are quite excited with its possibilities!
“Evly websites function much like the group or fan-pages on other social media websites, however evly provides users with their own unique website and the ability to grow a network based around their particular interest or need. In addition, evly will provide advanced crowdsourcing and social networking features which will enable website owners to easily manage and grow their own community.” Read more on the Evly Press Release.
#WTF10 – A Bit of History October 20, 2010
This conference is organised by Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Twelve years ago the Media Conference was organised by the studen affairs office of Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), then Cape Technikon. In 2002, the Public Relations Management Department took over the conference. It has evolved from humble beginnings in 1998 into a far bigger conference than they ever imagined back then.
Last years speakers included: Dave Daurte (Nomadic Marketing – GSB); Heidi Schneigansz of Quick eMarketing (Search Engine Optimisation); Justin Hartman of Afrigator; Matthew Buckland of 20Fourlabs (Incubating online innovation); Adriaan Pienaar of Woothemes (The Experience Web); Marlon Parker (Using Social Media for Social Change) and Andrew Rens of Shuttleworth Foundation (Open Source).
Apple iPad Stress Tests October 13, 2010
iPhone was Revolutionary for its time and iPad? It was real hard watching this video, but I was interested to see if it can break and had to watch to the very end!
The ladies who work as Home based carers from the YMCA in Athlone did a five week course at RLabs were introduced to various social networking tools like Story telling and New Media, Mobile Blogging, Micro Blogging today received certificates for successfully completing and now know the are well on their way to becoming the next experts from their Mobile devices
The RLabs team would like to congratulate these wonderful ladies for their accomplishment and wish them all the success as they explore the World Wide Web.