Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Chess and social networking

chess reddit social news



Have you noticed the little buttons at the bottom of the posts on Chess Tales for reddit, digg and del.icio.us? Ever wondered what they do?

In the increasingly Internet driven world we can access more news and information than ever before, but how do we see the wood for the trees?

Social news sites, like reddit and digg, address that problem. They let you rate stories you like (and those you don't like) and share that information with everyone else. Cut the bad stories and just go straight to the ones the world says are worth a read. That's the theory anyway. They also do other clever things, but I'll let you visit their sites to find out more.

Del.icio.us is also about sharing things you like with the world, but this time your bookmarks. Instead of storing them on your computer, you store them online. You can then access them from anywhere, and also share them with other people. Again, there are lots of other advantages that are worth discovering.

It's all part of the phenomenom of social networking online; new ways to build business relationships, meet new people, share information and interact. MySpace is the biggest operator in this field, with some 100 million young (and not so young) members.

You could argue that chess players are amongst the pace-setters in niche social networking. Our online playing sites such as Play Chess, ICC, Buho 21 and Chess Assistant bring together thousands of people online every day.

I'll be talking about social networks and the future at an event in late April, contact Anna Brown at Service Network for more information.

Let me know if you've make use of social news and social networks, and which are the most chess friendly.

2 comments:

Raymond Roy said...

Hi Mark,

My apologies for not dropping by sooner. Well that is not true, I did stop by once before only I didn't leave a message.

Nice blog you have here. Good articles and I enjoyed your puzzle. It is kind of ironic, but today I published a few Queen sacrifice puzzles myself.

Just to let you know, I linked to this article from my blog with my article relating to social networking. Must keep united in our endeavors.

What program are you using to create the boards? They sure look nice.

Anyways, I will be dropping in from time to time if for nothing else but to say hello.

Take care my friend.

Best regards.

Ray

Raymond Roy said...

My apologies Roger.

I can't believe I called you Mark. Believe it or not I was interrupted by my neighbor who's name is Mark, and that is what I typed. D'oh.

It just dawned on so I am back to correct my mistake.

Regards.

Ray

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