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Feed Your Inner Geek

Jim CahillThat's the advice Jim Cahill was giving this week in Washington D.C. at the annual Emerson Users Exchange. Cahill runs Emerson Process Management's official blog: Emerson Process Experts. Blogs are, of course, one of the most popular ways in the internet to express yourself and get information on a variety of topics. But blogs are just the tip of the iceberg.


Sites like Google Reader, Delicious, Linkedin, Twitter, and FriendFeed are changing the way we communicate on the world wide web.

Google Reader is Google's "web-based feed reader." Actually, they do a good job of explaining it themselves:


Delicious is described as a "social bookmarking web service."

From wikipedia:

Delicious uses a non-hierarchical keyword categorization system in which users can tag each of their bookmarks with a number of freely chosen keywords


Linkedin, according to their website:

...is an online network of more than 25 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries.

When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients, and partners.


If you haven't caught wind of the Twitter phenomenom, you will soon. "Tweets" are fast becoming a national obsession.


Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.

Updates are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them.

Click here to follow Emerson blogger Jim Cahill on Twitter.


FriendFeed is similar to Twitter. It allows you to keep tabs on your friends and family.

From their site:

FriendFeed enables you to keep up-to-date on the web pages, photos, videos and music that your friends and family are sharing. It offers a unique way to discover and discuss information among friends.

You don't need to install anything to use FriendFeed. But if you already use Facebook, you can add our Facebook application to connect your Facebook profile to all the other products you use around the web.

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