Friday, August 15, 2008

Blog action day 2008

This morning I got an email about blog action day 2008; I participated in this great initiative last year and decided to do so again. The idea is to use blogging as a means to highlight good causes. I will highlight two financial-related websites that I participate in: Prosper and Kiva. Whereas Prosper allows people with low credit scores in the US to solicit loans from others, Kiva enables micro entrepreneurs in the developing world to access Western capital. I've made loans on both and so far have received all the principal plus (in the case of Prosper) the interest back as promised. They're both great sites to make an impact with little capital and on Prosper you can probably make real money from giving out loans to well-performing borrowers. Another interesting play in this category is Virgin Money which faciliatetes lending from people you know and administers the process for you.
Enjoy these sites and good luck blog action day!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

John McCain asks his Linkedin network for help

When I logged into Linkedin this morning I found this featured question by John McCain - Campaign '08 (a second degree contact of mine!): The question was posted 23 hours ago and has already received 825 answers as of right now. This seems like a smart campaign by the McCain camp and will certainly engage a group of educated, active Linkedin users. It's the first good example of social networking tools that I've seen from the campaign and it's a pleasant surprise that it's not yet another "Obama equals Britney and isn't ready for office" type campaign. I'm curious whether Linkedin played a part in this (for example, made him second degree friends with everyone/ featured it) or whether it's just smart campaigning. At least a glimmer of web 2.0 from McCain.
P.S. John McCain's linkedin profile is currently down - probably due to popular demand!

Friday, August 01, 2008

Latest research reveals fingers used in anger

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Fun Wall (the facebook app) for sale on Adonomics

Either Slide got bored with Fun Wall, or Adonomics doesn't really check its listings - according to their site, Fun Wall can be had for only $1,000,000! Here's the link. In case someone bought it for less than the estimated value of $9MM (I wonder how Adonomics comes up with that), here's a screenshot:

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