Here are a few of the social networks I belong to and use from time to time:
LinkedIn has my professional resume and networking with other professionals.
Flickr is a great place for uploading photos to share with family and friends. See more pictures on my photos page.
Facebook is great for keeping in touch with old schoolmates and friends.
Shelfari is a social networking site for bookworms. My reading habits are mostly technical and design related, with the occasional usability book. I recommend the Sony Book Reader (it really does look like paper).
LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books. LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.
Here are a few of my recent book reviews:
chovy's review: "I find the examples to be very straight forward, especially with a bit of experience already in Rails, the book glides forward on building a social network app.
The only issue is that Rails code becomes outdated so quickly, I often wonder if there is a better way to do some of the examples using the latest rails code base."
Apress (2007), Paperback, 421 pages
chovy's review: "Excellent if you want to get up to speed quick on a few of the CSS design methodologies used.
It certainly isn’t exhaustive, but Dan covers the popular concepts in detail comparing a non-bulletproof approach with a new CSS bulletproof approach.
Anyone working in the UI should read this book if they haven't already."
New Riders Press (2007), Edition: 2, Paperback, 312 pages
chovy's review: "Great book for an introduction to the field of usability. Lots of comparisons from well known web sites, some with before/after case studies, and other sites that simply could be done better are also mocked up.
I found the book to be great, including it's length -- as he describes was intentionally short to be more usable (about 200 pages)."
mitp-Verlag (2006), Perfect Paperback, 201 pages
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