In this episode of NetCafé, we discuss four interesting websites that are utilizing the Internet in their own unique ways for philanthropy, e-commerce and community building.
<p>We begin with a site called <b><a href="http://www.justgive.org/"> JustGive.org</a></b> whose goal it is to create the perfect match between contributors and charitable causes. The site screens and lists every charity in the US, about 850-thousand, then helps you sort through them all to find an appropriate charity for your contributions. You can do a search for an area of interest or look for social organizations in need within your area code plus find all the tax deduction information in one place. Corporate sponsors keep the site running so that 100 percent of donations can go directly to the selected charity. Kendall Webb heads up JustGive and says they just passed the one million dollar mark in donations this year. </p> <p>Then, Peter Hirschberg from <b><a href="http://www.gloss.com"> Gloss.com</a></b> explains how the combination of e-commerce and well-known brand names is an equation for success on the Internet. With Gloss.com, Estee Lauder, Chanel and Clarins join forces to supply the latest make-up beauty fashions online. This "lipsticks-are-us" website allows consumers to have convenient access to various product lines in a common location. Hirschberg discusses why selling make-up on the web is good business and demonstrates some beauty gifts available on the site. </p> <p>Next, meeting your neighbors can be easy with a new website called <b><a href="http://www1.local2me.org/"> Local2Me.org</a></b> that makes virtual online communities out of real geographical communities. Michael Olivier created the site when he found his busy lifestyle left him in need of a tool to help him connect with his new neighbors. With Local2Me, you can enter in your zip code and find people with similar interests within 3 miles of your home. Olivier gives examples of what people can do with this community-building tool and challenges ideas that the Internet is a hindrance to social interaction. He also explains future prospects for Local2Me as a way for small business services to connect with new customers. </p> <p>Lastly, a community focused on books can be found at <b><a href="http://www.readerville.com/">Readerville.com</a></b>. This online book club is built around forums where people can share ideas about recent books they read together. Karen Templer runs the site as a one-woman independent small shop owner and presents Readerville as a place where you can find personal recommendations from someone you know. Templer says she managed the "Table Talk" discussion groups for Salon.com and wanted to continue to encourage interesting conversations about books. One of the most popular features on the site is the events section where individual authors discuss their books with readers. </p>
September 1, 2006 Subject:
Online education portal in Turkish language
AdobeEgitim.com, which started its publishing life on May 1 2006, aims to be a continuously updated âFree Education Portalâ for Adobe users who deal sectors where desing is metioned like graphic, web, photography, multimedia, publishing, textile, 3D, architecture and communication professionally or in an amateur way.
Daily updated AdobeEgitim.Com presents low-end, middle or high-end instructional courses related to Adobe programs especially on Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, FreeHand, Flash, Dreamweaver. In parallel to instruction oriented starting point,
it also announces the latest developments, news and activities.