Posts tagged ‘Gmail’

June 21, 2011

Inbox Influence

by Vince

If you have a Gmail account, you can use this gadget that reveals any political contributions given by people, companies, or organizations that email you.

Inbox Influence is a new tool from the Sunlight Foundation that allows you to see the political contributions of the people and organizations that are mentioned in emails you receive. This easy-to-use tool can be used for researching influence background on corporate correspondence, adding context to newspaper headlines or discovering who is behind political fundraising solicitations.

Inbox Influence provides details on any entity in the body of the email, plus information on both the sender of the email and the company from which it was sent. With it, you can even see how your friends and family have given to political campaigns. Perhaps Uncle Joe has more mainstream views after all?

So far, I followed up on one local person who gave $500 to a Republican politician. When I clicked on an email from Barack Obama, I got nothing.

March 22, 2011

Too Tired To Blog X5

by Vince

Here is a bunch of goodies for ya that I just stumbled upon while spending ten minutes in my reader.

  1. Above, an info graphic guideline for having a rational discussion.
  2. A new app for Gmail, ActiveInbox, is worth checking out for the Gmail lovers out there.
  3. Ever wonder how many bones of other people Steven Seagal has broken in his movies?
  4. The history of the world in 100 seconds.
  5. A stop-motion video covering a 24 day, 2,000 picture trip.
  6. Mike Drane found a neat new blog on lost (and maybe new?) states.
  7. Ben Harper’s new album Give til it’s gone comes out in May and is worth peeping his single Rock and Rock is Free.
March 10, 2011

Judging By Your Email Domain…

by Vince

A neat post on all that comes with having a Gmail or AOL account. The writer totally wrote out most of what I had thought before but never had the audacity to post.

August 14, 2010

Walking Social Networks

by Vince

Stephen Heiner describes his experience “unhooking” himself from his Blackberry:

We have allowed ourselves to become 24/7 radio beacons.  We are always on.  Always ready to transmit or receive.  There is a nervous habit that the younger generation has of checking their cell phones every 90 seconds or so.  Just watch them.  They didn’t hear a text message notification, but they are checking their phones just in case.  And who knows, one might feel the urge to send a text message because heck, it’s been 30 seconds since one was sent.  Watch people in airports, or in the auto repair shop, or on a university campus.  There is a constant need to check to see if they are still plugged in.  It is a nervous tic that they don’t even know is a tic.

My mom suggested that I turn off my cell phone a few times a week to let my phone company send updates to my phone. I did that tonight and I didn’t even notice until now when I read this that my phone was off for an hour. It is a nice feeling to truly cut connections with the media world we create from time to time. Facebook is to me the crave for Gmail that Stephen describes. I check it just to see if someone else has posted something interesting, knowing full well I have things I need to do.

And when communication is not limited, is not circumscribed, it becomes unlimited and tyrannous.