Do We Need More Laws to Protect Our Privacy on the Internet?

California is considering new guidelines to protect its citizens from social networking sites that disseminate personal information. The proposed legislation, known as the ‘Social Networking Privacy Act,’ is geared at social networking users who are under the age of 18 years old. The proposed law would regulate how personal information is displayed and also would require social networking sites to remove personal information within 48 hours if requested by a user. In addition, there are fines for flagrant violations if the social networking site operators do not comply with specifics in the proposal, known as SB [senate bill] 242.

California is home to some of the most popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Zynga, and others who have formed a collation to oppose any type of industry regulation or proposals that these companies deem as unnecessary. The coalition of social networking sites believe that any regulation is unconstitutional and violates freedom of speech by limiting how user information is displayed. The coalition also believes that having users make privacy information decisions before being able to access a social networking site effectively removes all controls that are presently in place.

I am opposed to any type of regulation or law that prohibits anyone from being able to participate in any social networking site, no matter what the age of the person is. For children under the age of 18 years old, it should be the parents’ responsibility to regulate the child’s behavior. Yet many parents are afraid to invoke restrictions on how and when their children access the Internet. The children of today are more computer savvy than previous generations and know how to circumvent any type of limitations or restrictions, no matter what the law states.

On the flip side, I also believe that social networking sites need to explain in clear language what privacy controls are currently in place. I know that on Facebook it is difficult to understand the terminology, limitations, and accessibility features as they are presently presented on Facebook.com. I consider myself fairly computer literate and if I can’t understand the terminology, how is the average user supposed to understand the privacy settings?

It would seem to me that the social networking sites should take the responsibility to regulate their own sites. By providing simple to understand terms and restrictions, as well as privacy settings, users would be better served. In addition, the clarity of privacy settings and how they function could eliminate the concerns that some legislatures have about social networking sites and user privacy.

Comments welcome.

TweetDeck for iPhone 2.0 App Released, Brings Interface Updates and Columns

TweetDeck, the Twitter app of choice for the most serious of Twitter users, has updated its iPhone app to version 2.0. TweetDeck 2.0 is less of an update and more like an entirely new Twitter client, bringing an interface update and tons of new features, further cementing its position atop the pile of Twitter apps for the iPhone.

The initial release of TweetDeck for iPhone was fairly lackluster and most users dropped it after five minutes. The columns that are the most essential part of the desktop TweetDeck app were missing, and the app was unstable and crashed often. The UI of the original TweetDeck iPhone app lacked any sort of polish or eye candy, leaving it way behind other popular Twitter apps like the official Twitter for iPhone, HootSuite, or Twittelator.

Downloading TweetDeck 2.0 for iPhone, however, might quickly make you change your mind on the pecking order of iPhone Twitter apps. TweetDeck’s new iPhone interface looks sharp with a dark design and yellow-orange accents. The new TweetDeck app is much more stable than its predecessor.

Columns are finally a part of the TweetDeck iPhone app as well, however, they aren’t synced to your phone from the desktop version when you sign in with your TweetDeck account. You can swipe left or right on the screen to switch between columns, and create new columns with things like mentions, DMs, Searches, Lists, and pretty much any other way you can think of organizing tweets. The behavior is identical to the desktop version, but I will admit it’s not quite as effective swiping between each column to see other information. The desktop version of the app is much more effective for users with more columns than they can count.

One of the neatest new features of TweetDeck for iPhone 2.0 is the “card view” mode, which allows you to delete and rearrange your TweetDeck columns. If you pinch your fingers together on the Columns view, you will see a zoomed-out view of all of your columns that you can drag to rearrange and tap an X to delete. It’s similar to “Spaces” on a Mac or the Home Screens view of HTC’s Sense OS or LauncherPro on Android, and is an intuitive, easy way to organize your Twitter world on your iPhone.

Overall, TweetDeck 2.0 is a huge improvement, but it comes at a time when other Twitter apps are improving just as fast. With apps coming out like the much-raved about Tweetbot, TweetDeck is going to need to continue advancing their platform quickly if it’d like to keep up.

All-In-One Social iPhone App – Stroodle

Stroodle brings all the features and conversation pieces of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn into one simple application. This free application combines multiple services into a clean and easy to use app, without having to struggle through multiple apps. Stroodle is user friendly and is by far the best all-in-one app that I have found.

iPhone and even iPod touch owners have most likely started finding their favorite apps and for the power users like me, this is one app to have in your arsenal. There is no question that Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are the most popular iOS social media applications. The only problem is switching between the applications when having multiple conversations over the three social networks.

I regret to say that the only limitation of the app is that your first status update to any of the social media sites will post an advertisement at the end promoting the app. This is a one time thing and it is well worth it to use this app and all its features. As like any free app as well this is ad-supported with only a small banner ad at the bottom of the application. The ability to cross-post updates to the three supported social media sites and being able to bring everything you need to communicate with users in the app is amazing and puts it above the rest.

The clean user interface of Stroodle is nice on the eyes and offers little to confuse the user off all its setting and interactivity. The ability of this app is far and many, first of which allows you to view all of your connected profiles in one long continuous feed or filter out by search and network that you are looking at. Facebook features include Like, Comment, or Post on the user’s Wall as well as view comments on an existing post. LinkedIn features the ability to “Like” a status update, Reply, and Message the user. To pull up these features per network you just click on the status update and under the original message are buttons to interact with the update.

The biggest feature Stroodle boasts is the ability for the application to post to your connected social networks all at once to eliminate the time to copy and paste the update to each service. This allows for your message to get more impressions and get you connected more quickly with your community.

For the time being, Stroodle does not send any push notifications and requires you to enter into the app to see what’s new.

Download and try it from the iTunes App Store.

The New York Times Paywall – Have You Found It Yet?

When the N.Y. Times first mentioned that it was going to install a digital subscription service for its Web site, I felt that it was its right in trying to protect its content. I also thought that the N.Y. Times paywall would hopefully generate revenue for the company in these tough economic times. Everyone is familiar with the financial difficulties that printed media is facing and I personally wanted to see news companies like the N.Y. Times survive and not go the way of the dodo.

On March 17, 2011, the N.Y. Times announced that a digital subscription would begin in Canada on March 17, 2011 and followed by the U.S. paywall going into effect on March 28, 2011. Where there seemed to be some confusion is when the N.Y. Times tried to explain the limitations and exceptions to the paywall rules. It seemed that we would be allowed to view some 20 articles a month before being blocked from the site and offered to pay for a digital subscription.

But the N.Y. Times added this exception to the paywall rules:

Readers who come to Times articles through links from search, blogs and social media like Facebook and Twitter will be able to read those articles, even if they have reached their monthly reading limit. For some search engines, users will have a daily limit of free links to Times articles.

Since the paywall went into effect, I have purposely visited the N.Y. Times site every day. I have not gone through a search engine of any kind, nor a blog or social media site. Yet I have successfully navigated through over 50 articles a day without incident. I have received no messages about a digital subscription offer nor have I been barred from the N.Y. Times site because I have exceeded the 20 article a month limit.

I first thought it might be my browser that was blocking scripting by the Times site. But I tried three different browsers, all with the same results. I even tried with Adblock on, off, or not even installed — all with the same results.

Just to be clear, I am not using any type of workaround to get the N.Y. Times articles. I personally believe that the N.Y. Times needs a paywall for its own survival in this digital age. I am just inquiring if anyone else has been able to freely access the N.Y. Times site without being informed that they have exceeded the 20 article limit?

What has your experience been on the N.Y. Times site? have you been blocked or have you been free to roam without interruption?

Comments welcome.

Source – N.Y. Times

Do You Think That Facebook Can Be The Cause Of Your Anxiety?

There you are on your Facebook page when all of a sudden you can’t do anything. You click here, there and everywhere and nothing happens. Now you are frustrated and getting angry when, just as suddenly, the page starts working again. Is it an Internet moment, a fluke, or are the Facebook minions messing with your brain?

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the folks at Facebook do, from time to time, stop by certain Facebook pages just to aggravate you. But don’t fret. It is all to improve the user experience. By finding out how people adjust when a page is messed with, it helps the Facebook folks improve the user experience for others who use Facebook.

But the people at Facebook also learned some other valuable lessons during their experimenting on various Facebook pages. If you mess with people too much, they will just drop out and stop using Facebook. Some 7% did not return to Facebook for an extended time after they were harassed in the name of improving the user experience. So Facebook does take note of people’s attitudes and complaints when they experiment which sometimes leads them to stopping the experiment.

Another interesting tidbit is that only about 48% of those who attempt to upload a photo doing in one shot. For some folks it takes them most of the day to complete the process. Facebook is trying to make that particular user experience easier.

It is funny because I believe we have all experienced some problems on Facebook that I have attributed to the system on Facebook just not functioning properly. It is good to know that there are people behind the scenes who are actually just messing with us.

So, do you mind being used as a guinea pig?

Comments welcome.

Source – ReadWriteWeb

Do Women Really Rule The Internet?

Here are some facts that none of us can dispute. Facebook has amassed a client list of 600 million fans and continues to grow every day. Twitter handles some 25 billions tweets in a single year. Zynga has 100 million users on Cityville in just six weeks and the list of online social networks continues at an unprecedented rate. What is also growing is the number of woman who command a major presence at these sites and other sites far exceeding the number of male visitors.

Woman are just more sociable than men. In fact woman usually make up about 55% of those who visit social networking sites and spend usually 30% more time on social sites than do men. No real surprise here. I noticed that, in my list of friends on Facebook, woman in my life make up more than 60% of those who post on my wall. They also spend a lot more time on Facebook than I do, since they post a lot more information than I do or that other males on my friends list do.

What is really being noticed by large corporations with an Internet presence is that it is the women who generate revenues and not us men. No surprise here really. Men just don’t like to shop to begin with and this dislike is being manifested on the Internet just as it has been at the brick and mortar stores. Sites like Zappos, Groupon, Gilt Groupe. Etsy, and others report that 70% of their sales are made by women. Even Amazon started a separate site called ‘Amazon Mom’ that caters to the women in our life.

Facebook concurs that over 60% of users of its site facilities are in fact women. It was the women who flocked to Facebook first and made Facebook what it is today. Women post more on walls, join more groups, and add more photographs than us men do, which makes one wonder. If the women didn’t take the lead on Facebook, would Facebook be what it is today? I doubt it. We men just followed the lead of the women and joined later on the social network. Think about it for a minute, guys: would you have joined Facebook on your own without having the women on Facebook?

Social networks and sites that sell products need to recognize the fact that the women are in control. If a company or Web site wishes to increase their revenues, they should look at the women to take them where they want to go. Women have the power to make or break a product or keep social networks alive.

Do do women rule the Internet? You decide.

Comments welcome.

Source – TechCrunch

Are You A Savvy Internet News Reader?

The New York Times and their adoption of a pay wall system that requires a subscription, is scheduled to go into effect on March 28,2011. There will be tired pricing depending on how much news a subscriber wishes to receive and how they wish to make payment, whether monthly or yearly payments. You can check at the link below for pricing options, or if you receive the N.Y. Times newspaper, access will be free.

But there are some strange exceptions to the N.Y. Times policy that makes on wonder just how effective their pay wall will be. Some of the exceptions include assessing N.Y. Times articles through Twitter, Facebook or Google. If a non-subscriber accesses the N.Y. Times web site via one of these search or social networking sites, they will be allowed to view 5 articles a day for free. If a non-subscriber accesses the N.Y. Times directly, the limit is 20 articles a month.

The N.Y. Times in their news release states they do not want to alienate their 30 million monthly visitors who having been reading the news for free during the past 15 years. I must count myself one of those who enjoys reading articles from the N.Y. Times and have used their website extensively for research for articles. So it will be interesting to see just how effective this pay wall plan will be for the N.Y. Times.

Some of the problems that I can see the N.Y. Times having is how they intend to enforce these restrictions. If they do have some 30 million readers a month as they state, that seems to me like quite a few people to monitor. Which makes me wonder how much more it is going to cost the N.Y. Times in IT costs to justify this major move?

Once the traffic from the Internet starts to wane, will the company try to return to the free business model? This could potentially alienate those who previously viewed the N.Y. Times web site for free. The biggest challenge for the N.Y. Times will be the fact that pay walls appear to be short-term solutions for a long-range problem. The Internet has changed the way we live and it is going to be around a lot longer than the N.Y. Times will be if they continue their current strategy.

Consumers who are savvy can get all the news they want for free. Why would we want to pay anyone for the news?

Source – N.Y. Times

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Do More Than 10% Of Your Friends See What You Post On Facebook?

In my attempt to bring to you, the reader, information that will challenge your brain I have an experiment for you to try. Post something on your Facebook wall and see how many of your friends respond to it. According to one recent article I read, the writer claimed that only 10% of his friends actually responded, leading him to believe that not every one of his friends see what we post or chose to respond to it.

Here is what I did. I posted on my wall that I was conducting an experiment and wanted to see how many of my friends actually viewed my post. I asked those that did to click on the like button, so I could take a count of those who say what I posted. I am not a huge Facebook user, but I do check my account several times a day. I only have 141 friends in my friends list, so if over 14 friends reply, my average would be above the 10% the author wrote about and the friends who responded to his wall post.

To be fair, the author was trying to make a point on friends who viewed his Facebook page for his band. He went to some of the most popular bands on the planet who are on Facebook and also noted that fans only responded to wall writings about 1% of the time. The point he was trying to make was that to promote a band on Facebook was, in his opinion, a waste of time.

There is another variable that I believe is very important. The 141 people I have in my friends lists are actually real friends. I seriously doubt that as the author stated on one popular band site they had over 800,000 friends, that the band knew all of the people by name. So is a friends list more about people who just hang on to other people’s life vicariously or are they truly friends?

The writer didn’t indicate how long he waited to have his friends respond. If his friends are like mine, he may not see them respond even after a week. I know some of my friends may only check their Facebook page once or twice a month. Of course I have other friends that must spend a lot of time on Facebook, which is fine, so I have confidence they will respond quickly.

I am going to wait for 12 hours to see how many of my friends actually click the like button. Ticktock, ticktock.

When I awoke this morning I checked how many of my friends had clicked on the like button and the total was 31. That is just a little over 20% of my friends who stopped by and read my post. If you have the time and want to try this experiment yourself, let us know your results.

Comments welcome.

Source – Hypebot

Twitter Turns 5, Serves 1 Billion Tweets Per Week

Twitter is quickly joining the ranks of Kleenex, Xerox, and Google by becoming not only a brand name, but a verb used in daily life. Twitter celebrates its fifth anniversary this week and co-founder Jack Dorsey has been releasing tidbits of information about the popular service.

According to the official Twitter blog, after having taken three years, two months, and one day to reach their billionth tweet, that feat now takes roughly one week. In the past year alone the average number of tweets per day soared from 50 million last year to a substantially increased to a 140 million daily average last month. On March 11, 2011, over 177 million tweets were sent. If these numbers are absolutely accurate, predictions of Twitter’s downfall to Facebook made a year ago are certainly proving incorrect.

Jack Dorsey is continuing to release bits of information in 140 characters or less on his Twitter page. Among them is a link to Twitter’s first logo, an original sketch concept of then “Twttr”, and some inside information about how they handled server issues in the first days. In short, he’s giving anyone fascinated by the story behind one of the biggest underdog tech stories of all time a 5th birthday present.

Source: Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Page

Google Restores Lost Gmail Accounts – Could This Incident Hurt Cloud Computing?

There are things that we experience in life that we never forget. When I was a senior in high school our history teacher mentioned something that I never forgot. As a youngster he recalled newspaper articles that covered the Korean war, which stated that only [fill in the blank] American troops were killed. He went on to state that the number didn’t really matter, especially if you were one of the ones that was killed.

Google Gmail suffered an outage for some 39,000 Gmail account holders, which was, the company was quick to point out, less than 0.02% of its entire account base of some 150 million users. The company also was quick to point out that its Gmail services were spread over multiple data centers and that the Gmail accounts were not lost, just misplaced. Google also stated that all of the information would be restored and every user would have their information returned.

I couldn’t even imagine waking up yesterday morning to have your Google Gmail stuff gone. My first thought would be, who do I call? Google has been criticized for a lack of phone technical support services and I recalled the problem I had when my own personal account was disabled several years ago. It took me four days of emails to get my account restored fully, which was a giant pain in the butt.

Many of you know that I have been beta testing Google’s Chrome OS Cr-48. When I had issues not being able to connect to the Verizon 3G, I posted a bug report and I was contacted by a Google representative. The problem was resolved and I felt like I had received special treatment from the Google Chrome OS team. But others who have had issues with their Gmail accounts have expressed the lack of support as a real concern.

Though I realize that the services Google offers are free, it needs to address the lack of technical support and the concerns users have. Since Google is trying to convince users to store their personal files online in its Cloud, what happens if your stuff is unavailable one day? What are we users supposed to do? Who do we call?

If Google is to convince us to buy its Chrome OS computers and trust all of our important documents to it and it alone, Google will need to change its current support system. I want someone to call and I want to speak to a real person. I would also prefer to speak to someone who speaks English as their primary language.

Is this asking too much? What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source – Google Gmail Blog

U.S. Army Apple iPhone App – Will It Be Enough To Attract New Recruits?

The United States Army is introducing a new smart phone application that will allow recruits, and one would assume all soldiers, to blog, tweet, and be more social. The new application will be designed for the Apple iPhone, but BlackBerry, Android, Web OS, and Windows Mobile users will be able to access the U.S. Army Web site known as “Army Strong Stories.”  Military personnel can post their stories, but it is unclear whether they can post their war adventures. The new PR move is hoped to attract more recruits by offering applications for smartphones that are projected by some to command a 50% market share by the end of the year.

Recruitment numbers are down slightly according to reports, though the exact numbers were not released. In an effort to attract new recruits, the U.S. Army is hoping that smartphone applications will be an added attraction to military life. But there were a few thoughts that came to my mind when I read this news.

First, I wondered how much freedom will the U.S. Army allow soldiers in telling their stories on a blog, tweet, or Facebook posting? One would think with all of negative publicity that has been generated by the release of information by WikiLeaks, that the restriction would prohibit the free exchange of information. The U.S. Army could make it almost impossible for any posting that it could conclude was sensitive to national security.

Next, I thought if the U.S. Army was trying to expand its ‘cool’ factor by using the Internet as an attraction, why would someone want to enlist in the Army to get something they already have in civilian life? Even without the Army application, soldiers can blog, tweet, and use Facebook already on their own. So what would the attraction really be to induce civilians to enlist? I personally would doubt that a soldier passed application would be enough incentive.

I took a look at some of the stories posted at the “Army Strong Stories” site and they seemed very generic  in nature. I saw no blood and guts war stories. I also want to be clear that I support our military 100% and believe the men and woman who serve our country have my respect.

But am I looking at this with a jaundiced eye?

How about offering new recruits a free phone and free cell service during their enlistment?

What is your opinion? Will an Army application attract more recruits?

Source – fastcompany

Blogging Died Yesterday And No One Told Me

Yesterday the New York Times posted a story, or maybe I should call it a tale, of two young people who quit blogging. Nobody was visiting their Web sites so they fled on over to Twitter or Facebook where the world recognized their talents. The youths were then able to reach their target audience, which in the article was vaguely described.

Citing facts from PEW, in its ‘The Internet and American Life Project,’ blogging in the 12 to 17-year-old group fell 50%. We are than presented with other facts that claim that older folks seem to read blogs and their numbers have increased by 4%. But it was this one statement that best describes what is really going on:

“If you’re looking for substantive conversation, you turn to blogs,” Ms. Camahort Page said. “You aren’t going to find it on Facebook, and you aren’t going to find it in 140 characters on Twitter.”

Writing this article I already exceeded the 140 letter limit and I am not finished with what I have to say. In the original PEW report cited in the article, it also went on to state that some 14% of all online users blog, up from 11% from 2008. This fact alone is fairly amazing. That means that at least 1 in 10 people are writing something online, in addition to what they post on Twitter or Facebook.

So the title of the New York Times article, ‘Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites like Twitter,’ is slightly misleading. If the numbers show that blogging has actually increased overall, maybe the title should have been ‘Young Tweet More Than They Blog.’ Blogging isn’t dead and I am extremely glad it hasn’t died. I enjoy writing here at Lockergnome and I am looking forward to doing so for many years to come.

I believe many of us who blog also post on Twitter and are members of Facebook. I know I belong to both and enjoy social networking. I believe that blogs and social networking sites work very well together.

I am sure that everyone here at Lockergnome appreciates you, the loyal readers, for stopping by and reading our blogs.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source – NY Times

Source – PEW report

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Google Social Search Gets More Social

Google has revamped its Social Search, integrating Twitter, Flickr, and Quora into a major part of the search engine.

Launched in 2009, Social Search puts search results from your friends at the bottom of the search pages. Until now, it has taken this information from social profiles that you have attached to your Google account.

Google’s new change will take those friends’ search results and put them prominently on the page, not just tucked down at the bottom. This major change will give users hopefully what they want to see faster. Using an annotation system, the friends’ results will have a note off to the side to show you where the results originate. The annotation will let users know their friends shared a blog post.

To work closely with Social Search, the appearance of these shared links will come to fill up your results. If someone you follow on Twitter shared an article you are looking for, the Google result will state that a friend “shared this on Twitter.”

As a final component to bringing everything together, Google is expanding its focus on user control. Primarily in Social Search, Google has overhauled its options page to give users the ability to both privately and publicly share and connect their social profiles on their Google accounts. Google has even gone as far as to suggest which profiles are likely to control by cross referencing from your friends.

One feature we were hoping to see but was not released in this update is Facebook “Like” data. This feature also powers Bing’s search by referring to what users on Facebook have “liked” and shared. Instead of perusing deeper Facebook integration, Google seems to have just opted for Twitter, Flickr, and Quora for reference.

Are You Mooching Wi-Fi From Your Neighbors?

I was shocked when I read that it is estimated that about one-third of Internet users admit to stealing Wi-Fi from their neighbors. Shocked was too strong of a word. How about dismayed? Actually that is too strong as well. How about not surprised? In fact stealing of Wi-Fi signals has become some type of game in our society. But who do you blame for the stealing of unsecured Wi-Fi?

According to one recent article it states that:

The reality is that many consumers have not taken the steps to protect themselves,” said Kelly Davis-Felner, marketing director at the Wi-Fi Alliance, a non-profit trade group that commissioned the surveys.

This just about says it all. Anyone who doesn’t secure their Wi-Fi is an idiot. Not only can people steal your bandwidth, but they can steal your information.

So why would anyone not secure their Wi-Fi?

One reason is ignorance. Some people believe that because they obtain Wi-Fi from a public hot spot, that it is exactly the same at home. They believe that they have some type of invisible protection.

But here is the biggest problem with not securing your home Wi-Fi. If someone taps into your unsecured Wi-Fi and downloads child pornography, it will look like you were the culprit.

If that isn’t enough to scare you into securing your network, how about this fact. InSoutheast Asia, terroists use open Wi-Fi to communicate with other terroists and to even trigger bombs remotely.

So are you mooching Wi-Fi from your neighbor? If so, do you think you would let them know and help them to secure their network?

Source – USA Today

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Still Want To Get Your Hands On A Google Chrome Cr-48 Notebook For Free? Check This Out

I found this in my comments box this morning and I thought it was just to good not to share with all of you. This was from Dave at Lucidchart.com:

“Ron, appreciated the review. I actually just received my Cr-48 today so we’ll see how it goes. Also wanted to let you know that if you readers are still looking to get one, LucidChart just announced a partnership with Google to give away 100 Cr-48s.”

Here are the requirements to get signed up:

“How can you be one of the recipients?

We will be selecting users from those who create diagrams and share them in the Community Library, starting today until February 12. The steps to enter are:

Create your diagram and share it with the Community by clicking the Community Library icon in the editor! The contest categories are:

  • Most Creative Diagram; or
  • Most Useful Template (click here for a few ideas)

Not sure how to share in the Community Library? Click here for step-by-step instructions with pictures.

What else can you do?

Ratings and comments will be taken into consideration during the selection process. Some (but not all) Chrome notebooks will be given to those who demonstrate the power or creativity of collaboration. So be sure to share your diagram with family, friends and co-workers through Twitter, Facebook, and your blog. Invite them to come sign up so that they can rate your diagram, join you in building yours, and even make their own to participate!

When will users be notified?

We will notify the recipients by February 21. Recipients will be asked to supply a mailing address to receive their shiny, new notebook! So what are you waiting for? Start diagramming!

For the duration of the contest, we will be removing account limitations (e.g., complexity limit) so you can create whatever you can imagine!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENT OF ONE OF THE 50 UNITED STATES OR D.C., 18 YEARS OF AGE OR AGE OF MAJORITY IN THEIR STATE OF RESIDENCE OR OLDER AT DATE OF ENTRY INTO THE SKILL CONTEST AND A REGISTERED USER OF LUCIDCHART. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, ALL U.S. TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Contest ends at 11:59 PM PT on February 12, 2010. See official rules for details.”

As many of you know I was fortunate to receive a Cr-48 notebook from the folks at Google, and I have written several reviews since I received mine. This little notebook packs a lot of punch in a small package and if you are fortunate to win one, I believe you will not regret the effort to join the contest. Check out the link below for full details and good luck to everyone who enters.

Comments welcome.

http://www.lucidchart.com/pages/chrome_notebook

PS Thanks Dave for the information and link.