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MattGrest
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Registered: ‎12-06-2007

What's your Browser homepage?

I recently posted a version of this message into PlusNet's internal discussion forums. We had a huge response from staff and it makes perfect sense to push this out to the PlusNet community at large.
Within the PlusNet business all staff have a responsibility to understand our customer's wants and needs; we all need to know the sorts of things that are out there "on the Internet"; the things that our customers ARE using and the things that our customers WILL BE using.
Why?
Because we need to be in a position to provide people with an Internet service that caters for and is suitable for their various and ever evolving demands.
So, I posed the question to staff of "how much do you know about the Internet" and followed it with the list of names you are about to see. The response was mixed; some knew them all, some knew some; some were in the middle somewhere.
I want to ask the same question of you, the customer; how many of these names are you familiar with?
Bebo
Facebook
Last.fm
Digg
Techcrunch
Linkedin
Engadget
PirateBay
Newzbin
Blogger
Stumbleupon
Flickr
Joost
YouTube
Techcrunch
Twitter
Del.icio.us
Do you understand what these words mean?
Web 2.0
Mashup
Blogging
RSS
AJAX
Web Services
API
Crowdsourcing
Social Bookmarking
In an ideal world everyone within the PlusNet business would all know what all this stuff meant; the thing is, we NEED to know what it all means because our customers and the next generation of customers understand perfectly what they want from the Internet (even if some of the time they don't actually realise it). People's Internet habits are continually evolving and we, as an Internet Service Provider, need to be bang up to date with what's going on "out there".
Can it ever be right that the customer knows more than the supplier of a product?
So, if there's anything on here that you don't understand, who is going to tell you what all this stuff means?
You are. Remember...in 2007 information is free.
We all have a responsibility for our own educational development. None of this stuff can be spoon-fed; this is the stuff that I'm encouraging the PlusNet staff to go out there and research, find out what interests them, discuss and understand. People may not need or want to understand it to the level of some people in the PlusNet business, but it may be the difference between understanding a customer's problem, recommending a more appropriate product, or giving a customer the quality of service they expect; or, more selfishly, it may be the difference between someone getting their next promotion or that other job they always wanted; it's in everyone's own hands.
So, going back to what I said right at the top, what's your browser homepage?
This is mine...
http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=530306874&size=o
Have a look; it gives me a dashboard view of everything I need; the information I need comes to me, instead of me having to go out and get it. What's yours?
It would be a valuable insight for me to know how much of the above you already know, and also, how much of the above you'd like to know about...
There's no right and there's no wrong. Just information.
Matt Grest
Head of Future Development
PlusNet.
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arlehaven
Grafter
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Registered: ‎10-06-2007

Re: What's your Browser homepage?

Hello Matt,
With this post you are so right, there is an amazing amount of information out there and at times it is hard to keep up. Strangely enough I have logins for most of the services on your list but although I have probably used them at some time or other I am stumped at some of the terms in your second list.
Like you I like everything at my fingertips, I have had a "my msn page" a "My yahoo page" I have even made my own webpage displayed as my desktop with all my favourite content. I have been a customer for many years now and always hoped that one day we would see a "My Plusnet" page.
A page within our Plusnet account that customers and your staff could configure anyway they want with all their favourite content coming together in one place just like your homepage. Surly development could be made in this area.
On a lighter note, where the hell is Thiruvananthapuram  Smiley
Plusnet Staff
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Re: What's your Browser homepage?

I think Matt's been travelling recently, my new favourite search engine gigablast.com comes up with this place in India:
http://www.thiruvananthapuram.net/
arlehaven
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Re: What's your Browser homepage?

Smiley
Quote
We all have a responsibility for our own educational development.

Well done Dave, another staff member looking after his education. LOL
Community Gaffer
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Re: What's your Browser homepage?

Morning,
Unable to resist the tempation to respond to Matt's post again, this is what I posted to our internal forum:
Quote
What's your Browser homepage?

iGoogle at home
Workplace at Work
Quote
How many of these names are you familiar with?

Bebo - Yes, but don't use it
Facebook - Yes, use it
Last.fm - Yes, use it
Digg - Yes, don't use it
Techcrunch - No, will check it out
Linkedin - Yes, don't use it though
Engadget - No, will check it out
PirateBay - Yes, use it
Newzbin - Yes, use it
Blogger - Yes, don't use it
Stumbleupon - Yes, use it
Flickr - Yes, have an account but don't really use it
Joost - Yes, use it
YouTube - Yes, use it
Twitter - Yes, have an account but don't really use it
Do you understand what these words mean?
Web 2.0 - Yes
Mashup - Sort of, will clarify my understanding
Blogging - Yes
RSS - Yes
AJAX - Sort of, will clarify my undertanding
Web Services - I think so, will clarify my understanding
API - Yes
Crowdsourcing - No, will do some research
Social Bookmarking - Yes
Great post, I like it!
*goes to do some homework*

Bob Pullen
Plusnet Product Team
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Registered: ‎13-06-2007

Re: What's your Browser homepage?

Whats your homepage?
iGoogle
how many of these names are you familiar with?
Bebo - yep, use
Facebook - yep, dont use
Last.fm - yep, use
Digg - yep, use
Techcrunch - yep, dont use
Linkedin - nope
Engadget - yep, dont use
PirateBay  yep, dont use
Newzbin - nope
Blogger - yep, dont use
Stumbleupon - yep, used
Flickr - yep, use
Joost - yep, dont use
YouTube - yep, use
Techcrunch - nope
Twitter - yep, dont use
Del.icio.us - yep, used
Do you understand what these words mean?
Web 2.0 - yep
Mashup - yep
Blogging - yep
RSS - yep
AJAX - yep
Web Services - yep
API - yep
Crowdsourcing - nope
Social Bookmarking - yep
MattGrest
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Posts: 46
Registered: ‎12-06-2007

Re: What's your Browser homepage?

Great to get some feedback. If you have any friends or colleagues that are in the PlusNet family, give them a nudge and get them to respond to this thread, I would appreciate it.
By the way, Thiruvananthapuram is in India, in the southern state of Kerala. I just got back from a 2 week working trip there. Smiley
Matt
mcclim
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Re: What's your Browser homepage?

Whats your homepage?
Google
how many of these names are you familiar with?
Bebo - yep, use
Facebook - nope
Last.fm - nope
Digg - nope
Techcrunch - nope
Linkedin - nope
Engadget - nope
PirateBay  nope (but Just checked it out in Google will have to have a look at home Smiley )
Newzbin - nope
Blogger - yep, dont use
Stumbleupon - nope
Flickr - yep, use
Joost - nope
YouTube - yep, use
Techcrunch - nope
Twitter - nope
Del.icio.us - heard of it but never used.
Do you understand what these words mean?
Web 2.0 - yep
Mashup - yep
Blogging - yep
RSS - yep
AJAX - yep (wish the dev team in work had never heard of it )
Web Services - yep
API - yep
Crowdsourcing - nope
Social Bookmarking - nope
Been using the web for years and by the look of the above list I have been missing all the good sites Sad
Moose
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Registered: ‎05-04-2007

Re: What's your Browser homepage?

Quote from: MattGrest
By the way, Thiruvananthapuram is in India, in the southern state of Kerala. I just got back from a 2 week working trip there. Smiley

It's Trivandrum for those of you that don't like long, hard to pronounce words,
and i have to say it wins the award for the most humid place I've ever been. Never have i sweated so much doing so little  Cheesy
Quick, someone get this back on topic  Tongue
ohh.. lfsworld.net is my homepage
clockley
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Registered: ‎07-04-2007

Re: What's your Browser homepage?

At the minute, it would be my bands website:
www.nilsatis.moonfruit.com
but soon to be updated with a new all spangly one.
The last couple of websites have been:
www.sheffieldsteelers.co.uk (Ice hockey)
www.myspace.com/nil_satis (band myspace)
www.fark.com (very funny!)
Carl L
lowry
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Posts: 478
Registered: ‎08-04-2007

Re: What's your Browser homepage?

At the moment as I crawled back from Firebox to IE7 when it launched, I'm not set up up with various tabs again yet (will do soon though). Although I use Bebo alot, and facebook a bit. BBC.co.uk is my dull homepage at the moment though - I'll set up my tabs again soon! Smiley
rascom
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Registered: ‎20-06-2007

Re: What's your Browser homepage?

I'm really lazy (or is that inventive?) on mine.  As I use a number of pages regularly I've set up my own HTML page which has around 20 text links on organised by business, support, personal, banking and general.
Yes, I really am that anal  Sad
Standard links include www.room512.com, Google, PlusNet member centre, AVG, Tweakers.net, The Register etc.
jazz
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Re: What's your Browser homepage?

If you used Opera for your browser you could have a speed dial facility automatically!! Wink
Mand
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Re: What's your Browser homepage?


Also available on Firefox, and iGoogle is pretty neat and does the job too.
Moderators note by John (John_Essex) Full quote of preceding post removed as per the Forum Rules
MattGrest
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Registered: ‎12-06-2007

Re: What's your Browser homepage?

Quote from: Mand
Quote from: jazz
If you used Opera for your browser you could have a speed dial facility automatically!! Wink

Also available on Firefox, and iGoogle is pretty neat and does the job too.

The key thing is to make the information come to you...
There are many different ways to do this; iGoogle, RSS feeds, personal HTML pages, Pageflakes etc etc.
Matt