Chem 2.0 – Chemistry Social Network

Expect to see more blog entries around general chemistry and chemical technology topics. The technology aspect is not meant to be about new instrumentation and methods to mass produce quinine for the global marketplace, but instead will focus on how the modern internet, Web 2.0, is/will affecting Chemistry, or Chem 2.0 for short. Also, I am interested in getting some help with the blog, and I am currently looking for a co-blogger for the Chemical Forums Blog. If you are interested please have a look at this thread: http://www.chemicalforums.com/index.php?topic=13202.0 So lets begin…

Relatively new startup Ning has made it ridiculously easy for the novice web user to create a fully functioning social network for any topic the user could be interested in. I went ahead and used their interface to make the following Chemistry social network. Image is shown below.

Their very easy to use and free interface allows you to create a site that has a Blog, Videos, Photos, Forum, Members List. If you already have a blog from an other blogging platform it is ridiculously easy to seamlessly integrate it into your Ning social network. To interact with the portal shown above goto http://chemistry.ning.com and play around with it. One can imagine using this type of software to seamlessly create a community around an already established blog or for a professor to use it as his or hers group website or class website. Ning also accommodates the usual assortment of widgets and flash, but writing about integrating those kinds of bells-and-whistles is probably beyond the interest of this audience, so I’ll fortunately skip that. Go check it out! http://chemistry.ning.com

Note 1: I have no intention on keeping that social network up to date, I only created it to mess around with it.
Note 2: Recently nailed the secret identity of ?*? of Carbon-Based Curiosities fame. I love sending a message to the anonymous blogger containing a picture of themselves. So which anonymous chem blogger is left to unravel?

Mitch

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