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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Websites for Women

What you would like to read online, depends on the kind of person you are and your interests. Broadly speaking, guys would go in for men’s fashion, sports, bikes, cars, girls, and gadgets, while girls would choose to read on homemaking, food, fashion, and makeup. Well, it’s not right to typecast; there are men as interested in cooking and homemaking and women equally interested in bikes, cars, and sports. And when it comes to websites meant specifically for women, they do cater to both types of female readers; the ones who like the usual girly stuff as well as those who don’t.

For answers to questions like how to fix a light bulb or how to bake a cake, as well as for guidance on education, career, relationships, parenting, and more, the Internet is what most people turn to. Among the millions of websites that provide information and entertainment to their users, there are some meant only for women. A few of these host content for the women, by the women on topics of their interest. They host content on women’s health issues, women’s fashion, recipes, hobbies, maternity, and baby care, among other for-the-women topics. Here we give you some websites that are popular with women and enlist some of the best ones meant for them.

iVillage
This site proves beneficial for women of all ages and interests. It has a huge number of resources on topics of a wide variety. It covers issues like pregnancy, parenting, beauty, fashion, food, recipes, relationships, entertainment, and many more. It also has a few games that can keep the women occupied.

Pinterest
It is a visual tool, using which people collect a variety of ideas for their projects. It is also used as a recreational means as viewing images of one’s interest is a fun thing to do. Although it is not meant exclusively for women, it has a tremendous female following. It features a lot of interesting topics like art, nature, science, fashion, education, and food, among others. According to a recent survey, one third of the female population in the US uses Pinterest.

Bella Online
It offers articles written by women, and for them. It includes topics like family, health, books, music, religion, gardening, home decor, beauty and fashion, entertainment, shopping, etc. There are hundreds of articles written every single day, on issues that women have to deal with.

LoveToKnow: Women & Shopping
This is one of the best options for clothing and shopping. There are articles about what ladies should look for when shopping for nightwear, perfumes, shoes, clothes, and pants. There are shopping tips for plus-size clothes and lingerie. You can also find good links to shopping sites that sell products for pregnant women and new mothers.

MSN Lifestyle: Women
It provides self-generated topics and articles about home, lifestyle, health, food, entertainment, beauty, fashion, shopping, books, music, careers, relationships, body and soul, etc. It also has a few links to dating sites for seniors.

Websites for Specific Interests

Fashion and Clothing
You don’t have to be genius to know that women are on the forefront when it comes to fashion! They love to explore the latest fashionable trends in dresses, bags, shoes, and the like. Some of the popular websites catering to this aspect of women’s interests are Versace, Valentino, Tommy Hilfiger, and Stella McCartney. The others include:
– NecessaryClothing
– FashionDig
– Handbag
– Shop.2020 Ave
– Soul-Flower
– Stockingirl

Accessories
Every woman loves to have accessories that go with her outfit, different ones for every occasion and attire. Jimmy Choo, Buckle, and Harrods are some popular names in this category of websites for women. And there are others like:
– Aldoshoes
– Asos
– FreePeople
– TheOutnet
– PrettyLittleThing
– GoJane
– Elle

Shopping
Shopping is the best way for a woman to feel good. It’s a great way to let out all the stress. No wonder they say that shopping is therapeutic. Amazon is the most popularly explored website for shopping. Others include:
– Revolveclothing
– UrbanOutfitters
– NastyGal
– DailyLook
– BlueFly
– Shopgarageonline
– Singer22
– Romwe

Beauty and Skin Care
Women are always conscious about how they look, whatever their age. They love to surf about beauty, makeup, and skin care; they can talk about it all day; and everyone knows how much they love to shop for beauty products. Some websites have rightly captured this inclination in women. Some of these websites review beauty products and give makeup tips, while others allow shopping for skin care products. Among these, Chanel, MAC Cosmetics, and Laura Mercier are very famous. Others are:
– BeautyAddicts
– Guerlain
– Sephora
– Bellasugar
– Style
– BeautyBar
– Blissworld
– Apothica

Pregnancy and Parenting
Pregnancy is perhaps the most beautiful period in a woman’s life. During this phase, she needs advice for herself and for the unborn baby. Once the baby is born, she needs advice on taking good care of her little one. Two of the best websites that help her with this are The Bump and Babble. Others include:
– Whattoexpect
– Babycenter
– Letspanic
– Kellymom
– TheFeministBreeder
– Earthmamaangelbaby
– TheGlow
– InaMay (By Ina May Gaskin)
– WAHM

Relationships
When dating or in a relationship, a woman might want to know how to handle the relationship well and how to keep the spark alive. She might need to know about the communication and gifting etiquette in a relationship or may seek advice on fidelity, sex, marriage, and children. For many of these concerns, the Internet is her guide. EHarmony and Match are quite popular with women. Others in the category are:
– Sheversushe
– Simplerelationshipdatingtips
– Networkedblogs
– Romantic antics for men (and women, too)
– 20-Nothings
– Domainleia
– Dating.Telegraph

Lifestyle
A woman loves to keep her house spic and span, and also explore new ways of decorating it. She wants tips on accessorizing the interiors to make her home cozier and more welcoming. For tips on home decor, women frequent websites like Zara Home and Z Gallerie. The others in the list are:
– BallardDesign
– OneKingsLane
– Fab
– Hm
– DwellStudio
– Target
– Freshome
– Apartmenttherapy
– Cococozy

Food
Most women are fond of cooking. They love to experiment with different food ingredients and make their dishes taste different. New methods of cooking, food presentation, and nutrition are topics of their interest. For help in the kitchen, Food Network is popular. Others in this category are:
– Laraferroni (Cook&Eat)
– JustLuxe
– AllRecipes
– RecipeLink
– SkinnyTaste

Careers and Entrepreneurship
Women have stepped out of their houses to explore careers of their choice and ventured domains that were once dominated by the males. Many women entrepreneurs have emerged successful and many are on their way to making a brilliant career in a field of their interest. There are websites dedicated to career choices and those telling success stories of women who have made it big in the corporate sector. The EveryGirl and Meetup are some well-known names in this category. Others are:
– DamesBond
– TheBossNetwork
– ChangetheRatio
– ChicCEO
– Recessionista
– WomenEntrepreneur
– BrightFirenetwork
– LinkedIn
– Foundingmoms

Blogs
Blogs are a platform to express one’s views through writing, and share with the world, one’s experiences in life. While some bloggers narrate their life experiences, others write blogs on specific topics or subjects of their expertise. Depending on the subjects and style of writing, these blogs have their own following on the web. Those popular among women include:
– Corporette
– BlogHer
– Strollerderby
– TheBloggess
– Pioneerwoman
– SheTakesOnTheWorld
– TechMamas
– BusinessChicks

Health and Fitness
A woman’s health is of foremost importance to her, as it is for anyone. WebMD and MayoClinic are two of the very authentic sources of health information. Some of the best websites on women’s health issues include:
– Popsugar
– FitBottomedGirls
– BlissTree
– Q.Equinox
– Floliving
– BodyRock.TV
– GirlsGoneStrong
– OperationBeautiful

Empowerment and Security
As much as the world has progressed, it is still not a safe place for women. The daily news snippets of kidnappings, rapes, and molestation are a living proof. With the ever-increasing crime against women, it’s evident that they aren’t safe and that they need to be more vigilant and abler to protect themselves from sexual assault and domestic violence. For advice on these issues, 85 Broads and OSHA are some really helpful sites. Others are:
– Dooce
– EndViolenceAgainstWomen
– Dofeve
– AwakeningWoman
– GeekFeminism
– National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
– WAVAW

The websites included in this article were some of the best ones on the web and also those which are quite popular among women.

The Web 3.0 Applications

We can just imagine or wonder how the Web 3.0 applications will be like. The drastic changes that Web 2.0 brought over to the world of Internet, leaves us dumbfounded on imagining what will be the changes in Web 3.0. Will the focus of the change mainly lie on the code or is it the applications and the interface part which will again be targeted. Before starting off our explanation on the Web 3.0 concept, let us try to understand, what were the changes that the Web 2.0 technology brought in. This will help us get a clearer idea of the Web 3.0 concept.

Transition from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0

Web 1.0 was the age of static pages. You can compare it to a library which contains a lot of information, but you can just absorb it. There was no way in which the information you wanted to lend out, you could pass on to the world. HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) was the order of the day then. It was the basic language on which all the web pages were designed. It left very little scope or no scope for the user to put in his input towards the sites. This triggered the thought of Web 2.0. How about having sites, where users could contribute. After all, people are the main assets to the world of Internet, and they cannot be left out, when the sites are being designed. HTML pages consisted of meta tags. This enabled the Internet search engines to decide the relevancy of a web page with the searched keyword in an Internet Search Engine. However, the keywords meta tags were exploited by some porn site’s webmasters to such an extent, that it caused the search engines to question the relevancy of the meta keyword. They had to use complex algorithms to decide what should the search results be.

The focus was mainly on the source code or the language of the sites. The application part was left out. Then there was the advent of Web 2.0. Social networking sites showed up. The easiest way for users to share their thoughts and to communicate. Users were now able to actually get into the cyber-space and expand their network. Next were blogs. The easiest way how users could share information with others. Even the small comments box, that you see at the bottom of this web page too, is one of the applications of Web 2.0. Search Engines like Google, allowed new ways of Search Engine Optimization and brought in more and more relevant results. Wiki allowed new ways for users to share their own content on different subjects on the Web. Sites like Picassa and Flickr brought in new ways for users to share their pictures. The list of new applications were simply unending.

It was the dot-com bubble in the fall of 2001, which brought in the advent of Web 2.0. What people considered as a flaw in the web world had actually brought in new dimensions to the world wide web. Then there were the banner ads. The banner ads allowed two sites to interconnect. Web development languages like PHP, Javascript, AJAX, etc., became the trend of the day for web sites developers. Sites were connected to each other. A link in one site could just let you travel to another site. However, another aspect of the same was that sites needed to be more secure. This caused the designing of sites to be a cumbersome task.

Web 3.0 Concept

What was just explained was just a glimpse of the amount of changes that the Web 2.0 had brought in to the world of Internet. If this was the amount of changes that a dot com bubble could trigger, what would be the changes that the advent of Web 3.0 be like. What will the Web 3.0 applications mainly target? The most important assets, the users, are already a part of the Internet. What else can be the changes that Web 3.0 technology can bring in. Let’s start off with the search engine part. Experts believe that this technology will make search engines much more smarter than the recent search engines.

Artificial Intelligence will be the order of the day. Some assume that the search engines will be such that you enter a complex query in a very much human way of talking and get just one precise output. Let’s take an example. Suppose you are looking for the nearest spot near your city to go for a trekking, but you also want certain special amenities that should be nearby. May be you are also looking for a trekking group who are going on the same day and you want to ask if you want to join them. The search engines may allow you to type in a query like “I want to go for a trek not very far away from my city. If there are any more people going for a trek on the same day, it would be better if I could join them and it would be really cool if I get some place after the trek to grab a couple of beers.” The search engines may simply answer you by typing you a one line answer to a place where you can go for trekking, name and address of other people who are going for a trek on the same day, and also the address of the bar where you can go after the trek. Now the question is, where does the intelligence part arise. Well, here you did not mention the name of the city you are staying in, but the search results are still popping up. The search engine determines the place where you are staying. The other trek parties who are going in for trek may have searched for some other information, but the search engine simply keeps their records too and associates them with yours to give some relevant results. It may sound amazing, but many people would definitely consider it as a breach into their privacy.

But then again, these applications that we are talking of are simply concepts. There is no proper justification or known fact that they are exactly going to take up this form. Some people, however, contradict that Web 3.0 will again focus on the code part or the language part. Needless to say, business is the main priority of all the web based applications. Companies build sites, store heavy amount of data on their servers, and most of the time, when they have to make a major changes in their sites, they need to go offline. The Web 3.0 applications are considered to allow more security and allow companies to make changes into their sites, while not having to go offline. The concept is basically that search engines will be able to read web pages as clearly as humans do. Thus, the result will be more and more relevant.

All the Web 3.0 concepts that have been discussed here may or may not come exactly like what has been described. The most important question is, whether the change will be on the application part or on the coding part. Well, we have to just wait and watch.

The Web 3.0 vs. Web 2.0

‘Web 3.0 vs. Web 2.0’, has been an ongoing debate for a while. Very obviously, Web 3.0 will be better than Web 2.0, because it will contain all that was present in Web 2.0, along with new concepts, new methodologies, and most importantly, new applications. But then, the transition that Web 2.0 had brought over from Web 1.0 was a significant one. Experts doubted if Web 3.0 would also bring forth similar, or perhaps, better changes. The paragraphs below make an attempt to distinguish between the two.

Web 2.0: User Participation in the World of Information

– Prior to Web 2.0, the internet was nothing but just a huge number of HTML pages.
– These HTML pages contained a lot of information, but the user had no involvement in this at all. It was a big library containing a vast number of books, where users could get information from, but contribute nothing.
-So, if there was any real time problem and somebody had a solution to the same, he could not provide it to the world wide web without having a website of his own. Yes, there were no forums, no bloggers, and of course, no social networking sites. This was when the concept of Web 2.0 came in.
– Web developers recognized the importance of users and decided to use them to contribute information to this field, hence allowing the amount of information to increase by ten folds.
– Wiki came into being, and blogger websites became the right place to search for information from specialist users, most importantly the social networking sites.
– Then, there were the RSS feeds that came into scene. All these were just different ways for the user to contribute information.
– The web became very intelligent. If you had a problem and type it on the internet Search Engines, you would straight away be directed to the right page where you can find the information or solution.
– If none of the websites had ever listed the answer to your query, there would be some forum, in which some other user sitting in some other corner of the world would answer your question. Thus, we can safely say that the introduction of Web 2.0 had completely changed the face of the internet.
– Another point, pages were no more designed in mere HTML code. Languages like PHP, Javascript, Ajax, etc., which allowed to handle dynamic pages, had come into picture.

Web 3.0: User Specific Data

– Search engines have become more and more specific, that’s what is probably the main concentration in this debate.
– Now, when we surf the internet, the information that is displayed to us for the same search query will be similar to that of another user, who sets in the same on another terminal.
– Web 3.0 search engines will be more and more user specific and produce precise search results.
– Search engines of the Web 3.0 era are supposed to be handled in complex queries, queries typed in very much the way we speak. Something typed like “I am shifting over from California, to New Jersey and I am searching for accommodation. I am married and have a son and daughter. What would be the cost of living in NJ?”. The search engine will fetch information from different sites and give the right result pages within the fraction of a second.
– So, one point that is supposed is that the websites will become more and more communicative.
– Undoubtedly, websites did communicate in the Web 2.0 phase too. A single click on the url on one website could let you travel down all the way to a new website.
– But, with Web 3.0, they will share information with each other to produce results, which the user precisely wants. Another example of the same is that a single login will allow you to set your status update on Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace together. So much for precise search!
– Now, what do we mean by user specific data? Concepts like that of iGoogle will become popular and enhanced. The search results for each user will vary.
– Search engines will keep track of what are the results that a particular user is interested in and produce different search results for different users.
– Even the advertisements that a user views will be different from what another person views from the same search query. It will be all about artificial intelligence.
– Web 3.0 applications will be designed such that, though not equally intelligent to the human brain, but ahead from your text editor, with word prediction capability.
– Some may consider it as a breach into their privacy, but search engines have to say otherwise.

It was a dot com bubble in the fall of 2001, which had brought on the advent of Web 2.0. What had been considered a flaw in the world of internet, was just a new start. Well, whatever has been discussed on the Web 3.0 features are just ideas and concepts. Concepts that the web developers mention. Whether everything will materialize or not, depends on a lot of factors.

Folksonomy

Fact
Folksonomy is a word coined by Thomas Vander Wal, from the words ‘folks’ and ‘taxonomy’.
The game of tag used to determine who was ‘it’ usually by a count-out system. Though the definition changes online, we only tag those items that we deem worthy or cool enough to be shared online. Everything from online search results to the words preferred virtually are decided by the users. Soon enough, we won’t even need the ‘Did You Mean?’ button in Google. To solve this dilemma, tagging has been introduced. The more people tag a particular word, the related content gets categorized accordingly into that group. This type of tagging finally gave birth to the rise of folksonomy.

What is Folksonomy?

Folksonomy is a system of creating and categorizing tags that annotate and categorize content. Content can range from articles, photos, videos, and podcasts. It can be anything ranging from a summary of two lines to metadata that has words frequently associated with it. Folksonomy is also known as social indexing, social tagging, collaborative tagging, and social classification. The frequency of these tags result in the ranking of the content in search results. These tags are also represented visually according to the frequency of the usage of the words in the form of tag clouds.

There are 2 types of folksonomy, namely, broad folksonomy and narrow folksonomy. When multiple users tag content with different names, it is known as broad folksonomy. When a single user tags content with multiple terms, it’s called narrow folksonomy. Tagging is usually done in an open environment addressed by several users. The value of tagging is derived by people making their own inference on the subject, and improving the vocabulary of others as well as themselves by adding to the content.

Taxonomy

Taxonomy is the classification of data in an organized and collective manner. This type of sorting is usually done by an expert in the field, usually called a taxonomist. Many taxonomies are arranged in a hierarchical structure, usually following a semblance of order. Each unit is called a taxon. The contents are usually classified in taxonomy if they belong to a particular species or family. Taxonomy stands against everything folksonomy represents. We tell you the difference between them in the following section.
Folksonomy Vs. Taxonomy
Folksonomy tags are added by the reader or anyone other than the author. Taxonomy tags are usually added by the author.
Flickr is a good example of folksonomy, which lets users describe the photos, and tags them in the right category.

Taxonomy tags are usually added by the author.
WordPress is a good example of taxonomy, which allows content to be organized in categories or closed tags.
Advantages of Folksonomy
●It can adapt to the language quickly, and can be applied to new concepts.
●It has a lower cost to maintain, since the workload is shared by multiple users adding to the content everyday.
●It’s a very flexible system, since the content is tagged almost everyday.
Disadvantages of Folksonomy
●Over tagging can lead to irrelevant results, making the search meaningless.
●It has led to inconsistencies, misspellings, and different punctuation.
●People can voice their biased opinions, which can influence the tagging.
The only way to reduce the discrepancies is by combining the two methods of folksonomy and taxonomy. A new process should be adopted by asking the opinions of the users. This method, though not foolproof, may improve the language itself, by giving it more structure. Thus, folksonomy can operate as a loose thesaurus that finds different interpretations of the same word.