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Gmail As A Gateway October 1, 2008

Posted by Stuart Parker in Meeting, social media.
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I’m finding that the more meetings I have with interested groups or individuals, helps me define the We Share Stuff aims, provision and what not. An example is the meeting we had with Service Birmingham over at the Aston Pride Project. I was explaining how our service users would connect to our programme, be it a single blog or a range of Internet applications and how to do this simply and possibly, most effectively (thus far) was to sign up for an online email account such as Googlemail. As so many online applications now require an email address to use them, this would provide a gateway to all the online stuff that would be needed. Mike Farmer from Service B’ham picked up on that we were using an email account for this specific purpose and not for what email was originally intended for – communication by sending emails to one another.

I didn’t realise at first that we were doing this, but it’s all part of resourcing applications to meet the objectives. Over the past five years I’ve found myself using Internet resources for many more things than they were intended for. Another recent example would be the Birmingham created I So Wish. This little online application lets users enter their name and make a wish. Really, really simple. I added it my list of online resources in helping me identify possible Literacy issues with low IT skilled service users.

Since starting this project we set up a delicious account and began tagging applications that might be of benefit.  Always a work in progress but this will get included in the main We Share Stuff site as a shared resource.