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Launched in June 2011, BookLikes uses a highly sensitive algorithm which considers factors such as reading preferences and social behaviour to determine book suggestions tailored to an individual’s reading habits.   Incorporating a strong social media component, users can share their bookshelves with others via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as well as read, review, chat and share opinions and thoughts with other book aficionados. BookLikes’s free mobile app also allows users to get information about books by just scanning a book’s ISBN with either an iPhone or Android.

If you’re not sold by my description here, check out the video which appears on the BookLikes homepage!

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Are you in Year 10, 11 or 12?  Are you passionately interested in social issues?  Do you have an opinion on how Social Networking tools such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are influencing our behaviour and changing the world in which we live?

If the answer to all these questions is yes, then you may want to enter  the 2011 Writing for Human Rights Secondary Schools Essay Competition.  Write an essay of between 750 and 1000 words on the topic “Social media is free speech gone mad”, complete the application form and submit your entry by June 27th 2011 to have a chance of winning an iPad 2 along side the honour of having your essay published in the Castan Centre’s semi-annual newsletter.

Never heard of the Castan Centre before?  Focusing on the study of human rights globally, regionally and in Australia, the Castan Centre was established in 2000.  Named in honour of Ron Castan AM QC, a passionate advocate of human rights, the Castan Centre is at the forefront of raising awareness of human rights issues.

Read more about the Castan Centre Writing for Human Rights Essay Competition or be inspired by the video of renowned speakers in a recent  debate on the very topic of this essay competition: Social Media is free speech gone mad.  Download the comprehensive  Information Kit which gives much background information and guidance on how to write your essay.  Be quick though, because the competition closing date is very soon.

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Tipped to be the audio version of YouTube and Flickr, Broadcastr, with more than 4,000 audio clips pinned to geographic locations at its launch, is set to go live in just two days – February 28th.


Expecting thousands more stories to be added soon after its launch, this is an exciting development in the world of digital technology.

By ‘pinning’ reports to geographic locations, this new social networking platform will allow ‘listeners’ to stay informed  of world events, explore historical reports or even listen to a review of a restaurant they may be considering for dinner that night.

Co-founders of Broadcastr, Andy Hunter and Scott Lindenbaum, anticipate that the ways in which people use Broadcastr will be endless.  Noting that while story telling is as old as the human race, this is the first time story telling has been taken to a digital platform.

Writing about Broadcastr a month ago in The Age newspaper, Rachel Wells quotes Hunter:

The thing about Broadcastr is that it’s going to be creating this rich layer of storytelling that covers the whole world and which is going to become more and more valuable as time goes by.”

It will certainly be interesting to watch the growth and development of this new app, the next social media platform to hit our world!  The mind boggles as to its value in educational settings.

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