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Mara’s sPression about Cinema!

It’s not difficult to find interesting sPressions. We’re always looking. One that we have had our eye on for a while is Mara’s sPression about cinema. Mara has recounted her trips to various movies that have come out and provides us with a little review along with a trailer or a bit of the movie itself.

Mara sPression about Cinema

Mara sPression about Cinema

Our personal favorite is “Who framed Roger Rabbit” or in italian “Chi ha incastrato Roger Rabbit.” We have not viewed “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” in a very long time, but it remains “un classico” in Italian or in English. Personally, we love the translation of the character voices from English to another language and see how if it does change the movies interpretation or not. Of course, Mara has reminded us all how great “Roger Rabbit” was in any language.

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How to build and maintain a successful sPression

foldier is great and can really change the way someone stays informed and keeps friends and colleagues up to date on a specific topic. But creating a very effective sPression and unleashing the full potential from foldier requires a little bit of skills.

Here are a few tips to create and maintain your sPression that should help in collecting the right type of links and articles:

  1. When you create a new spression keep it simple at first. Use few and general keywords related to your topic. Try to capture the main sources that will deliver the initial content.
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  2. Give your sPression a week or so and then check the Suggested Sources. Do not hesitate to click on the delete button at the right of the source when the suggestion is not relevant or interesting to you.
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  3. Refine your Search Terms for your sPression. Just click on the Settings button for your sPression and add more keywords in the “sPression Search Terms” text field. These keywords serve two purposes: (a) they filter everything incoming to your account and collect interesting articles and links for your sPression; (b) they help foldier in searching new potential sources of information.
    Give it few days and you will see new sources matching these terms being recommended for your sPression.
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Introducing The sPressionist

The sPressionist

The sPressionist

The sPressionist is the first online aggregated newspaper dedicated to following printed news media and exclusively powered by foldier.

Our focus is how the print media, media in general, and journalism are shifting from the printed form to the digital age. ThesPressionist.com went online just a couple weeks ago.

We created this site because we wanted to showcase the power of foldier’s sPressions to create a fully foldier-generated site. Choosing a topic for the site was easy. Dramatic changes in delivery and consumptions of news are currently happening due to Internet and new applications like foldier.

Watch this video segment where technology journalists, Jeff Jarvis and Michael Arrington discuss the future of news reporting.

There is a whole new class of people that don’t necessarily blog but all they do is read everything, constantly, on Google Reader or whatever and they disseminate that on twitter or whatever… and those people are an increasingly important part of the ecosystem

Well, foldier is a great tool for those people that read everything. And foldier is the tool that is making those people (the disseminators) increasingly important.

With foldier you can aggregate and discover new content on the Web, then you select and publish (sPressing) what is interesting. And then, when you sPress a link, an article or a video that action can be broadcasted to Twitter, FriendFeed and Facebook. So you become a “news disseminator“!

foldier is more powerful and way more useful of a simple RSS reader because (1) it filters incoming articles and separate them using keyword matching; (2) it aggregates more than just RSS feeds, in fact it allows to add simple links (pretty much like a bookmarking tool), or to connect services like Flickr, Delicious, Facebook and Google Docs; (3) it offers the capability of publishing (syndicate) worthy items hence giving its user the power of expressing their opinions on what is available over the Web.

The sPressionist is an example of what you can do if you have interest and you want to follow a particular topic or an entire subject area. All content published on the sPressionist is driven by foldier.  Every heading is a different sPression with aggregated data from multiple websites varying from blogs to century old newspaper institutions.  We created a widget for each sPression, gave it the “News” look and feel and set them up in a simple three column page.

And of course, you can follow The sPressionist on Twitter.

The whole process is not complicated and can be easily replicated by anyone with a little HTML know-how!

Started as an example the sPressionist is already capturing a lot of interest. Few sites on the web have such up to date information and collect articles from such a wide array of sources. We look at how the traditional media is shifting and its future. We believe foldier is part of that future. So we hope that you enjoy the capabilities of sPressions, but also hope you enjoy the content!

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How “Green” is Obama really?

April 15, 2009 1 comment

With the constant drama in the current political landscape, it is easy to overlook the greater political spectrum. When properly instructed, foldier helps by constantly finding new information about a particular subject. This is the case for Jennifer De Marco. She is tracking the environmental policies and the progression of these policies during the Obama administration. You can be more informed about these issues and you don’t have to read a plethora of sites and to find the right article – “How Green is Obama?

How Green is Obama ?

How Green is Obama ?

Just recently Jen found an article from the New York Times (“Obama. Who Vowed Rapid Action on Climate Change. Turns More Cautious“) looking into the Obama’s recent statements about the environment. The article highlights whether Obama is being coy about his intentions for environmental policy change or whether he does not have the political clout or will to proceed for environmental change. Jen asks, “is the Times is stirring things up or are they really onto something?

Jennifer collection does not merely focus on the American landscape of the environment, but looks at the global perspective of environmental changes. She points out an article from treehugger.com “How Overfishing Almost Got Capt. Phillips Killed by Pirates” creating a link between overfishing in Somalia and the captivity of Capt. Philips. We would have never thought about that connection!
So… how “Green” is Obama really? Just follow Jen’s sPression http://www.foldier.com/spress/352459 and you will get punctual updates on the green policies of the new President. We read it every day!

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New foldier 2.27 is online

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We just released a new version of foldier (v 2.27). With this update we are opening the site to everyone. This is not a private beta anymore. For the occasion, we added some very interesting new features. Here are the big ones:

twitter-logoTwitter Alerts: Connect foldier to your Twitter account and send outbound messages on Twitter every time you publish any item in one of your sPression in foldier.

rss_60x60Suggested Sources: foldier brings the internet and its data sources directly to you. Every sPression you create represents a topic of interest. foldier now analyzes user behavior and builds recommendations from around the Net. Be ready to discover new sites and RSS feeds you would have never found otherwise!

gdocico-50x50Google Docs: foldier is now providing the ability to connect, view, manage and publish documents from Google Docs. These documents remain live documents and you may continue to edit them after you have posted. Now you can publish your own content in your sPression along with the best out there.

thespressionistsquare100x100The sPressionist: As a demonstration of what you can do with foldier we created an online digital newspaper: The sPressionist. By simply putting together the widgets for a few sPressions we publish a daily update on the status of the evolution of Printed Media to the Digital Age. With little effort you can create a fully functioning newspaper as well… using foldier!

foldier is open to everybody… no invitation or special requests are needed, just register here for your account ( …yes, yes it’s free of course! ).

Enjoy!

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