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Social Networking for You

We all know about Facebook and MySpace.  But have you heard about Smart Girls at the Party or iTwixie, or Nerdfighters?  Smart Girls at the Party was partially created by Amy Poehler.  Yes, the same actress and comedian who stars in Parks and Recreation  on NBC and was a cast member on Saturday Night Live:

photo by flickr user Rubenstein

The website is chock full of videos made by teen girls (and boys, surprisingly) about their lives and interests.  The philosophy seems to be that if you pursue what you’re really interested in, you will make the world a better place.  For example, here’s a video about making battlebots that was posted on Smart Girls at the Party:

Amy also makes her own video interviews with Smart Girls, and her two co-conspirators make 20 second songs and crafts, respectively.

iTwixie was just named “one of Disney FamilyFun Magazine’s top 10 websites for kids this month”, according to Pop City Media.  It was developed partly thanks to a local business innovation grant! Go Pittsburgh!

Much of the content is not available if you’re not a member (there’s that privacy thing popping up again), but I can tell you that it is advertisement free and includes chatting, blogging, article-writing, and other good things.  Like a songwriting workshop!  And contests to win things like guitars.

Last but certainly not least, there are the Nerdfighters.  You may have read a book by John Green.  We have them at the library, and we gave one of them away as rewards for summer reading.  Here, let me refresh your memory:

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Looking For Alaska


An Abundance of Katherines




Well, John Green and his brother Hank used a website called Ning to make their own social network.  Since they do great creative things and make funny videos, their fans have made this Ning very popular.  It is well worth exploring if you are interested in “increas[ing] awesome and decreasing world suck.”

By the way… John Green is coming back to Pittsburgh to speak for the Black, White, and Read All Over speaker series on January 28th.  Tickets are relatively cheap ($15), and now you have a head start on reading his books in prepartation for going!  I’ll be there.  I’ll be the one in whitish glasses frames.

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