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The Ultimate Facebook Guide

About 100 years ago, Collegev2 put together just about every Facebook hack, trick, style, blog, site, Greasemonkey and Firefox extension in the book. We’re a little slow on the uptake, oops. In case you’re wondering where all those annoying ASCII wall posts come from, here’s their breeding ground. (And on that note, who does this kind of thing?!?!)

I haven’t checked up on Collegev2 since they switched writers, but a quick glance shows that they seem to have retained their tutorial style. Super-quick roundup of helpful posts–Check out their site for more…

There’s also a nifty series on how to search Google like a 1337 h4x0r: 1, 2, 3, and 4

Newsmap


Newsmap is a nifty flash-based graphical representation of the Google News aggregator. It uses color and size to map out the most covered news stories and their categories. Furthermore, as the about page reads, “Its objective is to simply demonstrate visually the relationships between data and the unseen patterns in news media. It is not thought to display an unbiased view of the news; on the contrary, it is thought to ironically accentuate the bias of it.” And you love ze irony, yes? Yes?

The site is intuitive as well as beautiful–And you can get the news from different countries to boot! Definitely not for slower connections.

WesMatch making a comeback

How did we not have a link to WesMatch on the sidebar? Oh, woe! It’s there now.

And before you ask, we’re just going to let the WesMatch FAQ do the talking for us.

Q. What, exactly, is CampusMatch?

A. CampusMatch is a student-created compatibility matching service for college students, started at Wesleyan University in 2002 as WesMatch.com. It is a sort of networking web, a matchmaking matrix, a sprawling compatibility rhizome throwing out its shoots and tendrils in all directions, through which all of its bulbous and starchy users are endlessly interconnected. It’s not a dating site, nor a hookup service (though if you’re lucky, it may land you both). It’s not a social networking site either—though it may help you find new friends, if that’s your bag. It is a tool to help bring college students together in meaningful ways, and, as such, its uses are limited only by the imaginations of its users.

Q. Does it really work?

A. Probably not, which might make for some pretty interesting first dates. Theoretically, though, the scores should be accurate—there’s quite a bit of fancy computer science stuff going on behind the scenes. Of course, even if the algorithms are correct, it’s up to you to decide whom you’d be compatible with, so if you end up with some wacko, it’s most likely your own damn fault.

Anyways, the site’s seeing a resurgence of popularity in recent days, showing again that degree of loneliness is inversely proportional to hours of daylight and directly proportional to amount of last-minute panic. The questions are witty and unabashedly Wesleyan-related: For example, one of the music genres is listed “Experimental/Avant Garde/Anthony Braxton.”

We especially recommend Matchlink:

Choose up to 50 people you’d like to meet and/or meet up with in some way. If any of them put you on their list, the system will e-mail you both, and the two of you can take it from there. If they don’t select you as well, they’ll never know they were on your list.

There’s even a Matchmaker function for those of you who just love to meddle with your friends’ love lives. And don’t forget to check out the Date Request System, where you can send someone a little notification that you wanna get in their pants go on a date with them. The ol’ middle school standby of “Do you like me? Circle YES or NO” hits Web 2.0. Genius!

NoteMesh

It’s a little late for this now, but Notemesh looks like a promising student resource:

There are plenty of notes services out there; NoteMesh is a different way of thinking about your notes. Collaborate with your classmates to create a unified set of notes for your class. It’s like Wikipedia for your notes.

Great for those of you who just sit in the back row typing on your laptops (EVERYONE in Sensation & Perception: I’m looking at you!). The site’s slogan is “collaborate to graduate,” and I think it has great potential– Especially for lectures.