Web 2.0 is a concept that has been transforming the way we interact online. The term is commonly associated with Web applications that facilitate information sharing and collaboration on the Internet. Our recent redesign of AAII.com attempts to embrace some of those Web 2.0 elements, including opportunities for members to share content with non-AAII members.
With the redesign of AAII.com, members can now share AAII articles and other content through a variety of social media outlets, including Facebook and Twitter, or e-mail articles to friends.
Delicious is a social bookmarking service where you can save all your bookmarks online, share them with other people, and see what others are bookmarking. The site also allows you to see the most popular bookmarks being saved right now across a variety of topics. When you click on the Delicious link at an AAII article, you add the article to your bookmark collection on Delicious.
If you have an account with Facebook, the popular social media site, you can share an AAII article by clicking the Facebook icon next to an AAII article. This will post the link to your Facebook news feed (Figure 2). From there, your Facebook friends can click on the link and read the entire article.
Also, if you are on Facebook, be sure to follow CI at this link: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Computerized-Investing/322511388012.
LinkedIn is a professional networking site, where you can connect with friends and colleagues, as well with like-minded professionals. Clicking on the LinkedIn link for an AAII article allows you to post a link to the article for the people that are in your LinkedIn network.
StumbleUpon helps you discover and share websites. The site delivers pages matched to your personal preferences that have been recommended by your friends or other users. You can also rate sites to share them with like-minded people. By clicking on the StumbleUpon link for an AAII article, you recommend it to the StumbleUpon community (free registration is required).
Twitter is a microblogging service that allows you to post in 140-character increments, called “tweets.” You can follow other members of the Twitter community and garner your own following by posting your own comments or by re-tweeting what others have written or posted. If you are a Twitter user (registration is free), you can click on the Twitter icon; from there, you are taken to your Twitter page, where you can tweet the link to the article.
AAII also has several Twitter feeds you may wish to follow. They include: Wayne A. Thorp, CFA, editor of Computerized Investing (www.twitter.com/CI_Editor); Charles Rotbut, CFA, editor of the AAII Journal (www.twitter.com/charlesrotblut); and AAII Sentiment Survey (www.twitter.com/sentimentsurvey).
Two new CI Online Exclusives have been posted to the Computerized Investing website since the last quarterly issue.
In November, Wayne A. Thorp, editor of Computerized Investing, wrote his annual PC Buyer’s Guide, an appropriate topic during the holiday shopping season. Unlike many other hardware guides that are published each year, this CI guide considers the needs of those looking to use the computer for investment analysis, tracking and research. As such, Wayne’s recommendations are intended to allow users to run the broadest collection of investment-related software titles for the next few years.
The December CI Online Exclusive marked the feature-writing debut of Z. Joe Lan, AAII’s assistant financial analyst. Joe compares the top comprehensive investing websites, which offer one-stop shopping for individual investors looking for market, stock and mutual fund data and research; stock screening; portfolio tracking; and charting.
To receive notifications of new postings at the Computerized Investing website, subscribe to the monthly CI E-Newsletter. In addition to announcing newly posted content, the monthly E-Newsletter provides reviews of websites, shareware programs, and smart phone apps of interest to investors, as well as tech gadgets for the enthusiast in all of us.
Sign up for the monthly CI E-Newsletter at www.aaii.com/email, and look for it in your e-mail box the first Friday of every month.