Finding the Women Online (or not) and a Lab Waste video
100 Awesome Webmaster Blogs by and for Women by Jimmy Atkinson showed up as a link to my blog, so I checked it out. I found a list of women's sites that is wonderful in its range. I might quibble with the headline that the sites are "for women" but won't because this is the first such extensive a list I've seen produced by a male writer.
I'm on the list, as I mentioned. So are many other BlogHer bloggers. The list is categorized by Women in Search, Women in Marketing, Women in Design, Social Media, Organizations and Writing Skills, Women in Business, and Women in Tech.
I'm all for showing Jimmy Atkinson some bookmark and link love to celebrate the work he did putting this list together. There have been many lists like this in the past, but of course, all gathered by women.
Not once does Jimmy mention the words "hot" or "sexy" in his comments about women online. Refreshing.
Allen Stern, on the other hand, never mentioned women at all in his exposé FriendFeed Follower Patterns Exposed: How Jason, Mike, Loic & Robert Get So Many Followers So Quickly (video). Allen Stern noticed that some of the tech big boys like Michael Arrington from Tech Crunch and Robert Scoble were bragging about how great FriendFeed was because their friend count was going up so fast—much faster than on Twitter.
Stern's story showed that these tech big boys were getting so many friends because they were the default friend choices on FriendFeed. In addition, Stern felt that finding the way to actually select friends of your own choosing on FriendFeed was difficult. Stern said,
My hope is that FriendFeed will expedite the algorithm change and create more diversity and discovery with their platform. Shouldn't everyone who uses FriendFeed get a chance to be discovered instead of pushing the same nine people for all of eternity?
Even though Stern mentions wanting more diverstiy and discovery in the choices, he doesn't actually point out the obvious fact that all 9 of the default choices were men. So we're pointing it out here.
Hey, FriendFeed, if you ever get around to changing your algorithm, take into account that half of the people online are women. Until then, don't expect this woman to use your services.
In Tech Royalty: When Is Our Independence Day? by Cyndy Aleo-Carreira, Cyndy seems to want to find a few friends beyond what she calls the Web 2.0 monarchy, too.
I'm looking for some new recommendations. I want to find new voices who aren't writing for TechCrunch or Mashable, and don't have 10,000 followers on any social media service. And right now, I don't know how to easily find them. What I most want to see is some service that gives a leg up to the little guy and recommends those people who don't already have that built-in user base. I already know who lives in the castle. Now help me find the chamber maids.
Like the perennial 'where are the women of the web' question there are also recurring questions about the visibility of women in science. Eva Amsen from esternblot may earn some attention with her video about Lab Waste. She hopes the video will raise awareness about the disposal of lab waste and help reduce it.