Update (9/7): I’ve noted this in the comments, but since some are missing it there, I’ll put it here. Orkut isn’t working. It’s moving way too slow, and many people haven’t received the invites I sent last Thursday. Soooooo.
When we look at social networks in a couple of weeks, I’m going to ask you to sign up with Tribe.net. If you want to get ahead of the curve, I would recommend you do that now. However, the actual assignment/deadline won’t be for a while, so… Peoples of the world, RELAX….
–1. You should have received an email inviting you to join Orkut. You should accept that invite! If for some reason it gets to be Friday and you don’t have an invite, you should email me and let me know. Be prepared to answer a lot of personal questions. Feel free to lie if you don’t want to answer.
2. But, please upload a picture that looks enough like you that when I see you in the hall I have some hope of knowing who you are. I probably still won’t acknowledge you, because I tend to walk the halls thinking deep thoughts, oblivious to the world around me. Yet, there remains that remote possibility. So, at least to start with, upload a picture that remotely resembles your imagined twin.
3. Get the software to use AOL Instant Messenger. It can be downloaded at the AIM site, or you may already have the client software installed. If you have an address you want to keep semi-private (always a good idea), make a new account to use for the class. Enter this AIM account in your profile so I can -bug you at any hour of the day- know who you are if and when we do group chats.
4. Join the MITIA group.
5. Peruse the people in the class. “Friend” (yup, verbification) those whom you know. Think about who would make a good person for your group — i.e., who is interesting, charming, writes well, has mad skillz?
6. Congratulations! You have beat the monster. Move on to Second Assignment.
What, still here? Encountered difficulties we did, yes? Post them as a comment!–