Two twenty-something Ivy League grads were fed up with ill-advised health tips from friends and fruitless Google searches, so they decided to build a digital home for the kind of trustworthy medical advice they couldn't find. Meghan Muntean and Stacey Borden are co-founders of ChickRx, a health information site specifically tailored to chicks. This week the site updates from a strictly editorial platform to one where women now can pose questions themselves—with the option of anonymity—and get answers from medical experts and other women. We caught up with the founders to find out more about their plans for the site.
If you juggle multiple social media presences (and these days, who doesn't?), you're almost certainly spending more time clicking back and forth than you need to. Bookmarklets are free, minimally invasive, time-saving applications, yet a small fraction of internet denizens are using them. They make sharing and posting content while surfing the Web as easy as clicking a button—without leaving the page you're on. These tools do everything from creating Tumblr posts to tweeting links—all without requiring you to be on the social media site itself. So whenever you have a desire to "share" an Internet gem with your fellow culture vultures, the bookmarklet will get the job done in the time it takes you to open up a new tab. We've compiled a list of social media bookmarklets (with links to install them, natch)—drag them to your toolbar now, and watch your social media life all but maintain itself.
For a while now, the Environmental Protection Agency has been working to make its public data more accessible. In fact, in her "First Day Memo" from over two years ago, administrator Lisa Jackson included improved transparency as one of the main goals for the agency.
Her treatise, on the pathetic state of web education (both at the high school and college level) details how dated material is not only creating a disinterested generation of web designers and developers, but negatively impacting the future economic viability of whole countries.