A New Gaming Community For Girls

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If you’re a gamer, you’re more than likely male, but it’s a reality that gaming among girls is on the rise. It actually has been for the last few years.

I’m sure Jade Raymond was a huge inspiration for woman when she produced Assassins Creed. The game was gorgeous and lot’s of fun.

The gaming industry has made a huge push to get woman into gaming over the last few years with competitions for female game designers, scholarships for future female game designers, and even girl-only nights on Xbox Live.

Now there’s a new community on the web called Girl Gamer. It’s a social community that leaves the boys out of the equation. A place where girls can discuss their favorite aspects of gaming without being ridiculed by 13 year old boys who think they’re are gaming gods.

The site looks awesome and seems to have a fair amount of members already. They don’t mention anywhere on the site how many members they really have so I’m not certain, but the site is in early stages of beta so you can be sure it will grow soon.

I think it’s great the gaming community is getting more woman involved.

Everyone likes games!

Social Community for the Dead

Paul Newman (1925-2008)

I recently posted an article about a social network for Latino babies, and I thought that was weird enough. I mean, what are you gonna come up with next? Well, Tributes.com definitely tops the list of odd social networks. The intentions of Tributes is to take the obituaries from the newspaper to the internet.

Jeff Taylor, the founder of Monster.com and Eons.com started the site when he noticed that the obituaries were the last piece of the newspaper that wasn’t really utilized on the web. His site gathers its information from the Social Security Administration’s Death Index database as well as information from funeral homes. Tributes already has dates for 84 million Americans, dating all the way back to the 1890’s

If you have a death in the family, you can use Tributes to give the deceased proper recognition, other than the small sentence normally allowed in the obituary section of the newspaper. An obituary up to 300 words will cost nothing, but larger than that can cost up to $80 annually or $300 for an unlimited period of time.

One of the most interesting features of the site is the ability to be notified when someone has died based on their last name, school, military unit or ZIP code. It sounds a bit disturbing, but it’s actually a fairly helpful service. They plan to also add a feature that will allow users to upload their address book to the site to keep track of passing friends and family. I actually don’t know if I want to sign up or not.