First, I would like to explain the title of this post, “P-Flake”. PageFlakes is a great tool to organize websites, blogs, web searches, and basically anything that you find interesting. The tabs that it creates could be used as a helpful resource to make this one website a one-stop for research sources about a variety of subjects. That’s one reason, after all I have to introduce our subject, the second reason is because I am currently listening to Parliament Funkadelic or “P-Funk”. On a side note, I just realized that Dr. Dre sampled Parliament’s “Getten to Know You” for a D.O.C song called “Whirlwind Pyramid”.
That’s a really far side note because my PageFlake is based around stocks. The type of stocks that I am most interested in are technology stocks, of course there is a lot of general information about the stock market here too. With PageFlakes I can feed websites to certain tabs and have it all presented at one time, and on my front page I have assembled what I think are some useful links to keep anyone updated on the stock market.
On the right side of the page I have linked to a few blogs that I think are useful. I used to use a blog on the Wall Street Journal’s website but that requires a subscription I realize and it wouldn’t work for me to link it to everybody. I still like that blog but will not be referring to it here, fortunately there are many blogs about the stock market out there. I put them in order from top-to-bottom of which ones I like most. Each blog is good because they give different views on what is actually happening with the market. Additionally, I tried to use bloggers that would range in their techniques and focus. So some are for bulls and some are for bears, some are for day traders and some for people who spend a lot of time keeping up with the market.
In the middle I have listed a few sites that are general news site that cover main events in the market. One that I find pretty interesting is the third one down that tracks all stocks that are expected to be hot for each day of the week. Personally, I like to use this resource to grab the names of some of the companies expected to be hot and take a look at why it may be like that, perhaps there are similar stocks promising similar outputs. The bottom two are from Marketwatch.com and I find myself using the resources on that site more often than any other sites, above those I have Fool.com and CNN Money. Fool is a good resource as it takes the everyday user whether they are stock savvy or not and gives them hints about investing for the future and has many good resources to tell the reader about the stock market. I put CNN money up there because I found that they update their site quite frequently and they will usually only deal with the biggest headlines, so I would like some of those to be on the fore-front.
On the left side of the page I have some things I figured would be a little more interactive. First, there is a quote monitor that will give live graphs on any company that you input the stock symbol. As a default it monitors the DOW on a graph. Underneath that I have a link to MSN Money’s page with news about AMD, yes the chip-manufacturer. Since I am looking mostly at tech stocks I decided to use AMD as a model to help learn about the market and some of the risks involved. For instance, just about a year ago AMD stocks were trading at near 17 dollars and two months ago that number dropped to 5, since then it has been jumping up and down but never going above 7. While this is happening I check the news on AMD to see what is going on with the company to deserve these kinds of numbers. Also, I can click on that link and type in any other company name and get a list of news articles directly related to their company. On the bottom, I left a feed to TheStreet.com’s Video page that has lots of news videos about a variety of different subjects, but they all relate to the market. This is a fun feed and once you start catching some videos you like it is always fun to keep on clicking to see what the next video has to say.
On the next tab I have a few searches prepared for any of my visitors. Personally, I am not the biggest fan of these features but they do help make any PageFlake become more comprehensive of a research tool for the person on the run. One is a universal search of the web for any subject that the user defines, as a default search I have “treasuries” set up so that people can quickly look at what the internet has to say about the current Treasuries. I also have a blog search that quickly looks up blogs related to “stocks”. Both of these are interesting but of the two I find that the blog search becomes more helpful as there are better ways to search the internet than through a feed on my PageFlake.
Next, I have my Zotero Bibliography. This section will most likely become the epicenter for notes I like about the stock market and articles I think are interesting. Additionally, every once in a while I will post something up here that will be a little more random and fun. This tab will soon hold much more information than any other tab as it will carry relevant research to the things I will care about, like introduction to stocks and the market of tech stocks.
Along the way of scanning the internet to find good, viable information there have been a few sites that I will turn to guide me in the right direction. These two sites are Diigo and Del.icio.us, and on my fourth tab I have a feed that have some of my favorite sites that I have found on their website. Some of the links are also feeds on my first page but others are not and this is where any visitor can come to check out links to articles and blog articles that I like. This tab becomes more of a detailed view into what I am studying as it does not just show the websites I like in general, but also allows me to show some of the specifics of the market that I find interesting through unique links. Of course, this site will constantly be updated and there many more links to come. By the way I really recommend the top link about the “Map of the Market” on my Diigo tab.
My virtual soulmate is the man behind kirkreport.com, although I don’t think he is aware of this. He is a basic model of what I would like to achieve through the stock market. He is able to make a living off the market while constantly learning new things about it through reading, browsing, and writing. Right now he is on vacation but he is very helpful with his information and never afraid to share. I have already learned a lot from him and plan on reading much more to keep on learning.
I am so amazed at how far the internet has come and it is PageFlakes that make me realize this. In the beginning days of the internet the most customizable page was the search results from Yahoo but now I have an entire 5+ tabbed webpage of my own that is completely customizable from top-to-bottom. I don’t think I could have ever seen this coming, and if I could then I also never thought that the internet could be this organized either but I realize now that this is a user’s world on the internet and for the most part, the users are smart and are not trying to burn the house down anymore with virus and complete junk. The good finally outweighs the bad and the internet has become my friend again. In the words of Parliament more or less, “make my flake the P-Flake, I wants to get flaked up”.