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List Your Adventures With Diddit

List Your Adventures With Diddit

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    We make lists of everything we want to do, whether it’s the errands we need to run on the way home or the things we want to do before we turn a certain age. But what about the stuff we’ve already done? Sharing the things we’ve already done — and enjoyed is the relatively simple idea behind Diddit. Rather than making lists about the adventures you’re going to have, Diddit’s emphasis is on the amazing things you’ve already done.

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    The Diddit Basics

    Diddit collects experiences across a wide variety of categories: whether you’ve ate at a particular restaurant, visited a certain location or tried a particular sport, you can check off those adventures off your Diddit list. While that seems like a very basic site idea — and perhaps not particularly appealing for people of a certain mindset — there are layers to using the site that can make Diddit worth the visit.

    One of the features of Diddit is the ability to network with your friends. Importing a set of friends from another system is relatively easy and you can create lists of things you’ve done — and would recommend for a specific friend — and pass them along. For instance, there are several road trip lists that follow an interstate or highway across the country, pointing out the best stops and side trips.

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    Most items on your lists will be one word: a popular list of animals seen includes 242 animal names. But you aren’t limited to that simple title. You can photos and stories to give a bigger picture of the experiences you share on Diddit. You can do the same on other people’s lists. You can suggest items to add to a particular list, along with your own adventures.

    The Other People on Diddit

    Those pictures and stories shared on Diddit are an opportunity for anyone interested in finding new things to do. By digging around in the ‘Food & Drink’ category, you can find lists of restaurants in your area to try out. You can find new things to do in just about every other category, too: no matter what area your passion falls into, the odds are pretty good that you’ll find something new to do.

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    When it comes to planning out the trips I want to take, or the other goals I have outside of work, I sometimes find myself at a loss for where I should head next. Just browsing through the things that other people have posted to Diddit, though, has started me thinking about a whole list of things I want to do in the future. Diddit has made it easy to keep track of all those incoming ideas, too: if you come across something on the site that someone else has done, you can mark it ‘wanna do it.’ Diddit compiles all of items you mark as such into one big ‘wanna do’ list.

    So far, there are over 300,000 different activities in Diddit’s database. It isn’t just user-generated, either: Diddit has generated lists and activity descriptions by crawling the web. That’s definitely a benefit to a relatively new site. Diddit won’t need to work up to a level of critical mass in order to be useful for its users.

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    Even if you’re one of those people who can never find anything to do, you might just manage to come across something awesome just by browsing through all the options. Ludic Labs — the company that created Diddit — has stated on its website that “There is a 100% chance that you will find something to do at Diddit.com.” That’s a pretty big promise, but Ludic Labs seems to manage it. Much of Ludic Labs’ staff seems to have come directly from Inktomi, a company which was acquired by Yahoo in 2002.

    Even after only spending a little time on Diddit, I’ve found it addictive. I want to mark off more things that I’ve done, create my own lists and go hunting for new things to do. I’ve even got a list of new foods I want to try — I plan to add a couple of them to my shopping cart during my next trip to the grocery store so that I can move them from ‘wanna do’ to diddit. To a certain extent, I think it’s also possible to use Diddit to rate certain activities, like visiting a particular restaurant or hiking a particular trail. However, the wide variety of experiences that Diddit catalogs isn’t quite ideal as a directory to rely on for specific restaurant recommendations. For those nights when you just want to try a new place, though, Diddit can narrow down your options fast.

    Creating a Diddit Account

    Accounts on Diddit are free and take only a moment to set up. You can spend as little or as much time filling out a Diddit profile as you want: I haven’t seen many profiles with tons of information, though. Instead, the real information is in the lists you choose to share and the adventures you can check off on your own Diddit list. You can also give and receive ‘toasts’ — comments and compliments shared between Diddit users. I haven’t quite figured out why they’re called toasts (rather than comments), but it does offer a way to comment and even ask questions on the adventures you might want to take in the future.

    If you have a Diddit account, let us know how you’re enjoying the site in the comments. Got a favorite list? Please share it!

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    Last Updated on September 11, 2019

    8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

    8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

    Computers and cell phones have become an integrated tool in our professional and personal lives that the original methods of using pen and paper may not be so common anymore.

    Although our old-school methods of note taking may not have entirely left us, technology is advancing with no intention of slowing down; iPads are moving into service industries, video calls are taking the place of in-person interviews, and store receipts are making its way into our email inbox – all of which requires the skill of typing.

    Learning a new skill doesn’t have to be boring and never had to be. Thankfully, there are effective games and apps that can help you learn to type fast with swift precision and accuracy.

    Why Typing Fast Matters?

    Learning how to type fast is a game changer. In fact, you can save 21 days per year by typing fast!

    Although shaving several minutes from curating a long email or texting paragraphs in a text message may not seem to be of great significance, the minutes soon do eventually add up and the long list of tasks then evolve into frustration. By the end of the day, time is being wasted, and the work pile is stacked high over your head.

    Why not alleviate some of those frustrations through practice and dedicating your spare time to build muscle memory?

    Learning a simple skillset like speed typing can drastically improve other essential areas in life including time-management and prioritization. Not only does it help you efficiently complete tasks at work and in your personal life, but it also boosts your productivity.

    8 Most Effective Typing Games and Apps

    Everyone learns at different speeds and uses various methods. While some work better under pressure and tight deadlines, others thrive when given ample amounts of time to learn and soak in the knowledge that is being provided. Despite the number of resources that are available in the hollow corners of the internet, it’s all about finding one source that helps you learn at your fullest potential.

    Whether you’re a keyboard ninja or not, here are some effective typing games and apps that allow you to test your speed, accuracy, and maybe shoot some spaceships along the way.

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    For Beginners

    1. Speed Typing Online

      What’s more fun than to type to the story of Alice in Wonderland or the lyrics to “Hey Jude”? Speed Typing Online is an online typing game that allows you to dive into the creative and familiar world of famous books, fables, songs, and even hone your skills in data entry.

      The bright blue frame holds the text, which then turns green after punching in the accurate keystrokes. After the end of the personal timer, a statistics page appears to show you your typed words per minute, accuracy, correct and incorrect entries, and error rate.

      2. Typing Trainer

        Typing Trainer

        is another online platform suited for beginner typists looking for step-by-step lessons. Learning the keys on a keyboard can confusing especially for those who aren’t as familiar or getting adjusted to typing on a computer keyboard.

        Typing Trainer has a collection of step-by-step tutorials that covers everything from sentence drills, introduction to new keys as the lessons progress, and skills test. The Typing Trainer specifically highlights unique features in each lesson including a warm-up section where the user begin to build muscle memory and learn to type without looking at the keyboard.

        The website is also programed to identify difficulties the user is facing when typing specific words or sentences.

        3. TapTyping – Typing Trainer

          There is the feeling of physically typing on a keyboard and then there’s the feeling of typing on a touch screen mobile device.

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          Since the use of cell phones has become closely integrated into our everyday lives, learning to type on a mobile is much of a skillset as it is to type on a computer. The mobile typing app, TapTyping – Typing Trainer, allows users to practice while on-the-go making it perfect for commuters who want to practice typing during their down time.

          The app allows you to challenge other typists around the world with TapTyping’s global leaderboard and test your skills by taking advanced lessons. There’s always room for improvement and with the app, you’ll be able to find your mistakes by watching a heat map of your finger strokes.

          For professional writers and programmers

          4. The Most Dangerous Writing App

            Suitable for writers facing a creative block or on a tight-deadline, the Most Dangerous Writing App is a website that forces your fingers to type as quickly as your ideas.

            If you stop longer than 5 seconds, everything you had written will slowly disappear from the screen.

            Sessions are timed from 3 minutes to 20 minutes, or can go from 75 to 1667 words. This online app is perfect to brain dump ideas, write a chapter of a manuscript you’ve been stuck on, or help with procrastination.

            If you’re up to the challenge, try the hardcore mode – an alternative option where a single letter appears on the screen at a time. This level prevents you from seeing the entire word, sentences, or even correct any spelling or grammatical mistakes until the timer is complete.

            If you’re wondering, copying and pasting is not an option until each the end of each session.

            5. The Typing Cat

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              Looking to upgrade your typing skills? Also working as a personal tutor, the Typing Cat has a list of regular typing courses with the option to try other lessons with more complexity such as HTML. Learning to type code is a another valulable skillset worth adding.

              Even with disregarded interest in the coding world, using the code course enhances your typing skills and allows your fingers to familiarize itself with uncommon word combinations and placement of punctuations on a keyboard.

              The coding course can be difficult even for typing whizzes, but it’s all a part of muscle memory. According Psychology Today,[1] only a handful of people actually learn how to type by looking at an actual keyboard, while a majority of the population locate specific keys intuitively through muscle memory.

              Available courses include EcmaScript 6, HTML 5, and CSS 3.

              Fun typing games

              6. ZType — Space Invaders Meet Webster

                Remember playing the iconic 70’s game that allowed you to shoot tiny purple and green aliens from one end of the screen to the other with a two-bullet laser? It’s hard to believe that Space Invaders just turned 40 , but you can still get the same adrenaline rush with ZType, a typing game with the same shooting concept.

                Ztype works in waves – stages that must be cleared but instead of aliens, you must type out the words before the missiles destroy your ship at the bottom of the screen. Every so often, longer and mor complex words would appear and if the words are not typed in the allotted time, a series of letters will disperse like missles.

                The game is quick on the fingers and will still have your heart pumping until the very end.

                7. Epistory – Typing Chronicles

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                  Although this game does cost money to purchase, it is worth the investment if you’re looking for a refreshing and alternative mode to learning how to type fast.

                  Epistory – Typing Chronicles is a role-playing action and adventure game of a young girl riding a fox in a magical and fictional realm; together they combat enemies in the shapes and forms of words.

                  Once you’re starterted, you almost forget you’re playing a typing game. The paper craft art aesthetics of the game has you captivated by the vibrant colors and character’s storyline, while having you build your typing skills.

                  8. Daily Quote Typing

                    Need some inspiration? Say no more.

                    Daily Quote Typing is one of many gammes available on Wordgames.com – a website that offers a variety of typing games ranging from different levels based on your experience.

                    With Daily Quote Typing, users are able to type out inspirational quotes by famous leaders, inventors, and innovators such as Mark Twain and Albert Einstein.

                    Bottom Line

                    At the end of the day, discipline and patience is what teaches to type faster. It comes down to making that commitment to improving not only your typing abilities, but in a lifelong skill that benefits other areas in life.

                    By practicing daily and using effective games and apps, it’s only a matter of time before keystrokes will become second nature and your brain will adapt to learning other skills faster.

                    Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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