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First of all I support fully the mission of Pulsewire. I have joined a group and tried posting. I made a post in "Sharing Solutions" then realized that my post should have been Voices Rising, I think, but am not sure.

I will continue to experiment until I find out how all of this works.

I did realize that to begin a relationship I need to find out about the other person and answer with feedback which is positive. I am thinking about what I heard about raising children once - ignore bad behavior and encourage the good.

My time is being spent in interacting in PulseWire. I have some commitment to this project. If it works out as I hope, I will make a stronger commitment ie
spend more time and energy on the project.


We will be making small improvements to the site as we progress. If you have any specific suggestions, I invite you to either post them here on PulseWire or send them to me directly by using the feedback form located at the bottom of each PulseWire page.

In partnership,

Maria Jett, Online Community Director

Goldie Davich's picture

I'm learning too

Every posts shows up in Voices Rising. It's like the front page of a paper. You will see the most recent post at the top of voices rising.
The Sharing Solutions section is still confusing for me. But it is also the section that I think is can be the heart of PulseWire -- kind of like a compassionate craigslist :-)

Goldie Davich, PulseWire Online Intern

You may have seen my blog Marianist Resources. That is my primary work and takes all morning. It is basically about changing the world. The Pope says that all people of good will are needed in spite of their religious beliefs to do this.

My posts are about basic elements of our Marianist Life as lay or religious, and especially about our mission to globally love and act locally.

I look for Social Justice issues to feature on my blog. These issues are to be looked at through "Natural Law" - essentially the Human Rights statement of the UN.

We all have to work together on this. The blog is working. I now have at least 40 people a day using the blog. I find it to be a rather powerful instrument to realize our goal in creating a good world for human beings.

This is the vision I want to bring to PulseWire.

Incidentally, what does "My Community Mean?" How do I react differently with my community friends and other sections of Pulsewire. Also I see different groups all around do I make groups myself around this topic and that? Is the input based on a kind of "forum" model.

This is still all very confusing but I have much I want to share with Pulsewire.

Corine Milano's picture

As of now, My Community is a

As of now, My Community is a means of making a personal connection with people who have similar interests and ideas. They are essentially PulseWire friends. It's an easy way for you to see a list of those journals you like to keep up with, as well as a way for you to see how many people you have connected with via PW.

As with all of our features, we are working on ways to make My Community have more meaning and impact for our users. In the future, there will be more ways to interact with your PulseWire friends, but we're still working on this... Stay tuned--more interactivity is on it's way!

You are correct, groups are forums for specific discussion. A group topic should be broad enough that many different topical discussions can fit under it — for example, HIV/AIDs or Books or Site Help. Users are free to make their own groups and invite others to join so that discussions can be localized.

Hope this helps!
Corine Milano, Assistant Editor

--"We will surely get to our destination if we join hands."
Aung San Suu Kyi --

Gene's picture

Great Answer Corine

I like the way you have the community built up. It was painless and not frightening. On Facebook it takes a little risking to be poking people or asking to be friends. In my case, they are just showing up as the see the discussions. It is a beautiful idea to let people make remarks on the discussion page, then have another person ask to join their community. Very friendly, hospitable, and non-threatening. An ideal way to behave especially if some of these women have real problems.

Goldie Davich's picture

your Marianist Resources blog

Hey Gene! I just check it out. Do you allow comments on your blog? I would love to comment on some of your post.

Goldie Davich, PulseWire Online Intern

Goldie Davich's picture

oh yeah...

If you allow comments on your blog other PulseWire members can leave comments and join the conversation! (i posted a link to your blog on my PusleWire journal)

Goldie Davich, PulseWire Online Intern

Gene's picture


I have purposefully keep them out because I don't want to get sucked into endless discussions on any one topic. I have multiple topics and I think it is the multiplicity which is important.

Most web sites of Catholic Religious Orders stay with THEIR topics and their stories. The world has changed greatly. The site was put up for Resources for Marianists. Our headquarters are in Rome. They have General Meetings every 3 years or so. The really know what is going on -- God is doing new things , DON'T YOU SEE IT.

Well, you and I see it. My blog is to make the Marianists see it and also any one else so we can all work together.

With the variety of topics I have, many people are attracted and made to think. I don't want to get bogged down into just a few topics. I want to keep the posts Rich in posts about the disenfranchised, the poor, Gender issues , Environment, and so many other things.

Corine Milano's picture

Thank you for making this

Thank you for making this post and sticking with PulseWire as we work on making it more user friendly! We would love to hear your suggestions, or even the places that you are having difficulty navigating or understanding the site. User feedback is vital for us to be able to make PulseWire everything it can be.

Corine Milano, Assistant Editor

--"We will surely get to our destination if we join hands."
Aung San Suu Kyi --

Gene's picture

Pulsewire is doing a great job.

On Pulsewire you have a very powerful thing I haven't seen anywhere else - Hospitality. You also have a very fast response time. You are group I want to be with because you are fired up with these issues.

Looking Great Pulsewire!

Gene's picture

Blog for Pulsewire

I don't know if you know that Google has a blog. I think we need a Pulsewire blog. It would be free. I was thinking of making a blog on Google called Using Pulsewire or something like that with the address

We need a mission statement. That would be at the head of the blog. "For the Empowerment of Women" or something more focussed than it is now. The present purposes seem too limited but should be clearly focussed on just how we want to help women.

Membership, would be moderated. We would have a few support people like we have now, other than that women with needs would use the service. The way it is now, it could become a place to learn how to use Web 2.0. If people knew this help was available they would flock here.

Possibly one of the staff would make a post and comments could be made.

BUT I have found that comments on blogs are rare. I used comments for a while and only got 3 in a year.

I would like to have some one or two people help on this project. We would need an email address for PulseWire. Then we could get a free website from Google under that email name.

This is what I am thinking about.

I would like to make my own group called "Using Pulseware"

What do you think or is someone already in charge of this?

I'm keen to get started offering lessons on how to use PulseWire, too, and I'm looking forward to working with you.

Thank you so much for bringing this generous offer to the table. I will take it to the team for discussion this week.

In the meantime, I'd love your help developing a few other ideas I have brewing, if you are willing to offer us some more advice!

Right now our team is focused on exercising and optimizing the tools we're building here on PulseWire. Our own Site Help group is the tool I'm currently using for the purpose of training. You'll notice that this tool is not perfected yet... However, as every community member is part of this group, I myself will be posting tips and training in this venue. Ankur, our lead software developer (, is working on comments and groups activity notifications as we speak to make it as effective a training tool as it can possibly be for all our users.

Here's the link to that group's profile:

and journal log:

If you have a moment to look at what I've got going on there, it would be of great help to me if you would either make a post with your comments included or hit the feedback button to send me an email. Also, I invite you and all other PulseWire users to submit questions and your own tips and lessons here as often as you are able.

Finally, I've also got a simple lesson document in development. I'm wondering if you would you be willing to look it over and give me your recommendations?

Thank you again for bringing your voice and ideas to our project. Your help is greatly appreciated!

p.s. Do you happen to have experience with wikis? I'm yearning to explore this option as a training tool for us. I'm not experienced with creating them myself, but would love to chat with someone who is.

Maria Jett, Online Community Director

Gene's picture

Priorities and Wikis

I use the Wikipedia a lot. I have often wondered just how someone could make one. I believe a PulseWire Wiki would be quite powerful. For example the word "community" has a specific meaning here. A link to the word from a blog would help to greatly simplify posts for new members.

If you have something for me to look over from time to time I am willing to help.
I looked at the two web sites you suggested on December 8. Great Job. Discovering this helped me understand Pulsewire better.

I was also happy to learn about the Journal of you chief software person Ankur Naik.

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