Go back to the Twitter account you set up at the beginning of this unit and look at the the trending topics on the left of the page.
- What do you know about each of the topics?
- Are the people you follow discussing these topics?
- How does your understanding of trending topics contribute to your understanding of Twitter and social media rivers, if at all?
The topics that are trending on my Twitter (for this unit) are TrueBlood, ThingsIHateAboutPeople, xfactorau, askbolt, Telstra, TwoYearsOfWhatMakesYouBeautiful, Roosters, New Zealand, Rafah and Sinai.
Out of all of those I’m not familiar with TwoYears… and Rafah and Sinai. I’ve had a quick look at these topics and I’m glad I don’t know anything about One Direction. Rafah and Sinai make me very sad. These are not the topics I am interested in. I am following some fellow students, librarians and ALIA, which is were my interest lay. I don’t see anyone I’m following talking about these topics either.
This river is not for me, I’m not a fan of Twitter, even after learning more about it.
After reading Tama Leaver’s article, consider why ‘small’ appears to be fashionable online (or has the fashion changed???).
In your essays you discussed the consequences of Web 2.0 platforms to the way we communicate and collaborate. Revisit your essay and think about how the presentation of information in small packets changes the way we consume, produce or share information online.
Personally, I like how my phone so small I can put it in my back pocket quite comfortably. However, looking at back at my essay I discussed the wonders of blogging and for me typing away madly using my smartphone would give me a tremendous headache. I don’t have the best eyes in the world and to look down at a small screen for a long period of time does not appeal to me. So in some cases, small things are ok, but large is still useful.
One of the activities this week asks you to sign up for Friendfeed and add your various social media accounts.
* How does your Friendfeed represent you or your interests?
* What sense of other people do you get from their feeds?
* What do you think of this type of service, in contrast to other social networking platforms? What are its strengths and weaknesses?
FriendFeed is not working for me and I thought maybe it was just me as I have been playing around with all my nodes lately. My Facebook page (for this unit only) seems to be working but as I haven’t added any friends yet it is a lonely feed indeed!
I don not think FF represents my interests at all.