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Week 11: Social Me(dia) Rivers

Twitter Activity

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.

Small things

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.

Friendfeed Activity

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.

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Posted by on 08/19/2013 in WEB101

 

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Week 4 Discussion: Topic 2.0: What is Web 2.0?

Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0

We’re talking about Web 2.0 this week, following on from our examination of the early World Wide Web last week. How do you think Web 2.0 may be different from ‘Web 1.0’?  In particular, think about the activities and experiences related to this section like Delicious, Newsflash, and RSS feeds – how does RSS fit in to the Web 2.0 concept, for instance? Do you think that Berners-Lee’s intentions for the web are being realised through the concept of Web 2.0? Why do you think this is the case?

As highlighted in this week’s lecture, Web 2.0 is certainly more collaborative and more fitting to what Berners-Lee had in mind back in 1999 where “anything being potentially connected with anything” (cited in Woods 2013). Having a look at different web 2.0 applications such as Delicious, one can see how participatory culture is developing. For example, Delicious itself as a bookmarking website is fantastic in that websites of interest can be saved and retrieved later. But what is different is that by saving these bookmarks publically, your social network can see these web pages and have the option of saving them on their own Delicious profile. At the same time, Delicious can be linked to blogs or other social networking sites.

 

Another site that is interesting and a web 2.0 platform is the new ehealth record that is being rolled out by the Australian government. Their website explains “eHealth records will allow better sharing of clinical information between healthcare professionals providing a more comprehensive and efficient health system” and can be control by patients online. A collaboration between patients and medical practitioners can mean better access to important information on the one hand. On the other? Lack of privacy.

 

http://www.ehealth.gov.au/internet/ehealth/publishing.nsf/content/home

Perceptions of Web 2.0

Web 2.0: is it a marketing buzzword or a genuine paradigm shift? Or both? Or neither?!

What do you think of O’Reilly’s perception of Web 2.0 – do you consider it a self-serving marketing term, a helpful discursive term or both?

Think about the term Web 2.0 in this context and how its evolution is implied – does this sit in opposition to the ‘ideals’ of Web 2.0?

Is Web 2.0 about an evolution or is it simply a retrospective term – a buzzword? Do these divisions (between Web 2.0 and Web 1.0 as [r]evolutionary) even exist?

There have been many critical discussions on the term Web 2.0 and its use – have you found any in your research so far that you think weigh in well on the discussions here? (Especially as (spoilers) we move further away from the start of Web 2.0, researchers have commented on the end of the Web 2.0 era and the rise of new ideas – but we’ll get into what may come next at the end of the unit)

Note: There are a few related questions here – try not to merely type out a response to each one, but rather think about the general themes and write about your response to the ideas that are generated by these questions. Even more usefully, once a few responses have been posted, try to use the boards as a space for discussion… it’s more fun that way! (Don’t forget that you can edit the subject of your reply, too; this can be useful in focusing the discussion and also making the threads less confusing, since not all replies will have the same subject!).

 

O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 may be a buzzword, but it has helped me conceptualise the difference between what was available prior to the collaborative boom we are seeing now. I can see a distinct difference between the principles, such as web 1.0’s personal web pages and web 2.0’s blogs. While the former were static in nature, blogs are more dynamic, in that not only can readers contribute by adding comments, but also receive updates from the blog in the form of RSS, which allows content to be viewed separately from the blog itself.

Web 2.0 has evolved the net, indeed it has changed the way information is disseminated online because people can add to the information, and expand it and pass it along to even more people, making the web bigger and bigger, all the while making the world smaller and smaller.   

This week’s activities (RSS, Delicious)

The activities for this week involve experimenting with RSS and Delicious. Do you have any questions about RSS? How many of you use RSS feeds already? The world of RSS is changing drastically at the moment, with Google’s announcement a couple of months ago that it will stop supporting Reader, one of the most popular RSS feed readers – indeed, if you (like me) use Google Reader, you’ve only got a few more weeks to enjoy it, since Reader will be retired on 1 July 2013).

How did you go setting up your Delicious accounts? You might want to share your Delicious usernames here so that other students can add you to their networks. What do you think of Delicious?

(You may find that some of the links in the unit content are not working as intended anymore, due to Delicious’ site architecture changing – for example, the search link might not come up with results. However, you should be able to search for content tagged with web101 from the Delicious site itself!).

If you had any problems with or questions about the activities, this is a good place to ask for help!

Like many others I am not familiar with RSS, but after this week’s lecture I am closer to understanding it and had a play around on my wordpress blog. As for Delicious, I’ve had a good look around and have finished this week’s activity. I’m actually quite happy with it and will continue using the website, I like how it remembers all manner of websites for me and that I can tag them so people in my network can access these websites too. My username, like all my other nodes is @eveielovsesoq, I have already added several lovely ladies, look forward to sharing more bookmarked websites with you.

 
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Posted by on 06/21/2013 in WEB101

 

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