Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
myLot is a blog site – people from around the world can blog on different topics.
There are different sections - top news headlines, most active news, sports, most active blogs, television, music, technology, life … The site is organized making it easy for one to choose where to put one’s blog posts up according to their interests.
American Towns is a site that lists all the states and the towns. One can view the different events and meetings going around one’s home. One can even find special promotion classes such as yoga for only $10 or even for free at times. One can view apartments or any other real estate. There are different issues that are of importance to that town. It is a good site to know what’s going on around you.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I found it quit hilarious that they said "the most creative posting will win" considering every other posts says something like "I really want to go and meet Phoenix it would be so cool." Saying how much you want to meet Phoenix isn't creative. Of course you want to meet Phoenix, that's why you entered the contest. On top of the stupid postings people have entered, people have also submitted multiple entries when the site clearly says "post once". Hopefully I can win by default of the other contestants stupidity.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
I just wanted to post this link for anyone who shares my sentiment and is getting more and more disgruntled with Facebook lately. It touches on a few things I mentioned: making everything of our interests, etc. into "Like" groups, which Singel discusses how they can never not be made public, how Facebook now is only starting to realize that "there's money and power in being the place where people define themselves." All this and much, much more.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Websites like Jstor through Fordham take a while to get to through Fordham access codes and most students have a limited amount of sources other than google to search on reliable information about a topic. I like that it automatically extracts citation details, as it did for my scholarly journal reference. It's basically one massive social bookmarking cite, but is useful for those more serious about what they are doing on the Internet such as scientists and students. I wish I found this cite earlier at Fordham, as it began in 2004, but will still most likely use it in the future, although I will be graduating in May. I also plan to tell current students about it.
This is a site where one can post their story on any health issues one might be going through or have gone through. One can find support or get advice from others who are dealing or who have dealth with similar or same health issues.
This is a site for discoveries and promotion of new music and artists. Each artist has a profile that contains basic info updates, photos, shows, videos, and music for streaming. Some songs are free for download - it's up to the artist to make it available or not. Fans and listeners can make a profile too so they can interact and share music with each other as well as the artists.
Longtable is a site where one can share and discover one's passion about food and drinks with friends and other people who enjoy eating and drinking - it has a friends table so friends can keep up with different foods and drinks to try and then there's a local table so one can meet other people around one's area.
This site is connected with facebook, and one can receive updates on one's phone too.
A social fashion network - a site where people can share their passion for fashion. One can receive and give advice, write on the blog, find good prices for shoes, handbags ..., help friends match their outfits as well as rate and comment it and upload and share photos.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I was specifically interested in what aspects of new media they date back to 1969. Turns out, the scene was very much being set for new media's introduction.
- An experimental network of four computers called ARPANET is commissioned by the U.S. government. The four computers are located at Stanford, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and the University of Utah. The first tests are run at the UCLA facility in September 1969. In October, the second ARPANET node is connected at Stanford. UC Santa Barbara is connected in November and the University of Utah comes online in December. (ARPANET will evolve during the 1970s into a network of computer networks commonly known as the Internet.)
- The Bolt, Beranek and Newman company (BBN) modifies a group of Honeywell computers to act as interface message processors (IMPs) for the ARPANET network.
- The Intel company, which was founded in 1968, produces a 1,024-bit RAM computer memory chip.
- October 17, 1969 -- Honeywell's $10,000 "Kitchen Computer" (H316 Pedestal model) is scheduled to be introduced on the NBC Today Show. However, the segment is replaced by a story about the New York Mets, who had just won the World Series.
THE MEDIA: 1969
- The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) tests a new interactive media format called videotex. This computerized, interactive system transmits text and graphics. The British system requires the use of a telephone, a modified television set and keyboard. The generic term videotex includes computer communications services such as teletext and viewdata. (During the 1970s and early 1980s videotex will develop into an unsuccessful new media and online journalism format. Although videotex will ultimately fail, it lays the foundation for new media ventures of the 1990s.)
- The CompuServe computer time-sharing service is founded. (CompuServe will play an important role in the development of online communication.)
- The New York Times Information Bank is created. Infobank is an electronic collection of New York Times story abstracts. (During the 1970s Infobank will grow into a full-text commercial online database service. It is from early newspaper database services like Infobank that online library archives will develop in the 1990s.)
- News Example:
July 21, 1969 --
"Men Walk on Moon,"
New York Times.
(Abstract available from
the Infobank database service.)
Monday, May 3, 2010
Mayer recently publicly stated how he believes that Twitter has reached its peak, and that he constantly struggles over whether or not to cancel his account. For him personally, this makes sense, as his current interviews have consistently gotten worse, allowing for more critcism to go his way.
But his remarks about Tumblr, another social media site I haven't payed much attention to sparked some interest in me. I'm sure we've talked about this site before in class, but I hadn't really gone further than looking at the site's homepage until now. By the way, here is a link of Mayer's remarks about Twitter, Tumblr and social media in general:
So after I saw his post, I decided to take a deeper look at Tumblr. And what I found so far is that it's an impressive blogging platform that ties together Twitter and Facebook's best aspects. You create your blog, which you can post anything to (text, video, audio, links, etc.). This is typical, but Tumblr takes things further than that. I'm still trying to get more familiar with the site, and created my own blog, which I hope to further utilize, but I do think so far that Mayer had a good point in saying it's taking a step further than Twitter because it ties together all of the best things about social media. When you have the ability to follow other users(like Twitter), incorporate anything onto yours and other peoples' blogs (kindof like ReTweeting), and where you can like other peoples' posts and they can like yours (like Facebook) there is much more interaction than we see on other platforms.
I think of all the new new media I've taken a look at during the course of this semester, this site shows a lot of potential (at least if I try to use it efficiently). So my summer goal is to try to give this site a go and see where it takes me.
This is a site that has topics like politics, entertainment, business and humor. It is a social network and has different group options. One can vote on the different topic articles just like Digg. It also has a blog.
I have heard but never tried using Second Life. Reading Chapter 9 of Levinson’s book just made me realize all the different possibilities Second Life offers to different people.
This New York Times article discusses how people who moved out from a hotel were able to go back and reminisce through Second Life.
Being able to visit and tour the world through Second Life gives people the opportunity to visit certain places without spending the money. Also through Second Life, one can have the opportunity to become the person one wants to be and have a lifestyle that one always dreamed of. Everything one dreams of in the sense of fashion one can have. Here is another New York Times article discussing this.
I have never heard of this site before reading it in Levinson’s Chapter 5. After having gone to the site, it is somewhat interesting. To be able to read different article and being able to bury or dig it has an interesting concept to it. I like that the most popular articles are on the home page. Digg even has a Facebook connection so users from Digg can share their stories or interesting articles on their Facebook news feed or profile. Here is an article discussing the wonders of Digg.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
It really appears to me at least, that it's becoming over commercialized, and this is ridiculous.
Making everything fan pages? Including our personal information? I'm already aware that as a business, Facebook has to market each of us, individually, as a profitable item (which is already creepy), but making the content of ourselves another way for corporates to attract money crosses the line in my mind. What will they do next?
And as I commented on Tim's post, Facebook now works with Bing's search engine. Bing search results will appear in addition to whatever else does on Facebook's search. All of this really boggles my mind.
Facebook saw what happened to MySpace after it was taken over by FOX. Too much stuff going on chases users away. Zuckerberg and his Harvard buddies should know better. I think they're definitely going in the wrong direction. They should remember, now more than ever, that their simplicity is what made their site so appealing.
Perhaps it really is true that no social media can last forever. Because to be honest, if Facebook keeps up its consistent changes, new policies, etc. then I don't know how much longer it will be around. It's definitely driving me crazy already. It's likely that something better and simpler will come along and we'll jump on the bandwagon for that and forget Facebook forever.