Screencasting

November 5, 2008

So overall I would say making a screencast is fast and easy. It recorded alot more clearly than the podcast and editing was simple as well. For my Screencast I wanted to do it on something that I to didn’t use or know very well. I chose to do it on Pandora so it took me a little while to set up an account and play around with the system before doing my screencast. I’m glad I did it this way because I was able to learn something in the process. In my screencast I showed how to create a radio station and how to bookmark songs and artists. Now i frequently use pandora at work or when im studying but not really at any other time. its just good to have a personalized radio station handy when I want it.

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Screencast Youtube issues

October 28, 2008

So I finished my screencast 2 days ago…and for some reason Youtube will not let me upload it…I even had friends try to help me but no such luck…Just when I thought the process was going to be easy!

The youtube Phenomena

October 21, 2008

So what exactly does YouTube mean to me? I’ve never been the type to give any thought into it, I used it to search for cheerleading videos of teams I have been on and movie clips I found interesting. Never to watch home videos of a infant Charlie biting a little boys finger or even to watch the star wars boy. Until now I never realized that YouTube was a way for regular people to express themselves, free media at its best. It is fascinating that the world has come to a time where I can buy a webcam spill all my thoughts on a subject of interest to me and watch as people I never met react to it.

I will admit when I saw the length to An Anthropological Introduction to YouTubeI,  figured I would skim my way through to get the overall gist of the speech but it immediately caught my eye and that of a friend. Brilliant in his words and the way he directs his students to partake in this YouTube community. The video touched on many points I found interesting, one of them being your YouTube “Identity”. How you present yourself directly affects who watches your video and likes it. Another point i liked was being “fake” on YouTube in vblogs…in my opinion even if a vblog is scripted it is still a form of expression and reaching the people it wants to reach. I wanted to see another viewpoint of YouTube so I discussed the video with him. He said he enjoyed the work of video because it gave an insight into what goes on in YouTube. When asking him what kind of videos he watches he said he typically views TV show clips and funny videos.

I watch a video on YouTube To M Fellow Vloggers,  that a found from a vblogger talking about how YouTube just isn’t what it used to be. It was linked to an article titled It\’s Official YouTube Sucks.  The video is from a woman who speaks about how the YouTube “community” has been talking about how recent videos have been playing it safe and content is for the most part boring. The vblogger speaks about how she too is guilty of playing it safe because she has gotten hatred for speaking her mind. Maybe risk-taking has slowed down on YouTube in terms of expression because fear of criticism possibly? Maybe it is something to look into.

Who Killed the Newspaper?

October 17, 2008

After out class discussion about the newspaper and how its loses more readers each year I decided to look more into it. I found a interesting article Who Killed the newspaper? that talks about the declining trend but states it is nothing to panic about. A quote of the article I found most true was when the author wrote “Of all the “old” media, newspapers have the most to lose from the internet.” Think about it what are the old media’s? Movies, books, music studios, and newspapers. I personally would look online for a quick news update of my favorite presidential candidate then to read an entire book online, or even watch an entire movie online.

It seems everything from newspapers is shifting to online, advertisers would much rather reach a larger audience on the net and sites seem to have a good way of matching buyers and sellers based on what people are into. The same goes for classified ads

Another site I found took a poll to look at the declining readers of newspapers Do you still read newspapers? When asking how many print newspapers did you read on a typical day in 1998 13% said none…when asked about today 35% said none

Podcast

October 8, 2008

After looking around at some different categories of podcast on Itunes i stumbled upon a pilates podcasts which I found pretty useful. I work out often so I found it useful to have a exercise show online, the only downfall is each segment is only 1-2 minutes each so its constant stopping. I was also able to find a yoga and lots of other fitness related podcasts.

Twitter Tools

October 1, 2008

I am amazed that before this class I had not even heard of twitter before. Now doing a google search on twitter tools I have found over 140 tools. Very interesting. Tools like Twibler where you can post your ebay listings to twitter, tweetlater where you can schedule your twitter posts for later and twitslikeme where you can search for other twitter users who have the same interest as you. I guess twitter isn’t as simple as I thought.

The twittertool that I found answered a topic I had in my previous. That these social networking tools can sometimes get people in trouble. The tool Twitterblacklist list profiles of people who have been blacklisted. Too bad for them.

Twitter

October 1, 2008

To me Twitter just seems like another website which makes it possible for people to self promote themselves such as facebook, and myspace. Except this one is less complicated. It seems as though twitter is another social networking tool, but this one has been picked up by major companies and universities as well to help communication flow between workers and students.

Twitter seems pretty simple. Quick easy updates that lets intended viewers know what you are up to. I like the fact that you can send your updates through text messaging or emails. It allows for a better connected world. As always, sites like these although intended for good do always find a way to get a select few in trouble so I am waiting to see how that may come about.

NewsCred

September 24, 2008

NewsCred is a site built to help news readers find credible sources. Although the site is a good idea I feel like allow users to rate the credibility of stories, authors and publications could lead to some problems down the road. I agree with Marisa Peacock when she says “But isn’t rating a biased measurement?”. The site says it doesn’t rely on popularity, but I would think with users rating popularity might still be a factor to consider. I do not agree fully with this article however because it seems as though it is just written from the views of journalists who are offended by the fact that readers get a say in their writings. After looking at the NewsCred sight they post their Analytics and top 50 credible news sources along with tabs to look at top journalists, bloggers and others rated by viewers.

Social Networking

September 17, 2008

the Web is old, the Web is new, the Web is all, the Web is you“,

I like this quote from a song because it is true about the web today. There are so many ways for individuals to make their web experience very personalized. I believe social networking is a good way for people to connect with others who share the same interests as them as well as find new ideas and social pathways that they didn’t even know they were interested in. Lots of social communities have been formed by people sharing interests and ideas on certains subjects. They way I see it social bookmarking will only increase in the number of users experiencing over the years.

I found here Social Networking sites on wikipedia a list of Social networking sites, the interesting thing about it is it includes sites from all over the world so you can see what is popular in other countries. it breaks down what is needed to be able to join the site…like some are only open to college students with a college email some are invite only sites and some are just general sites open to the public. Some of the sites were Playahead which is popular to Swedish, danish, and norwegian teenagers…and then there is skyrock which is apparently the leading social networking site in the French speaking world.

Tag Clouds R.I.P

September 17, 2008

I have never been the type to think twice about tag clouds. Until this class it really has never been a thought in my mind. Even though the article was not the greatest I guess I can agree with the decrease in tag clouds found on sites over the years. I personally never used them only because they have gotten to the point where it can’t narrow down too much but searches have expanded so much. As inventions go however they are used alot at first then its usage decreases as time goes on, so I would not be surprised if tag clouds disappeared soon.