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google-impacted on peoples lives

Google has impacted on people’s lives massively both very positively but also negatively.

Nicholas Carr a writer asks Is Google making us stupid?

He said that the deep reading that used to come natuarally to him has become a struggle.   The web has been a godsend to him as a writer as research that required days can be done in minutes.  The advantages he states of having such an incredible rich store of information are many but it comes at a price.

How he sees the net affecting him is that it seems to be chipping away at his capacity for concentration and contemplation.  His mind expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it; in a swiftly moving stream.  He states once he was a scuba diver in the sea of words now he zips along the surface like a guy on a jet ski.
Linkhttp://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/is-google-making-us-stupid/6868/

Web search technology in general and Google in particular is the all important tool we have to-day to extract information from a vast mine of data.  Millions of people use google daily to satisfy their wants and needs.  Google has transformed these needs and wants into a successful business.
Linkhttp://www.cs.duke.edu/courses/spring07/cps049

Small businesses claim that Google is unfair to them by promoting large businesses.
linkhttp://www.dannydemichele.com/google-plus-small-business/

Google and its potential impact on retailers without physical stores.
Google has changed how it displays local search results.   Big companies like Amazon won’t be effected because they have their own following.
With Google placing more emphasis on local listing e.g. clothing stores Next, Top Shop New Look this is good news for them but not so good for on-line only competitors.  These retailers are alreadiy evolving and aligning themselves with Youtube something Frech Connection have already started to explore with ‘Youtique’ and also how these retailers will use facebook and twitter.
linkhttp://www.leapfrogg.co.uk/froggblog/2010/11/google-place-search-the-potential-impact-on-retailers-without-physical-stores/

Information from Google .com

Google is not just a search engine it has a lot more features built in like street maps, image search and videosearch.   Users can create a free e-mail address which will allow them to sign into Google and get more features like Google documents which has the unique ability to share with other users signed on to Google this allows 2 or more people to share and edit the same document.  It also allows you to post on Youtube and it also allows you to use Google plus.  Google plus is a social network similair to facebook but is more secure regarding privacy.  At this time it is not well known it has to build up a data base.

youtube- impacted on people’s lives

Youtube – Impact on people’s lives.

You Tube is important to give people both individually and in groups an outlet for their talents,
, for example NC4 animations were aired there this was very satisfying.

1 – It allows people the access and opportunity to broadcast themselves or other sorts of video media onto the internetYoutube can be used as a tool to put yourself and your talents out for the world to see and judge.
Lhttp://counterpower.blogspot.com/2008/04/effects-of-youtube-on-society.html

2 – It creates internet celebrities.  On 16th July 2010 Justin Bieber’s video ‘Baby’ became the most viewed video of all time on Youtube with over 245 million views.
linkhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_impact_of_YouTube

3 – Follow the money trail.  Google paid 1.65billion dollars in 2006 for Youtube Yahoo was also at this time in the bidding war but lost.   Obviously advertising is big business and companies must think it is worth while to buy advertising space on Youtube.
Linkhttp://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=67669

4 – Youtube is a video sharing website created by 3 former pay pal employees in Febrary 2005.  Users can upload and share videos and music.  Users must be over 18 years old. Linkhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YouTube

 

people obviously get a lot from this site both in posting their own material and enjoying others creative abilities as can be seen from the hits on the ‘Baby’ video.  It also supports a lot of businesses in advertising.

twitter-impact on peoples lives

Twitter is a powerful social media site that impacts peoples lives in various ways.  It only allows 140 characters around 2 sentences to be posted at one time.

1 – How the news and other media have changed to include twitter.   Twitter is often first to break news offering an immediate discussion forum. It also allows for amplifying stories that have appeared in traditional formats.

2 – Social Websites harm children’s brains.   Websites such as facebook twitter bebo are said to shorten attention spans,encourage instant gratification and make young people more self-centered.  This claim is made by Susan Greenfield an Oxford University Neuroscientist.
Linkhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1153583/Social-websites-harm-childrens-brains-Chilling-warning-parents-neuroscientist.html

3 – Riot in London.  A number of politicians media commentators and members of the police force have suggested that Twitter and Blackberry Messenger, in particular had a role to play in the violence in London in August 2011.
Linkhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14442203

4 –  Twitter can change your life various quotes from individuals.
Met great people his life enriched
Twitter takes the stress from my daily life
My goals have changed since I started using Twitter
My personal life has changed for the better
Since I joined twitter I’ve tried to read every tweet of those I follow; not a big deal if you check in 5 or 6 times a day.
Linkhttp://www.alexandrasamuel.com/world/11-ways-twitter-can-change-your-life-as-told-by-its-users

5 – Twitter history.  Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey and launched that July.   It has rapidly gained world popularity with over 200 million users in 2011.   Handling over 200 million tweets and 1.6 billion search queries per day.Linkhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter

From individuals to society it can be seen from the above that Twitter has a vast base and impacts at an individual, and institutional level.  Some think it has a positive impact others a negative impact.

facebook-impact on our lives

Facebook has impacted on peoples lives for good or bad in various ways:

1 – It allows people within society to keep in touch with one another in an easily accessible and immediate manner.  It also allows others to see what you have being doing and use this in some cases to fire you.  The evidence below is just one case there have been many over the passed years.

From State Library New South Wales HSC Legal Studies News Watch.
Don’t post party pictures of yourself on sick leave.  Anthony Dekot lost his job when his boss found photos from a facebook page with him participating in a New Year’s Celebration.
Link
http://blog.sl.nsw.gov.au/hsc_legal_studies/index.cfm/2011/5/6/facebook-and-its-impact-on-peoples-lives

2 – Impact on disabled people.  Facebook gives a voice to disabled people who otherwise may not be heard.  As well as allowing easy access to family friends and work collegues, it allows disabled people to keep informed on their rights and much more  in an easily accessible way.
Linkhttp://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/RightsAndObligations/DG_4019061

3- Information used by Facebook to make money.  Facebook offers services in exchange for the right to collect demographic and preference data from it’s users.  The number of facebook accounts is over 500million and facebook provides data tools to advertisers that help it make impressions on targeted audiences,
Linkhttp://www.pcworld.com/article/198815/how_will_facebook_make_money.html

4 – Facebook as an effective business Tool.  There are a huge number of websites advertising facebook for business use it is obvious there is a market for this. Gigaom has a site stating 32 Ways to use facebook for business.
Linkhttp://gigaom.com/collaboration/32-ways-to-use-facebook-for-business/

5 – People are hooked on Facebook.   A study shows that one third of Americans regularly use facebook in the bathroom.  http://www.allfacebook.com/study-13-of-americans-use-facebook-in-the-bathroom-2011-01 Link

Facebook impacts on its users lives not only within family and friends but in the workplace , negatively in the case highlighted in number 1. .
It ‘s importance is also acknowledged within service provision as can be seen from the web address in number 2.
Privacy is an issue see number 3.
Businesses do take such a resource into account  – number 4.   People even use facebook in bathroom see number 5

Animation finished movie

I finished the task assigned the animation movie is one minute 15 seconds long and took 286 images to complete.  I used photoshop to resize the pictures and used wmv movie maker.    Iused Adobe Pro to add title and credits and to create the movie.  For the sounds I used Freesound.org.   The finished product in now on youtube the link is

face book timeline

No this is too much trouble at the moment.  I will not be changing because all the changes that they have made make the site look messy.

google plus

yes  it  is  worth  it for  privacy.but  at  the  moment  there  is  not enough  people   using  it  at  the   moment   and  it  is awkward  to join

left and right brain test

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Thank you for taking the Creativity Test. The results show your brain dominance as being:

Left Brain Right Brain
48% 52%

You are more right-brained than left-brained. The right side of your brain controls the left side of your body. In addition to being known as right-brained, you are also known as a creative thinker who uses feeling and intuition to gather information. You retain this information through the use of images and patterns. You are able to visualize the “whole” picture first, and then work backwards to put the pieces together to create the “whole” picture. Your thought process can appear quite illogical and meandering. The problem-solving techniques that you use involve free association, which is often very innovative and creative. The routes taken to arrive at your conclusions are completely opposite to what a left-brained person would be accustomed. You probably find it easy to express yourself using art, dance, or music. Some occupations usually held by a right-brained person are forest ranger, athlete, beautician, actor/actress, craftsman, and artist.


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Your left brain/right brain percentage was calculated by combining the individual scores of each half’s sub-categories. They are as follows:Your Left Brain Percentages

  37% Linear (Your most dominant characteristic)
  18% Sequential
  14% Reality-based
  13% Logical
  7% Verbal
  0% Symbolic (Your least dominant characteristic)

Your Right Brain Percentages

  24% Fantasy-oriented (Your most dominant characteristic)
  19% Nonverbal
  18% Holistic
  17% Random
  10% Concrete
  10% Intuitive (Your least dominant characteristic)
What Do These Percentages Mean?Low percentages are common in the Brain Type Test and are not indicative of intelligence. Instead, medium to high scores (30 – 50%) are desireable, as they show an ability to utilize a processing method without an abnormal reliance on it. Special focus should be paid to highly dominant (50% or above) or highly recessive (0 – 30%) methods, as they tend to limit your approach when learning, memorizing, or solving problems.

If you have Highly Dominant characteristics, your normal thinking patterns will naturally utilize these methods. Conscious effort is required to recognize the benefits of other techniques. Using multiple forms of information processing is the best way to fully understand complex issues and become a balanced thinker.

If you have Highly Recessive characteristics, your normal thinking patterns naturally ignore these methods. You may only consider these under-utilized techniques when “all else fails,” or possibly not at all. It is important to recognize the benefits of all of your brain’s capabilities in order to become a balanced thinker.


Left Brain Categories
Linear ProcessingLinear processing is a method by the left hemisphere to process information. In this process, the left brain takes pieces of information, lines them up, and proceeds to arrange them into an order from which it may draw a conclusion. The information is processed from parts to a whole in a straight, forward, and logical progression.

Your Linear Analysis

When processing information using this method, you will occasionally feel the need to see the “whole picture” before you are able to achieve results. At other times, you are able to piece all of the parts together in a straight and logical progression to form a whole, which then enables you to understand what you have processing. The information, your mood, and your level of comfortable are all factors that determine your response to a linear processing problem.
Sequential ProcessingSequential processing is a method used by the left hemisphere for processing information. The information that is received is processed in order from first to last. Information is processed in a systematic, logical manner. Through sequential processing, you can interpret and produce symbolic information such as language, mathematics, abstraction, and reasoning. This process is used to store memory in a language format. Activities that require sequential processing include spelling, making a “to-do” list, and many aspects of organization.

Your Sequential Analysis

You tend process information you receive without any priority as to which is processed first, last, or any place in between. It is difficult for you to learn or perform tasks involving sequence. For example, spelling is a task that involves sequence and you may experience problems remembering exact spelling or any type of rote memorization, for that matter. Creating daily lists and plans are probably not activities you enjoy. If you are having problems with tasks involving sequence, there are methods you can use to improve your skills. One method involves using colors to learn sequence. You assign a color to each task. For example, you may want to make the first step green, the second step blue, and the last step red. This helps because the right side of the brain, your dominant side in this case, is sensitive to colors. The important thing to remember is that consistently using the same sequence will help you both improve and recognize that this strategy can be used in many different circumstances involving sequence.
Reality-based ProcessingReality-based processing is used by the left hemisphere as a method for processing information with a basis on reality. This processing tool focuses on rules and regulations. An example of this would be how a left-brained person would completely understand the repercussions of turning in a late assignment or failing a test. A left-brained person also usually easily adjusts to changes in their environment.

Your Reality-based Analysis

The information you process may lack a basis on reality, but it does open the door to creativity. You do not show much focus for rules and regulations and do not adjust well to change in the environment. In fact, upon experiencing change in the environment, it spurs you to try to change it yourself instead of adjusting to it. Whenever you become emotionally involved in project you are more likely to learn and succeed.
Logical ProcessingLogical processing is a method that is used by the left hemisphere to take information piece by piece and put it all together to form a logical answer. When information is received through reading or listening, the left hemisphere will look for different bits of information that will allow it to produce a logical conclusion. This aspect of the left hemisphere is what aids you in solving math problems and science experiments.

Your Logical Analysis

Logical processing is not one of your strengths, so you may tend to rely on a “gut” feeling to help you make your decisions from the information you have received. For example, you will often choose an answer on a test because it “feels” right, and you may be correct. This is due to the fact of your tendency to look for the whole picture but not the details that create it. You can often start with the answer and work your way back to allow yourself to see the process and parts that create the whole. You may find math problems and science experiments difficult because of this.
Verbal ProcessingVerbal processing is a method used by the left hemisphere to process our thoughts and ideas with words. For example, through verbal processing, a left-brained person giving directions may say, “From this point continue east for two miles and turn north onto Bellevue Road. Continue north on Bellevue Road for seven miles and turn west on Main Street”. With verbal processing, exact, logical directions are given in a very sequential manner compared to a right-brained person who, in giving the same directions, would use more visual landmarks.

Your Verbal Analysis

You are not a verbal person. When you process your thoughts, you tend to use very few words, preferring instead to illustrate a problem or solution. You often find yourself in situations where it is hard for you to “find the right words.” Upon reading or hearing new information, you must first create a “mental video” before you can process and understand the information of your thoughts. For example, when giving directions, you probably use many gestures with your hands such as pointing and leaning, and also refer to visual structures such as “a McDonalds” or “the big tree” instead of street names or exact mileage.
Symbolic ProcessingSymbolic processing is a method associated with the left hemisphere that is used for processing the information of pictures and symbols. The majority of functions associated with academics involve symbols such as letters, words, and mathematical notations. This process is what aids you to excel in tasks such as linguistics, mathematics, and memorizing vocabulary words and mathematical formulas.

Your Symbolic Analysis

You have difficulty processing the information of symbols, and would rather see the real object in order to understand. You probably hated algebra. For example, if solving a math problem, you need to “draw out” the problem to understand and solve it. You rely on the visualization of real objects instead of their symbols. Tasks such as memorizing vocabulary words or mathematical formulas are more difficult for you.


Right Brain Categories
Fantasy-oriented ProcessingFantasy-oriented processing is used by the right hemisphere as a method for processing information with creativity. It focuses much less on rules and regulations than the processing method of a left-brained person. Due to the fantasy-oriented processing mechanism of a right-brained person, they do not adjust well to change. Instead of adapting to the change in the environment, a right-brained person attempts to change it back to the way they liked it. But fantasy-oriented processing also provides the advantage of creativity to right-brained individuals, and since emotion is integral of the right side of the brain, anything a fantasy-oriented person becomes involved in emotionally will aid their ability to learn.

Your Fantasy-oriented Analysis

You have the ability to use both creativity and reality to process the information you receive. This is a unique gift that allows you to both focus on rules and regulations but to also act with creativity. You are able to adjusting to change, even though you might not like it, and you can become emotionally involved in your work if it interests you.
Nonverbal ProcessingNonverbal processing is a method used by the right hemisphere to process our thoughts with illustrations. Reliance on this method is why it is occasionally difficult for right-brained people to “find the right words” in certain situations. A right-brained person cannot just read or hear information and process it, but first must make a mental video to better understand the information they have received. For example, through nonverbal processing, a person giving directions may say, “Continue going straight until you see a big, red-brick courthouse. At the courthouse turn right, and go down that street for a couple of miles until you se a gray stone church which will be on your right. Straight across from the church is the road to the left you need to take.” With nonverbal processing, the directions that are given are extremely visual compared to the exact, sequential directions that would be given by a left-brained person.

Your Nonverbal Analysis

You have little ability in nonverbal processing. When you process your thoughts and ideas you mainly use words instead of illustrations. For example, if you were giving directions you may say, “Continue traveling west for 3 miles and turn north at the intersection.” You would give exact, logical directions in a very sequential manner.
Holistic ProcessingHolistic processing is a method used by the right hemisphere to process information. The information is processed from whole to parts. A right-brained person, through holistic processing, is able to see the big picture first, but not the details that accompany it. A strongly holistic person may often find that prior to listening to a lecture given by an instructor, they must first read the chapter so that they better understand what the lecture is about. This function is also what provides to you your visual spatial skills. It also aids in tasks such as dancing and gymnastics. Through holistic processing, memory is stored in auditory, visual, and spatial modalities.

Your Holistic Analysis

You have difficulty seeing the whole picture, especially at the beginning of a project. You tend to process information you receive from its parts to its whole in a straight, progressive manner. When given a task, you tend to not bother asking “why,” but instinctively are able to do it.
Random ProcessingRandom processing is a method used by the right hemisphere for processing information. The information that is received is processed without priority. A right-brained person will usually jump from one task to another due to the random processing by their dominant right hemisphere. Random processing is, of course, the opposite of sequential processing therefore making it difficult for right-brained individuals to choose to learn in sequence. In order to overcome this, a right-brained person may want to attempt to learn sequence by using colors since the right hemisphere is sensitive to color. For example, you may want to associate the first step with green, the second step with blue, and the last step with red. Consistently using the same sequence will allow you to see that this strategy can be applied to many tasks involving sequence.

Your Random Analysis

You tend to not process data randomly, preferring instead to follow a systematic, logical order from first to last. You have difficulty making “leaps of logic” which prevents you from making unique discoveries, or adapt to change during your thinking process.
Concrete ProcessingConcrete processing is a method associated with the right hemisphere that is used for processing things that can be seen or touched. It processes much of the information you receive from real objects. For example, a right-brained person is not just satisfied that a mathematical formula may work, but will want to know why it works. A strongly concrete person often finds it easier to solve a mathematical problem by “drawing it out” because it allows them to visualize it. The more a concrete person can visualize something the easier it is for them to understand it.

Your Concrete Analysis

When you process information you have received, the real object is not important to you. You do not have to use the real object to make sense of what you have processed. For example, if solving a math problem you do not have to “draw out” the problem in order to find or understand the answer, and you do not have to visualize something to understand it. However, this also means you often neglect the physical information provided by a concrete example. In other words, you may miss the forest for the trees, trying to deduce something complex when the answer is plain to see.
Intuitive ProcessingIntuitive processing is a method that is used by the right hemisphere to process information based on if it “feels” right or not. For example, a right-brained person may choose an answer on a test because they had a “gut” feeling and often they will be correct. Another example of this is how a right-brained person will know the correct answer to a math problem but will not understand the procedure of how they arrived at the correct answer. A right-brained person will usually have to start with the answer and work their way backwards in order to be able to see and understand the parts and process that create the whole.

Your Intuitive Analysis

When you process information using this method, you do not rely on “gut” feelings but take the information and put it together piece by piece to form your conclusions. You often look at all of the different bits of information before piecing together your solution. You probably excel in such tasks as solving math problems and performing science experiments, because the intuitive method is not needed.


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Questions about facebook

When did it start?

Harvard University 2003/4

What was it like in the beginning?  list of  people and  photos

Who started it? Mark  Zuckerbery

How did it develop into what it is to-day?over time with  people  using  it

Who uses it and what for?everyone  it  is  use contacting and  making  friends

If it was taken off the web tomorrow would it really matter?no  people  will find other  ways  to  socialise

facebook in the news

This  is  a  story  of  a  boy  of  16  years  old  who  was   charged   with   what  he  posted  on  facebook link to storyhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-14920609