Category Archives: social software

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