Our Visibility

Firstly i really enjoyed uploading my views onto this blog and reading others views and commenting within this blog community. It was very interesting to read what other people thought on each topic and also it opened my mind towards matters, i began to think about things in different ways which was great.

The lecture and blog post i most enjoyed discussing was the one on our visibility online. As we approached this topic i was aware that I’m very visible online and we discussed the negatives of our visibility a lot. However as i researched into the issue and began writing my post i found a site that encourage online visibility and encouraged you to allow people to see your information. As i engaged with this website i came to realise that being visible can help with careers and promoting your work which then leads onto positive outcomes.

I also was interested in how we portrayed ourselves online and how different we can seem on each different platform. Getting to know from others in the class the type of information we chose to keep to ourselves or share with others just because the social media site is slightly different is strange. We can create a totally new person of ourselves and no one would know. Saying this though it could be seen as character building for ourselves, the internet and social media could help up to learn more about ourselves and our likes and interests could be formed around these.

Overall this semester i have learnt not to be so closed minded towards topics and to listen to others views as it means i gain a better understanding and more often than not i end up agreeing with what i have ignored.



I’m sure we have all heard of http://tidal.com/soc/ ; ‘the global music and entertainment platform that brings artists and fans together’ … ‘ because nothing should get in the middle of fans and their artists’ … except a monthly subscription of which you could buy your weekly shopping with.

At £19.99 or £9.99 for different subscriptions you can get access to content which you are also likely to be able to access on other music sites like YouTube/iTunes or Spotify at a lower or affordable rate! I understand that Tidal offers exclusives to users and some artists like Adele and of course Kanye have said they would never share their music on apple, but we will eventually get our hands on it in some way or another wont we?

Since everything has become so digital and almost everything is online today the problems with artists losing out on money have seen an increase as no one needs to buy hard copies. This is due to platforms such as YouTube and illegal downloads. I suppose if the music on Tidal was shared with fewer restrictions, yes, artists will probably suffer from income decreases, as we will be able to access their music without paying the extortionate prices we are being asked to pay. Keeping content away from users does encourage people to subscribe and therefore Tidal is being successful and it does supply the artist with the respect they deserve from the much they have produced.

Personally I think Tidal is just another way for artists to get even more of that money they are craving, cant they just let their fans enjoy the music at a cheaper rate? use something else like iTunes?  They wouldn’t be here without us would they…

Is online visibility always negative?

When thinking about my online visibility it is so obvious that I’m easily visible to anyone that wanted to type my name into some form of media platform. It’s a scary thought that people can so easily access information of mine and find out so much about me that they probably would be able to create a fake account and pose as myself to others. I have a profile on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and on each of these sites I will share different types and amounts of information about myself.

However, saying I am very visible online, I do not share information on any media platform that cause pose a risk to myself. Its clear we need to be careful about what we post online as its either getting easier for people to find information or people are getting clever.

Online everything literally EVERYTHING is seen by someone or some media corporation. For example you could be online shopping then log into your Facebook or twitter and without even being completely aware. As we know they also use our information to advertise. The minute you set up a social account online, there is information that was once just yours is now everyone’s.

Screen Shot 2016-03-08 at 18.25.01Although when we first think about online visibility we think of the dangers and the negatives of people being able to see your stuff, having a high visibility can also be positive and help to promote your work, start a career and make money. ‘Online Visibility’ is a site that helps to make yourself more visible and points out many of the positive aspects.



Twitter Community

Online communities bring people with common interests to communicate and work together making it possible to pursue interests over time. These communities can be closed or open and users can decide whether they remain known or anonymous. Back when MSN was in its prime the communities were more self-contained as social media was not quite as advanced as it is today. It was as if we would rather just communicate with that one person privately however now we like to try our hardest to get our thoughts, pictures, and interests seen by everyone. We seem to rely on these online communities to be able to continue with our everyday lives.

Twitter is a community, which I think the majority of us as media students use almost everyday. Personally the first time I hear about something in the news will be from twitter due to the constant interactions from the community and the ‘hashtags’. I feel like twitter is one of the best online communities that we have around today as you do have the options to be private and also you get to choose everything you want to see on your feed. Not only celebs use it but also each media institution uses it also. It really is an immediate corporation that I feel keeps us up to date in one of the simplest ways possible.

To finish I will leave this quote from Jenny Preece, she describes online communities as ‘People, who interact socially as they strive to satisfy their own needs or perform special roles, such as leading or moderating.’ – what do you think?

Obsessed with Insta..

There are hundreds of sites today that are generated by user content, it seems the norm. The site I am going to be talking about is Instagram, I’m pretty sure almost everyone that owns a smart phone has their own Insta page, whether it be a personal page or one to promote their work.


Instagram allows us to share any picture we want at any time tagging anything and everything we can to get more views. We decide what goes on the site and people see, therefore we are the producers of the content. Instagram can be used for fun and also for work; many people that have become well known from Youtube use Instagram as another platform to promote. Accounts are also used as ‘fitspo’ insprations and for foodies.

There user generated sites can then lead to user generated campaigns and these can create a better outcome than a corporation run campaign and more often than not there is already a huge following and users are aware of people involved through the use of this platform.

However promoting yourself on a user generated site is good fun and can provide you with that boost in career or even confidence but it can have negative impacts. People can pose as someone they’re not. A question that comes to mind when I think of user generated sites is; are they creating a false society? Our lives basically evolve around these sites and we believe what we see, wish we had the life of the person we are following, and get annoyed when we don’t get the views or likes we set out for?! So do these sites have a positive or negative impact on our lives today?

Freedom to Read


The book industry is one of most recent content industries to go through the digital shift. Changing the way in which we publish books was first introduced at the beginning of the 2000’s when Google debuted a book-scanning project. The idea of having an eBook opens opportunities for authors to directly communicate with the reader.

The evolution of technology like the kindle makes it ever so easy to carry multiple books of multiple genres by all sorts of authors. This provides ease and escape for a reader, which is what today’s society love – ease, independence and immediate interactivity, which is what eBooks can provide. Moving from a print platform to digital can also be seen to save money.

However eBooks can cause implications as publishers may advertise features that come with the eBook but these won’t be available on all technologies linked to eBooks. For example some publishers only make content available for people with iPads and not iPods or iPhones and then others can get that content free on their kindle fire or notebook.

Personally i think it is a great example of convergence that has taken place as books are now accessible from anywhere, inviting and encouraging more people to read.

You should know

As we are all on a media based course it is useful for us to be up to date with the media, statistics and what is going on with the evolution of the media platforms.
I came across a site which i found rather interesting, it is run by Jeff Bullas; a blogger, author, strategist and speaker who works with companies and executives to optimise online brands and social media marketing.
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He points out emerging trends and overviews what has evolved in the recent months/years.
This page is full of facts and statistics about the what could be called the media that is running our generation.
The site is an easy read and super easy to navigate through.
Jeff Bullas describes statistics of social networks and the effects it having on us; the idea that research shows there are 4.8 billion mobile users but only 4.2 billion people with a toothbrush! CRAZY, social technology is taking over.
Even when it came to wiring this blog i found my self procrastinating. Scrolling through Facebook seeing the first things i ever used to post.
This site is full of facts about multiple social networking sites such as Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and more. It is interesting to read how much media can brain wash us at times and the success each platform is having.
It is important for us as media students to understand the success of these institutions.
The language also used on the site is light and an entertaining read,which makes it engaging. This site is very reliable rather than having to go to Wikipedia where not all the information is 100% accurate.