The interactive world of knowledge

There is no need to introduce Wikipedia. I am sure that all of us have used it, at least once. The need of free knowledge, however, should be introduced.

Wikipedia is ranked among the ten most popular websites, and constitutes the Internet’s largest and most popular general reference work. And as I said, each of us, and maybe every person, who has an access to a computer, has used Wikipedia at least once. Why? Because of its free access and free content. What is more, those, who use Wikipedia, are allowed to edit and add to the most of the articles. By this way, people form the whole world are given the opportunity to interact, acquire knowledge and exchange experience. In other words – to work together for greater knowledge.

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How does it work?

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 10.05.34Most of Wikipedia‘s text and many of its images are co-licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC BY-SA)

 

The good, the bad and a possible solution

everyone-working-togetherThe popularity of Wikipedia, as well as the advantages it offers, are a result of its free access and content. Therefore, if all the content, which is online, was accessible and free, people would be given the chance to gain more knowledge. This is a big advantage, especially, for the younger generation, who spend most of their time online. This is because, free content would encourage them not only to learn more, but also to share their own experience and knowledge with the others. minds_sharing_ideas_1600_clr_8481-v2
The disadvantage, however, is that once you publish a work and make it free, nobody will know that it is your work. However, in my opinion, people should be given a free access to content and at the same time obligated to put a reference whenever they use someone else’s work in their own. By this way, both, the creator and the consumer, will profit. After all, it is all about interactivity.

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They say “If you love something set it free”.
Well, we love knowledge and want it free! 

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My friends and me… and the rest of the world

Who has an online access to a personal information about me? My friends and me! …and the rest of the world.

Nowadays we live our life more online, than offline. We have a number of accounts all over the Internet – on social media, forums, blogs, online communities. And our details and photos are if not on all, then on most of these accounts. The problem, however, is not that our personal information and our whole life are online. It is that we believe that we still have the control. When we don’t.

Facebook-infoI, personally, have accounts on social media, website for blogging, websites for creative work and so on. I have made the decision to put my two names and a profile picture on all of my accounts. Other details, such as nationality, age and location – on some of them. And almost everything that I could ever put online, on my Facebook profile. Why? Because this is the only social media, that allows me to choose who sees what. And exactly this has made me believe that I have the control and have nothing to worry about. But have you ever tried to type your names in Google? I did.

social-media-and-privacy-education-across-the-nation-australian-computer-society-29-728It is frustrating. It is scary. I wrote my name in the Google search bar and apparently my whole online life came out. Links to all of my accounts, my photos in the ‘images’ section.. Simply everything. This made me rethink my whole activity, especially on social media. I do not feel safe anymore. And the fact that anyone at any time can access private data,  which I do not want to be accessed by strangers, scares me a lot.

And the question is not how and why is our personal information all over the Internet. Because the answer is obvious. We all know that onc you put something online, it stays there forever and you lost the control. So the question is
What makes us trust the cyberspace to this extent? How exactly do they make us believe that we do have the control? ..when we don’t…

 

It is not about selfies. It is about support

I would like to draw the attention to one of the biggest online communities – TwitterThe are many other popular and not-so-popular virtual communities. I, however, chose this one, because I want to reinterpret a well-known platform in a different light.

Twitter may be just one of the many social media, but it stands out with it’s role of a news generator. Whenever and wherever something happens, it appears on Twitter and reaches billions of people worldwide, unbelievably fast. But it does not just inform people, it could also make them unite and support each other.
A good example for this are the Paris attacks from last year. Less than an hour after the horror began, the whole world knew about it (in details) thanks to Twitter. Some of you will argue, that this is extrlemly unnecessary and even stupid in horrible situations like this. But you are wrong. Exactly this is the biggest advantage of social media’s significant power. How?  #PorteOuverte.
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On that terrifying Friday night, all Parisians could do was letting strangers in their home. And Twitter helped them do it. People from France’s capital tweeted in French and English, adding their addresses and #PorteOuverte (meaning “open door”) to let others know, where there are safe places for them to go.

Twitter users in other countries also began using the hashtag to share their delight that social media was being used for a good cause. (NCBnews)

Believe or not, Twitter is not just another social media for funny cat videos and selfies. It is an online community, in which people can help and support each other. And the Paris attacks is just one of the proofs and examples.

So.. What do YOU use Twitter for?

We Heart It. We create it

 

In my opinion, the content of each social network is shaped mostly by it’s users. Without us, the audience, neither Twitter nor Facebook would be what they are now. The same applies for all other social media – YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, MySpace, Vine and so on. But as my example I want to use one very popular, but not so typical. 

We Heart It? We Don’t Know It.. 

We Heart It is your home for inspiring images and the people who heart them.
WeHeartIt is an image-based social network,which allows people to upload, find, “heart” and collect their favourite images. Although it is launched eight years ago you may not use it, especially if you are a boy. WeHearIt’s target audience is mostly teenage girls. After all, it is easy to notice the ‘girly’ design. There is, however, something for everyone. There are millions of images covering: art, design, cars, fashion, animals, fitness, quotes and so on.

 

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The Content? We Create It!

Fabio Giolito may have created WeHeartIt, but the platform is what it is, thanks to it’s 40million users. They are the ones, who upload images, create collections and so on. This only shows how significant is our impact on the social networks, which we use. Without us they are just good ideas.
So.. Thank you Fabio Giolito for the idea, and thank you people for creating such a nice social media!

WeHeartIt offers its users an image for every situation and every taste.
Don’t be sceptic.
Give it a try!

Our whole life in just one device

I’ve spent hours of researching online, just to understand the term convergence and find a good example. But while going from one page to another I realised.. The answer was in my hands. 

As a representatives of the new generation, I think, that each of us owns a smartphone and uses it everyday. So we are all aware of the advantages that it offers. I don’t know about you.. but I have never actually thought about my phone as a replacement of many other things. Well it is – of a camera, a newspaper, a calculator, a calendar, a dictionary and so on. So if convergence is “coming together of distinct and separate factors or phenomenon such as technologies” (According to Business Dictionary), the smartphone, in my opinion, is the perfect example.

 

If few years ago our phones offered us some good advantages and were the replacement of some essential things from our everyday life .. Convergence-Smartphones

.. Today, ALL we need is our smartphone.

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Examples of things, which an iPhone replaces: 

16165587-potrait-of-busy-business-man-do-more-than-one-job-Stock-Photo-multitasking-man-multiplego to the library > use iBooks (for magazines as well)
go to the supermarket > order online
buy newspapers > read online newspapers (download free news apps)
buy a dictionary > download one on your phone (or two or three..)
buy a map > use the ‘Maps’ app
buy a camera > you already have it
watch the weather forecast > use the ‘Weather’ app
search for information in Google > ask ‘Siri’

.. and these are just a few of the things, which I can do/access just by a click of a finger.

 

Consequences:

– everything happens faster hand-apple-iphone-smartphone
– our life is much easier
– less stressful
– it is also cheaper (no need to buy many devices. one is enough)
– more interesting (knowing that the whole world is in your hands is exciting, isn’t it?!)

 

To conclude, today’s smartphone puts everything we need in our everyday life together to make things much easier and faster for us. Unfortunately, we still have to eat, drink and go to the toilet by ourselves. But who knows how far would the development of new technologies go..

Thanks for reading

Let me know what you think 

Periscope: “Explore the world through someone else’s eyes.”

It is well-known that social media is an essential part of our life. And Facebook and Twitter are the best and most popular platforms for connecting, sharing, exchanging and so on. But today there is an app that not just connects people worldwide, but also gives its users the opportunity to “explore the world through someone else’s eyes.”

What is  Periscope?


Periscope
 is Twitter’s new live-streaming video app for both, iOS and Android. The
novelty, developed by Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein, allows you to watch and perpssssebroadcast live video from all across the globe. One of it’s advantages is that anyone can view the video streams not only live, but also for up to 24 hours after they are made.

Why did I choose Periscope as a useful resource for media students?

  • Periscope is a real example of how the development of new technologies and the Internet have changed the media (and the journalism).
  • Also! It allows us to be in the role of reporters, and this is a great experience.
  • With Periscope it is even easier to reach international audience and connect with people from different parts of the world.
  • As a media students we should keep track of the latest news and trends, and I am sure that most of us (maybe all of us) rely on Twitter for that. But in my opinion Periscope is better than all other platforms, especially when it comes to hard news and serious events. This way of reporting a news story (streaming it live) is faster, more interesting and trustworthy. 

P.S.: If you are interested and want to know even more:
What is Periscope and why Twitter bought it

Zoey 

Social media: The world in our hands

Remember back in the day when we communicated face-to-face; when we went to the library to get a book, to the shop to buy a product, to a town to see it’s sights? Well.. things have changed. Today you can be everywhere, without leaving your room, and do everything, just by a click of a finger. All you need is internet. And what I find most remarkable about the Internet, is social media.

 
socialmedia2-300x200Only a decade ago social media was nothing. Today it is everything. Platforms, like Twitter and Facebook, have created one big society, in which everyone is involved and each voice can be heard. And to tell your story, you don’t need to be a journalist, nor a celebrity. You just need to post it online – as a tweet, a picture, a video or a status update. Thanks to social media, information now reaches billions of people worldwide, faster than ever before. Social media has not only changed our life. It has simply put the whole world in our hands.

 

We all know that social media (and the Internet as a whole) has a significant impact on us. My question, however, is not, whether this is good or bad. I am asking you to think about the impact, that WE have on social media, because exactly we, the users, are the reason for the power of these platforms, and without us social media could not be, what it is now.

 

Thank you for reading!
Let me know what you think.