Twelve weeks. Twelve posts.
We have finally come to the end of this! Yay!
I am so glad that this is finally over. I didn’t like to do blog posts regarding internet and its technologies as I do not have much interest in this field (even though I am using internet almost every other day). But nevertheless, throughout this period of studying this module (Introduction to Internet) and doing all these blog posts allowed me to gain further insights of the Internet and its technologies.
Now, let me summarize what I had been posting over these past few weeks:
In my very first post, I talked about how the Internet is so prevalent such that because of its availability, it allows everyone have the freedom to express themselves. As such all governments struggle to monitor people’s online behaviors and to deal with serious issues such as hate speech, security and child safety. But often, these concerns are serve as convenient pretext to engage in censorship or surveillance of the Internet which violates the rights and privacy of Internet’s users and threatens the free flow of information; defeating the purpose of having openness and universal access on which the net was built for.
On the second week, I posted about Rich Site Summary (RSS) and how to utilize it. Basically, RSS is a technology that allows web users to keep track of their desired/subscribed web sites where one will receive his/her latest update(s) of the particular sites in the RSS Reader. To do so, one has to find a site that one would like to follow-up and click on the RSS button and follow the instructions to subscribe using the feed reader of one’s choice.
Moving on to my third post, I talked about Twitter and its uses while highlighting different real life examples. 1) Twitter can get one out of trouble. A graduate student from the University of California-Berkeley, was arrested in in Egypt, and he managed to tweet a single word – “ARRESTED” – which got picked up around the world, which quickly led to his release. 2) Twitter can get one in trouble where Joshua Cryer was convicted after posting a series of racist tweets aimed at footballer Stan Collymore. 3) Help one find a job. Annabel Brown was offered an internship with Ogilvy Public Relations after a senior PR account manager saw her job-searching-tweet. 4) Twitter can ruin one chance of getting a job. 41% of UK’s HR Managers have rejected a candidate after viewing their online profile. 5) Twitter can help to raise funds for charity and support a cause. A very good example is Twestival which is a single day global charity event.
In my fourth post, I suggested 6 key factors for successful e-commerce. 1) Create a consumer centric approach. In e-business, one has to recognize that power is shifting to the consumers. It is important to serve customers with custom-made service based on the interaction with these individuals. 2) Using typography and colors to influence. When designing for a retail website, always keep in mind that the ones visiting the site are your customers. On the top of your priority list in this case is that creating a site which allows the consumers to have the urge to buy your product(s) while navigating and reading the site with ease. 3) Product line. Having a niche product line is a very important. What makes your product so outstanding and different from the other similar products? What can you do to generates repeat orders? 4) Building your relations. You need to carefully develop a “social media plan”. You can start by focusing on taking small steps to develop your website as a social hub. To do so, you can ask your customers for their feedback and giving them incentives to refer others to your sites, and of course, to genuinely listen to what they have to say. Devote yourself to a blog, Facebook, or Twitter, or Youtube for your company. 5) Visibility. Major strategies for attracting potential consumers are both online and offline advertising, such as search engine optimization (SEO), social networking and print advertising media (flyers, news letters, etc). 6) Website’s Interface. Design your site such that it is clear and concise to a consumer where to find items. Also, your home page should be visually enhanced, showcasing several highlights of your sites.
In my fifth post, I wrote about future of e-learning where the future will be more interactive, flexible and personalized for individuals. E-learning may be moving towards multi-channel platforms that encompass social and mobile technologies to reach the learners where they are which also may allow individual to assume a more active role in planning his or her own learning. Furthermore, the contents and modes of e-learning may be personalized to suit each and every individuals’ learning pace and environments.
And my sixth post, I blogged about Google Sketchup and my experiences of using it. Also I have recorded down the process of me using Google Sketchup (shown in the self-made video). The new version of Sketchup is a big improvement. It has lots of awesome features. Trimble 3D Warehouse is one of the features which I really liked. It is a collection of 3D models of buildings, bridges, cars, spaceships, furnitures, dinosaurs and EVERYTHING ELSE. It could have made my design school life so much easier!!!!
Then in my seventh post, I wrote about computer viruses and how to protect your computer/laptops against it. And I shared a little on my experience with computer viruses. Just like humans, computers are prone to get virus(es). There are various types of computer viruses ranging from email viruses to worms and Trojans. In order for a computer virus to pass from computer to computer, the computer virus has to “hitch” on top of some other program or document to launch its attack. Seeing that how vulnerable computers are to viruses, we as Windows users, should protect ourselves against these viruses with a few simple steps: 1) Change your windows computer to a Mac one. Because Mac operating system represents only a small part of the market such that they are targeted by fewer viruses than the Windows operating system. 2) Install a virus protection software such as Norton or any other anti-virus which is available online. 3) Never open or click on suspicious email attachments or links, especially sent by those who you do not know. Be aware of downloading files online too. 4) Try to stick with commercial software purchased officially in legal stores. It’s much safer.
In my eighth post, I talked about augmented reality. It is a blend of virtual with reality. As such, it blurs the line between what is real and what is virtual by enhancing what we see and hear. Augmented reality basically adds graphics, sounds, haptic feedback to the real world via a digital device, making it a very fascinating and interactive application. Everyone can benefit from the ability to place computer-generated graphics in their field of vision. Many of these include commercials. Advertising are going on a whole new interactive level with the use of augmented reality. With this technology, augmented reality is changing the way we view the world – or at least the way its users see the world; it is as if as they had enter an entirely different yet familiar world. These enhancements will amplify their everyday experiences with technology.
In week nine, I posted about social media and politics in Singapore. Politicians in Singapore are turning to social media to garner more supports and votes; reaching out to a wider audiences, especially the youths. It allows politicians to inform the public with the relevant party’s agenda but also often include critical news. Social media have become one of the important sources in Singapore’s political discourse in which the new media could have a considerable impact on voter’s opinions and choices. Just as much as the social media could swing the votes to the opposition, it could also swing the votes to the PAP.
In the tenth post, I blogged about citizen journalism. People are reporting on events that they believe have either been excluded from corporate media broadcasting, or events that they deem to have not been accurately depicted by the media, or simply just to voice their opinions on certain issues. As such, they are changing the ways we get our news. However, citizen journalism is often criticized for being too subjective, lacking in quality and content, and unregulated. Compared to the mainstream mass media, citizen journalism are not credible enough. We should be mindful as we read those citizen journalists’ articles and constantly question ourselves: how credible is their information? Who are these people who claim themselves as having the knowledge, the sources, and the qualifications to write informed and accurate broadcasts about particular events? And on the other hand, as a citizen journalist, one should be responsible for what one say and type online.
And finally, in my eleventh post, I talked about how I think internet would be like in the near future. I believed that we can expect that the virtual world would overlap with our reality world (and being prevalent in our lives), making our internet experience a more interactive one. And an example I have taken is from the manga 1/2 Prince where they have high tech online virtual reality role-playing game.
Before I end this post [and this entire com125 blog], I would like to share this link: http://comic.naver.com/webtoon/detail.nhn?titleId=350217&no=31&weekday=tue.
For those with weak heart and are particularly afraid of any horror materials, you are advice not to click on the link. Be warn! Click on your own risk!
I had received this link in the middle of the night from a friend of mine last year. Some of you might have come across it before. It is a Korean horror manga (comic). Recalling this, it still sends shivers down my spine. Nevertheless, I am impressed by its graphics, animations and sound effects. Yes, animations and sound effects in a manga! Believe it or not! You can try clicking the link and read on til the very end of the comic! It is really surprising and impressive to see what Internet and its technologies are able to do!
P.S. Found a forum where people are discussing about the manga: http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/bongcheon-dong-ghost-r3992.