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Social Networks: We are the Facebook generation

Remember when a social network was the group of people you sat with in the cafeteria or on the bus? Or when the only way to hear about a new band was on the radio or on Much Music? 
What about when you watched that Friends marathon and were convinced Ross and Rachel should have stayed together. Didn’t you wish you could create a group where all your friends—and maybe even thousands more—could talk about how they felt exactly the same way?

Well, just in case you haven’t noticed, things have changed. We are the Facebook generation. We knew Hi5 when Hi5 was fresh, and we basically made MySpace what it is. These three social networking sites are some of the tools listed on the Roadmap to the Social Web.

Facebook– Facebook was created in 2004 by technological wunderkind Mark Zuckerberg.  Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. (www.facebook.com)

Here’s a small example of the power of Facebook. Superstar Lady Gaga currently has over 2.5 million fans on Facebook and you can join the faithful Gaga followers to track her every musical (or not so musical) move…like the time in Russia where they tried to arrest her for wearing leather. Yikes! (http://www.facebook.com/ladygaga)

Hi5- Launched in 2003, hi5 is now one of the world’s largest social networks — ranked as a top 20 website globally and the #1 social network in over 30 countries across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. According to comScore, more than 56 million individuals every month visit hi5, which is currently available in 37 language options. (http://www.hi5networks.com/press.html)

In December 2008, Hi5 launched a partnership with Kiva.org, the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website. Users can give person-to-person microloans to entrepreneurs in developing countries or in their own communities. Positive social networking at its best!

MySpace-… is an online community that lets you meet your friends’ friends. On MySpace and you can share photos, journals and interests with your growing network of mutual friends. (http://www.myspace.com/index)

MySpace has become a popular site for new bands and musicians who want to expand their fan base. Check out the funky reggae sounds of a local Halifax trio – The Ukeladies! (http://www.myspace.com/theukeladiesmusic)

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May 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Spark and The Adventures of Team Digital Preservation

The blog I was assigned to follow throughout the course is the online component of a CBC Radio show called Spark.  So what is Spark? And I quote…”Spark is a weekly audio blog of smart and unexpected trendwatching. It’s not just technology for gearheads, it’s about the way technology affects our lives, and the world around us” (http://www.cbc.ca/spark/about-spark/).

To be honest, as some others have mentioned, this first week has been a little overwhelming as I’ve begun to discover just how much I don’t know about the World Wide Web. I was excited to find out that I’m following a CBC blog because CBC.ca already plays a role in my daily internet routine. As far as I can tell, Spark is a smart, well-written blog that touches on just about everything you could imagine in the world of technology.

The first article I read on Spark was “The Future of Our Digital Heritage (or “Why Metadata Matters”)”   http://www.cbc.ca/spark/2009/05/the-future-of-our-digital-heritage-or-why-metadata-matters/. The article talks about digital preservation and asks the question: how do we design systems to preserve the vast quantities of digital information we’re now creating?

It’s an interesting concept to think about. I’m one of those people who keeps just about everything on my computer. I have music, pictures, school work, and a multitude of other important files, and while I do have a few trusty USB’s that serve as ‘back-up’ if my Toshiba goes haywire, I don’t really understand how digital preservation works. I expect that when I save a document to my computer it will be sent to some digital universe where important information is magically kept (intact) forever and ever, amen. But does it really work like that? Are we putting faith in machines that may not have the capacity to maintain the mass amount of data we are feeding them?

If this makes you wonder about all your files dangerously floating around in the digital universe, check out the article and watch the quirky, yet brilliant, YouTube video about various threats to digital information. The video alone is worth it.

May 18, 2009 Posted by | Review of Monitored Site | , , | Leave a comment