Posts Tagged With: Google

The top four: time to pick favorites.

Let’s start off with Rachel’s reaction to blogs and their freedom of speech:

She addresses the different types of blog posts as well as the strong stereotypes that accompany them. I completely agree with her here:

In some situations people may have taken their “freedom of speech” a little too far.

I think this is a huge issue with the internet, especially with this “BSU Confessions” fad hitting Facebook. For right now, the negativity is minimal however, once it turns into a Burn Book it’ll lose its credibility. The same goes for anyone anywhere. Another reason why I feel Rachel did a good job covering this topic. You see, it’s not just where blogging is going popularity-wise but also how people are going to incorporate it into their day to day lives. Will this be a negative or a positive? We can only wait and see.

Next we have Jack’s Tiki-Toki timeline of the future:

I really loved how he incorporated Axel Bruns at the very end and how we will write a new book. Very clever. Also, I thought it was very interesting how freelance blogging from home. More and more people are declaring they’re self-employed so I think this is a real possibility. One of the creepiest ideas to me was the YouTube bit about identifying everyday citizens from their videos. I picture the Facebook face finder but for videos… chills. Apparently I’m a little behind because I had no idea what Twitter Bootstrap was so I had to Google it. Hmm, learn something new everyday.

Third on the list would be Joe’s interesting link-jobs in his digital artifact:

I was never familiar with the phrase “digital goldfish” so that was something new I learned. There is also the point of the evolution of technology and how blogging is so closely linked with technological innovations. As long as blogging continues to evolve to suit the online tools of the times, it’s here to stay.

Fourthly we have Matt’s timeline, also on Tiki-Toki:

Unlike Jack’s approach, where Google began filtering out the blogs with shorter posts, Matt looked at the future as Facebook turns blogging obsolete with its longer posts. The government getting involved was definitely a radical approach but, hey, it’s the future! Who knows? Maybe the next big thing will be the internet Civil Rights movement. And the part about the freelance writers turning to blogging, I can totally see that happening and its kind of scary.

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My digital artifact: excavating the truth.

I originally began this project with the intention of covering links and the sway they hold over any given post about any given topic. That’s when it hit me. As I scrawled through post after post of blogs such as Kevin Barbieux‘s The Homeless Guy and Google’s own blog I noticed a pattern in their usage of links in correlation to when they were stating fact versus opinion. After reading through a section titled Seeking and Reporting Truth of Uses of Blogs by Axel Bruns and Joanne Jacobs my observation was confirmed. This chapter was also comparing and contrasting bloggers versus journalists, which makes sense when discussing truth since journalists are the supposed producers of unbiased fact.

Anyway, to bring these idea fragments together is one word: truth. What is it? Where is it? How do we know if we can trust it?

Let us first jump to Barbieux. As an ex-homeless guy he has a lot to say on the topic. His blog is filled with insight and talks a lot about his personal experiences. If you happen to visit his blog you’ll also notice his extreme lack of links. Then I hit this post where he links to outside sources three times. Why did he link now instead of in the other four of five posts earlier? Because he was proving something. He mentions how he almost was one of those kids you saw on TV who brought a gun to school and took the lives of their peers. We still don’t know if this truly happened because his link leads to another one of his posts describing the event but you can really see his purpose for linking.

If we go to the next link on his post you can also see his use of support through links. He makes a few comments about Asperger’s and to prove what he’s saying is based on fact he links to an Asperger’s support site.

The third and last link on this post mentions a woman by the name of Temple Grandin. I would have had absolutely no idea who Temple Grandin was unless he had linked her name.

He becomes more believable the more sources he brings in. Just like in the book where it states:

The blog is an open forum in which information is offered, revised, extended, or refuted; the more who take part in the process, the merrier.

By linking all those places, Berieux is saying “Hey, I’m not just pulling this out of my butt. You can see here, here and here!”

Although Google can be a pretty reliable source to begin with, even their blog uses links. Take this post about the Google Science Fair.  Immediately three names are thrown into the mix, each with their own ambiguous claim to fame. Fortunately, for those who don’t know what Louis Braille invented, Google has it linked right to a page dedicated to Science Heroes. With that kind of outside source, Google garners credibility. When explaining some key information, the post mentions “a panel of distinguished international judges.” If they didn’t have a link to the names and job descriptions of these “distinguished international judges” the participants could be judged by That One Guy Who Lives On That One Street Over In That One Country. I was very disappointed to learn that Daniel Kraft (one of the  judges) was not the inventor of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.


All in all, you can see here that without these links, both blogs’ validity would be questioned. I mean, less questioned than it would have been; you can never ask “why” too many times.

Take this commercial for the new jazzed up Internet Explorer:

Now watch this parody titled: Internet Explorer 9 Commercial (The Honest Version)

Funny, yes. True? Maybe. Coming from an individual who only used Internet Explorer all the way up until college (I am now an avid Chrome user and am not planning on returning to the dark side any time soon), I can say yes to that. So, even though the first video may be backed up by links doesn’t mean it’s true.

WHERE DO WE DRAW THE LINE?

Everyone knows Wikipedia is a program that can be edited by everyone (including the trolls) and they still use it as a reliable resource. Why? Well, if you at any time have noticed the small blue numbers usually following a particular statement of “fact” those link to where someone has found that bit of information. For example: Facial Tissues. Even they have their own “References” section. If you find references, you find a little more truth than you had before. Whether or not you choose to believe these references is up to you. When it comes to the internet you can believe anything you want to believe, even if it means believing that Beyoncé is an illuminati super witch. However, the more verifiable links in a post the chances that the fact in question is true raises significantly. Anything else I could say has already been said by this State Farm Insurance commercial:

 

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Feeding the RSS monster.

As cheesy as this video could be, it got the job done. Here is a simple equation to express the range of my RSS knowledge before watching the video.

Me + Computer related abbreviations  = Distress

Now, I’m more like this.

Me + Computer related abbreviations = Slightly less distress

I’m currently in the process of setting up a reader. I’m actually super excited about this. I had always seen that little orange symbol and believed the answer to it’s quiet conundrum to be somewhere far beyond my understanding. THERE IS A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.

Google is run by wizards, now.

Google is run by wizards, now.

Alright, here we go. It took me a couple of tries but I have officially begun. I had to copy/paste my way to success but we’re makin’ progress over here. I’m like a following fiend…or an extreme stalker, your choice. As Morgan suggested, I tried to find something that allowed me to jump straight to my reader instead of having to go through the process of logging on to Google, finding the reader and all that jazz.

(Sidebar: the table next to me is discussing their R.A. last year in Oak. I am definitely dropping all sorts of eaves.)

MOVING ON.

I just made Google Reader my homepage on my laptop. I’d put it on my super cool smart phone if it existed but it doesn’t. I still use this indestructible flip-phone with such apps as the transformer app, the break dancing app, the bitch-slap app, and the I’m-being-punted-down-the-hall-and-I’m-not-going-to-break app. I love my phone. It’s like your first car that’s super jenky but you slough it off as “character”. Too bad Betsy’s character was a love for pyrotechnics.

Wow, this Google Reader thing is pretty nifty. I’m looking at my “Recommended items” and Google really hit it right on the nose: web comics, food, celebrities doing menial tasks, how to fix zipper problems, the works. I just learned Waffle House had a twitter and they love bacon. WHO KNEW?

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