As I browsed through delicious I didn't really understand the whole idea of tagging and bookmarking things. I have been so used to just 'Googling' everything and used that to narrow down my search for different things. Now that I went through delicious I can see how it makes this process a little easier for searching. Even more important is that you can set your own tags and bookmarks on anything you want and add it to the never ending lists of other content.
I would say that this is an easy and convenient way to tag items at your own risk. This idea of tagging is essential for the web to work and your input may be the missing link for someone else on the other side of the globe. Since research from the web is one of my main resources I would say that delicious is a valuable tool in this process. It's easy to use and I can find almost anything with it. The ability to research with this tool seems more practical and you are given a broader variety of results for whatever you're looking for.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Just updated my bloglines account and realized how easy it was. You just copy and paste the address and hit subscribe and you're done! This makes following all my blogs a whole lot easier. I was already frustrated with having to search for everyone's blog then going back and forth, but with subscribing to feeds all that hassle is eliminated. And I like the feature of being able to add almost anything because then you are always notified of updates at the click of a button. Thanks bloglines and RSS feeds...
I would say that pretty much all of the technology that we've used so far in this class can be used in my future career. The social networking sites would (Facebook and twitter) probably have the most benefits because they are utilized by so many people already. I can easily communicate with colleagues, students, athletes, and the public without having to make multiple phone calls. I could also advertise events and games that would definitely reach more people through blogs, Facebook, and twitter. And when you think of the more academic type stuff Google docs and podcasts will come in handy. Students will be able to access class documents and lectures without having to waste paper. We have all this technology that it is going to take some practice to understand it and figure out all the things that we can do with it. Now that I have some new knowledge I'll do my best to incorporate it into my career and life.
Web 2.0 had some excellent sites that all looked very professional. I checked out the ImCooked site and it was pretty cool. It was like a YouTube for cooking--people would post videos of their recipes and cooking demonstrations. I would definitely look to this one in the future. And then the other sites I checked out were Revolution Health and Standout Jobs but they seemed like any other site I've viewed before. Using Web 2.0 can be useful especially when you want to see what everyone is talking about.
So I was checking out google docs and really didn't know what it was until I went through the tour and demonstration. This tool has multiple uses and I can tell that it has been successful for many others. I think in my future career I would use it to upload documents (spreadsheets, presentations) so that my colleagues could easily view them at any time. This would definitely work for group collaboration type of projects as well. I wouldn't have to worry about looking through my flash drives to see where I saved my work because it would be accessible from any computer. I just have to get more familiar with it to make the most of it!
Monday, May 24, 2010
As I read through the articles I began to realize how almost everything we do now is going to be computer-based at some point. All communication will derive from a cell phone, laptop, or ipod and will be transmitted at greater speeds. The article titled "Social Networking" described many of the sites that people use to communicate, which have many benefits. If you had family in other states or even countries, communication would be at the click of your keyboard. You wouldn't have to worry about costly long-distance phone calls anymore. Also, the social networking movement has allowed organizations (not just individuals) to stay updated. "Emerging Technologies Changing Public Library Service Delivery Models" discussed some other uses for this arising technology used in libraries. Blogs provide inexpensive ways to post upcoming events and they can be viewed by anyone. "Web, Library, an Teen Services 2.0" described the idea of working toward connecting with teens. Instead of just advertising to them, organizations are becoming their friends and finding out their interests to keep teens included. Reading through these articles opened my eyes to a larger picture of what I was missing and what I could expect to see everywhere I go...
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I've heard about using twitter and facebook for awhile now, but I was never into all that stuff. I only used the internet for homework and research so now it's something I have to use. It seems to take time away from all the face-to-face interactions that I love, but since our world is constantly changing I'll just have to get used to it.