Wikipedians Motives

21 03 2010

I read the article ‘What Motivates Wikidians?’ by Odded Nov, pages 60-65 published in 2007 by ACM. The major point of this article is the topic itself, ‘What Motivated Wikipedians?’ The author sought to find out if the six general volunteer motivations were the reason wikipedians contribute to the site. The six motives were Values, Social, Understanding, Career, Protective and Enhancement. He also added two motives, fun and ideology, which have been used to study open source software development. Fun and ideology were the strongest motivations, based on the survey.

This article is highly relevant to New Media. Wikipedia is considered to be an element of media and the contributions of this article can help understand why New Media is growing and why collaboration is so strong.

The article is relevant to class, because we speak about the 5C’s with collaboration being one of them. Although we collaborate a lot on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites it could be because it’s in a laid back social setting but this article tries to find out what make people contribute useful information to an encyclopedia setting.

There is no direct proposal or recommendation but the author hopes that in future another survey can be done, to find out how the different motivations impact the different content outlets, by using his article as a guide.

This article was based off of survey results. One result that showed up was that ideology motivated people. The author didn’t think it made much sense because they would be spread over so many other things that they wouldn’t have the time to contribute much to Wikipedia. I believe that they would be studying their topics in other areas and use that information as a contribution to Wikipedia as well.


Modeling Reality with Virtual Worlds

20 03 2010

Virtual Worlds are used by individuals to create an ideal world by recreating themselves with either enhanced features or added elements. Businesses will it for training or as a model to the 3-D model of buildings. In the article, ‘In Room 100, It’s Sid and Nancy All Over Again’ article, I found a pro. Living in the hotel became too expensive and the beloved manager, Stanley Bard, was replaced by a corporate team, but with the use of the virtual world, Stanley Bard was able to relive his days in the Chelsea Hotel with other former residents online. Another pro is that people are able to keep in contact with people in a more desirable world. A con is that people may try to become their avatars after spending much time on it, and also may become socially isolated.

 A pro is that people can create a totally different life online. Therefore, creativity comes in play a lot. Individuals will construct an area that they are associated with and tweak it, by doing a mash-up with reality and their ideas. Also, people become creative with them own self by changing their appearance to make themselves look better or add features they wish they had.

Twitter: Discussion

17 03 2010

I find Twitter to be confusing when having conversation. Everything flows through like a new post and although the person who you are replying to is in the new post , it is  hard to find out which post you are replying to. Blackboard and blogs, and even Facebook is easier to understand and to follow conversations because the comments/replies are directly attached to the original post. In-class discussions are even better because even if an idea was stated half hour ago, it would be RT, restated, and then replied to.

Social Networking

11 03 2010

Social Networking has become popular among individuals especially for communicating with people in other cities or countries. It is one of the most affordable ways to keep abreast with family and friends even if you don’t speak with them as often as you view their profiles.

Since individuals use it so much, businesses have taken advantage of social networking sites to communicate with the world. After going through a few businesses’ pages on Facebook, I realize, these ‘Pages” seems more like of an extension of the companies’ sites, but with more current, ‘colorful’ information versus corporate details. Additionally, individuals are able to keep up-to-date with their favorite company. If the company has a new event coming up, the individual will be notified, and can go to the Facebook page or the company’s website for more information. Other Social Sites work fairly the same way.

Twitter may be a bit different especially since there is a strict per post limit. Companies are able to get the true feelings of customers. I say this because people are quicker to post a short quick phrase than to call the company with their problem. Companies will quicker to fix the problems since it is publicly stated and they wouldn’t want others to add to that error. For positive remarks, it’s even better because that’s free advertisement for the company, and somewhat stronger since it’s from the customers.

Unfortunately, with everything, there are two sides. As mentioned above, customers may vent online than directly to the firm, which can have a negative impact on the company. A major dark side that I believe may affect the young and/or careless individuals is stalking. Twitter mainly started off with everyone stating what they are doing, and people keep others relatively up-to-date with all their doings, unfortunately, the ‘others’ is anyone who is out there that has an interest in knowing your every move. Like Twitter, we are able to post what we are doing on Facebook, and if we RSVP to attend an event, it’s posted. Anyone can carefully track where you are.

Another dark side is creating false pages which can go two ways. A profile can be created to libel the real individual. Or a false profile created to bully others like in the case with the teenager who committed suicide because of cyber bully on MySpace.

What does the future have for Social Networking sites? I believe that all these sites will just be broken down into simpler sites with an easier application added, while the older ones will fade slowly. For example, Twitter to me a breakdown Facebook. If it doesn’t breakdown anymore, more variations will be added.

Check Out Social Networking Sites

9 03 2010

Two thousand and six was the first time I join a social networking site. At the time Hi5 and MySpace were more recognized. My thoughts of it then, and even now, was more of just having fun and posting what ever comes to mind. MySpace is much more laid back which was shown to me by the screen names that people change ever so often. Both on MySpace and Hi5 people are able to use a lot more graphics either in comments that friends posted or with the background. 

It was in 2007 that I recognized Facebook. At first, I thought of it as being more reserved & uniformed, essentially boring, and saw it to be for college students, or older people. I reluctantly joined in the latter part of 2007 and realized that I prefered it to the other sites. It was easier to identify people because your name is used versus a screen name. Also, because it’s more uniformed, pages are easier to get around. Since MySpace and Hi5 are open to changes to the pages, it can take awhile for everything on the page to be loaded and at time can be difficult to maneuver around. Additionally, while I was on Myspace and/or Hi5, there seemed to be a lot of chain or spam postings, which I found highly unneccessary, at times degrading and annoying.

I honestly hadn’t heard of Friendster until now. I went through a few profiles and realize it’s quite simple. It allows the graphics in comments like MySpace but the profile pages are uniformed like Facebook.

Blog v Wiki

23 02 2010

Wikis and blogs are very similar. They both encourage a sense of community, collaboration, communication convergence, and creativity. The main difference falls in the area of collaboration. In my opinion, wikis trust users input more, since the body of the content is change, verses in a blog, where the main content remains the same with comments from individuals following. Unfortunately many people take advantage of this trust, especially when it’s on a large-scale like Wikipedia, this is a problem that people have recognized. In the article “Wikipedia to Limit Changes to Articles on People” by Noam Cohan, says “Under the current system, it is not difficult to insert false information into a Wikipedia entry…” Unfortunately for many people mentioned in the article, like Brittany Spears, President Obama, Edward Kennedy and many more has had their biographies altered negatively. But fortunately, it is corrected, usually quickly.

Convergence has helped to make frequently updated information by many user easier and more convenient. Usually, we used emails to update documents that is constantly revised. With a wiki, the original document can be revise as many times necessary by whom ever is allowed. This eliminates having to send back and forth an attached document via email. Wikimedia increases efficiency and effectiveness.

Since Blogs have a main topic area by a specific person or organization, collaboration is visible seen just by scrolling down to see all those who has been affected by the main argument and decided to but their input. Whether it is refuting or agreeing with the main author or even fellow commenters on a particular topic.

Something that many may find unimportant, may actually be very useful. I haven’t seen one yet, but using a wiki for coupons. Many times I will see a several different listing of coupon codes, usually in blog form, but the codes are usually expired. It would be easier if this was all stored on a wiki, and instead of someone is putting up a new coupon code, they can replace it with the old one. Additionally, if companies collaborated by putting their coupon on a few wikis, instead of one per brand or store, it would help many Americans.

The negative effects that New Media has or will have on Generation Y

17 02 2010

I decided to make my research project on teens, since they are most susceptible to change, in a society where technology advances almost daily. We are able to communicate with one another and meet more people than ever before, which is highly beneficial, especially in cost.  A person who takes into consideration the consequences of all their actions on social sites, would be considered safe but for teenagers, who live on the spur of their thoughts, social networking can damage not only their social life online, but their real life. The main topic wfor this research, therefore, will be on “The Negative effects that Social Networking has and will have on Generation Y.”