Youtube vs. Podcasting

By on June 21, 2012 Comments Off on Youtube vs. Podcasting

7.  The company you work for is considering developing a video podcast project with 30 podcasts planned initially. You have been assigned to the group that will handle making the podcasts available to the public. Make some recommendations to increase the exposure of the podcasts to the public.  The group you work with consists of 5 people. You and Chris, Jan, Taylor and Ed. Chris and Jan think the idea of doing podcasts is a wasted effort, and that the videos should be distributed through YouTube or some other service citing several advantages. Taylor and Ed disagree citing a number of drawbacks to the approach taken by Chris and Jan. List and explain some points or advantages that Chris and Jan could make that would make you likely to support their position. List and explain some points of disadvantages that Taylor and Ed could make that would make you likely to support their position.

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Chris, Jan, Taylor, and Ed have to possible approaches to publishing a video podcasting project, either as a podcast, or as videos posted to YouTube.  Chris and Jan have a valid point in proposing distribution via YouTube.  There are several advantages, most notably is availability.  Anyone with an internet connection can watch YouTube videos on their browser without any of extra software like for a podcast.  Videos are also easier to publish on YouTube, anyone with video files on their PC or phone can post them to YouTube, but podcasts require specific software for editing and manipulating content.  Taylor and Ed could also cite several points which make a podcast more appealing for the project.  Podcasts are more portable, and can be accessed by users even when they don’t have a connection to the internet.  Podcasts also allow users to subscribe, and have new content automatically downloaded when they are able to connect to the internet.  This means that with a podcast, subscribers wouldn’t have to check back like they do with YouTube; their shows will simply automatically download to their connected devices.  Furthermore, they might argue that a podcast can reach subscribers through the iTunes store, which is almost as ubiquitous as a web browser on most people’s PCs.  Either approach would certainly lead to a successful project, with a large potential audience.

Awareness Tools

By on June 18, 2012 Comments Off on Awareness Tools

Awareness tool are tools which help direct our attention to sites and articles we might other wise not be informed of.  Probably the most predominent examples are reddit and stumble upon.  These sites take us to pages chosen and generated by other users of these sites.  These sites can direct us through an endless steam of urls constantly being updated to our interests, and waste hours upon hours of our time.  These sites work by gathering information, and then filtering it in such a way as to make it relevant to the user.

Other sites, such as google news search for data with less emphasis put on user screening.  They chose sites automatically based on searches, usually with more serious content.  These sites can deliver news specifically tailored to users and help bring together and filter stories from a wide array of subjects across the internet.

These sites can save us lots of time, like RSS, by combining all the information we’re looking for into one place.

Forums and Webboards

By on June 18, 2012 Comments Off on Forums and Webboards

Forums and webboards date back almost as far as the internet itself.  Usenet was one of the earliest, and started out as a message board between universities.  It was soon organized into what we would recognize as a webboard.

Forums are often organized into threads on different topics, which makes it easier to search for information.  A big problem with many forums, however, is the repetition of threads.  Many people will start a new thread on a topic which already has an existing one, this can lead to a cluttered, messy feel.

Forums exist on a wide range of subjects, from video games to academics.  Almost the entirety of forum content is user generative, allowing people to ask questions, post responses, and moderate pages.

RSS

By on June 14, 2012 2 Comments

RSS stands for real simple syndication.  RSS feeds allow people to have updates to their favorite websites all listed in one location.  This is intended to save people time, because they only have to check one place, as opposed to several, to see if there is new content they’re interested in.  There are RSS feeds available for many popular sites, including many news organizations like the New York Times, and CNN.

RSS seems to me to be very similar to push notifications on our phones.  These services both allow us to receive personalized updates on information we want to receive.

Document Sharing

By on June 13, 2012 2 Comments

Online document sharing is as old as the internet.  In fact, the early internet was used almost solely for file transfer.  Soon, emails became the norm for online communication, allowing users to write text, and attach files.

We’ve seen all sorts of file sharing on the internet since then.  Many of us are familiar with services like bit torrent, which is commonly used for sharing music and movies over the internet.  These services allow chosen files to be both copied and shared on your personal computer.  They have caused problems, however, in the area of digital rights management, and many sites have been shut down recently to avoid lawsuit.

Online document sharing has grown since then.  In its most current form has some similarities with social bookmarking.  Both allow you to access your data from any computer with an internet connection, both let you share your data with other people of your choice, and both make it easier to work and share.  Google Docs is probably one of the most popular document sharing service, and is available to anyone with a Google account.  The most convenient feature that Google docs provides, is probably the ability for multiple authors to make changes on a single document.  This allows for much faster, and more fluid collaboration on group projects or writing assignments.

Using google docs, I created this quick survey for our class.  If you have some time, take a look at it.  Google docs made it easy to create and share this survey so anyone with a link to it could see it.

Social Bookmarking

By on June 12, 2012 Comments Off on Social Bookmarking

Yesterday, we discussed social bookmarking in class.  Most people are familiar with bookmarking sites in their browser in order to get back to them later, but social bookmarking adds a public twist to this, and makes your bookmarks available on any computer.  Sites like delicious let you bookmark and tag pages to make them both globally accessible in the cloud, and easily searchable.  This not only makes it more convenient for users, but helps search engines to aggregate data about sites, and make more popular and relevant information easier to find.

Online Video

By on June 11, 2012 Comments Off on Online Video

We all know about sites like Youtube, which let us stream videos to our computers.  Over the past six years, millions of videos have been uploaded by hundreds of thousands of people around the world.   More recently, youtube was bought by google for over $1.5 billion. YouTube has sites changed the way we expect to see videos on the internet, with sites like Facebook giving a similar video interface.

Netflix, however, has succeeded where YouTube could not in turning an actual profit through providing online video streaming. By providinga service for $10 a month, which costs them vprovider little to deliver. Hulu offers another take on this, offering both paid and unpaid services.

Image sharing

By on June 5, 2012 1 Comment

Yesterday we talked about image sharing.  The internet provides a way for us to share images with close friends, or total strangers.  Services like picasa, photobucket, and flickr allow people to upload their photos to the cloud.  Sometimes they require a specific hyperlink in order to view an album, but others are available, and searGrrchable for the general public.

I thought the most interesting thing we went over in class was how to filter a search by usage rights by doing an advanced image search.  This lets you search for images without copyrights, or images that the original author gives permission for users to modify and share.  Also under advanced image searches you can search by color, file type, and several other modifiers which will return different search results.  I found this image which was free to use or share, even commercially.

Here’s a picture I liked of Gir.

 

I made a flickr account and connected it to my facebook.  It’s kinda weird how all our accounts are connected nowadays.  There were some pretty cool pictures on there though.  I especially liked the ones under the Library of Congress, some cool history there.  I thought flickr did a good job of making it easy to upload and share pictures.


In the past, if someone wanted to transfer funds across a country or around the world, they would have to physically go in to a bank to complete their transaction.  If they wanted to buy something, they would have to actually go into a store.  In the past fifty years, however, computers, technology, and the internet have fundamentally changed the way we do business, consume goods, and go about our lives.

For the earliest roots of internet business transactions, we have to look back to the early 70s.  Increased connections between countries made it possible for electronic funds transfers between banks, whether across town or around the world.  Soon, organizations like SWIFT sprang up, which standardized and regulated this process.  Today, they serve over 10,000 banks in countries around the world.  This early network between banks has grown since then, and money became instantly exchangeable between currencies.  This has also led to overnight trading in these currency markets.  When banks close the day with extra unused funds in their coffers, they put this money into international currencies, hoping to gain from the change in exchange rates by the morning.  This type of financial exchange could not be made without the internet and similar technologies.

More recently, this technology has been tailored to the consumer market.  With credit and debit cards accepted around the world, and ATMs and online banking offering twenty four hour service anywhere with an internet connection.  This has turned the use and transfer of money into an instantaneous process, making funds accessible at any time and any place.  This technology makes buying things a much easier process for the consumer, and opens up whole new markets to suppliers.  Businesses in remote areas of the world now have the capability to sell goods to anyone who can use the internet.

Companies such as ebay and amazon.com serve millions of people around the world, and allow people to buy and sell things instantaneously to customers who never have to physically enter a store.  These companies mainly use credit or debit cards to transfer funds instantly to the sellers.  This ease of shopping through the internet opens up markets, and makes it much easier for people to consume, which in turn can only lead to an increase in demand.  Amazon.com has a revenue of over seventeen billion dollars, and contributes to markets in countries around the world. #Online stock markets

There has also been some amount of attention paid to how people get their internet.  Telecommunications companies build and maintain the networks which comprise the internet at a cost, and charge customers to access them.  There are gains in many different sectors due to this widespread internet service, which are thought of as positive externalities.  These benefits come from the sharing of data and information across these networks.  I would argue even, that the externalities gained from the use of the internet increase as more is consumed, as increased interconnectivity in these networks leads to more permeating effects on other markets.  People benefit, not only from their own ability to access the internet, but from their ability to interact with other people over this network.  This adds another, unmeasured aspect to the value that the consumer gets from the internet.

There are also some notable examples of negative externalities arising from the internet.  The best of these, is perhaps file sharing and its detriment to the music industry.  There have been several well known lawsuits by the music industry against individuals using the internet to download music without paying.  These inconveniences to media companies, however, don’t even come close to the benefits we gain as a society from the internet.  We also now have to worry about viruses spread over the internet, including stuxnet and the flame virus.  #Security and ID Theft

One of the biggest drawbacks in research into this field is the lack of good metrics for this type of data.  It is hard to determine the exact quantity of the effect the internet has had on our economy, but some sources estimate that the internet is a 1.5 trillion dollar industry.  There can be little doubt though, that the effect of the internet are widespread, and affect many areas of the world in many different industries.

Since its earliest inceptions, the internet has been a vital force in our global economy.  It has changed the way we do business, and how we perceive money.  Overall, the internet has greatly increased the velocity of money around the world, and greatly increased the consumer’s opportunities to spend money.  The internet is a part of our daily lives, and is inseparable to both the consumer, and businesses.

 

Works Cited

Atkinson, Robert, et al. “The Internet economy  25 years  after .com.” The Information Technology  & Innovation Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 June 2012. <http://www.itif.org/‌files/‌2010-25-years.pdf>.

Chadda, Abhishikta. “Money Market and its Instruments.” Caalley. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 June 2012. <2.            http://www.caalley.com/‌art/‌Money_Market_and_Money_Market_Instruments.pdf>.

McKnight, Lee, and Joseph Bailey. “An Introduction to Internet Economics.” Journal of Electronic Publishing 1.1&2 (1995): n. pag. Journal of Electronic Publishing. Web. 4 June 2012. <http://quod.lib.umich.edu/‌j/‌jep/‌3336451.0001.123?rgn=main;view=fulltext>.

Streitfeld, David. “Amazon’s Revenues Disappoint.” New York Times. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 June 2012. <http://www.nytimes.com/‌2012/‌02/‌01/‌technology/‌amazon-shares-drop-as-revenues-fall-short.html?_r=1>.

“SWIFT Company Information.” SWIFT. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 June 2012. <http://www.swift.com/‌about_swift/‌company_information/‌index.page?lang=en>.

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http://www.cato.org/moneyconf/14mc-7.html

Good Song

By on June 3, 2012 Comments Off on Good Song

.. also, I want to see if  I embedded this youtube video right.


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