Here are some of my reactions to the vidcast:
- Lack of blog submission on the social news feed means that blogs may be overrated, or we don’t read blogs relevant to the class. Maybe a biased opinion on the amount of people reading blogs stems from the fact that people reporting these facts are avid net users. I personally only read my friends’ blogs. I am generally not interested in a random person’s thoughts and tend to read news sites.
- Editors on the net: The comments section on a blog have replaced editors. A person is kept honest either by being flamed or by the fact they will be corrected by everyone that sees their site in the comments section. People should take things on the net with a healthy dose of skepticism. They should do their own fact checking by reviewing other sources.
- Privacy is gone. People need to know Google has tracked every site they’ve been to in the past three years. Don’t believe me, check it out. Everyone is too trusting. How soon is it before people pay Google to see what someone else is doing on the net? It could be a form of background check for employers. Maybe if you visit certain sites you get flagged by homeland security as a terrorist threat. This already happens when you check out a combination of certain books at the library.
- I have to join Ad Age to read the articles, but I agree – Twitter is dumb and I can’t figure out a good use for it.
- Facebook=sellouts. We knew they would cave into searches for advertising purposes, it was just a matter of time. On the flipside of that, the site is estimated to be worth $10 billion now that they’ve opened up the network to all people on the internet.
- I have no interest in the Youtube debates. Good idea, executed poorly.
- Microsoft Office will be around for at least 10 more years without a dip in sales. Everyone is very slow to adapt to change and not everyone is willing to learn a new system. It will take a long time for IT staff to want to change file architectures and retrain staff.