Week 3 RSS Feeds

31 Jan

Let me start off by saying that I thought I was semi computer literate, after trying to add an RSS feed to my blog however, I discovered I need a lot more practice with my computer and internet literacy.

Secondly let me just talk about RSS feeds for a minute. I was, apparently, a Google Reader user – needless to say, I had no idea. A few years ago when I was in a blogging class I signed up for Google Analytics and a few other Google blog related tools, so I am thinking this is one of the things that I signed up for.

An RSS or really simple syndication of information that is found on blogs and the internet that I can subscribe to is a great idea. I enjoy the idea of having everything that I follow in one place. What I enjoy about it is its simplicity of everything being in the same location, however there are some down sides as well. I would assume the people who are avid RSS users don’t take into consideration the time and effort that a person put into making their blog look a certain way. Like me I think that having a blog a certain way with a certain layout and certain colours is extremely important for the visual reader – which a lot of people of the internet are. Sometimes I want to just sign in and browse with out having to deal with a lot of reading. The RSS however cuts it down to the words and removes the colour (except for pictures).

Having this be my first connection and interaction with RSS I feel that it is also important for me to share that it is actually really simple to add the RSS to your blog but because it was my first time encountering it, it took me a little bit longer. If you’re trying it for the first time, don’t let me discourage you with my previous rant.

On another note… Blogs for non for profit organizations. YAY or NAY? YAY!!
I tell you this because they are such a great way to get your information out for not a lot of money. “Blogging can dramatically transform search engine results for your organization” I know that this is extremely true through my own personal blog. What someone can do is add tags to the bottom of their post so that when someone searches for specific combinations then your blog post may appear.

Blogging and RSS go hand in hand. If a person utilizes all of the tools that the internet has to offer than the online presence can sky rocket.

Until next week


Week 2 Web 2.0

24 Jan

I think that we all use the 2.0 technologies of the web that not only allow us to integrate our thoughts on the internet but respond to thoughts of others. Where before we were merely consumers, now we are the generators.

I use Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, I used to have MySpace, and my new favorite site is Pinterest. Pinterest is a site where you can post anything from the website to your very own section of a site and have other people be able to pin it to their own boards. This is such a great social media website that definitely harnesses the web 2.0 interface of interaction on the internet.

With Web 2.0 I was discussing on the board this week that companies are now highering people to do their online interactions for them. One thing that I saw today was a friend post a photo on their Facebook. The photo had Tim Hortons Bagel with a large glob of butter (and when I say large it was one side of the bagel) and looked uneatable. One of the people on this persons Facebook wrote that they should tweet the photo (to twitter) so that Tim Hortons would be able to see what their customers are complaining about that they would respond within minutes. Subsequently the person did this and had Tim Hortons respond to the photo on Twitter and gave the person a $10 gift card.

O’Reilly believes that Web 2.0 is a collective intelligence which, as the anecdote above clearly illustrates. Our class also quite evidentially depicts this through our collaborative group discussions.

Web 2.0 is what the Internet has become but where it’s going I am not too sure, I am hoping that as user friendly as it is right now that we can get even more incorporated and mashable.


-Laura Daniel

Hello MIT 3852G, Social media and organizations!

12 Jan

I’m Laura Daniel (hence the url). I am in my final semester at Western and am currently working full-time as well in Human Resources at Western. I am rather excited to be taking this course for a few reasons; first being that I love my computer – it helps that I’m in MIT. Secondly, I like having the experience of various sites and how to use them so I don’t seem like a total flake when it comes to computers, the internet, and social media. Not to say that I am horrible with computers, but in all reality compared to most people in MIT I kind of tank.

Anyway, I am super excited to be taking this course so that I can learn about social media and organizations.