Deaf women hears her own voice. Technology can impact so many lives!

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I watched an incredible viral video which showed a deaf women’s reaction to hearing her own voice. This video showed this deaf women reacting to this absolutely amazing technology which allowed her to hear for the first time. When the women turned on the earpiece technology you instantly felt impacted by the women’s ecstatic reaction which brought so many tears to her eyes. This was an incredible moment that was put on the internet to show how certain technologies can change someones life. Because of IMS technology I was able to be in that moment she was using the internet. In this case, this women was able to do something she never expected to do for the rest of her life. She was able to hear, something which was so amazing she teared up as a result of this technology which allowed this. I find our technology to constantly expand and improve. As the years continue I have no doubt that being deaf will become obsolete.

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Can Google Plus catch up to Facebooks amount of Users?

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I recently found an article about Google Plus which is focusing a lot of attention on the social media aspects. After pulling the plug of buzz, they are trying to develop a greater audience to use the new social network. As of now Facebook has 800 million users while Google plus has a mere 40 million users. Even though the popularity of the new social network was attained in 4 months, Facebook is still most likely to stay in the lead. The only benefit factor to using Google plus is its implemented gmail, youtube and other resources which will make the social media more user friendly. This is going to be very interesting whether Google Plus can sustain an amount of users that will continue to use its network. Unless Google Plus receives a lot of publicity from celebrities, or if there is a movie developed about its creation, i doubt Google Plus will reach the heights Facebook has.

Web Evaluation

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Purpose of source: The purpose of the source was to promote the official king center in Atlanta Georgia. It’s also to promote events and inform people about current civil rights movements.
Authority and reputation of source: The source has very credible sources, as their partners are government agencies and research libraries across the country.
Accuracy of source: The sources are accurate because of the types of resources available on the site. The site doesnt retrieve all of its information from one source, and uses multiple to develop a deeper more credible understanding of Martin Luther King Jr.
Currency and maintenance of source: The upcoming events on the website which promote civil rights are updated; the copyright is in 2011 and the page is consistently up to date.
Presentation and arrangement of information: You can tell that the information on the website is organized professionally. There are multiple pages of different content which a user can surf to find the exact type of information he wants.
✤Purpose of source- No real purpose stated

✤Authority and reputation of source- There is no authority for the
site.  It says that it is hosted by Stormfront which is a White power
movement.  When I looked up who the author was it is a man with an
email donblack@stormfront.org.  When I looked up his email I was
directed to his homepage which tells about his white supremacy ties
and his hate for those who are not white.
✤Accuracy of source- It rarely sites any sources does have sources,
none of them provide links.  All of the sources are inaccurate. All of
the articles written on the site are false.  When I checked Delicious
many people’s comments confirmed it is a site  that is a cover for a
white suprememcy movement.
✤Currency and maintenance of source- There is no last updated date and
many of the sources are old sources.  There are also many broken
links.

Presentation- has an awful interface, with colors that do not match.
It is very difficult to read and does not imply accuracy.

Niko Kondogianis
Eric Matre
Dan Nicolopoulos

Twitter Reformatting Urls

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While surfing through Yahoo news I discovered an article talking about Twitter and their formatting with links. When I was new to Twitter and how it worked I thought the only way to shorten you links was to use bitly.com. Twitter actually incorporates its own URL re-format which can be used for any links if the post is not passed the certain amount of characters required. The reason why this new Twitter URL re-format is different then a websitelike bitly is because it prevents a lot of spamming websites behind and unknown link and users will actually know what they are clicking on. Twitter will reformat the link with a sub category of information that link sends you to. IMS relates a lot about social media, and in this case, it is continually to improve over the years. This is a great example of an simple and easy improvement used for social media which will continue to increase social media usage and versatility.

Facebook assaults?

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I read an article which talked about a recent assault on a mans wife because of Facebook complications. A man who supposedly posted a status over the anniversary of his mothers death was like by multiple friends except by his wife. Because she didn’t like the post, the man assaulted his wife causing a huge domestic violence case. It’s very surprising to see multiple overreact to social media complications which people then use to act upon in real life. I see multiple examples of people relating internet life to real life. Virtual worlds are easily able to become part of your own life, which is why many people fail to understand the difference between the two. When social media becomes to obsessive with someones life it can cause negative effects, and in this occasion violence.

Facebook becomes #2 for total time spent by its average user

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I stumbled upon an article with very interesting statistics based off of the average time any user spends on certain websites. This article then rated actual websites with Facebook users averaging 8 hours a month spent on the website. Compared to me I occasionally use social media to check up on people and to respond to posts. I tend to never spend more then 10 minutes on one sitting. How do you think you compare? The main reason I don’t like Facebook is because I feel like it tends to separate you from people. In my opinion I would much rather deal with people in person then over the internet. Multiple people I know will spend this much time and more in a week. Google is the number 1 website with the average user spending the most time on this website. It isn’t surprising to see Facebook surpass Google’s number one spot with these statistics. The expanding website will be one which people spend more time on when they visit because of the amount of related content you are exposed to. IMS is very related to this article because of the social media content which we are exposed to everyday that tends to become a major part of users lives. While Facebook is growing more and more, it has a much different way of surfing then Google, since Google while send you to other websites which are not related to Google anymore. That will be the difference when it comes to Facebook passing Google with the amount of time spent per average user.

Thailand Prime Minister’s Twitter Account Was Hacked

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I read quite an interesting article which involved the Prime Minister of Thailand who had a twitter account which was recently hacked. It wasn’t surprising that the hacker used his voice in the twitter account to share his opinions on this prime minister who had very debatable policies. The twitter account tweeted 8 messages criticizing the Prime Minister and her election which she had recently won. The Prime Minister was very similar to her brother who was removed from a military coup earlier in 2006. I find this to be incredibly interesting, as someone very intelligent was able to use Twitter to the disadvantage of the Prime Minister. Many people have an incredibly hard time sharing their opinion in other countries, especially with censorship. This person on the other hand used the website to his advantage. Sometimes people don’t realize many of these unintended consequences for using social media. People these days don’t tend to grasp the concept that what you do online can be seen by others and used towards the disadvantage of yourslef. In this case this is a perfect example. Since this concept uses social media it relates to IMS very easily. It’s going to be interesting to see more unintended consequences of people using social media in the future.