Response to Online Applications

Tonight I explored 50 Online Applications and Sites to Consider by Chris Brogan.  I feel like I must first start out by saying… WOW I am utterly amazed by the vast amount of social media applications out there. It also amazed me how so many people are connecting in so many different ways, technology in this sense is truly brilliant.

Some cool sites I did not know about or use:

  • plurk- “social journal”
  • seesmic- video conversations
  • digg- creates competition and gives stats
  • librarything- connect, share, and read books with others
  • twitter search- type in keyword to find conversations
  • skitch- copy/paste images right from a browser window!!
  • vimeo- had some really cool videos

Sites I knew and loved:

  • facebook- popular social networking
  • twitter-create conversations
  • wordpress- where I blog
  • delicious- still exploring this actually, but like it so far…
  • pandora- I have this on my phone and am in love forever, my Justin Nozuka radio station is my favorite
  • youtube- who couldn’t love this, so many interesting videos

Sites I did not like (mostly because they were not what I have listed below):

  • sphinn- looks cheap and like it contains many advertisements
  • readdit- too messy

Things I found helpful on new sites:

  • When the “about” or information on a certain website is easily seen or accessible.
  • When they state how they are different.
  • When it is evident they are connected to other sites.
  • Most of all, when they are well organized and not overcrowded and messy.

A couple of questions developed while I was looking at these sites:

  1. What is a good basic definition of hosting, I’m kind of confused here?
  2. Why are such sites as twitter, delicious, myspace, and facebook so popular?
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One response to “Response to Online Applications

  1. Erin,

    1) a basic definition of hosting is storing information and making it accessible on the Internet. Your blog, for example, where do all these files sit? They’re not saved on your computer… They’re stored (hosted) on a server that belongs to WordPress. See more information in <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_hosting_service” this Wikipedia entry.

    2) why are they so popular? because they provide value to people. They provide something people want/need, and they do so nicely (twitter is nicer than other microblogging services). Now, you have to guess: what is that “value”? What is it that people want, that these services provide?

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