Who are you followed by?
My mom once sent me an article titled, â€śAre you addicted to the internet.â€? It had a check list of things like checking your email more than 5 times a day, spending more than hours a day on the internet, and many more for a self diagnostics to decide if you were in fact â€śaddicted to the internet.â€? I remember reading it in my Bailey Hall dorm room freshman year and it really made me stop and think for a minute. Was I addicted to the internet? I had just created a Facebook profile and was on that countless hours a day constantly updating that. As a freshman I also found it so cool that I actually got numerous emails a day and never wanted more than two or three unread messages in my inbox. Since then I have cut back on my logged on time to Facebook and UMN email, but definitely not on my internet time.
This week was the first that I had ever heard of Twitter. It was confusing at firstâ€¦ and I am still not sure if I have it down yet or not, we will soon find out. It would be nice if we could form a â€śgroupâ€? on twitter for our class so we all could be connected to each other through the group. Does anyone know if that is possible?
Our reading from Connect! this week examines many alternatives for people to communicate outside of email because itâ€™s not always the best choice for communicating with people synchronously (Connect, 143). But I beg to disagree with the statement; with many new phones and technologies today many people can have conversations via email. I actually prefer this instead of setting up six different accounts on different net works to â€śchatâ€? with my 10 different groups. I personally donâ€™t like getting bogged down with passwords and usernames that I canâ€™t keep straight. Some of the alternatives that the book discussed were instant messaging, chat rooms, social and professional networks (such as facebook and myspace), blogging and many more, all of which I have worked with one form at some point in time. However, One type of communication on the internet that I had never heard of was a wiki, other than Wikipedia. I was glad to see that there was a small reference in the reading as to what a wiki was because we will be building one in this class.
Request to follow me on Tweeter... AmandaEberle (EBZ was taken).... so long for now