Another week of readings and more opinions from yours truly. This week wasn’t too entertaining to me, at least compared to past weeks. Maybe its the fact that this is my last bit of work I plan on doing before break. Either way… *Yawn*
Chapter 10 was a drag for me, made me feel like I was reading the same things as I have in recent weeks all over again, just in further depth, almost unnecessary depth I guess.
The way it started out was fine. It talked about social objects, and how they take the shape of stuff that they are posted along with. They are the pictures on Flickr, the avatar on twitter and other stuff like that. It went to a lot of depth and I though that was fine. I was learning something new. Couldn’t complain about that.
It talked a lot about different things in social media and how they affect how we use it. Things like links and descriptions, along with their significance to blogs stood out and how they are important in gripping the readers into continue reading. As I was reading, all that kept going through my mind was “ORLY” or “No kidding”… Making a good title affects the amount of views you have?!?!? No way!!
I mean this in the most respectful way but it was all just filler to me. All of those things they listed just seemed like common sense to me. Once it moved past that and talked about “likes” and other things, it got better to me but I was totally out of the mood of reading after having all that stuff regurgitated to me again.
Chapter 11 was better. But not much. It had very interesting examples though. I really enjoyed how it talked about how facebook gets the ads it does, puts certain people on top of your newsfeed instead of others and how through the settings feature, they can pull any piece off your networks to make these ads and recommend people for you to follow. Its an extremely interesting concept and I really enjoyed reading about that.
The other parts of the chapter pointed to ways on how to see how significant a certain “tweeter” is to a hash tag. Thing is, I went to that site and searched our course hash tag and it said I had no impact on it at all. That confused me because I tweet far too many times about the course. In fact, most of my tweets are. So that site sucks.
The chapter also talked about the significant increases in the amount of twitter links and facebook links that have been shared through email since 2007 and how they have adapted ways to have those links more easily accessible for sharing. That makes a lot of sense since the sites have grown substantially in that span and now are among the main reasons WHY people go on the internet altogether.
Overall, I don’t want to offend you with this review but this chapter was lame to me. It seemed longer than the others and the information just wasn’t as interesting.