Intro to Networked Collaboration

Social Exchange through networked space

MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube are all phenomenons because of the way they allow users to share information.  They allow people to cross over space and reach out to one another.  People who normally wouldn’t be able to reach another can now easily do this.  They also allow users to network over the site for their own purpose.  They can use their own personal space for connecting with family, meeting friends and companions, conducting business, or just sharing information to those who will take the time to read it.
The social exchange is affected because tonal inflections are absent, and a phrase that was intended for a certain audience might read differently to another audience.  Though lots of information is released through these pages, much is omitted as well.  (From the writer’s point of view.)  Many of us are not blessed with a writer’s hand to sufficiently express ourselves through writing.  Another way the social exchange is affected is by the language we have adapted to use online, in texts, and so on and so forth.  We speak (write) differently and find ourselves not saying as much as if we were in an actual verbal conversation.  Twitter is a perfect example of this.

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March 3, 2008 - Posted by | process, social networking |

2 Comments »

  1. MySpace has allowed us to self promote, connect and share with people around the world. You can create your own pages, choose your favorite colors, play your favorite music, promote a party, the list goes on and on. Before MySpace, I don’t think there was any one place with so many features available to you.

    YouTube hands-down is my favorite. While the features aren’t in league with MySpace or Facebook, being able to find videos about almost everything and anything is great. People want to share information, they want to be famous and YouTube was able to fill that niche with a simple interface.

    Networked space for some reason gives people a license to say whatever they wish. So much gets lost in translation online. People are all to willing to share too much about themselves and others. There’s this sense of empowerment when people don’t really know who you are. I try to limit my social exchanges to daily IM’ing with friends and family and of course to this class.

    Comment by tra2008 | March 3, 2008 | Reply

  2. Agreed, so much does get lost in translation online because of the absence of tonal inflections, visual cues, etc. I think that’s why it’s so important that we remain fairly open-minded and flexible when discussing things online.

    It’s interesting, too, how language is morphing and adapting to these environments. Where, certainly, there are advantages and disadvantages to this, I think it’s worthwhile looking at how ‘succinct’ our reflections have become. If limited by our platforms (i.e., sms, IM, etc.), we find ways to adapt language to meet our needs. Use of emoticons developed as a way to compensate for the lack of visual expression and aural inflection. As mentioned, Twitter is also interesting because of the 140 character limit and its spider-like reach across different platforms (you can send messages through the Twitter web-interface, IM, or sms and it reaches all of those platforms simultaneously). The 140-character limit renders what’s called ‘microblogging’; you’re forced to say what you need to say in a small amount of space – meaningful statements in an efficient space. Sort of like haiku, but viral. 😉

    If you like youtube, you may also want to check out Viddler – it’s another video-sharing site but it also allows comments on specific moments in the video. So, for example, if you like what someone says, you can mark that spot and comment on that exact second. Pretty neat. There’s also blip.tv, which supports almost every video format, and so videos uploaded there tend to be much higher quality than Flash video (which youtube and most other sites use).

    If you’re into making your own video and mashing it up a bit, you’ll probably enjoy jumpcut (which we’re using for our final project) and kaltura.

    Comment by funksoup | April 9, 2008 | Reply


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