Monday, 30 September 2013

Change the World, one petition at a time

The world's petition platform. What will you change?

That is the slogan for Change.org, a site dedicated to changing the world, one piece at a time.  There are over 40 million Change.org users in 196 countries according to their stats.   The concept is very simple. Create a petition, then advertise it anyway you can to garner support for your cause.

The idea is a noble one, if nothing else. The great thing about the Internet, and the advent of Web 2.0 platforms is the ability to harness the power of people.  Like all social media platforms there are those who use it for a myriad of causes such as:

It is a simple process to start a petition, simply fill in the form provided, and start gathering signatures. To start a petition, you need to provide:
  1. Who do you want to petition?
  2. What do you want them to do?
  3. Why is this important? 
I think this is a great example of how Web 2.0 platforms can be used to create a better world, and give voice to the masses. Information can be served to millions of people, and those millions of people can, if they decide to, be a part of change. 


Anything you would like to Change.org, why not start a petition of your own?

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Conversational Twitter


This direct quote from Twitters own blog states
"Twitter was originally conceived as a mobile status update service—an easy way to keep in touch with people in your life by sending and receiving short, frequent answers to one question, “What are you doing?” However, when we implemented the service, we chose to leave something out. To stay simple, Twitter did not require individuals to confirm relationships. Instead, we left things open."

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That key core purpose allowed Twitter to prosper along side Facebook, and other social media sites.  Facebook is intended to connect with people you know predominately. There are pages for fans, businesses and other entities, but the original purpose is to choose who to be connected with. Twitter on the other hand is designed to be one big meeting hall where you mingle.  You can use it to stay in touch with short singular messages, or a series of short messages to form a longer conversation. Anyone can listen to what you have to say, or join in and express their thoughts on the matter being discussed.

Twitter is not about what people have said in the past, it is about what they are saying now, in this very moment. Current events such as elections, sporting events, weather and breaking news are discussed and reported on Twitter as they happen. Utilizing hash-tags one can communicate with a group of people on a specific topic such as #socialmedia. This approach allows anyone to search the discussions history to read what people have been saying on the topic.  Hash-tags also provide a way to contribute to the discussions in real time.

The proliferation of mobile devices has assisted Twitter in becoming king of the conversation. Anything you see or hear can be reported via Twitter and spread across the globe in a heart beat. People are willing to share others views and ideas with their followers, and those with something to say love to be shared.

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The addition of image and video attachments opened up more opportunities to get your point across.  Now you don't have to say it, you can show it.  Creative people used this to share footage of riots and protests around the world, showing what was really happening on the ground. This real-time sharing opportunity meant governments and regular media outlets could not censor the footage, giving a real voice to anyone with an Internet connection. That is definitely a good thing.

Lists were introduced to allow many-to-many information sharing. Sharing to a list means you are directly posting tweets to an audience that have chosen to listen to a particular topic. Anyone can setup a list, as such not all lists are strictly organized to a topic or category, but the option is there to do so.

Twitter has come a long way since it first started in March 2006, and grown into the most popular micro-blogging site on the Internet.  Twitter is still evolving, like everything in social media.

What do you think is next for Twitter?

Monday, 9 September 2013

Re-launching

I will be revitalizing this blog very soon. I originally posted these articles as part of my Masters of IT for Web 2.0 analysis. I have revisited the blog, and decided to continue writing about social media and internet based technologies.

I have also launched an app dev business called Pixel Dirt Studios, and will be actively updating the blog over there with dev diary style updates, code tutorials and content relating to building apps and games.

I hope the content I provide here proves useful if nothing else, only time will tell.

Let me know via comments if there are any particular topics you would like discussed.


Cheers,
E.