Saturday, 8 May 2010
The main problem that I encountered was that I found myself struggling to find enough time to complete the report. This was due to the fact that I had to prepare for an exam and also complete my research proposal all in the same week. I have learned from this, and in future I shall have to plan my time more and leave myself more time for completing homework tasks.
Thursday, 29 April 2010
We also looked at Enterprise 2.0, which is basically how of Web 2.0 and social networking can be used as an effective business tool. This was very interesting as I never realised the possibilities that using this technologies could bring to an organisation. I would definitely say that Enterprise 2.0 is the way to go for businesses future success.
The final topic in the lecture looked into Web 3.0, which is called the Semantic Web. I personally don't feel ready for the change, as I think that we are just getting to grips with Web 2.0 and we have not yet explored the full potential that it has as both a personal as well as a business tool. I also tried to locate then on the web, and found it difficult to get a clear picture of what it is actually going to bring to the web. It was very interesting, however, to compare it to a Database, and interesting to see that some of the terminology that is used is also the same. This has made it a little more clear for me to understand. I think that when Web 3.0 takes off, there will be a huge requirement from organisations to ensure that their employees are competent using Microsoft Access, to the same extent that many people are with Microsoft Word.
I think that we have to be careful that we are not moving into dangerous territory with the semantic web, as it seems to me to be more of a substitute for real life and may not be as much fun as using Web 2.0.
Sunday, 25 April 2010
We were told on the massive impact that facebook had on President Obama's history making election campaign, YES WE CAN, and after browsing the page I have decided to follow the UK's general election campaign online using facebook. This should be interesting.
With regards to Implementation strategies, I am amazed at how much the success factor of Web 2.0 is primarily down to the power of numbers.
I can see how the ROI is very difficult to measure, but now that we have seen that it is possible by using a simple cost and benefits analysis.
In our seminar, we were given a task to complete about the use of Web 2.0 in SME's. This is due for completion next week, so I'll update you then.
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
It was also good to hear from an ex student who has obviously done very well for herself. I found her presentation to be very useful. It would be good to have more guest lecturers throughout the course.
In the seminar, we delivered our presentations on Peckish Foods using GoogleDocs. I carried out my research on MySpace and I put alot of time into my side of the presentation. Unfortunately though, I had two rather difficult team mates to work with. We didn't get to meet up before actually carrying out the presentation as the other members of my team didn't think that there was any need to. I personally feel that the presentation went well, considering the difficulties that our team encountered, but it would have been even better if we had ran through it a couple of times first.
I noticed that all of the teams used GoogleDocs to deliver their findings to then class. Looking back, we could have experimented more with different ways of carrying out the presentation. To be honest, I don't think that we were given enough information on the different options available to us in class. We could have learned more about using YouTube, MovieMaker and Slideshare. I think that this is why everyone played it safe and used GoogleDocs.
This has probably been the least enjoyable part of the Business Web Innovation unit that I have completed yet, and considering that we spent 4 weeks on it, I feel that I should have learned more from it. This may again be due to the fact that I wasn't comfortable with my team-mates.
Finally, we looked into what web 3(Semanic Web) will have to offer in comparison to web 2. Very interesting.
The unit is definitely getting more difficult, with more emphasis on the more technical side of the web. I am still enjoying it though, and I actually look forward to going to class every week.
Saturday, 27 March 2010
I had never heard of Saas before, but after the lecture it was quite clear to me what it is. I looked into the Cybershift website, and looks very much like the Project Management software that I used in college. I can see why organisations would value the use of this software.
RSS is something that I have seen on webpages before, but I have never used it. Now that I know how to subscribe to feeds, I shall use this on a regular basis.
I had previously heard of mashups, but I never actually knew what it was. I don't use an MP3 player, so this is probably part of the reason. My knowledge of mash-ups is still quite vague so I shall have to do more web based research on this.
I am still working on my group project, but I have changed my social networking site to research from LinkedIn to MySpace, as I find this site much easier to navigate. Our presentations are next week, so fingers crossed!
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
I spent some time creating my avatar and navigating the site, and was very impressed with the graphics. I found navigating my avatar very time consuming and after spending about an hour in Second Life, I found it rather boring and pointless. To be honest I probably won't use at again in the future. I really don't understand why anyone would spend their hard earned cash buying clothing for their online avatar, or even worse, buying themselves an island! I would much rather spend both my time and my money in the real world.
This week I am going to spend my time working on my group presentation. My role within the team is to research how we could use the social networking site LinkedIn to benefit Peckish Foods.
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
I am spending more time on LinkedIn than any of the others mentioned because I was told that this is a very good place to look for jobs and to make business contacts for my future career. I am not very familiar with the way that it actually works, but I shall spend the next few weeks working on this.
Last week we were given a case study in class to work on in the next few weeks. This is very important, as we will be assessed on it. We were put in random teams of three, but to be honest I would have preferred to have been placed with team mates that I had worked with last semester, as we had already been through the forming, storming, norming and performing stages of team development. I hope that my team mates and I are able to work together in an effective and efficient manner. The next few weeks will tell.
That's all I have to say for now. I'll update you on this weeks lecture and my teams progress within the next few days.
Sunday, 28 February 2010
The main advantages are:
Wikis are as simple as: edit, add, save.
Anyone can create a Wiki website.
Anyone can join in a Wiki.
Wikis are useful and organised sites on the web.
Each version is kept.
Everyone can bring something to a Wiki discussion.
Wikis can be very useful to find specific information.
Wikis are unique and can be used to look for more unusual information.
Wikis are easy, free and fun!
The main disadvantages are:
Wikis allow anyone to leave their comments.
This may allow for inappropriate comments to be left.
You can't always see who has made the changes.
Comments and posts can't be screened.
Wikis may allow inaccurate information to be displayed under your name.
I found the best way to familiarise myself with Wikis was to actually go into my wikispace and just try different things. I found the tutorials on wikispaces.com very usefull as well. Another useful tool that I found was to use youtube videos and I found this a very easy and fun way to learn. I found this particular youtube clip both entertaining as well as educational:
Ill be back to update my Blog during the week.
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
We have a group task this week, and me and my team (Shirley, Darren and Gary) have collaboratively set up a wiki (11thewikiwonders11.wikispace.com) for our weeks 3 and 4 e-activity. We need to use the wiki to discuss the uses, advantages and disadvantages of wikis. Looks like I am gonna be spending most of my study time for this course on the web. This is a much more fun and flexible way of learning.
I''ll update you at the end of the week as to how our wiki is getting on.