Archive | April, 2011

Here You Are By My Side

28 Apr

Random photos from the past month…

“Vulnerability is the birth place of joy, creativity, belonging and love.” -Brene Brown

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Staying Up-to-date with the Royal Wedding

26 Apr

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The day is rapidly approaching! Prince William and Kate Middleton will be getting married at the Westminster Abbey in London on Friday, April 29. This is all the hype right now and it’s all I see no matter where I go. Nearly every news source is doing close coverage on all the details leading up to this event of the century. If you don’t want to be out-dated, you should definitely follow along.

I’m staying on top of all the series of daily updates concerning the royal wedding with different social media and news sources. Youtube certainly does a great job with the Royal Wedding live-stream. There’s even a blog and twitter account that accompanies the live-stream for additional commentary, historical information, and footage. I’m also following Fox News which will be streaming the wedding on it’s website.

In addition, the British Monarchy has it’s very own Facebook page dedicated to the Royal Wedding which I am now following.

The best source in my opinion would be the RSS feed from officialroyalwedding2011.org which is the main hub that pulls all the feeds from Facebook, twitter and Flickr about the event.

By the way, I can’t wait to see Kate on the day of the wedding. Her dress will be stunning! I’ve always loved her style and I do watch what she wears so this will be awesome. The UK Telegraph has some great coverage that some of you fashion lovers  might want to check out.

Happy following! 🙂

Crowdsourcing

17 Apr

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A term coined by Jeff Howe in 2006, crowdsourcing has been widely used by businesses and even everyday people. Crowdsourcing is the phenomenon of using tools such as the web to gather information then outsourcing them to an unidentified group.

For instance, websites and blogs often generate content that they have gathered from other websites. “Crowdsourcing has virtually overnight generated huge buzz, enthusiasm, and fear. It’s the application of the open-source idea to any field outside of software, taking a function performed by people in an organization, such as reporting done by journalist, research and product development by scientists, or design of a T-shirt, for example, and in effect outsourcing it through an open-air broadcast on the Internet.” Says Jeff Howe in his Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd is Driving the Future of Business.

In my opinion, crowdsourcing is a success in many ways; with websites like Groupon, and blogs like Bloglovin, word about products and content really becomes wide-spread. Since crowdsorucing essentially captures groups that share common interests and passions, a company would generate a crowd no matter what because there is always someone out there looking for that particular content.

Groupon.com has definitely been a success story. They provide the community with deals on restaurants, leisure activities, vacations, etc. As long as the set number of people buys that specific deal, then the deal is on. This calls the consumers to come together in order to accomplish a set goal.

Through crowdsourcing, many citizens are now able to come together for a great cause and even organize protests like never before.According to the article The Power of Crowdsourcing, “What makes crowdsourcing so powerful is the broad participation that takes place at relatively no costs.” Instead of traditionally going out into the community and seeking potentials who share your views, you can now easily find them through the internet. Through social media outlets, events can be organized effectively with efficiency and convenience while reaching a broader spectrum of people.

Although crowdsourcing has worked in favor of businesses, citizen journalists, and even individuals, it has caused problems for traditional journalists and the journalism world as a whole. Since many websites simply pull in content from all over the web as long as the content is related to their interests, many of them do not care for the credibility of the content or whether the content is accurate and unbiased.

In addition, with the boom of blogs like The Bleacher Report, where content is generated by citizen journalists for free, it causes conflicts for paid journalists. These citizen journalists would still be considered journalists since they are reporting news, however if they don’t have to be paid then why should other journalists be paid? If online content can be produced and sustained by free journalists, I believe our profession will continue in this downhill slope.

The only question is, how accurate and objective are those unpaid journalists? Do they do the same fact-checking as traditional journalists or do they simply report on whatever they can find? This is a lot to consider because crowdsourcing has made great impacts in our society, but how it’s used can be positive or negative.