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Self Reflection

31 Mar

Since creating a Twitter account, I have been excited and unsure about the ability to publish my opinion for all to see, especially as I am following some very high status individuals and celebrities.

I can see how useful a Twitter account is to people working within the communication industry. Having a Twitter account shows that I am interested in communicating with those in the industry and keeping up to date with what other high status individuals are doing.

Within two days of tweeting that I had been given Charminster as my patch, I was tweeted to by a man who works for the daily echo, telling me that he had the same patch. That quickly increased my interest in Tweeting because I could see that it was a fantastic way to create useful contacts.

I have not been blogging as often as I have been tweeting, mostly because I don’t want to write something which offends someone. I am becoming more confident about publishing my thoughts about television programmes though, as I think this is safer ground than “real” life issues. It was exciting when I recently received a positive comment from someone agreeing with a point I made about the programme “Katie:My Beautiful Face”.

I think I will be likely to blog more over the summer when I am travelling and taking on new exciting experiences which I feel people might be interested in reading about. This has made me feel more confident about my writing and has encouraged me to write more similar posts.

I attempted to use Twitter to interview some important figures when we had the investigative report assignment, but I did not receive a reply from any of these, whereas emailing people got a really strong response. So from my experience I still don’t believe that Tweeting is the best way to get a specific answer from a particular person. I did, however, find it extremely useful to look through other journalists blogs and see if they might be worth emailing so I can definitely see why journalists keep an up to date blog.


Timeline of social networking sites

11 Feb

Social networking sites have become incredibly popular in the last few years and there are hundreds of different ones that have been created since the early 90’s. Here is a timeline of just a few of these:

1995 was created as a social media site for one of the first ever online communities.


Tripod was created and became the eighth largest networking site in 1998 but eventually had to shut down because it was not profitable. was one of the first social networking sites which allowed people to discover links with one another through email addresses. This site was specifically made to allow people to find old class mates.

1997 continued the ability for people to find people with less direct links. This was the first social networking site to include friends lists, messaging and personalised profiles. This allowed people to find out similarities with others through looking at their profiles. This site had to be shut down as it was not profitable.


Friendster was an incredibly popular networking site and now has approximately 90,000,000 members



Myspace became a quickly growing network site. It now has over 130,000,000 members and is the number one social networking site in Australia, USA and Italy.

Bebo was also immensly popular. It now has over 40,000,000 members


Orkut became he number one social networking site for India and Brazil

Facebook became more popular and faster growing than any predecessor. This was the first site to allow externally created applications and allowed users to create their own social networking groups. It now has 350,000,000 members and is the number one networking site in the UK, Canada and New Zealand.


YouTube was created as a site which allowed people to uploads and share their personal videos. It has now been ranked as the fourth most visited site on the web, after Google, Yahoo! and Facebook.

Yahoo 360 was created as a business internet strategy. There are 1,500,000 members to this site.


Google Buzz has been created in an attempt to over take Facebook. This site has intergrated the components of Picasa, Flikr, You Tube, Blogger and Twitter in an attempt to be the most desirable social networking tool.

My top five favourite websites

28 Jan

My top five websites:

1. Facebook is the top social networking site at the moment.

2.Youtube is a fantastic site for viewing videos made by the public

3. BBCnews allows me to keep up with current affairs with ease.

4. BBCiplayer enables me to watch television programmes from the BBC, any time of the day.

5. Channel4 catch up is another website which allows you to watch television programmes via the internet.