HC 205 - Assignment 5
A discussion on the differences between
Twitter and SlideShare.
Overview of topics discussed
What is Twitter? What is blogging? And the
difference between the two
Difficulties faced while attempting to learn
Twitter and SlideShare
The community aspects of both sites
My experience and thoughts regarding
community aspects on both accounts
What is Twitter?
The twitter homepage states…
“Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–
workers to communicate and stay connected
through the exchange of quick, frequent answers
to one simple question: What are you doing?”
What is blogging?
The term blogging comes from the word web
log. Blogging can easily be defined as an online
journal or diary. Users of blogs tend to write
entries about their day, feelings, news events, or
whatever else may pop into their brain! For
example, the students of HC 205 use their blogs
to post assignments such as this one! Some blog
networks are very general, while others discuss
very specific topics.
What is the difference between the two?
An unlimited amount of words can
140 words or less can be used.
Participants are asked to answer a single
With a general blog, any topic can
question, “What are you doing?”.
be discussed. Only network blogs of a
Twitter has an option that allows users to
specific topic require users to write
update their friends using a mobile device on
under any guidelines. Of course, most
through the Jabber and GTalk instant
blog networks ban users from posting
extremely inappropriate content.
On the FAQ page of Twitter, it states that
Correct me if I’m wrong, but the
majority of blog sites don’t allow an
“Twitter is a type of mini blog”. In other
option for users to update from their
words, Twitter tends to be a tad shorter than
mobile device. I would think blogging
a regular blog entry of substance.
from a mobile device would be long and
The difficulties of learning
Twitter and SlideShare…
To be completely honest, I didn’t find learning these two online
networks difficult at all. Twitter was probably one of the easiest networks to
sign-up for. They have a big green button that says, “Get started – Join!” You
are only required to give Twitter your e-mail address and to create a username
and password. It’s so simple! The site is so nicely laid out that anyone who
can read will be able to easily create and update a Twitter account. Twitter is
readily available to answer any questions or help their users. Visit
this website to view the help/question page.
Learning SlideShare was a breeze too! Just like Twitter, SlideShare only
asks for an e-mail address and to create a username and password. No other
personal information is needed. All the little green tabs at the top of the
SlideShare homepage do exactly what they say. For example, to upload this
slide – I would simply click “upload” and then click “browse and select files”.
It even tells you (right under the “browse and select files” button) the type of
files you can upload to SlideShare and the max size they can be. By clicking
community you can join/view the slides of different communities. The website
also gives you the options of seeing recently viewed slides, the most
commented slides, the best rated, etc. Slide share also has a help page here.
Twitter allows users to “follow” other users. Because
Twitter asks users the general question, “What are you doing?”,
no communities of a specific topic exist. Third party applications
have been created on Twitter, including a link to Facebook.
These exploration tools can be viewed here.
SlideShare has a whole page dedicated to
communities and community activity here. For example, this
group titled “Words of Inspiration” displays an array of slides from
various users all dedicated to quotes of inspiration.
My use and thoughts on these
On SlideShare I created an HC 205 group, so other
OU HC 205 students can post their SlideShare
presentation for this assignment (and maybe others) or
any other slides they wish to enlighten others with.
Although SlideShare has some communities that are
a little bit far-fetched an unorganized. I believe it
provides a wonderful service and has a wealth of
information to offer! I also found this (
the file is large so you may want to copy and paste it into
your browser) excellent SlideShare presentation. It
coincides with what we have been learning in class.