Day 13 ( part 2): Good shit

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Day 13 ( part 2): Good shit

  1. 1. Web 2.0 & Online Communities, Summer School 2011 Day 13: Virtual worlds / Good shit
  2. 2. This week (Week 5!)Tuesday (day 13):– Virtual worlds (with Melanie)– Some of my favourite servicesWednesday (day 14):– SecondLife community investigationThursday (day 15):– The mobile social internetMiscellany:– Blog assignment 3 marks (shortly)– We have our judges (dragons)– Project: Pretty much finished! 2
  3. 3. Next week (Week 6–OMG!)Tuesday (day 16):– Internet as religious recruiting ground– Copyright & creative commonsWednesday (day 17):– Pitches to dragonsThursday (day 18):– Summary of everything– Exam prep & goodbyes Miscellany:– Project: Present & submit 3
  4. 4. Part 2: Cool shit 4
  5. 5. What is a CMS?Actually a “WCMS”Enables online content submission with no technical knowledgeMakes website administration far simpler:– Offers access control options, journalling, etc.– Social media options bundled in by default– Includes design templatesTypically a scripting language (e.g., PHP) & a database (e.g., MySQL)Examples: Joomla, Drupal, Silverstripe, ... 5
  6. 6. Weebly.comSimple content management system (CMS)Remotely hosted (US)Drag ‘n’ drop interface (elements, themes)It is FreeAccess to HTML & CSSCommerce optionsCompetitors: Wix.com, Yola.com 6
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  8. 8. IWantMyName.comNZ‐based domain registrarSet “A” DNS record to point to service (e.g., Weebly, Tumblr, ...)Simple, elegant (cf. GoDaddy.com  )Friendly & responsive support (e.g., Twitter)Setup to connect with social mediaDomain prices compare favourably... & iPhone app 8
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  12. 12. Dropbox.comCloud‐based data storage:– 2GB (free)– Up to 100GB ($9.99/$19.99 per month)Automatic change detection & backupsAllows for collaboration & sharingSync files of any size or type (Win/Mac/Linux)Range of mobile appsCompetitors: box.net, mozy.com 12
  13. 13. Twitterfeed.comAutomatically generate tweets from RSS feedsFree or donationAdvanced editing features:– Prefix/suffix– Filtering– LimitingSet & forget <‐ problem any here?Example feeds: Google news, news media, topical sites, Yahoo pipes, ... 13
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  18. 18. pixlr.com & screenr.comCloud‐based image editor & screen casterWhat’s the advantage? 18
  19. 19. Some othersPocketsmith.com– Calendar based financial planning appMailchimp.com– Publish and manage email newslettersBandcamp.com– Free music distribution for artistsInvoicemachine.com– Create and manage invoices for freelancers 19
  20. 20. Any recommendations? 20
  21. 21. The End 21

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