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Blogs and wikis


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Blogs and wikis

  1. 1. Communication Skills: Blogs & WikisJames Little.
  2. 2. 2Overview• Your knowledge• Blogs • History • Types/uses • What’s available / demonstration• Wikis • History • Types/uses • What’s available / demonstration• Activity13/07/12 © The University of Sheffield
  3. 3. 3Your knowledge• Who knows what they are?• Who has used a blog or wiki?• Why have you used a blog or wiki?13/07/12 © The University of Sheffield
  4. 4. 4Blogs – A short History• Where did blogs come from?• Before the internet or online communities (BBS) people kept Diaries! (and still do)• From around 1994 early-users of internet started using BBS services and web pages to store their thoughts.• An early example is Claudio Pinhanezs "Open Diary“ © The University of Sheffield
  5. 5. 5Blogs - A Short History• Historically diaries are kept as a personal reflection on life• Online diaries initially were an extension of this, using a new medium• As the web developed more people kept an online diary.13/07/12 © The University of Sheffield
  6. 6. 6Blogs - A Short History• Where did ‘blog’ come from?• "Blog" is …a contraction of "weblog," generally agreed to have been invented by Jorn Barger as a name for his web site in December 1997• The domain name was registered on June 22, 1999 by Pyra Labs who wanted to offer an easy to use service.• Further info: 13/07/12 © The University of Sheffield
  7. 7. 7Blogs - A Short History• From 1998 onwards numerous services offering a blog appeared• Google bought in 2003• Have become extremely popular for a variety of uses• Newer technologies and blogging platforms have added features and possibilities13/07/12 © The University of Sheffield
  8. 8. 8Blogs – Features• Originally: Simple text entries sometimes with pictures• Now: Interactivity and thematic (expanded definition of what is a blog) • Interactivity (comments/users/social media) • Photo streams • Podcasting • Video-log (vlog) - YouTube13/07/12 © The University of Sheffield
  9. 9. 9Blogs – An evolution of purpose:Commercialisation? Politicisation?• Have evolved from being a personal record to also being used to:• Promote a company/product (push of information)• Connect with customers and invite comment• Represent political parties / movements• Enable a connection with like-minded people• Used as a new format to publish mass-information (e.g. newspapers)13/07/12 © The University of Sheffield
  10. 10. 10Timeline13/07/12 © The University of Sheffield
  11. 11. 11Blogs – Many types• I n f o r m a t i v e : Guardian Politics Blog:• P e r s o n a l : CiCS Director Work-life Blog:• C o m m e r c i a l : John Lewis © The University of Sheffield
  12. 12. 12Blogs – The future?• Social media/other services (Facebook/Google+/YouTube/Twitter) all offer a similar service for sharing/publishing. Complimentary?• Some companies don’t have a blog (HTC) – just use Facebook.• However, stills remains a strong user-base of people who want to use it for personal/political reasons• Subversive uses: • Can you think of any recent examples? • Arab Spring, reporting from China. Alternative media outlets.13/07/12 © The University of Sheffield
  13. 13. 13Blogs – Platforms Available• Services ready to use: • • • (100s more)• Still setup your own (but people don’t need to re- invent the wheel): • Website / Wordpress installation13/07/12 © The University of Sheffield
  14. 14. 14Blogs – Demonstration 1. Sign into MUSE. 2. Open Uni E-mail 3. Open a new tab/window in the same web browser and go to: 4. Signup 5. Name your blog 6. Choose a template 7. Create your first post I ssues of private or public blog (settings tab)13/07/12 © The University of Sheffield
  15. 15. 15Wikis – A short history• Historically there have been repositories of shared knowledge and databases of information• But a wiki as a concept was enabled by the world-wide-web• Ward Cunningham invented the concept on the www/internet and the name around 1994. Website was called wikiwikiweb and he wrote the software that enabled it to work.• Aim was to enable easy communication between developers• Further details: © The University of Sheffield
  16. 16. 16Wikis – A definition• Wiki means ‘quick’ in Hawaiian• Wikis are websites that:• Can be edited by the ‘many’ as opposed to being published by a single source• Can build to form a repository of shared information• Most well-known example: Wikipedia. • Reliability of information? 13/07/12 © The University of Sheffield
  17. 17. 17Wikis – Uses• Build up a shared body of knowledge for sharing that everyone can contribute to• Collaboration over long distance, in a more structured format (than e-mail/discussion boards/blogs)• Removes some of the issues of working with traditional (pen and paper) – your experience of the Short stories activity?13/07/12 © The University of Sheffield
  18. 18. 18Wikis – Future?• Wiki-like collaborative features appearing in everyday tools… • Google Docs • Office 36513/07/12 © The University of Sheffield
  19. 19. 19Wikis – Demonstration• Wiki in MOLE 213/07/12 © The University of Sheffield
  20. 20. 20Activity 1• In your groups find:• 2 blogs and 1 wiki you like• Write a short paragraph for each summarising what f e a t u r e s you like and h o w they benefit the blog/wiki• Post these on the MOLE 2 wiki in:• BMedSci  SNM132 Communication Skills Blogs and Wikis We Like• This will count as your contribution for using a wiki 13/07/12 © The University of Sheffield
  21. 21. 21Activity 2: Prep for next week’ssession• Start thinking about your topic for creating your own blog and wiki.• Identify if you need any help with using or MOLE 2 wikis • I can help • Your classmates can help13/07/12 © The University of Sheffield
  22. 22. 22Blogs – Formative Assessment(Week 9) • Create your blog • Create your blog post(s) • Invite module members and module staff to your blog (list on MOLE) • View and post a comment on 2 module member blogs • NB: • Blog invites and are to be sent out to fellow module members by 5pm 24th November 2011 • Fellow module members and module staff must reply to these invites and contribute the required information by Thursday December 1st 201113/07/12 © The University of Sheffield