Day 1

Tuesday 21st March
Online Activity:

– Scrolled through Facebook feed
– Saved videos from Facebook feed
– Sent messages via messenger in a group chat
– Scrolled through Instagram feed
– Searched music from radio on Triple J website
– Checked weather app for tomorrows weather report

I used my mobile android phone to enter these social media sites via apps and scroll through friends posts and pages I have followed out of interest in their discussions and photos. I used messenger to message a group of people at once about plans for the weekend. I scrolled through Instagram particularly scanning for interesting events that have happened. I searched Triple J’s website through Chrome to find the playlist of songs that have played in the last hour to find the name of a song I heard. I checked the weather app for tomorrows weather report.

Todays online activity was mundane, however is is opening my eyes to the was the internet is connecting me with everyone. I have always thought of myself as a light online user, however after listing my behaviour I actually used the internet a fair bit in my day, on my way to and from uni, during classes when I lost interest in what was being discussed, and then before falling asleep in bed. I did however avoid using and checking my phone when around people, when I spoke with family and my partner after uni in person, I did not touch my phone and thus the internet at all.

Tagging

Tagging is more commonly used in blog, where a key word is used to describe something and is attached to create a link. Other sites with identical tags are then linked together, creating a space when common topics can be categorised and fun with ease. When made public webopedia describes it as a bookmark service, creating an index.

The use of key words for identification was born before the age of the web, however it’s introduction to the web debuted and gained popularity on social media and blogging sites. There are many sources such as the reading on tags as content , describing the different tagging styles, the most common and contemporary form on social media being hash tagging, especially on social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter.

Ethics

An ethical guide to blogging by upstart explained the code of ethics in the blogging enviornment.

It explains the importance of being truthful and making a clear differentiation between truth and opinion based statements. For example if the particular content is focused on rumours and gossip is must be clear to the reader.

You are unable to plagiarise when blogging, must link to relevant material, giving it credit when its due, remain transparent about personal associations of conflict of interest.

If mistakes are made, such as spelling or titles, it must be corrected immediately and not just left, as it is important to remember that the content you produce is assumed as truthful, and once posted is available for everyone on the web to see.

Encouraging audience participation and freedom of speech can create a sense of community, which is important in a ethical and just blogging environment.

Copyright Guides

In todays class we learnt about copyright laws for public blogging.  There seem to be a lot of laws that up and coming bloggers are unaware they are crossing and breaking.

These were gathered from RMIT’s resource for copyright on blogging which explained what was deemed unlawful in the blogging environment.

For example text quotes are fine as long as they are short , only a few sentences, however over a paragraph would be considered too much, in simple terms. Images were acceptable if they are your own or creative common images allowing reuse. Videos must have been placed online by the copyright holder before you can then embed them in your webpage. The resource also reminds us to watch for intellectual property rights when using content, as well as cruel/violent, racial vilification and pornographic content.

Making sure you have attained the appropriate licenses to blog content is also key to producing lawful content. There are 4 Creative Commons licenses accessible through RMIT  that are used in a variety of works. These are also explain in the following video about Creative Commons.