Week 13 – Wrap-up and done!!!!!

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IAB260 – Social Technology, is a new unit which makes me a bit curious about. When I first looked at this unit, I was not sure what I should learn or do from IAB260. I couldn’t figure out what I will be taught for social technology. For the first few day, looking at the content of website, I could imagine what I should do for the rest of this semester with this unit. There was a bit confusion at the first when Kate told us we will communicate on Google+ and get the unit resources by other website. However when I get used with new material tools for learning, it becomes more interesting and enjoying. IAB260 on Google+ community are students and teaching staffs who are friendly and give you any immediate feedback ASAP.

Weekly learning outcome.

There is 13 weeks of this unit with some exciting and interesting activities, and also difficult tasks. I am in Evens group, which requires me to complete critical reflection on week 4, week 6, week 8 and week 10.

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Evens Activities

Week 4 – I was not sure how to express my idea about online community and how to write clearly for an online blog post. However I get over it and did well for the published post on WordPress

Week 6 – I was thinking about the natural disaster which some suggested case study from Kate. Finally I have chosen another one with Nepal Earthquake in 2015 and Japan Tsunami in 2011. I didn’t get any trouble with this week reflection. I think I did well for them

Week 8 – I wasn’t sure about this week activity content. I was sure I would write something about health device and app for my critical reflection. However I didn’t know where I should start and go with. However I finally end up with Health app in my iPhone and transfer the data to get some analysis with Fitbit app

Week 10 – In this week I found a very interesting topic for me. I do like about Intellectual property, social technology, and sharing art online. It is hard to explain why I am so excited with this topic. But I have been using internet for a long time and I understand the value of my own photos or others. I was surprised when there are someone using photos of others on Instagram to sell them with the price $100k. If it was me, I would try way to take my photos back and have some actions with that guys.

Personal Poster, Identify Maps and reflection

The poster took me lots of time to finish. I got trouble when my idea didn’t meet with the content available on internet. I figured out to use the icons with less text because I know that a picture worth a thousand words. The problem is most of the icons from the source I found were not free for use. I had backup plan to use my created icons, however it took 7-10 times longer than using free icons. I gave up with that idea, and I had to return with my first plan. I kept searching more sources with free use licence. Finally I found one with a huge library which meet with my requirement. The biggest challenge was solved and I only need time to finish the rest of this assignment.

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The gamification challenges

This activity is quite enjoyable for me. I could interact with me other students online and relax to play the game. However there are some pretty difficult task because they are timed. Some tasks was only 1 hour timing and I couldn’t do any when I was at work. But overall, the task make me more active when I am online in IAB260 community.

My strength and weakness

I discovered that I did well for the area of designing. However I also have some weak point as writing and understanding the content or question. I did some feedback for my writing skill and I appreciate about that. The hardest thing I found for me from this unit is understanding clearly the content. I am sure it was stated clearly by Kate but it just my language problem. I usually have to read many times to clarify the content of the question before I did.

Key take-away from this unit

There are some 3 keys I got from this unit including researching skill, writing skill, and copyright.

I do researching a lot when I learn or write my critical reflection. I found that my researching skill has improved by giving the right keywords and scan quickly to the thing relating to my topic. My writing skill was also improved when I write my reflection. I got the feedback from others and corrected my mistakes on time. I also read posts and learn from their feedback to get for my own. And lastly copyright is also an interesting topic for me. It also remind me to double check the copy right of anything I got from other or I should use my own and protect it online

A2 – Week 10 – Intellectual property, social technology, and sharing art online

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Intellectual property (IP) is the property of your mind or proprietary knowledge and can be an invention, a trade mark, a design or the practical application of your idea. Examples of intellectual property include music, literature, and other artistic works; discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols, and designs. Under intellectual property laws, owners of intellectual property are granted certain exclusive rights. Some common types of intellectual property rights (IPR) are copyright, patents, and industrial design rights; and the rights that protect trademarks, trade dress, and in some jurisdictions trade secrets. Intellectual property rights are themselves a form of property, called intangible property. Although many of the legal principles governing IP and IPR have evolved over centuries, it was not until the 19th century that the term intellectual property began to be used, and not until the late 20th century that it became commonplace in the majority of the world.

Social technology is defined as applying the used technologies for specific purposes especially social ones: to ease social procedures via social software and social hardware, which might include the use of computers and information technology for governmental procedures, etc. Examples are social software (e.g., wikis, blogs, and social networks) and communication capabilities (e.g., Web conferencing) that are targeted at and enable social interactions. It has historically referred to two meanings: as a term related to social engineering, a meaning that began in the 19th century, and as a description of social software, a meaning that began in the early 21st century.

Sharing art online is a term what you share your own visual art to your friends or the art of someone on internet. As Jamie states that many of us online marketers are familiar with the concept of “free” and “royalty-free” images. In fact, we can get downright excited about finding awesome images. Of course, there is always the alternative, which involves paying for subscriptions for good images. However, nothing beats free…usually. As long as you respect the rules, the “free” images often work out well.

I also found that there are some thing on Facebook copyright policy for sharing your content and information

You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. In addition:

 

  1. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.

 

  1. When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).

They are just 2 clause on a very long Facebook copyright policy. After a while to get through all them, I figure out that it could understand by this way

Facebook does not claim copyright ownership of any content posted by users. Whoever the rights holder of the content is still owns their work. If you post writing or images you created, you still own the copyright to your work. If you post written work or images created by other people, you don’t claim copyright to their work just because you posted it on your Facebook page. If you posted someone else’s work without their permission, you have infringed their work

Most of social network as Instagram and Facebook are similar for their own copyright policy.

To sum up this topic I would recommend something that to protect your art when you are using them online

Work out what uses of your work you will allow before putting any material online: for example:

  • can people buy it online?
  • can people download it?
  • is it available for private use only, or can it be used in public?

Make sure that people know you are the copyright owner of your work and what they can do with your work.

Use a search engine to see if other people are using your material.

If your copyright is infringed get legal advice and take action. Learn more about how to take action on the following pages.

A2 – Week 6 – Social Media and Disaster

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SUKUISO, Japan (March 18, 2011) An aerial view of Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force personnel and disaster relief crews searching Sukuiso, Japan for victims of a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord/Released)

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Natural disaster is something that can happen at any time anywhere which caused the most damage to human being. People are always trying to confront and overcome the affect after the natural disasters. For example, Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011 and Nepal Earthquake in 2015 were two of terrible disasters which caused of thousands of dead people and destroyed facilities. However, social networks have become common in life and it is increasingly developing in supporting people in danger by many ways. Although social networks takes an important roles in creating a huge connect networks to support and rescues people in danger, it is also take advantages by someone for bad purposes.

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Social Network takes part in connecting and communicating for everyone after disaster. In fact, after the earthquake in Japan in 2011, telephone lines disrupted, most of the people contacted their relatives by email, text, messages on Twitter or Facebook. Besides that, it also showed the strength of social network was bigger than ever. On Twitter, people can use hashtag #Japan, #JPQuake, #PrayForJapan, etc to inform people about things relating to the earthquake. Google also created Crisis Response about all information about the earthquake and the other tool Person Finder to find people in the disaster. Few weeks ago, Nepal had to bear an earthquake, what ended the life of more than 8000 people. #NepalEarthquake, #Nepal, #EarthquakeNepal, #nepalquake were the most hashtag used on Twitter. Google also supported people to find their relatives on Finder, and its crisis maps with information about the earthquake. Facebook also had their own way for people to check-in safety from the earthquake. Moreover, they also can donate their money on Facebook.

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On the other hand, social network is also creating much annoying and being used for wrong purposes after the disaster. As mentioned above about Facebook supporting for Nepal Earthquake, they gave out the feature for people to check-in safety from the earthquake. However, a number of Facebook users in the U.S. and around Europe are using Facebook’s Safety Check feature to mark themselves as “safe” following the Nepal earthquakes. It seems they are using the wrong purpose of that tool which allows family and loved ones to check in with those in the area affected by the quakes to let them know they’re safe. The problem is they are not in Nepal and some of them don’t really where Nepal is and how bad of the Nepal Earthquake.

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Once again, social network is part of the revolution of communication. In the past, people could get the information and communicate each other by many ways as word-of-mouth, radio, telephone, and TV. Nowadays, it is the era of internet where social media is a higher level of communication. For my opinion, social network not only helps connecting people by distance, it also creates many opportunities to support communities, especially in the circumstance of natural disaster. It is easier and faster than old ways in the past. Although there are many people takes advantage by using social network for disaster like scam, I still believe in the bright future of social network in the area of community support.

A1 – Critical Reflection

Social technology is an interesting subject. I thought I were a skilful user when I was online. However, I have learnt many new things so far with this unit. In this technology era, everyone seems to be online on social networks. Many people tend to use social network more than hanging out in person before. Infographic is a new way to catch the view of users easily. People like photos, visual chart and bigger text. That’s what infographic works for eye catching. I had assignment to design for my persona poster and identify map. I haven’t done anything like that before. It’s a bit difficult for first time start.

Firstly I had lots of research about infographic and persona before I started to design my poster. I was really confused what I should put on my personal poster. I had no idea about anything for my own poster. For the first few research, I was impressed what people want to design on their personas and other infographic designs. Most of designs are very clear and eye-catching. Besides that, I was struggling myself about the content and design style I need to do for my persona. I wrote down what I need to do for my design as the requirements including less words, less effect, eye-catching photos and colours.

The next step, I have almost reviewed a number of sample persona posters and infographic design. I was trying to figure out all the things I need for my persona. I was really excited for this job. I thought I was as easy as what I have looked at. I wrote down all the specification for my own poster based on the the criterial. I was so greedy to try to get too much information and put it into my persona. I was flooded with my own information. I was confused for my design between enough details or more visual interface. I was going with the safe choice – more detail and less photos. In fact, I felt into the hole what I created. My poster was as a mess with texts and paragraphs. I was not sure where I could put photo on my design. It is not really what I can ask anyone, because I made the wrong choice.

Although it was not easy to decide to replace what I have done so far, I made other decision to change my poster. I sat down, tried to forget about my old design. I was starting to write down again the main points or idea what I really need to put on my persona. Besides that, I also think as the way what I really want audiences feel about me when they look at my poster. Lastly, I got a few key points for my persona and some idea how to present them on the poster. Figuring out the layout and style for my persona were quite hard. I referenced the feedbacks and recommendations from Kate. It was really good to understand about what I want to show on my persona.

In fact, I want people to know my personality when they look at my poster. I almost changed everything and reduce all the texts. I add some charts with bigger number on the top or the bottom of the chart. I used the range of bright colours for my object as text box or shapes. I definitely had to use the dark colour for the background. I was also thinking about this small thing. Choosing between dark background with bright text or bright background with dark text? I kept asking that question by myself many time before I made other decision. After that, I went with dark background and bright text. I was happy with my decision and I thought that it would be good for eye catching.

Next step, I sketched quickly for my poster outline. It was quite easy and my process was developing quite well. One more time, I put too much texts on the poster. I was thinking to replace the text with icons and numbers. I keep searching for various icon type from many sources. It was quite difficult to find nice and coloured icons for free use. Besides that, there are many kinds of icon, I didn’t want my poster become a mess again with redundant things. Flat icons are cool with clear colours and visually. After that, I keep searching again for flat icons of different categories from different free sources. I have almost enough icons for my poster collection. For next step, I only need to transfer my statistics tables and numbers to chart. I used bar chart for my social networks. I thought it’s easier for people to understand it instead looking at the percentage numbers. I also set different colours for different bars depending on the colours of the logo icons. I had pie chart for motivation when I use social network. I also had the other pie charts for time spending based on using computer and mobile device.

The chart parts was finished, I moved to adding icons for emotion part and finishing the text for my poster. It was not easy to find the right icons to match with my desired content. I feel like it will take forever to finish this part. However, I had completed with acceptable icons. Adding the text was not too hard for me. However I realized one small thing but I am sure it could be the big thing for every poster. Same text size could make people get bored with your good design layout. I used to keep the same size for header and content. As a view of an audience, I was not happy and I would ignore my poster to move for another one with better text size. So I changed almost the sizes of my texts. E.g. the top part of my first page poster, draw a square shape and put all the text of my personal detail in that shape. Then I only need to resize them to bigger and smaller size to fit in that square. It looked much better and easy to read. I also use that tip for the bigger and smaller text with the scale of more and less importance. I also changed the colours of the heading shapes.

When I started making my identify map, I had not done anything like this before. I was not sure what I was doing for my identify map. I try to think about the many different way to express myself reflecting on social network. However I thought I should follow with the style of my persona poster. So I use many different circles with three different colours, which stands for work/study, leisure and both. And sizes of the circles based on the time spending on social network. I also added some more inside each circles, which symbol for comment, like, post, read/watch and chat. I think it look good for both persona and identify map now. I am sure they look the same style to compare each other.

There are some thing I have learnt from my design. According to me, less text with bigger and different font size are better than same and same font size. Background colour could be darker is better for colourful content. Numbers is useless unless they come with visual chart. In term of designing, the final thing people like to do for that is eye catching. It is not only the important thing but also the key element for design any infographic poster.

Assignment 1 – Persona and Identify Map Sources

Sources for my persona poster and identify map

Icon made by Freepik from Flaticon. CC BY 3.0.

Icon made by Martz90 from  DeviantartCC BY-NC.

Icon made by DesignBolt from IconArchiveCC BY-NC.

Icon made by Webalys from  IconArchiveCC BY-NC.

Icon made by GraphicLoads from  IconArchiveCC BY-NC.

Icon made by Flat Icon from  IconArchive, CC BY-NC.

Icon made by Icojam from Icojam, CC BY-NC.

The INFJ Personality Type in Relationships from Truity

A2 – Online community – Deep Understanding

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Internet takes an important role in this era, it become popular in every area of life from the schools to multinational corporations. In addition, Internet itself is also a great tool to connect people together into a huge social networking project “(European Commission, 2008)”.

On the other hand, social networking is also understood as online community where everyone could connecting each other over the internet. That definition of online community could be confused to many people. So it will be figured out to be clear for the rest.


What is an online community?

  • Online community could be understood by the combination of online and community. Furthermore, following “the dictionary”, online is connected by computer to one or more other computers or networks, as through a commercial electronic information service or the Internet; and community is a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage. Therefore, an online community is formed on the internet where a group of people can interact, share, and work toward a common goal. Whereas neighbours may have their conversations in their yards, via Twitter, Facebook, and Google+  social networks are the places where members interact virtually. They also share in forums, e-mail groups, and even in the comments sections of blog posts and news articles, according to Deborah Ng

What characteristics do they have? 

  • Firstly, instant information can be exchanged on online community that is not possible in a real-life community. That is an advantage of social networking. In the past, people could contact each other by landline phone or letters. However it could take days to months for sending and receiving letters; and land-line phone calls could cost more depends on the time and geography. On the other hand, Nowadays according to Donna Cosmato, a person can make new friends, share interest, search for a job, find romance, make or receive advice on a career or personal issues on internet. For the business aspect, companies could reach customer needs, and reduce their marketing costs, according to Launch House. Obviously, business can save cost for advertising, increase the marketing plan and approach and support customers easier. Besides that, they can obtain the needs of the customers by collecting customer data, so they can use right methods for right products to expand the market, according to Arthur Armstrong and John Hagel III. 
  • Secondly, the online community is growing quickly, it could be a less secure and private place for everyone. In fact, people tend to share their locations to their commutation like checking-in. This could be used for tracking purposes. According to Donna Cosmato, online community could increase cyberbullying and crimes against children, risks of fraud or identity theft, and corporate invasion of privacy. Undoubtedly, in 2010 there are 93 percent of teens aged 12 to 17 use the Internet, and 63 percent of them use the Internet daily (as Paw Research). Thus, high usage increases the risk of their being victims of cyberbullying or other cybercrimes. Moreover, over 24 million Americans put their personal information at risk by posting it on public sites such as social communities, according to CNET. Especially according to TechTimes,  hacker has leaked about 13,000 users information including usernames, password, credit card numbers and card expiration dates on a number of sites insist of PlayStation Network, Walmart, Dell, Hulu Plus, Xbox Live, Amazon, several dating and porn sites.

Where do they occur? 

  • By the need of changing life and work style is growing rapidly, the gap left by fragmentation the pieces of offline social groups could be filled by online communities. The benefit of online community in business is a strong signal of the fact that it is also developing and growing steadily. It is the time for business to improve the security on internet and online users learn how to protect them and be safe on virtual world. Although there are many challenges and problems in the current, its future looks very bright, rapidly and steadily. (Baxter H.)
  • E.g For me, I spend almost time on Facebook, Instagram and Google+. Depending on my needs, I use social networks for different purposes, Facebook for connecting with friends about life, Instagram for advertising my own cooking, and Google+ for learning.

Reference

Baxter H., An Introduction to Online Communities, Sift (Online Resource)

European Commission, The Future of the Internet.  Information Society and Media, 2008 (Online resource)

Gruzd A., Wellman B., & Takhteyev Y., Imagining Twitter as an Imagined Community, American Behavioral Scientist, 2011