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Archive for December, 2009

Displaying the Number of Online Visitors

Monday, December 21st, 2009

The technology has been moving forward really fast during the last couple of years. I think that one of the biggest changes there has been was with the Internet, and this includes blogs. When it comes to blogs, there are more and more plug-ins available that you can install, and I have seen many sites displaying how many visitors are currently online on the site. I would like to share with you some of my thoughts regarding displaying the number of visitors online. First of all, I think that it is a useful feature in some cases and has a certain “coolness factor”. If you often have many visitors online, it will definitely look great to display the number of visitors. What you need to take into consideration before you put such a plug-in on your site is why you want this plug-in in the first place. Personally, I would suggest that you only put such plug-ins on your websites if you really have traffic to brag about. On the other hand, if you usually have 0-2 visitors at a time, displaying the number of visitors will not present your site in a favorable manner. What I want to say is that you do not need to incorporate every clever plug-in there is, just because you know how to do it. First consider the advantages and disadvantages.

The Dangers of MySpace

Monday, December 14th, 2009

If you have children or are interested in social networking sites yourself, you might be wondering what the dangers of MySpace are. There are millions of people who have their personal pages at MySpace and access them on a daily basis. If you are a parent, you might be concerned about the safety of your child if it visits such websites often. As wonderful place as MySpace is supposed to be, there is some risk involved as well. Children like to share their personal information like, for example, what school they attend, names of teachers, street address etc. Unfortunately, there are predators on networking sites who are visiting MySpace only waiting for your child to give them some personal information. I am not saying that MySpace is filled with such people, but it is better to be careful.

Another thing about MySpace is that not all people are very nice. Many people there insult each other and are rude, so it is important to avoid such people. Perhaps the biggest danger of MySpace is that people very often are not who they claim to be. In extreme cases a 40 year old man can pretend a 13 year old girl. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about it.

Youtube and Streaming Videos

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

YouTube is a video sharing website that allows users to upload, view, and share video clips. It seems that YouTube is so popular like it was never before. Billions of clips are being viewed on a monthly basis by millions of unique visitors. Taking into account that Youtube is only a few years old, that is massive success. It seems that nothing can stop YouTube from dominating the market, which proves that Google’s decision to acquire YouTube was justified. When it comes to video streaming sites, on the second place comes MySpace with 85% less traffic compared to YouTube. On the third place comes Yahoo, and on the fourth position is Google Video. It is worthy of note that Google owns two of these websites: YouTube and Google Video. This makes other sites hard to compete with Google. It also proves that Google can achieve dominance not only when it comes to search engines, but also other aspects of the Web.

On the other hand, since this company achieved so much, it has also a lot to lose. One of the reasons Youtube achieved such a success is because it is innovative. Besides allowing people to watch over 100 million videos every day, to keep up with the competition YouTube launched a live channel during November, 2008. This channel allows viewing streaming videos all over the world. This is great news for anyone interested in streaming videos, and it will be also interesting to see in the upcoming years how easy accessibility of live video streaming will revolutionize the Internet.

Multiple Authors of a Blog

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

We can see the phenomena of multiple authors of a blog more and more often. There is something that attracts some bloggers to gather together and co-author one blog. However, maintaining a blog with a few authors can be quite challenging. That is why I would like to give you a few tips on how not to allow this experience to get out of hand:

1. Make sure that you team-up with like-minded people. There is nothing more annoying than having to deal with someone you do not like or understand.
2. Have similar goals. This is definitely an important point, because ultimately each blog has to have some goal. It will be a lot better if all of you work towards the same goal.
3. Be demanding when choosing the bloggers. You want to have the right people for the job, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with their writings before you decide to work with them.
4. Control the quality of the posts. Do not allow any of them to be of a lower quality than others. You need to have some standard according to which you measure the quality.
5. Check if the content is not duplicate. You don’t want to have co-authors which are stealing content. You may use Copyscape for this purpose.
6. Coordinate your schedules from time to time. Plan meetings or maintain regular email conversations.

Look of Your Avatar

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Games are becoming more and more popular each year. If you take a look at games from the past and compare them to contemporary games, you can clearly see the difference in graphics quality. The exponential progress in technology allowed us to create games with very realistic graphics. I am even convinced that a lot of people play computer games, because they like how their in-game character looks like. They might feel insecure in real life; however, playing a game allows them to feel confident and this confidence might even affect their regular life. On the other hand, someone who tries to lose weight in real life is not going to like the idea of playing an overweight character. Games allow players to escape from reality, and that is why players often like to play a character that looks completely different from how they look like in reality. It is interesting to observe what looks a player’s avatar has. If you had a choice, what avatar would you create?

It is clear that more and more people create their virtual avatars and once more data will be collected, it will be interesting to analyze it and make some observations.