Read and Respond for Week 3

Supplementing your text for next week – the introduction and chapters 1 & 2 in We the Media – are a few readings/viewings that address just where the Internet came from and where it’s going. This kind of historical grounding is vital if we’re to have an idea about where to take online communication.

First, take a look at this piece from the Internet Society, “A Brief History of the Internet.” You might skim some of the more terminology-heavy sections, but be sure to focus on the motivations of the players involved.

As a companion, here’s a timeline of the stages of development for how the Internet came to be. I’m also including Hobbes’ Internet Timeline (now up-to-date!), which is an EXHAUSTIVE listing of events – don’t try to read the whole thing, but DO use it as a reference.

After this grounding in the past, let’s take a look at what we’ve built upon that foundation. Consider this trio of links from the SITE readwriteweb(.com): First, that social media is actually social (no!), yet there may be cases where social media should be avoided. Second, social networking might actually be surpassing searches as the dominant use of the Web (but, as they note, it kind of depends on just what you consider YouTube to be).

Finally, let your reading muscles relax and watch this video on just where the Internet came from:

Is the Internet something invented by an individual? Just where did it come from, and in what forms has it existed? How do its origins inform the things we use it for today?

(Also, for the nerds, the graphics used in this video are a new flavor called PICOL icons. They’re an effort to create a standardized electronic sign system, and can be altered by users – a neat idea, if not exactly new.)

Since I’m a little late getting this up, I’m pushing back the response deadline for this week to noon on Tuesday (future responses will still be due Monday). Responses should be around 200 words, and feel free to include links to arguments or evidence on your own blog or elsewhere. Remember to post a response to the comments of this post no later than that deadline.

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21 Responses to Read and Respond for Week 3

  1. I suppose the thing that struck me the most about all of this is how the internet has evolved so much over its 53 year history.

    Yes, I know that’s a statement reminiscent of our old friend Captain Obvious, (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=captain+obvious) but let me explain:

    The internet has, in a sense, become the opposite of what it was originally designed for.

    Its roots are in the military; along with the “Race to Space” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Race) it was yet another development of the feud between the United States and the USSR. We all know the story — the Soviets launch Sputnik (http://history.nasa.gov/sputnik/). The U.S. gets jealous and forms the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (http://www.darpa.mil/). The top scientists in each country are recruited to outwit and out-program their respective counterparts. The Cold War continues, Kennedy carries around the football (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_football), and children across the nation learn how to avoid nuclear fallout under their “indestructible” school desks (http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-duck-and-cover-drill.htm).

    Fast forward through 50 years of Al Gore, Bill Gates, and Rick Astley videos (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickrolling), and we find the top use of the internet (http://weblogs.hitwise.com/alan-long/2010/01/post.html) is:

    Social Networking.

    What started out as an instrument of war has metamorphosed into a way for civilians to keep in touch with their loved ones. To speak out against things we believe are wrong. To make connections with other like-minded people a world away.

    In just a few generations, we’ve turned this technology on its head. It began as a way to show dominance over other countries, but now we’re using to help our foreign neighbors in their time of need (http://internet.suite101.com/article.cfm/texting_and_twitter_campaigns_helping_haiti).

  2. Sorry about the links. I couldn’t figure out how to embed them within the text.

  3. The evolvement of the Internet since it was first originated is rather extraordinary. I highly doubt that those that formed the Advanced Research Projects Agency in the US back in 1957 had any idea of what their advances would eventually lead to.

    It’s all a little bit creepy in reality when you think of the amount of power the Internet has. I think the Internet and even computers in general used to be viewed as something for people who weren’t very social. Now, however, I think that is clearly changing. The Internet allows so many different people a way of communication. And that part, at least, I think was the original intention of the Internet so many years ago: Make communication better, easier and faster. However, the distance we have come in that area is really kind of crazy.

    Email used to be the big thing just a decade ago, but now, even that is seemingly being replaced by social networks like facebook. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing, however. It just shows that as time goes on, technology will continue to improve and perhaps there will be even more advances to the Internet in the future.

    But is there a limit? When will we actually advance as far as we can technologically?

    With the way things are going, it doesn’t seem like that limit will be happening anytime soon.

  4. nochickflickmoments says:

    “When Not to Use Social Media”
    I do think that some companies need to think a little harder before using social media. My best example of this is the movie industry. How can I be a fan of the Dear John movie on Facebook when it doesn’t even come out until February 5th?

    “Study Finds Social Media is Actually Social”
    I think social media is very social. In my own experience, I know there are many of my friends from high school I wouldn’t otherwise connect with if it weren’t for Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter. Sometimes social media can overwhelm you though. For every piece of useful information, there are about a million that are beyond useless.

    “Why is Google Afraid of Facebook? Because Social Networking Could Soon Pass Search”
    I definitely use Facebook more than Google. The amount of times I search for something in a week hits somewhere maybe around 30. I’m a Facebook addict, refreshing my page 50 times a day. I don’t feel the need to search for something every day, but I do feel the need to connect with my friends every day.

    “A Brief History of the Internet”
    It’s funny. I use the internet everyday and it pretty much rules the world, but it’s amazing how little I really know about it.

  5. ecmoore19 says:

    In the beginning, when God said, “Let there be Internet,” it was a different world. The thought of nuclear war pushed the military away from the mainframe mentality and into the Internet age. Since then, the Internet has developed into a group of countless people and computers that are seamlessly connected.

    What I’m trying to get at is that the Internet has evolved from a way to survive, into a way to live.

    Just take a look at the “Social Media is Actually Social” post. People are talking to each other more because it has become easier to do so. The easier interpersonal communication becomes, the more people will have a sense of community.

    Mass media took away the community consciousness (talking or yelling at a TV screen is only so fulfilling) that social media is just now restoring. People are returning to the neighborhood mentality even though the entire world now lives on the cul-de-sac.

    Social media certainly cannot replace the human need for face-to-face interaction but the more people can communicate, the better.

    The Internet sure has grown up, but it is still true to it’s roots. The Internet is a better, faster, more efficient and easier way to communicate (regardless if it’s cute kitten pictures or military secrets).

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Great post, Evan, especially your observation about mass media diminishing community consciousness. I may wind up cutting and pasting this to show others the kinds of things you all are discussing.

  6. From the “Social Media is Actually Social” article I think it’s important that the concept of constantly being behind a computer no longer means that you’re being stigmatized negatively. With social network applications like Facebook and Twitter it’s easier to stay in contact with family members and it’s become a creative tool for businesses.

    I think it’s telling in the Google – Facebook article to see how the purpose of Internet usage has changed. From the peak of Internet popularity in the late 90s and early 2000’s when the Internet was looked upon for emailing and for informational purposes, to now where the development of social networking applications are garnering heavy traffic. Users are drawing more from the Internet beyond factual information; people are using it as additional means of keeping in touch, voicing their opinion, and remaining entertained in the endless amount of recreational websites.

    As someone posted above, I think it is scary how much we’ve come to rely on the Internet. If I need an answer to a question, I “google” it, I check Facebook no less than ten times a day, and I spend hours upon end on ridiculous websites. I honestly don’t know what I would do without the Internet, having such an expansive access to so much information and applications has just become the norm.

  7. kenziekat says:

    As I should be, I’m amused by the fact that what started as a way to help us win a war and protect our nation is now transmitting everything from news to porn. What a vast change; the web has undergone a spectacular makeover in quite a short amount of time. Although, as I should be, I’m quite impressed by how far the internet has come in the last five decades, I’m more concerned with how the influx of usage is affecting those of us obsessed with it (which seems to be most of the population).

    I check my facebook on the hour and check my snail-mail box once a week if I’m lucky. I facebook my friends daily, but only call them in emergencies. There are people I haven’t seen or spoken to in ten years (or EVER), but I stalk them on a weekly basis to “catch up with them.”

    Of course this new study, “Study Finds Social Media is Actually Social” says all these changes the internet has made in my life are still ‘social’. I don’t find typing a response, stalking facebook pictures, or blogging daily a very social act, no matter how diverse my online friends are.

    I miss the days when my friends had to CALL me to catch up on my life. I miss the days where no one knew if you were in a relationship until YOU told them, not Facebook (I imagine cheating was SO much easier without Facebook). I miss the days in which I didn’t know what my 3rd grade, now pregnant, poor friend was doing via hourly updates to a social networking site. I miss the days in which every member of my church DID NOT know my weekend ventures via the pictures I’m not fast enough to untag on facebook. I miss the SOCIAL DAYS.

    I think this study should better explain their definition ‘social’ because my definition is surely not the same.

  8. It is truly amazing to me to see how the “internet” in one form or another has moved from serious military use ( sending missile signals) to porn and facebook in a mere 50 so years. And what started as a stadium sized device can now fit in the palm of my hand, and have the ability to do extraordinary things at a moment’s notice.

    This gets me wondering… what’s next?

    Maybe someday, “internet” will be something like the matrix. We will just be able to hook our brains up to a database and learn/see/hear anything we choose in a matter of moments.

    ( scary?…or awesome?)

    I guess this is why there is so much debate now a days about the future of the internet. Is social networking ( twitter, facebook youtube) taking over? Are more people interested in gossip than research? Only time will tell.

    And to be honest I believe we have nothing to worry about. Humans are naturally attracted to learning, and while there is information out there and available for us. It will be read.

    And what better place to find such info… but the internet.

  9. rzawodni says:

    After browsing the readings and the video on the history of the Internet it made me feel somewhat ignorant. I never really knew about all of the stages before the Internet became what it is today, nor did I know just how long the concept of the Internet has been floating around. Not only did the video teach me several things I had not known, but I also found myself having to further research some of the ideas because when it comes to computer technology, I have never held any type of expertise.
    To answer the posed questions I would say that the Internet was not something invented by an individual. I feel it was invented by almost every individual that put a hand in the frequent developments of computer technology that finally gave us the Internet. From the creators of Sputnik, the creators of e-mail and finally the creators of social networking sites. Thousands of people have contributed to building the internet and making it what it is today. It is a never ending invention that changes everyday. It is hard for me to imagine just one guy being responsible for the Internet. The history proves that it was a process until we reached the word “Internet” and it is proven that several people had a hand in helping it to reach the point it was at in 1992. And today more and more people are contributing to what it will be in the future.
    I feel that the origin of the internet was to provide not only knowledge, but to help to make life easier for people and more specifically businesses. For the most part today it is evident that we still use the internet a lot to make life easier for both leisure users and for businesses. People can shop on-line so they do not have to waste time going to the store to shop, they can do their banking on-line and then they can also find their news in seconds without waiting to hear the story on television or in the paper. Businesses can keep all their information on the computer and can use websites to make their company more accessible to outsiders. Now information that can be found is so vast. I truly believe that there is no piece of information now that is hidden from the internet.
    The internet will only become more advanced. If you look at the time lines of the internet you can easily see how much of a difference five years makes to computer technology. I believe that the creation of the internet cannot be accredited to one man and that it is easy to see the intentions for the different advances in on-line technology today are the same as they where fifty years ago.

  10. blackedoutblog says:

    Firstly, I believe the “Internet” we know today was created by millions of people, not by a single individual.

    Each Web site shaped its history and the its direction.
    e-mail took the place of actual mail; chat rooms allowed people to communicate long distances; chatting clients made phone calls unnecessary; file sharing made buying music a thing of the past; blogging made newspapers look archaic; Youtube.com gave a new way to watch TV

    The Internet that began was just an extremely simple network of a few computers linked together. The idea was to safeguard the United State’s information so that it was in all places and not just one location. If an outside country wanted to bomb the center of our location, they couldn’t because it was all over the place.

    “Study Finds Social Media is Actually Social”

    I somewhat agree to this study however I feel that “social media” is not a substitute for actually socializing. If a person spent their entire lives isolated just to the Internet, they would lack the social skills the rest of us have.

    No man is an island and the Internet is one big island.

    In the past, people who constantly used their computers were considered antisocial. Now they can be considered social? Make up your minds people.

    “When NOT to Use Social Media”

    A lot of employers embrace social media as a way to reach consumers, others fear the trend.

    I think it is vital for businesses to keep up with their clients by following them on whatever trends they pick up. For instance, twitter.com.

    This not to say that every employee should make a twitter or a Facebook but they should be allowed to own these things if they are not used to disgrace the company.

    “Why is Google Afraid of Facebook?”

    To me, Google is the ultimate web crawler on the Internet. Nothing can pass it’s searches.

    If useful content began appearing on private Facebook accounts, Google could easily run through some cache to find out whatever it is they wanted.

    Besides, Google has enough money to buy whatever information they desired.

    If you think your information is private on Facebook, think again. Facebook owns all content posted to their site. If they wanted to sell your pictures, they could.

    The future:

    I believe one day the Internet will be sort of like the movie “The Matrix.” It won’t be a place we log on to, it will be a place we go.

    The actions that we do within this Matrix will influence our real lives and real life activity will influence the Matrix.

    I believe this because people will grow bored of the Internet. Just like people grew tired of the radio and the television.

    Once something newer is created or developed upon, the Internet we know it today will be completely different.

  11. hillbillie22 says:

    Honestly before this class, I had some ideas of what blogging was and the impact they create. I had a basic idea of what social media was, and I was happy with that, as long as I knew how to work my way around my addiction with Facebook. This class really opened my eyes to the complexity of all that is the internet, its networks and its history. The video, although visually helpful in describing the history of the internet, was still like hearing and trying to understand a foreign language, (probably something my fiance would ’s understand, since he works in IT). Maybe its just me not absorbing complex descriptions.

    I had a small issue with these blogs. They didn’t cite where they got their statistics from or even link back to the source. How do we know, as the reader, if these stats are correct? I’m sure you could comment on their page and ask, but it would have been nice if the author did it for you.

    I found the “When NOT to Use Social Media” blog particularly interesting. I believe that some companies should use social media to gain awareness while others just shouldn’t . I completely agree with one of the comment posters on the blog page:

    ~Ryan: “I don’t think all companies should be involved in social media. There are times I see a “follow us on twitter” badge somewhere and I think….Why? What are you going to add to my life, when I need you, I’ll come see you.

    For sales and business web traffic sure, but what is my dentist going to say?”

    He compliments my argument – not all companies should use social media. The blog mentions scenarios in which businesses shouldn’t use social media – and I agree for the most part, although I think it should be based on a company to company basis. Not all companies are the same and therefore, shouldn’t use the same reasons as another company to use social media. When I think of big Fortune 500 companies using social media, I envision the big wigs trying to use Facebook or Twitter and failing miserably. I realize that’s probably not true, but the phrase “Fortune 500 companies” puts that image into my mind. It’s really annoying when those big companies jump on the bandwagon, just to be a part of the whole social media thing now. Where were you guys when it just started? What stopped you before? I think they’re not necessarily using the social media as a gateway to new possibilities, but to be cool and hip with the younger generations. Wow! You have a Facebook page! Now what? What are you going to do with it?

    • aaaaaargh says:

      Excellent point here:
      “[These blogs] didn’t cite where they got their statistics from or even link back to the source. How do we know, as the reader, if these stats are correct? I’m sure you could comment on their page and ask, but it would have been nice if the author did it for you.”
      I also wonder, as you do, about how well certain companies have thought out their “Follow Us on Twitter!” policies. There’s that glasses shop on the corner of High and Willey streets that advertises this, and I always wonder, in Ryan’s terms, just what following them would add to my life.

  12. When taking a look at the information presented about the history of the internet, I’m honestly not surprised by how fast it has evolved into what it is today and how it is still changing. Think about how computers could only do one task at a time. This thought makes me laugh a little, because just about 50 years later I can use one device to talk on the phone and look something up online at the same time.

    But what does the future hold for the internet? Will we eventually become like the Matrix like Julia said or will we be like the Jetsons or Zenon? I don’t think flying car are anywhere close in our future, but robots who help with house work could be a plus.

    Social media is also changing and some of the tools are fading or being replaced with new things. Like I said in class last week how My Space is/was replaced with Facebook, what is going to replace Facebook? If I knew I’d tell and make lots of money off it, but I guess I’m not that creative.

    Only time can tell what is in the future for the internet and what it will be used for, but social media tools are here to stay and will continue to connect people all around the world with just a touch of a few buttons, but my question is, do we really want everyone to know everything about who we are and what we are doing by looking at a page on the internet?

  13. A Brief History of the Internet:

    Interesting that there seems to be a divergence between the military creation of “The Internet” and the academic creation of “The Internet”. This article seems to stress the importance of academic developments in Internet technology and development, and gives the idea that, while the Internet was created for military purposes, it was Academics who created it and developed it to their purposes. It also seems, based off of the information presented in this article that the initial purpose of the Internet was file/information sharing. This is interesting because today’s Internet is very similar. Even the social media side of Internet programs is based in information sharing, only using personal information rather than academic or business information.

    Social Media is Actually Social:

    I want to bring up one counterpoint against this article. Yes, people using social media have larger networks of individuals to talk to, and are not the geeky computer/internet users that are locked in their basement reading D&D forums and cranking Led Zeppelin. However, one must question just how many individuals in their network a typical facebook user actually “talks” to (messages, e-mails, etc.). It’s incredibly easy to “friend” your old buddies from highschool, your drinking buddies from college, and every co-worker you’ve ever had, but I seriously doubt that anyone actively talks to everyone they are friends with. It seems we’ve replaced social activity with things like the tweet and the status update, and have failed to notice the difference. Sure, you’re learning about other people, but the fact of the matter is that you are sitting in front of a glowing screen, reading whatever factoids about your friends that pop up, but not really interacting with anyone. Similar effects can be seen in mobile phone use. Texting has replaced calling, so we’re back to looking at words on screens rather than actually talking to someone. So while the networks of individuals are expanding, the definition of social activity (it seems to me) is changing, and moving further and further from actual social interaction.

  14. Matt says:

    Concerning the Internet’s origins, I wonder if the conspiracy-minded webmasters wearing tinfoil hats and hoarding decades of newspapers while living in their mom’s basement knew the Internet was a government project.

    Would they be hesitant to write about government cover-ups on their Web sites if they knew the government was a main reason they have sites to write on?

    Would they see the irony?

    Or would they go back to screaming madly on street corners and publishing poorly printed manifestos, thereby reducing the number of outlandish e-mails that pop up in my inbox every now and then?

    But on a more serious note, the Internet was in no way created by one person; despite what Al Gore claimed.

    Gore never actually said he invented the Internet, only that he increased funding on the initial government project that created the first Internets.

    As for how the Internet’s origins relate to today, the development of a more tech-savvy culture, along with a more accessible Internet and better technology, has made the Internet the most influential invention since perhaps the printing press.

    Internet users today, particularly people responsible for creation on the digital superhighway, mirror the creative and innovative spirits of those that came before them.

    Although, with how much the Internet has evolved, it might be best to say the reflection is from a carnival funhouse mirror.

  15. I like many other people have a “love hate” relationship with the internet. I am so grateful that it was invented making it so that we have unlimited access to any and everything we could ever dream of. I truly think that the evolution of the internet has been outstanding. We owe a great deal to the people in the 1950’s whose innovative ideas for the future changed the world. I am not the savviest of internet users but I will say, that Facebook has added a lot of pleasure and entertainment to my life so for that alone I am truly thankful!

    The internet is a great researching tool and has made education much easier; However, I do feel that the internet has made us lazier in regards to a lot of things, but especially education and interpersonal relations. I look at my parents and grandparents who did not have the internet when they were in college and yet they possess skills many of us today do not have.

    If it wasn’t for that terrible library research class we are forced to take, I am pretty sure that a good percentage of students would not know how to research without the use of the internet. I know that as time goes on, the internet will continue to evolve as will the technology that supports it. I just hope that we are able to keep basic human necessities like person to person contact and interaction in tact. With the advent of Skype and similar technologies it is very possible that people will replace visiting with friends altogether with talking to them via holographic images like in Star Trek…but I am sure some genius has already done so.

  16. grcarey says:

    The History of the Internet is unlike any other in that over time, most people have developed a fundamental understanding of how to do so much with it.
    In today’s era of technology, the internet is almost taken for granted, but it’s unquestionably an extremely powerful tool.
    The internet timeline was especially intriguing to look at because in 27 years, you go from things such as the first e-mail program being created (1972) to Wi-Fi becoming standardized (1999).
    While 27 years is certainly a long time, that’s quite an advancement. Imagine what will become in 2026, which would be 27 years after the launch of Wi-Fi.
    Things have advanced so quickly over time, and the internet has certainly come a long way.
    It is a tool many people use everyday and are likely to continue using frequently, because there is so much to do and it’s such an easy way to connect to others.
    As an aspiring journalist, it can almost be scary to think about what the internet has done to the newspaper industry, because many prefer reading online instead of an older print format, and news from anywhere in the world is just a few clicks away.
    The Internet has enhanced itself over the last five decades and will likely continue to do so.

  17. gavinwv says:

    I don’t think just one person is responsible for the Internet as we know it today, its everyone who uses it. Humanity is what made the Internet what it is today. It is human nature to thirst for more knowledge, the Internet is just a way in which we can continue communicating our ideas to each other and expand our thoughts and ideas to a larger audience.

    People want to be heard. Before you had to have money and power to make people listen, now all you need is a connection to the Internet to reach the world.

    The original formation of the Internet was to have similar people, then computer programmers, be able to communicate their thoughts and ideas to each other. Later governments started using it to ensure that their countries’ knowledge would not be lost even if entire cities were destroyed. Today it is still used to disperse knowledge to a centralized system, but that knowledge has expanded beyond what a single few felt to be important to now what every individual feels is important.

    With more knowledge and an easier access to it, what we know about the world and ourselves can expand so much faster through the Internet. We are at a new golden age of intelligence and while the internet is still rife with porn and funny pets the expansion of this knowledge will bring the global society into a far more enlightened existence.

  18. ourgoldenlife says:

    Article: Study Finds Social Media is Actually Social
    http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/study_finds_social_media_is_actually_social.php

    What I found to be the most interesting part of this article was the study on mobile phone use and how it hasn’t led to decreased face time with family and friends. A surprising amount of people seem to think that new technology (cell phones and the new abundance of applications for instance) will somehow eventually replace face-to-face interaction. This idea has always seemed ridiculous to me.

    How could sending someone an emoticon in a text message trump receiving a smile or hug in person? Similarly, sending a colleague an email about important business matters could never replace talking to them in person. It’s just more convenient. When email was first introduced into the business world everybody did not stop completely interacting with each other face-to-face just because there was a quicker way to send a message.

    The use of such technology is used to supplement relationships, business or personal, but not replace them.

    Article: When NOT To Use Social Media
    http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/when_not_to_use_social_media.php

    “Don’t do social media just to do social media.”

    I couldn’t agree with this article’s statement more. I was interning at Sony Electronics two summers ago when Twitter was just starting to gain popularity. Being the intern, the job of creating an account and figuring out what all the fuss was about was delegated to me. I ended up reporting back to my boss that although our Corporate Communications group could make use of it in a professional sense by sending out PR related messages, such as information about product launches and events, it was most likely to be overrun by blathering idiots tweeting what they had for lunch that day. I feel like this statement is still pretty accurate—there are professionals who use Twitter for PR purposes and I feel like that makes sense. However, then there’s the other half. Like others have mentioned already on this thread, there are companies that are advertising “Follow us on Twitter!!!” that really have no purpose for doing so.

  19. “A Brief History of the Internet”

    I thought this was a very informative reading. There was a lot more about the internet that I was unaware of especially the way it was created. The name J.C.R. Licklider I always knew was famous, but I never figured out for what reason and now I know.What a concept did that man have and how it has become exaclty what he intended for it to be, for now that it is. The simple, but most important fact about that whole reading is that the internet must change with technology, it must elvove with the times in order for it to be relevant in today’s society. This sentence sums up, for me, what the internet is today and what it must do to survive, “ It is changing to accommodate yet another generation of underlying network technologies with different characteristics and requirements, from broadband residential access to satellites.”I completely agree with their theory of the future of the internet. With the success of the internet there are now more parties involved than ever before and if the users of the internet can not unite on a certain direction the internet may become dust in the wind.

    “The timeline’s”

    I think this was a very intersting part of the readings. It was fasinating to read about how early people were thinking to develop such a monumental, earth changing device. Honestly, human beings were thinking of how to connect people who are not in contact with each over thousands of miles through a series of packet-switching devices that turns into the internet. Absolutely incredible. New technology is something that is always interesting and important because it affects all of us. This is why I will be talking about this in my blog more often because it is exciting news. I think it was crazy in 1996 Pizza Hut had delivery online. When you are a little kid it is hard to think about where things come from and how they were developed. I am apart of the internet generation where it has grown so vast and huge that I never really knew where the internet came from or how it was developed. The timeline allows the reader to see the process of the internet step by step. This is how the internet will evolve by people looking at the timeline of events and seeing where the future lies next.

    “Study Finds social media is actually social”

    Ok. I don’t agree with what they are saying. Yes, I do see there side of the point. The applications through facebook, aim, e-mail and the phone usage does allow for a more easy way to communicate with people, but I do not believe it brings people toghether socially face to face. I do agree with using these applications that people interact with more diverse groups. This is definitely a fact of life. With these applications you get to meet new people and new technology all the time which is an ever changing scenario in today’s world of applications.

    This study was a weird story. It had facts, but I felt like they were loaded. Overall I think that it does let people meet new people and helps people diversify,but it does not help people interact face to face more, in my opinion.

    “When not to use social media”

    I agree with this article. Social media is not for every business. I like the fact that in order for social media to grow the author thinks business’ must experiment with social media as long as it has an objective and not just a press release. There have been many situations when people get fired or in trouble because of what they have tweeted, posted, wrote or said through social media. In once case in particular the 17-year old captain of England’s Under 18 National soccer team and Portsmouth player tweeted “I hope we lose today,” when Portsmouth was playing arsenal in December. The little things in social media can cause the craziest stirs and get many people from high or low ranking positions in lots of trouble.

    “Why is google afraid of Facebook?”

    “Social networking climbed fast this year, and Hitwise says it just peaked over search for a few days during the communication frenzy of Christmas,” this statement from the reading underlines my point on why i think search websites are still growing and will continue to grow over social networking sites. Youtube in my mind is definitely a search engine website that has taken search websites to a complety new level. The statement is trying to say that social networking beat out search for what a few days over Christmax, Wow. So social networking 3, search engine websites362…I think search wins. I agree with the reading about real time search emerging. I think search is better and more often visited because it brings more to the table than social networking websites. For example people use the internet to find things that will help them understand something, make their lives more easy, etc… and serach engine sites for example a webiste that gives every tour date of every musician at one place will make that characteristic valuable and will keep bringing users back to search engines because of its valuable information.

    “The Video”

    I do not think the internet was invented by an individual, but by individual minds working together on a common goal and idea that would reshape the way the world communicates with each other. Throughout time the internet was added on and made to be more efficient and more simpler for technology to be transferred. I do not know exaclty where it came from. From designs and new technology across the world: from USA, to England and France each country had its hand in making the internet what it is today. Time-sharing was an important part in that process. It allows multiple users to use the computer at the same time and was the first real big step for the internet. The scientific, the commerical and the military concepts are the foundation of our modern internet. A milestone followed with Cyclades: The focus was laid on the communication with other networks and thus the name inter-net was born. I like how these concepts shaped the internet and each country was able to help make the internet more efficient. I think its orgins are from the minds of the people that concepted the idea of the internet. They wanted to make a way for individuals to communicate information through a device that shares the network and many of the applications and new technologies that we see today stem from our origins.

    I first turned in this post on my blog so check that for the date so you can identify I turned in the challenge on time.

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