Ditman Analytical Report

Sites used-

Facebook

Digg

Webmail

Wikipedia

Cnn

Stumbleupon

Wikidot

Blackboard

Scholar

Pandora

Detailed Explanations:

Facebook

- Facebook has taken over the internet. I’m on it so much, that I had trouble even classifying my own usage. Beyond, the website itself, there are facebook connect boxes all over the internet, and facebook chat has replaced AOL instant messager for me.

Digg

- I mostly lurk on this website, without proposing or creating any content of my own. Routinely, I will “like” a website which helps them achieve status on the homepage.

Webmail

- I check my email and respond to emails through webmail multiple times through the day.
Wikipedia- I’ve never edited content on Wikipedia, but spend hours a week looking up all sorts of topics.

Cnn

- I usually check this site once a day, without logging in.
Stumbleupon- I use this site through a plugin, which feeds me websites based on my own personal preferences. I contribute to this recommendation engine, but either “liking” or “disliking” sites.

Wikidot

- I contribute to this website for the class.

Blackboard

- For Class.

Scholar

- For class.

Pandora

- This is a music recommendation website. By selecting a station and liking or disliking songs that play, I can affect what songs are recommended.

Detailed Explanations:

As I began to take notes on my behavior on the internet, I discovered that I visited websites in an incredibly erratic fashion. I have about 10 websites which I go back and forth between. Because of this I decided to estimate the overall usage time of days, rather than individual websites.

When I first log onto my computer, I usually check my Webmail, and Facebook. These are the sites which I contribute the most content to. Unlike most of the other web 2.0 sites that I use, I routinely add posts, and send and receive messages. I contribute to the website recommendation engine site StumbleUpon, and music site Pandora, but only through either liking, or disliking a selection.

I was surprised with how little I actually contribute to websites. Outside of a select few, Facebook, and Stumbleupon for example, I contribute almost nothing to 2.0 websites. I’m more of a consumer of information, rather than a creator. I can’t really explain this, so I won’t try. Statistics seem to support the notion that most users of these web 2.0 sites contribute very little, and that only a small group actually contributes content.

I think that this is the real strength of Facebook, in that it almost forces everyone to contribute to be part of the website. There is a tough line between requiring too much or too little, and Facebook seems to succeed admirably. There are other sites which do this, but out of all the ones that I examined for my research, Facebook was the best.

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