Gervacio Analytical Report

Sites Used – Monday, February 1 through Sunday, February 7

Facebook
Webmail
People.com
Fmylife.com
Managing Knowledge Wiki
MSN Hotmail
MSNBC
YouTube
Collegiate Times
Wikipedia
Google Gmail
VT Scholar
The Leaky Cauldron
Hulu.com
Blackboard

Description of Site and Usage:

Facebook: Definitely one of two most-visited websites; on average, I checked my Facebook account 6.3 times a day. It’s the only social-networking platform I use; I don’t own a Twitter and I deleted my MySpace account in high school. While on Facebook, I would browse through my friend’s pictures and profiles; I would say 90% of the times I have logged on was because I was bored and didn’t have anything else to do. The other 10% was split between uploading pictures and logging in because of a new email notification. That week, I also looked up my group members in a humanities class because we were trying to establish communication for our project.

Webmail: The other most-visited website; on average, I checked my Webmail account about 9.6 times a day. As with Facebook, it became automatic for me to check for new emails when I woke up; throughout the day, I would sometimes check it out for sheer boredom. Usually I spent less than 2 minutes checking my email unless something required my response and attention. That week, I relied on it for communication with my group members in my humanities class.

People.com: The online version of the celebrity magazine. I checked it at least once a day to read new stories and check out new pictures. Another website used to allay boredom. I don’t comment on stories, but I do sometimes take the polls on little things.

Fmylife.com: Checked for new posts. Checked it at least once a day for most of the days of the week. No comments except for me clicking on “I agree, your life sucks” or “You deserved it” on various posts.

Managing Knowledge Wiki: Checked it once during the week to post my group commentary, but nothing else other than that.

MSN Hotmail: Another email account that I’ve held for several years now. I usually try to check it once a day to sort through the barrage of emails I get from the Washington Post and clothing stores. I subscribe to Slate, so even if I don’t go to the links of each story, I will read the blurb that is given so that I know what going on.

MSNBC: MSN is one of my homepages, so I will occasionally check the news stories and pictures if it interests me. My log doesn’t reflect how much I read the stories and view the pictures because I was too busy to do so that week. However, it has become habitual to browse through the website every other day.

YouTube: I belong to a Virginia Tech listserv with 30-something other girls, and they love to send YouTube or Hulu clips over it. So, as a result, I end up going to YouTube to watch those videos and I sometimes check out the other videos that YouTube recommends.

Collegiate Times: I will check the online version of the CT occasionally, but it is not the medium that I usually go for. I pick up the paper wherever it is on campus to read the stories.

Wikipedia: Usually I go to Wikipedia to look something up, usually a movie or a celebrity, when it pops into my mind. For example, I’ll be watching a movie, say Star Trek, and I’ll wonder what other movies has Chris Pine or Zoe Saldana been in. I’ll go to Wikipedia, look up the movie, click on an actor’s name, scroll through their page, and more often than not, I’ll end up looking at another page for a movie that they have been in. It reminds me of that game, Six Degrees of Separation, because I’ll find out that Chris Pine was in a movie with Anne Hathaway, who was in a movie with Johnny Depp, who also worked with Zoe Saldana in Pirates of the Caribbean. I would say that every time I look something up on Wikipedia, it will eventually lead me to other connections with other sources.

Google Gmail: My third email account, created because I found Gmail a lot easier to use than my Hotmail account. Pretty self-explanatory as to what I do here.

VT Scholar: 3 of my classes are on Scholar, so I do check it daily for new updates or to submit a thread to a forum. I have used the Chat Room link to talk with other students in a class, but other than what’s been mentioned, my time on Scholar is kept to a minimum.

The Leaky Cauldron: I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, and with Harry Potter World coming out this summer, I checked out the website for new updates.

Hulu.com: I love using this website because I can often find what I’m looking for. I will everything from whole T.V. episodes to clips of Kristen Wiig acting on Saturday Night Live.

Blackboard: I have one class that is still on Blackboard; it’s an online class, so once a week I will log in and take a quiz. That’s about all I do on Blackboard; I find Scholar easier to use and communicate with, so my time on Blackboard is very limited.

Analysis

When I logging in my Web 2.0 time, I became aware of the fact that I always check my webmail and Facebook account when I get up in the morning; it is the first thing that I do before beginning my morning beauty routine. It has become automatic for me to go to these two websites first thing in the morning. Even when I know I'll be late for the bus, I will always check at least my webmail account before I leave in the morning.

I also became aware of the fact that I have Internet ADD. Unless I'm sending an email or taking a quiz or submitting something online, I go from website to website to website and never really spend any quality time on any site, save for Facebook. Even my time on Facebook is going from profile to profile to profile; I see something on the news feed about a friend, I go to their page, I comment or "like" a post, then I go to a mutual friend's page, repeat, and so on. Same thing for Wikipedia; if you look at the description above, I mention how I will go from page to page to page just by clicking on a page title; after I key in my initial search term, I tend not to go back to the search box. My time spent on Web 2.0 is very sporadic, save for emails or school-related stuff.

I do, on occasion, spend quality time on the internet, but only to watch videos or clips on YouTube or Hulu. Sometimes I'll watch an old episode of "Grey's Anatomy" on ABC.com, but more often than not, I don't bother. I would rather park myself on my couch and watch TV than watch something online.

I think the thing that bothered me the most was when I couldn't check my webmail account. It's the same thought-process whenever I forget my phone at home; I panic and worry about how I can't be reached or reach anyone when I wanted to. I think that is the only thing I would miss if I didn't have an internet connection; everything else can be put aside.

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