Yi Analytical Report

Sites Used from February 15, 2010 to February 21, 2010

1. Skype – Every weekday for about one hour
2. Gmail – Everyday for 10-45 minutes depending on email quantities
3. Facebook – Everyday for 1-2 hours
4. Issues in Professional and Public Discourse/Wiki site – Every week for 20-30 minutes to check dates and the syllabus, or to quickly add something.
5. UPS – About 1-3 minutes daily (on select days)
6. Twitter – Used it for about 4 minutes out of the entire week.
7. Youtube – This took up a lot of my time. I didn’t upload any videos this week, but I have before and that usually takes a good chunk of my time.

Skype

– I recently started chatting with two students—both brothers—for a total of one hour a day. They are from Jeju, South Korea. I talk with SeongChun, age 14, for 30 minutes about various topics like news, cars, and school. Then he gives the webcam over to his older brother, SeongUk, age 16, to talk about similar things. We started doing this as a tutoring program so they can maintain their level of conversational English. They were in Blacksburg for 10 months to study English by attending the local middle school and high school, so their level of English is decent. I have some other people on my list, but I hardly use Skype for anything other than tutoring sessions.

Gmail

– I probably use this website the most out of all others. I am constantly reading and sending emails. I even use Gmail as a reminder system. I email myself a message I will see later when I’m at home. I often use Gmail to store small files like mp3s or Word documents. This way, I can go on any computer connected to the Internet and retrieve my files readily.

Facebook

– I use this website a little too much. I’m not on it for extended periods of time, but I do check it often throughout the day for little notifications or messages. This is the best way for me to stay in touch with friends who do not attend Virginia Tech or family members who live across the country. If I called up my friend or family member on the phone, I can communicate with words, but by using Facebook, I can see what they’ve written me, plus there are pictures and videos to see other things. For some people, Facebook runs parallel to their “real world” lives and it updates shortly after new things happen in their own lives.

Issues in P.P.D./Wiki

– For the class website, I often check here and there to check the calendar. As for the class wiki, I use it every week or so to edit the question forums.

UPS

– I ordered something online during this particular week and like most people, I had to see exactly where my package was in the world. I entered my provided tracking number into the box at UPS.com and saw updates on my packages progress.

Twitter

– Other than UPS (UPS is an exception because this was special case usage), I used Twitter the least. I honestly think Twitter is a bit mundane and perhaps even a bit self-centered. Some people update all of their “followers” with useless information on what they are doing at every moment. I stopped caring about if my friends saw a hobo on the street or if they ate something delicious and just had to share it with Twitter.

Youtube

– I love Youtube. I see it as a great social outlet. Anyone who has a digital camera and Internet connection can upload videos and “express” themselves in different ways. Users can record themselves simply talking about something that inspires them, or make ridiculous movies that make zero sense. As long as it’s not explicit and/or copyrighted, anyone can upload almost any video.

Web 2.0 websites I used recently after making the User Diary:

Ruminations.com

– This is a website where people can post their own “ruminations” or random thoughts they have throughout the day. They can be inspirational, funny, or profound. The website moderator decides which submitted ‘ruminations’ can get posted and there are some rather strict guidelines about rumination content. If your rumination gets posted, other users can choose to give you “points,” if they like your thought. I submitted a few but the first two got rejected. I posted a few more and I have a number of points from users who liked my thoughts.

ChatRoulette

– This website is a bit disturbing. You can sign on to this website and you get connected to any random person in the world visiting the website at the same time you are. You see each other via webcam and you never know who you’re going to see. I would speculate that there are about 90% males on this website looking for females. ChatRoulette is notorious for users who expose themselves indecently. I went on this website with a few of my friends and we got to have some interesting conversations with people.

Web 2.0 websites I’ve used in the past, but not in the particular week of the User Diary:

Acousticguitarforum.com

– This forum is one of the largest forums dedicated to acoustic guitar enthusiasts and the number of forum members extends past 30,000. I visit this forum usually out of boredom, but I have used the classified section to sell some items.

Tinypic.com

– This website offers quick photo hosting, but doesn’t require users to sign in. I use this site if I have to post photos to forums. This site is especially useful because you can resize massive picture files into appropriate sizes for message boards or emails.

Wikipedia.org

– Though I never us this website for academic purposes, I often go to this website to do casual research. I’ve personally never corrected or edited a Wikipedia article, I understand the process.

Ebay.com

– I’ve used this website multiple times to bid and purchase items.

Craigslist.org

– I’ve used this website to buy and sell items locally.


Conclusions

I’ve realized that almost everything I do in life is to put more information into my mind. I go to school to learn and I go on the Internet to learn things I do not in school. I use Gmail for the information sent to me by others, I use Facebook to see information about others, and I use Youtube to do the same thing. Because the Internet can provide almost any type of information a user might seek, so many people are addicted.

Years ago, a person I know started a food diary. He not only recorded what he ate at certain times, but also recorded his feelings. This might sound strange, but it proved effective. He noticed that he ate lots of junk food during times of stress or tension. He saw that food habits coincided with his mood and thus learned a lot about himself. In this way, I learned that I check Gmail and Facebook way too often. Even if I know I have zero emails in my Inbox, I type in “gmail.com” automatically into my Safari address bar and just to make sure. I go on Facebook even though I know the information I see there will not alter my life in any way.

I believe Web 2.0 technology serves as a way for people to feel more fulfilled. If they can contribute even a little bit of information for a website, they can see it “published” and see almost instant feedback from other users. If you go on Youtube.com, you can see some of the most vulgar and the most unnecessary amount of pointless hatred expressed anonymously, but that can be gratifying for someone who feels ignored in real life. On the Internet, one can make an impact without being good-looking or talented. By being extreme, one can incite lots of responses, both negative and positive.

My use of Web 2.0 technology is for all these things. It’s fun to post a ‘rumination’ and see that others agree with you and even like what you have to say. It’s fun to post pictures and make clever captions to make others laugh. There is real sense of fulfillment when you feel as though you are influential.

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