Survival Guide Ch. 8-9

April 8, 2010 at 3:01 pm (PRCA 3030, Reading Notes)

Chapter 8: Media Communities

  • Media communities are social sites where you can save, share, and comment on multimedia items.
  • Image sharing sites are a way for you to get some serious mileage out of your photos and other images.
  • Flickr is probably the most popular site on the internet for sharing images. Flickr offers a place for you to share your images with others, as well as a platform for organizing and linking to your images.
  • There are three steps to the process of uploading & optimizing images:

1. Choosing your images

2. Uploading your images

3. Giving your uploaded images good titles, descriptions, & tags.

  • Many claim that video is the future of the Internet.
  • You can search images in Flickr and videos in YouTube using search terms just as you do in a search engine like Google. You search results return images or videos that have your search terms in their title or description.
  • Don’t forget that the purpose of media sharing communities is for people to connect with each other through a shared medium like images and video.

Chapter 9: Widgets & Badges

  • Widgets are snippets of code, usually displayed graphically, that can be used to syndicate content, for example RSS feeds, or to add interactive features that users can drop onto their own blogs or Websites.
  • Widgets are often customizable by the user & typically offer ways for users to pull information from the widget’s originating site.
  • Widgets come in different styles and levels of complexity. Some are simple links back to their source, others are as complex as mini-search engines you can implement on your own site.
  • Some widgets help you show off all the places you are in the Social Web.
  • Only add widgets to your site that you believe will benefit your visitors or are essential to your presence; don’t place them just for the sake of placing them

Note: The reading notes above came from the textbook A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web. 2.0 Optimization: Strategies, tactics, and tooks for succeeding in the social web. This is a book written by Deltina Hay.

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