For my Small Groups Class, our group had to do community service for a non profit organization. Our group decide to work with cat shelter lovingly called, “Project Purr”. It was fun to work with them, mainly because we got to hang out with the cats. If you get the chance you should check this place out. Here are a few pic of some of the cats.
Our week’s lesson had to do with the subject of search engines, more specifically Search Engine Optimization (SEO). SEO refers to the practice trying to get your webpage to show up higher on the search list by narrowing down the search list. Search engine come up with results based on several criteria. The criteria are words in the page, title of the page, links on the page, words used as links, and reputation of the web page. The first two criteria, words and title, are pretty simple to understand. The other three take a require a bit of explanation. The search engines pick the most popular based on how many credible websites link your page. The more websites link to your page, the higher your reputation becomes. Word links can create association with websites and the word used to link the website. In the video for this week’s lesson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF515-0Tduk ), it used the example of linking amazon website to word books. Now that the word books have been associated with the website, you can search books and amazon will come up as a result. Finally, there is reputation, and that is based on how much content you upload and how many quality links you have to your website.
I think the best thing I can do to take advantage of SEO is by making my tiles specific as possible. For example, someone may want to know how to write a character for a book. So maybe I title the article “How to write a good character”, instead of “How to write a good book”. Another way is to increase the number of links you get, which can be achieved by making quality content on your page. I can also get my webpage associated with a word, like the words film or special effects. For most part I think SEO does not have a lot of disadvantages, expect perhaps that website that have been around for long time have the advantage. However, I don’t think it’s impossible to take your website up there near top of the search engine list, you just have to make quality content.
So, this week’s lesson had to do with domain names and domain services. An important thing to consider when you want to run a website is if you decide to buy a domain name. Having a domain name will increase your presence on the internet, and it make it easier to find your webpage. A small business can greatly benefit by having a domain name because makes website look professional, because the domain says that your confident enough in your service to pay for a domain. So how much would a domain cost?
To find out how much a domain name would cost, you can go to specific search engines are design to search for domain names. For example, I searched for two different domain names; lampshadeproduction.com and filmkinght.com I searched them both though this link (https://whois.net/ ). Both Domains names were not being used cost $12.99 to use. So, the question becomes would I buy a domain name. I think if I would if I planned to seriously run a website but only if was going to be committed. Liked I said earlier, it’s important for small business to submits its place with the use of a domain name. But what about a hosting service, would you pay for service or make use of a free one like WordPress or Weebly. I the route I would take is too use the free serve first and then see if you get traction on your website then invest in domain. This way you can see you can have a following but also if you decide that you don’t want to run website, you didn’t lose any money.
This week’s lesson had to with privacy and security on the internet and how it effects our lives.This is always a huge topic of controversy, it is involved in almost every aspect of our life. Security is always a concern since most of our information, both financial and personal, are stored online. Privacy is also a huge concern, since it is something we all value to varying degrees. I think that we all like a little bit of privacy, you may not want people to know where you go on Saturdays. However, potential employees may want to know what you doing on Saturdays to make sure that they don’t hire someone doing something illegal or seen as immoral to the company they represent. Companies have many outlets to access to your personal information, at least the information you posted on the internet. And their will look you up and whatever information you have put online will be seen by the company. As someone majoring in communication this is important knowledge to have. Knowing what I post can be seen make more vigilante of what I post online, for example it would probably be best I don’t post that picture of me being crazy at the party. As far as my personal stance on this issue, I side to with people who want to keep private certain things. However, I would say if you want to keep something private, don’t post it online. There was a interesting video we watched for this week by Alessandro Acquisti on Ted ( http://www.ted.com/talks/markham_nolan_how_to_separate_fact_and_fiction_online ). At the end of the video it asked a interesting question of choosing privacy or freedom, and this is something both sides of the argument should consider.
Getting into web design is an intimidating thing at first, particularly the coding aspect of it. For someone who has never coded in their life, coding looks like a mesh mash of numbers and letters. But like everything, it is a skill that can be learned and there are several different websites you can go to learn these skills. A link was provided this week for the many different websites that teach coding skills( http://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/training-online-resources-812225 ). Know which is best is dependent on you and if you want to get in depth or just enough to get started running a website. Personally, I would go to the free services such as Don’t Fear the Internet, Codecademy, and Mozilla School of Webcraft. Try out the free learning tools and then decide if you want to invest the time and, more importantly, the money.
Another topic for the lesson was the topic of online classes and their variability as a teaching tool. The article we read was on MOOC’s (massive open online courses) and how it was used in other university’s( https://www.technologyreview.com/s/533406/what-are-moocs-good-for/ ). I think online teaching will become a great tool as the future progresses. I however learn better from going to class and interacting with students and instructors. I also feel that it’s easier to put off and forget work for online class then it is for a set-in class. It a commitment to show up for class and do the work where I would fell less so in an online class setting. However, everyone has their preferences and my may change as time goes on.
Here some pictures form when we visited New York for the Macy Day Parade. There a few pictures when they where starting to set up the Christmas lights.