EID100: Final Pintrest Board

Good evening all,

For tonight’s blog I will keep the chatter to a minimum and allow the Pintrest board created by Patrick Laforest and I do most of the talking.  Enjoy your Christmas holidays.


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Feast Your Eyes On This

Good evening readers!  For your visual pleasure I have taken this wordy blog post by Avinash Kaushik:                                                                                                                                    http://www.kaushik.net/avinash/data-presentation-tips-focus-think-simplify-visualize/#calibrate

… and summarized it into a much more manageable inforgraph at this link: https://magic.piktochart.com/output/3649320-how-to-present-data


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My Coding Career Began With a Mug of Hot Cocoa

Today I challenged my patience with a bit of coding.  As a first timer the results are not fantastic, but I did learn something about adding headings!  Code academy even boosted my coding confidence with some lovely awards.



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How Safe is Your Online Identity?


Computer security is more than just backing up your important documents.  It is about backing up your personal information.

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Yes it is almost that time of year again; Christmas.  Fret not because Giftet is here to help you discover unique and cheap ideas for homemade gifts to please everyone on your shopping list.  Go on, check us out.


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Tweetdeck Might Be Your Next News Engine

Fig.1: My Columns.  The two interests I investigated on Twitter were cloud computing and tattoos.

For any piece of data, its integrity lies at the heart of its source. In this module, I investigated Tweetdeck as a way to find out about currents news. My experience led me to make two significant discoveries about its effectiveness.

First, it was hard to find actual updates on current events about my topics. For example, with “The Cloud” many of the hyperlinks directed me to informative pages about different technology companies that use cloud computing. On Google, I can search “cloud computing” specific to news articles. Furthermore, Google news displays the most recent news at the top, whereas Twitter articles can be re-posted from months ago and still pop up on the top of my homepage. To add, twitter provides more picture and video content than actual text. It might be more appropriate to use twitter to supplement articles found on other news engines instead.

The second thing I noticed was that my searches turned up completely different results when I used a hash-tag to find information. Whereas the accounts I follow include more specific information on the topic, hash-tags invites the entire twitter community to post their input. This is a positive thing because it allows for different perspectives, however sometime the content is not related to my intended search.

I will probably remain to keep my twitter separate for social media and use Google as my news search engine. There is only so much news that can be discovered in 140 characters or less.

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When 10 Becomes 103: Internet Users Connect to Numerous Third Party Websites

This is the true story about a girl who accessed 103 websites in 20 minutes. That’s approximately 12 seconds of surfing time per web page. This mayn’t seem incredible but consider this: she read 2 articles on National Geographic, looked through the past 3 hours’ worth of tweets (on both of her twitter accounts), shared a recipe on Facebook and completed her online readings for her studies. Remember, she had only 12 precious seconds for each website. The figures above are accurate, yet something is not adding up. This is because she visited only 10 websites voluntarily. The remaining 93 connections were made unknowingly with third party websites.

Lightbeam Graph 2

Lightbeam Graph 3  Lightbeam Graph (2)

The images compare the websites I knowingly accessed versus the volume of websites I was actually connected with.

I would like to discuss my experiences using Firefox’s Lightbeam add-on. To put concisely, Lightbeam tracks the sites that normally track you and it graphs the connections you are making to websites in real time. I linked to numerous third party sites like typekit.com, fyre.com, wonderloop.me and outbrain.com. I was surprised to find some of these websites actually interesting. For example, wonderloop.me is a network where users create a profile with only twenty seconds of video. It’s a “tool” to drive users to social media websites based on connections they make.

There are also invasive third party websites like outbrain.com which track a user’s online movement to create a detailed profile of their interests. These online profiles are then used to find related content so the user will continue the cycle of clicking, reading (or watching, buying, etc.) and repeat.

A social issue with being tracked online is a breach of privacy rights as your information is collected and distributed worldwide without consent. Today you’re e-mailing a friend about the golf clubs you bought and tomorrow there is an advertisement on your browser for Wilson golf clubs. To fuel our concerns about privacy, these websites might have offices out of country. Outbrain has locations in Tokyo, Madrid, Munich and Paris; each of which have different privacy laws.

As I continue to browse online, my Lightbeam graph will expand and I will leave bits of myself on each website. And not unlike dating websites, I will be paired with online advertisements tailored specifically for me. And similar to a long distance relationship, my personal information will be shared overseas. The only difference is my relationship to third party websites can’t be broken.

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