Over the last year I have learnt a lot about social computing and how it has influenced the world around us. Each couple of weeks we learnt something new that played a big part within the social computing world and it has really opened my eyes to see what one subject can really do for the planet.
The topics we spoke about covered many different aspects about social computing and it was very good to see how each one contributed in its own way and was good to reflect and learn how it did that.
one topic that always sticks out for me was computing in crowds. This is where people come together on a website to share and post things about any topic. One e.g. of this is Wikipedia. This stood out for me because it shows how powerful social computing really is by bringing peoples knowledge and understand and passion on things to one website and people being able to read and learn the information being posted. This helps people in so many ways and shows that crowd sourcing is a great way to being people together and a great source of information. http://ellisstrouthos.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/computing-and-crowds/ this is the link to my views on computing and crowds and goes into more depth.
going on from this kind of topic another thing that jumped out on the page to me was liveness and the mobile. http://ellisstrouthos.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/liveness-and-the-mobile/. again this is a great way that social computing is being used and shows how it can help all types of people. In this article i explain a lot about how the mobile has changed over the years and how it has affected our society, this is especially seen in Africa. We all know that they are not as advanced as us with mobile technology, but it still helps them in many way. farmers are using simple mobiles to try and sell stock and market what they are selling. We maybe using phones to find out instant news, which is great and another amazing aspect of social computing as we now have websites such as twitter and Facebook that give us instant news. But in another part of the world a simple phone is helping a farmers business grow and become successful. This showed me how the phone and live updates can help all different societies in the world from all different angles. Another reason why i find social computing to be such an interesting topic to learn.
from seeing all of my blog posts i can see several good things that come out of social computing. The first is how it brings people together. There are many websites now that allow us users to contribute to a website and make the website successful due to us using it. i like the way how social computing can bring us together and mix people that might not normally mix in other situations. Not only this but social computing has also made and brought some good causes to the world. For instance say a natural disasters has happened in a certain part of the world. People have made campaigns online for people to donate or come help repair what has been damaged. This is all due to the power of social computing and the internet.
All in all i love the fact social computing can help all different kinds of people in all different type of societies in many different ways. it can bring people together, create good causes, help businesses grow, update us when something is happening and general day to day use of social computing websites. Social computing really has defined the web and defined how we live by giving us more power than we thought we had. People are able to do things they might not have thought of doing due to social computing. The amount of information and websites created that help us everyday due to us added the information and putting in the time to make it grow astonishes me. This is what I have learnt the most and taken from this course and im glad that I have been apart from it as it has changed my views on the social computing aspect. Before this course I just thought social computing was bout Facebook etc, which I found boring and not useful. Now learning and seeing what I have seen, social computing is actually on a massive scale and has helped millions of people around the world and made some life changing stuff happen.