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Writing about a writter

Nora Roberts is a bestselling American author that has fought to erase the women’s stereotypes. She fought against “machismo” or “machoism” through her novels and she took part in this fight in hard times in which being a female writter was absolutely strange. We think that she has been one of the pioneers of the feminist movement against all the odds and this is the main reason for choosing her and her books to write a Wikipedia article in Basque, since Basque people ought to know about her too. Wikipedia has no article about her in this language and we thought it was a great idea to provide this information to other Basque speakers. We have learnt a lot about the writter but also about information management since we have been working in our wiki and in Wikipedia. Between all the knowlegde we gained doing this exercise we could underline the ability to create a common page in a wikipage where we could all contribute, the skill to submit this information to Wikipedia and to provide it to the general public and the collective building of an article with other Wikipedia members. Read more…


Snodgrass’ book as a reference for our Wikipedia article

Between all the references in Google Books linked to the writer Nora Roberts we can find a book written by Mary Ellen Snodgrass that is absolutely useful for our Wikipedia article since it analyses Nora Roberts’ style and the symbolism of her writing.  Snodgrass provides a plot of summaries of Nora Roberts’ work and tells us about the striking features of her two hundred publications, including regular reissues and editions. This is the main reason for considering  this reference critical for a Wikipedia article about the writer. Snodgrass also tells us about the writer’s life, her work during three decades (the 80s, 90s and 21st century) and the style in which she describes the genre in her books. Moreover, she provides a complete analysis of the relation of the writer with the mass media and the Internet from the page 105 to the page 128 and this is interesting to know her web communication tools and the way she manages information. Apart from this, the book provides different references at the end of its chapter so that the information there is reliable and it is very actual because it was written in 2010. Read more…

Twitter predicting the future in New York protests

Paul Revere (@questlove) is the drummer of the house band called The Roots. Last Monday, the 21st of December, he posted on his Twitter that he had seen a thousand of police officers not far from where the Occupy Wall Street protesters were camping. The news was quickly spreaded by his 1,76 million followers by retweeting the original post and creating a hashtag: #ows. The controversial Tweet called the attention of lots of the protestants and let them know that the police officers would go to remove them from Zuccotti Park an hour and twenty minutes later. This was more than a conflict between police and protestants because it was all commented in Twitter even before it happened. Thus, it is an example of many others that shows the quick communication and effectiveness of  microblogging and social networks.

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Minors’ accounts in the net

November 27, 2011 Comments off

Klout is a website that gives users a score depending on how influencial they are on social networks. This website gets information about individuals from public sources such as posts and followers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare and so on in order to assign them a  score. It lifts information from thirteen separate social networks and creates profiles automatically. Nevertheless, this site is not able to figure out who among users’ networks of friends is a child and who is not and consequently it creates profiles of anyone in the net, including minors. As a result of this problem with Klout and the minors’ accounts, lots of parents have complained and Facebook is now investigating wether Klout follows or not its terms of service in harvesting information.  So, adults and minors should be aware of the fact that having an active digital social life means leaving your own digital footprints everywhere and dragging your online friends (that can be your own children) with you from site to site, even if you are not interested in. Read more…

Aritz Aranburu, surfing the Internet

Aritz Aranburu is a Basque professional surfer that is absolutely involved in the net, since he uses many web communication tools such as social networks and microblogging nets. He has accounts in several websites: MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tuenti and Twitter but he mainly uses his blog in order to publish his surfing videos and promote his proffesional career as a sportsman and a surfing contest presentor. As he says in some interviews, he uses social networks because he wants to give information about surfing since the mass media does not usually focus on this sport and he wants people know more about his results in competitions. As Debra Littlejohn Shinder explained in her article written in August 19, 2010, he is not the only one that uses the net to promote his career as many other celebrities do the same:

Social networking tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live, and Google Buzz, are great for keeping in touch with friends and family and having fun. Other people are going further and using social networks to build bussiness relationships with colleagues and potential clients. LinkedIn is specifically targeted to that audience. And some are taking it further still and using social networking sites to actively promote themselves and their businesses. This can be particularly effective for self-employed people, such as consultants, writers, and trainers.

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