In this assignment, I feel that the MySpace group did a great job with their presentation and their online layout. The group explained the history of the company as well as who owns it and general website statistics. The group also did something unique, which was by showing the reader how the website and its competitors appeal to different users. The way they explained the way MySpace works with allowing you to be creative and “free” with your page seemed a lot more appealing that Facebook’s traditional page (which is pretty much the same for every user). One thing I liked about the wiki page was that they placed a picture that allowed the reader to compare and contrast the differences in the Facebook and MySpace pages. They also tell the reader how the music community on MySpace is bigger and better than Facebook’s due to MySpace’s creative page layouts. Every time I find about a new artist I almost always go to MySpace to see if they have a page.
These pages usually contain a variety of information that gives the user a brief background on the band and allows for the user to listen to some of the band’s music. I believe that music is extremely important for everyone nowadays, especially now that new music is revealed through online sources. This is one advantage that the wiki presented to me as a reader that showed they had a strong argument, even if they are currently behind in the market against other competitors. Another thing I really liked about the MySpace wiki was their ideas for improvement. One thing I really hate about going onto a website is being spammed with ads, and I feel that MySpace especially has gotten a little better about this, but improvement can be made as the group states. On the technical side of things, I remembered going onto friend’s pages could be a slow process when they had tons of items on their page. By getting rid of this lagging process, the online experience for each individual would be much more enjoyable. Overall, the group did an excellent job presenting their ideas in an organized and detailed manner.
Nook has the most “reader-friendly” wiki page however the Android has the most information on the page that is useful for determining the best argument in print. This wiki page is easy to read and has many colorful pictures and videos on the sight. One of the main reasons why I think the Android has a higher percentages of users than the iPhone is because of the diverse phone carriers that carry the Android. Thus far, but not for too much longer, AT&T is the only carrier with the iPhone which has limited the number of customers to purchase the phone. Unlike the iPhone, the Android operating system is a open source system. Android is owned by Google which is one of the most powerful brand names in the world. The Android will not fail as long as Google is behind them. Google is expanding and advancing daily which only means that the Android is doing the same. I had the Android operating system on my old phone which sometimes presented me problems on the speed of the OS. An idea for the future, is that Android would address those problems to continue their lead in selling their devices. Overall, the Android page provided a lot of information that I thought was useful to learn about Android. I enjoyed the pie charts and the video. This group did an excellent job on the page layout as well, it made it very easy to read the information.
Blog 5- Wikis
Each wiki presents valid reasons that their product is the best and each has done extensive research on the company, its history, the products functions and models, and gives good advice on the company’s suggested further operations.
Android was the first wiki that I read and I was impressed by the large amount of research that went into it, providing many sources. Besides all the information that the wiki was suggested to include, the writers went further and included pictures, videos, and graphs. Blackberry also did a very good job of presenting their argument, also with eye-catching graphs and pictures. Their recommendations for making the product better were quite good, though BlackBerrys already have automatic updates right to the phone- no computer needed. I have a Blackberry and I love it so I am inclined to think that this wiki wins over Android and iPhone. The iPhone wiki is also extremely informative, and is formatted in a helpful manner. The suggestions for AT&T were good; one of the problems with the iPhone from the beginning has been the inability for other phone companies to use the Apple technology. The concept of having the iPhone include a slide out keyboard is extremely interesting, and would make things easier on the consumer. The touchscreen is great for the extensive number of apps provided, but not good for typing.
The Craigslist wiki was quite interesting and used many sources to provide the vast amount of information. Having never used Craigslist before, it was interesting to hear others perspectives on the site. The ideas for improvement were interesting, though it seems that the company should not work on expanding, but rather work on perfecting the system by preventing ripoffs and danger in meetups (examples include various “Craigslist killers”). The Facebook wiki was very informative and helpful, and especially timely because of the recent DVD release of The Social Network, a movie detailing Mark Zuckerberg’s creation of the site. The suggestions for Facebook were valid critiques, though it is nearly impossible to regulate users creating accounts (you could create fake Twitter accounts as well, you just need to create a dummy email). Facebook has recently been improving its privacy settings, allowing users to show no information other than their names to outsiders, which is very good for protection. One thing that Facebook definitely needs to change is the fact that in its rules and regulations, it states that any photo uploaded to Facebook becomes copyrighted by Facebook. This is wrong- copyright belongs with the owner of the photo, the person who uploaded it, not some third party. Flickr, for example, allows its users to upload photos and the users keep copyright. The change of copyright is hidden in the rules of Facebook, so many people are not aware of this blatant flaw. Lastly, the Myspace wiki was also quite interesting. Again, having never used Myspace, reading about it was quite informative. Myspace is a social network site like Facebook, but it has many more features. Interestingly enough, these features do nothing to keep users as people keep leaving Myspace. Myspace should continue the different layouts available and many other users as people will probably be willing to return when recognizing Facebook does not offer these.
Due to the extensive amount of information provided on the Android and good suggestions, I think the Android will be an extremely interesting presentation.