A Good Read

Obviously if I was to evaluate one of the sites I like then I would say it is perfect, but then everything isn’t perfect.

One thing that I thought was a good way to start off the homepage of Goodreads is that on top of the homepage it says “Meet your next favorite book”. It tells you what the website is about and what you will get out of it.

Navigation on the site is overall good. With the different categories to separate each topic, Goodreads tells you where you are going.

Also, the font is an easy to read and is a common font.

Now without all the good, let’s talk about the bad point I saw. The sign in is on the right top corner and even though I know it is there, I am not everyone.

Goodreads is a site that is easy to use. It tells you what you are looking for in the site.

Another thing is that the right side of the page is filled with suggestions and ads only, nothing much on the right side.

I have been using this Goodreads for a while now and I have not yet had a problem with the site. With the headings telling you where you are and how you got there, you can even go back one step with just clicking the header before that.

I feel like Goodreads really care about how their users see the site and how people use the site to get around.


Keep Going Back

Why do so many people go online for their news when there are so much fake news going around?

Some people tend to believe the first thing they see online or have heard of and spreads it around. Even if  you aren’t saying it through your own mouth, a retweet on Twitter is basically the same thing.

For example, with the Boston bombing, it seemed like there was a lot of pointing fingers at people who did not even do anything. Crowdsourcing happens a lot and this is one of those times that it happened.

There is that one in a million chance that if you post someone that looks suspicious, it could or could not be the actual suspect.

It’s like gossip but for people online, but it’s not really private. More like it’s to everyone who has connection to the internet.

It doesn’t just have to be about an incident that happened, people can also create rumors online.

Would you believe it if someone on your Twitter was posting about a deadly flu going around?

This does seem to happen and even though we all know there are things like this online, we still keep going back for more information on the web.

The web just seems too good for us users to stop going back for more.

It seems to me like if we get what we want, we eliminate the bad in our head.

Reality of the Web

I’m sure every one would love to think that if something is online, it is true. The truth is that not everything online can be true either.

There are people out there who create fake stories online and other people believe in what they are saying. This is one of the worst things online that can happen online.

People love to talk around, I’m sure I do, and by the time something gets to you or to someone else, it can be an entire different thing.

It’s like that telephone game where the last person always hears something different than the first person.

Just because it’s online, doesn’t mean that it is real and exist.

Now what about the people that aren’t online? Are they a part of our imagination and do not exist in the real world.

It has been said that only 1 out of 5 Americans are online. That can add up to a lot of people.

I know that sometimes if I can’t find a person on Facebook, I would say to myself that they aren’t real. If you think about it, Facebook is ONE website out of who knows how many sites out there.

I know that it’s not true that if something isn’t online, then it doesn’t exist, but in my head it just seems easier to see it that way.

Some people just like it better to not be online and be in their community.




More Visual, Less Text

Learning about new things on the web for me isn’t so hard. I feel like most companies out there try to fit things online around us, the users.

With new things coming out, like faster internet or better applications, companies will try their best to make it easy for us to get their content online.

It doesn’t take much for someone to know how to get around online.

My niece was around 3 when she first started watching YouTubes videos. Sure she didn’t know what she was doing, but she was able to go around and watch different videos.

Also, with all these social networking sites, news aren’t basically just words anymore but can be images.

A couple of days ago, when the Boston marathon bombing happened, I found out through Facebook. The first thing I saw was a picture of the bombing and on the picture it said, pray for Boston.

It doesn’t seem like it takes much for us to realize what is happening anymore. With one picture, we put in our head that something must’ve happened.

Because of the web, I feel like we have gotten used to seeing more of a visual instead of an actual article.

It feels like anyone can be on the web and know what they are doing, because of such small reading that is being done online now.

Key Words

Every time I read a book, my brother would always ask me why I read for fun and who does that anymore. He says he would rather have a summary of what happen or wait for a movie to come out for the book.

With the web being around, most people have gotten used to the easy way around things.

When using a search engine, you can type a word and it could be found in the articles for you already. You don’t even have to read each article word by word to find what you are looking for.

I feel like people tend to skim through articles online more than read it. Even I skim through some articles that I don’t want to read.

If I was looking for a certain word, I would skim the article and continue reading from that point.

I don’t feel like the web is making anyone stupid but it just makes us used to shorter lengths of texts on a page. From Facebook feeds to Twitter status, these are only about 140 characters or less.

So why would we continue to use the web if it makes us read less?

We want information fast and straight to the point.




Rewriting History

Many websites like to keep their old articles up and that is because the internet can be a powerful thing.

With a click of a button, you can find stories from the past. The web can be your new permanent record.

So if you do change an article from the past, wouldn’t that mean you are trying to rewrite history?

I’m not sure about anyone else but I personally feel like if it’s already news and an article, changing it online doesn’t change anything that HAS happened.

A comment that you made years ago is what made you who you are today. Even though you may have different opinions now, it doesn’t change a thing you said a few years ago, even if it gets deleted from the web.

Another thing is that I feel like if a site deletes an entire article because it is false, they are lying to people and not correcting what they have said. Deleting the article doesn’t solve everything.

Imagine if there were one hundred people who read an article and that article was deleted in the next minute because it was false. If the article was never fixed, those hundred people would have false information.

Sure it doesn’t sound like a lot of people, but what if those people goes online and spread that false information around, since they haven’t gotten an update that it was not true.

You cannot rewrite history, but you can correct it.

Beauty to Blogging

I don’t know about anyone else but when I have a question that no one else in the room knows the answer to, I would Google it. Instead of looking for a good site, I would just look for an answer. Upon some of the sites I click onto, most of them are probably blogs and I wouldn’t even notice it.

Blogging is one of the amazing things online that not a lot of people know how to use to their advantage. It’s a place where you can give write basically to no one or everyone.

Sure there are bad sides to blogging, but it could get you heard by many people, in such a little time.

Yes sometimes a blog can have useless information, but it may just be useless to you and not the next person who enters that blog.

The beauty to blogging is that you can give information but still have a little of yourself in it. A blog doesn’t just have to contain news, there are blog out there about sports, fashion, and many more!

By blogging, you can be helping someone and may not even know it yourself. Since it is online, it is open to anyone to read and that’s one of the plus sides.



Outside People

Back in 2008, I would play this game called DOMO online with my sister, brothers, and cousins. We would talk about these terms that only people who play the game knew about.

I think this is what people with an online community want. Having someone who has the same interest as you and understands you.

When playing the game online, we got to meet a lot of great new people. We would usually team up with these people online, who we do not know and only meet on the game.

It was like we were building our own community in the game. We had a place where we would stay in the game together.

We weren’t physically next to each other but in the game, it seems like we were. We knew each other through the game.

Even though my sister, brothers, cousins, and I all knew each other, we were still a part of this online community we created. It’s just like Facebook and how you know some people personally and others you just know them. It’s still an online community since you all share the same space.

Online community can just be you talking with a lot of people who have the same interest as you. Once people start to know you more, it’s like you are talking to a friend.

Being in the same community doesn’t have to be that you are in the same town anymore, it’s more than that now because of the internet.



Oh no! The internet is down!

I don’t know about anyone else but I think by the end of a week, I would have knitted clothes for at least FOUR families. I wouldn’t know what else to do with my free time.

The first week of being in my apartment with my sister, the internet wasn’t connected yet and I was constantly talking with my sister. Bringing up useless conversation, just because I can.

I imagine people would start meeting with families and friends OUTSIDE of their houses more. There would be more face to face time with people.

But it’s not like I would go meeting random people on the streets, or would I? There are people who meet other people online, so without the internet, what would people do?

It’s like if we had some websites down but not just for a few hours. There wouldn’t be anymore Facebook feed, Twitter updates, or Tumblr posts.

This reminds me of my cousin calling me after a power outage, telling me to update her on anything that I hear, since the internet was also down. This shows that we want to be up to date with everything.

In the end, we would be like Syria, having their internet down temporarily. The IP addresses of everyone would be gone. No more traces of people on this continent online.

I do exist…just not to the people outside of the US. The internet gives us a lot of communication to people around the world.

This is Only The Beginning

The other day, apparently there was a tornado warning. I didn’t even know about it until it has been cleared and safe. If it wasn’t thanks to my friends on Facebook, I would’ve never even knew about it.

This is why I go online, to check on what is happening in the world around me. Honestly, I never check the news unless it’s for a class or I am just really bored.

Social networking sites are great places to find out about news and whats happening in the world. Twitter’s hastags are up to date and can tell you the most recent topics people are talking about, good or bad.

Personally, I feel like news are filtered and I would like to know the details, when I want to.

Also, why would I go read the newspaper when I can get a summarize version of it on my news feed on Facebook or my updates on Twitter?

I don’t know about everyone but I like to just get straight to the point. I rather read about something I have an interest for than some news about some person who I have no idea is.

Instead of picking up a newspaper, I can go on a site that has millions, or even more, people talking about the same thing in that newspaper, for free. We contribute what we want, and have a conversation with other people around the world.