White Paper

Posted On December 11, 2007

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My groups White Paper was submitted to Professor Halavais by e-mail. Have a great winter break everyone!


Home Stretch

Posted On November 30, 2007

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Final exams are in full swing. Classes end on December 8th, 2007. I will be finished with finals on December 15, 2007. It has been a great first semester of graduate school I must say.

If Only Search Engines Could Understand What We Want

Posted On November 12, 2007

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Hilarious Video!!! I could watch this one over and over again! Please watch. I know you will be entertained.


The Future of Google

Posted On November 12, 2007

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Watch this video and imagine this could be what Google is becoming soon! It was funny!


“The magic moment will come when our search is demonstrably better than Google’s,” – Bill Gates, 11-2005

Posted On November 12, 2007

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Ha-ha, very funny. Right now there is no one better than Google except Google itself as a search engine. “Google, however, has taken a path that diverges from the portals. Its core service, search, is engineered to do exactly what the portals try so hard to avoid: sending the visitor to another site as quickly as possible. Web users appear to appreciate this.” – (Randall Stross, NYT Sept 2005). The article, Search Engine Society: Search Engines, Search Divides, Social Search written by Alex Halavais says, “Take a moment and type in the following search query into your favorite search engine: “Google is your friend.” Today, the number of hits stands at “about 363,000” (Halavais i). I am sorry Professor Halavais, but this is incorrect. On November 6, 2007 at 7:00 PM, I typed in the words that you said to type in to Google and the number of hits was astonishingly different. The number of hits was 118,000,000. This was way off from the amount you have previously stated. It’s amazing how many more hits there have been since you wrote your article.” Even the abbreviation of the phrase – GIYF – receives about 25,400 hits” (Halavais i). Well, at least this amount was closer. On November 6, 2007 at 7:05 PM, I typed in that phrase, and the number of hits was only a little off this time. It was 22,700 hits.

Search engines explained

The article goes on and mentions that “A website presents a box in which we type a few words we presume are relevant, and the engine produces a list of pages that contain that combination of words. In practice, this interface with the person, while important, is only one of three parts of what makes up a search engine” (Halavais 6). “The production of the database queries by the web form requires first that information about web pages be gathered from around the web, and that this collection of data be processed in such way that a page’s relevance to a particular set of keywords may be determined” (Halavais 6). This holds true because when I want to search for something like “quotes about friendship”, the search engine gives me tons of results and most of them are very helpful in finding the information that I am looking for.

Has search engines changed us?

In your opinion, “how search engines have changed us” (Halavais 15), what do you mean precisely? Do you mean that they have changed us for the better or worse or are you asking if a search engine a useful tool? In my opinion, I believe that a search engine is a useful tool but will become even more useful when it is available on more than computers and cellular phones.

Digital Natives

What do the terms digital natives mean? As quoted by Wikipedia, “A digital native is a person who has grown up with digital technology such as computers, the Internet, mobile phones and MP3. I am going to put a plug in my blog and say: “For more information about Digital Natives go to Marc Prensky’s website to learn more.” His site has a list of books he has written and the topics that are mentioned in each of his books.


Do you self-google? “Self-googling, person brand management, ego-surfing – all describe the act of monitoring one’s own image as reflected by the major search engines” (Halavais 34). Is this what you are trying to do Professor Halavais? Is it your intent to have us talk about your article so that you can get more “Google Juice” on your website because you like self-googling yourself. Well, I think that you are very cleaver.

When I ran track in high school, I use to type my name and town into a Google’s search engine to try to find out where I ranked in meets. I was a sprinter all through high school and when I found my name on Cool Running’s Website, it made me feel all special and warm inside because I found my name in articles and in newspaper websites. I loved reading about what place I came in. Now, when I try and search for myself, I do not find myself on any websites. I guess I need to become famous some so I can self-google.

Online Networking

This is becoming popular today with the Internet booming with sites like Facebook, and Myspace. “Judith Donath (2004) has pioneered the use of the term “Sociable Media” which she defines as those media that “enhance communication and the formation of social ties among people” (Halavais 46). “The search capability of many social networking systems is really two sides of the same coin: finding information about people you know, and finding people based on certain characteristics” (Halavais 53). I do this on a daily basis. I have an account on Facebook where I can search for people who went to undergraduate school with me, high school friends, or people who are in my currently in my classes. I really like this application because it helps me be in contact with others. I can do this by sending messages to their “Wall” or even contacting them by instant messaging if they actually post it on their profile.

Eight design desiderata for search user interfaces

Are we talking about the class ICM 502 or what? In Visual Aesthetics class, we are using a book called Nielsen, J. & Loranger H. (2006) Prioritizing Web Usability. New Riders Press, Berkeley CA. This quote from the article called Finding the flow in web site search written by Marti Hearst, Ame Elliot, Jennifer English, Rashmi Sinha, Kirsten Swearingen, and Ka-Ping Yee makes me think about the book we are reading for Visual Aesthetics. The book we are reading talks about how to design webpages that are user friendly. The quote is “Strive for consistency; offer informative feedback; offer simple error handling; permit easy reversal of actions; support user control; reduce short-term memory load; design for closure; and provide shortcuts for experts” (Hearst et al 45). I found this quote interesting because for my Visual Aesthetic class, I am design a personal portfolio website. I will use this information as I develop my website to make it more user friendly.

White Paper Outline

Posted On November 9, 2007

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Michele Aulenti
Jessica Fine
Derek Varga


1. What are the current tribulations and dilemmas in computer mediated dating?

2. What are the positives resulting from online dating?

3. What are the current issues and circumstances in face to face dating?

The Bias of Online Dating

1. One of the major problems in online dating has been predators and pedophiles preying on young adolescents and young adults.

2. Many Internet users lie about anything from their appearance, age, geographical location, income, anything in order to enhance an opportunity to date someone online, thereby deceiving the person they are trying to court.

3. With face to face dating, there is a more immediate connection with the person, where as the Internet almost acts as a filter between the dating participants.

4. By putting personal information and pictures online, protection of privacy and staying safe has become a real risk factor among the online dating scene.

5. What are the methods of online dating and how do they differ between adolescents and adults? How does exposure to different types of applications or websites (AOL chats, match.com, etc.) sway the way they choose to date?

Coverage does Matter

1. Accuracy is of utmost importance when covering sensitive issues, such as pedophilia in the world of online dating. It’s important in order to warn and not scare those who are interesting in the online dating scene.

2. By revealing a wealth of information about online dating, facts will be extracted in order to shed light upon associated stigma.

3. Information about online dating seems to be more accurate and relevant in published articles and blogs, rather than books, since the subject is relatively new.

4. A comparison between how much emphasis is put on the potential positive results of using an online dating service versus the emphasis on the potential negatives (in the form of warnings, etc.)

5. A comparison between how much emphasis is put on the potential positive results of being apart of face-to-face dating versus the emphasis on the potential negatives (in the form of warnings, etc.)

6. Ending relationships online versus face-to-face relationships.

Articles available about our subject of online dating

1. There is a significant amount of information available in shorter online scholarly sources.

2. Many published books have been found which can aid in putting this research paper together.

3. The longest articles are in the areas of managing impressions online and the reasons why people choose to online date.

4. Some of the most recent articles mention the popularity of online dating within dating websites.

5. Online dating coverage has become very popular since the emergence of popular sites such as match.com for example, and how people within our society have been successful with these types of sites.

Computer mediated online dating versus face-to-face dating

1. What are the major differences?

2. What are the dangers?

3. What are the advantages?

4. How does online dating work? Do users prefer chat rooms versus registered dating sites?

5. How does face-to-face dating work? Do people meet at work? Clubs? Bars? Libraries?

6. How fast does an online relationship progress as compared to a face-to-face relationship?

7. How do one-night encounters compare in online versus in real life?

8. At what point does online dating move to a first face-to-face encounter?

9. What is it like for teenagers to date online? What about teens dating face-to-face?

10. What is it like for adults to date online? What about adults dating face-to-face?

Risks and Responsibilities

1. Do the businesses that own these websites have just as much of a responsibility (or should they), to ensure the safety and privacy of their clients?

2. What common cautionary measures do online and internet dating share?

3. There might be an issue with the importance of information the articles have regarding our subject.

4. Examination of the attempts of online networks and dating sites to separate minors from adults, and their effectiveness.

5. Privacy policies and agreements of online networks and dating sites that users agree to when they sign up.


1. The full truth, the good and the bad, about online dating will be revealed in this white paper.

2. The vast differences between adults and teens dating online will be exposed.

3. The risks will be made prevalent about interacting online with strangers and possible pedophiliacs.

4. Face-to-face dating will be compared with online to show the similarities and differences, in hopes of raising the stigma of online dating.

5. Online works provide a good gauge of coverage, but we are not using these sources as prime sources.

6. Will our topic become more prevalent in published books in the future?

7. What is the outcome of online dating participants? Who (teenagers or adults) will be apart of this outcome?

8. What approaches will be taken if matters of online dating will become a problem in the future (e.g. pedophiles and privacy)?

Are you always on the go? Got an iPod handy?

Posted On November 6, 2007

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Do you hate sitting in front your computer listening to podcasts? You can listen to my audio post on the go. Wow! Cool! How would someone go about doing this? You can do this by clicking the “Subscribe to itunes” link on my Podango page. Then, it will automatically download the podcast to iTunes. I hope you enjoy my audio post.

Article about Mylifebits

Posted On November 4, 2007

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Here an article about Mylifebits. I found it very interesting. 


What is Locative Media?

Posted On November 4, 2007

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Here is a definition of locative media from wikipedia.


A picture is worth a thousand words, so they say…(audio post)

Posted On November 4, 2007

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This is my response paper for this week. Here is my audio post. It takes a little bit of time to load because it is almost twelve minutes long.

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