Archive for February, 2010

February 18, 2010

Q&A: A snapshot of Joanne Clark’s life

As Joanne Clark (the sweet innocent little girl pictured right) turns 20 this weekend, I interview her twitter style, getting an insight into her life in short snapshots. Born in Ascot and raised in Bracknell Joanne is the first from her family to go into higher education and is now enjoying life at Bournemouth University but is it all what she expected?

Q: When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grow up?

A: I used to want to be a vet, because I love animals and used to watch RSPCA and want to be like them! But then I realised I hated blood so it didn’t happen.

Q: So you’re now a Bournemouth University student studying BA (Hons) Communication & Media, what made you chose the University and the course?

A: I chose Bournemouth because I knew it had good nightlife and a good campus, I realised at sixth form that I wanted to work in the media and do a course that was media orientated. So this course suited me as I didn’t know exactly what part of the media I wanted to be involved in.

Q: Did the University and the course live up to your expectations?

A: Yes, the first year was a bit all over the place but the second year is much more what I expected although it is a bit more stressful! Although I do wish I lived in halls instead of a house in my first year as I would have had the opportunity to meet more people.

Q: What would you say is your most memorable moment so far at University?

A: There are many things I could say but not sure if I want them to be on the internet! Most of them are probably when I’m out and about usually in Lava Ignite.

Q: Have you thought about what you want to do when you graduate?

A: Hopefully something in PR or advertising, I would love to work in fashion PR for a brand like Arcadia. I want to secure a good job and be successful so I can buy nice things.

Q: So as your approaching 20 is your life the way you expected it to be?

A: Yes, I always wanted to go to University, and I’m the first out of my family to go.

Q: What would you say is one of your best moments of the last 20 years?

A: Probably my 18th birthday when I was spoilt rotten! Or holidays, there are so many memories I can’t pick one!

Q: So what’s the future like for Joanne Clark?

A: When I graduate I want to go travelling, I really want to go to New York and maybe live there for a year or so, and I want to live and work in London.


February 18, 2010

Timeline: History of social networking sites

In the last decade the evolution of social networking sites has been remarkable. Google is now jumping on the bandwagon and taking on competitors such as Facebook and Twitter with the launch of Googlebuzz. But how did social networking all begin? Let’s take a look at a few of the social networking sites of the past decade which have been dominating the web.

1995 was launched by Randy Conrad in the United states. The website was created to allow people to keep in touch with their friends and acquaintances.


Friends Reunited was conceived by Steve and Julie Pankhurst from Hertfordshire, their curiosity about what their old school friends were doing and the US website inspired them to fill the gap in the UK market.


Habbo (previously known as Habbo Hotel) was launched in 2001 in the UK. It is aimed at teenagers and is owned by Sulake Corporation.


Friendster was launched by Jonathan Abrams and Chris Emmanuel in California.


Myspace was launched in 2003 and is owned by News Corporation. In 2006 it was the most popular social networking site in the US, however it was overtaken by Facebook in 2008.


Facebook was launched in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg who founded the website with his fellow college students whilst studying at Harvard University. In 2009 ranked Facebook as the words most well used social networking site.


Bebo was founded in January 2005 by Michael and Xochi Birch and was relaunched in July of that year. The title is an acronym for “Blog early, blog often” and is currently owned by AOL.


Twitter was founded by Jack Dorsey in California, and allows its users to send and receive messages of up to 140 characters known as “tweets”.


Google launches Google buzz which is integrated into G mail, it will be the second attempt to compete in the social networking world. Google buzz claims to allow users to share photos, videos, updates and more.

February 11, 2010

Sky news…the first for breaking news?

Sky news online claims to be “the first for breaking news” but to what extent is this actually true? This brief website analysis will assess the website in relation to its searchability, usability, navigation, design, content, video, audio, interactivity and user-generated content.


The website is easy to find as it is the top website when googled.


The news stories are easily accessible, and videos are effectively used to support the news stories and are quick to load. Despite the home page being filled with content, it does not overwhelm the reader.


The navigation tabs are placed at the top left of the web page, in a clear font listing the genres of news such as “Politics” and “Showbiz News”. Each tab has lists the top stories of the genre, highlighting stories as “breaking news” which adds an element of exclusivity.


The design is simple yet effective, using the brand’s three colours red, black and white, which adds continuity throughout the website. The font is clear and easy to read and all text is either black on white or white on black, making it clear and prominent.


The content is varied, offering national news as well as international news with various stories which are catagorised in the navigation.


Video footage is used effectively, the tops stories use video footage which loads instantly and supports the content of the story. In the navigation there is a tab named “video” which takes you to the latest Sky News video three minute bulletin. It also lists tabs such as “most watched” and “UK news” allowing the reader to instantly find what they are looking for.


Each video is accompanied by audio of a high quality.


The website consists of several blogs on different topic, such as family affairs and crime. Each blog is updated regularly and each one has comments suggesting they are effective in triggering responses.

User-generated content

Within the navaigation bar there are two tabs named “your videos” and “your photos”, where the users can upload personal videos and photos. The videos are also catagorised in to tabs such as “most watched” and “weather” allowing easy access to the material.