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Jolly Ranchers, Chipotle, and the ARPAnet

I really liked today’s group. They have almost everything done and it looks really good.

They incorporated Jolly Ranchers and Chipotle in order for us to participate which I thought was awesome! And innovative! Just like the ARPAnet!

I think the highlight of the presentation was the Youtube video they created. They found a diverse amount of students, visitors and faculty to answer some basic questions that their project answers. It was really funny. However, it is important to point out that this is what most people know about the ARPAnet, which isn’t much.

Hopefully, their final timeline will reach out to many people so that they learn about the history of the internet and how it came to be!

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Up in the Cloud(s)

I think today’s group was really prepared and a topic that is definitely one our class hass to learn about because it is being pushed so much by tech companies.

I remember about six years ago when I got my second computer. I remember having to save all of my files onto CDs so that I could still have my embarrassing 6th grade pictures for the future. It was such a pain to move 4 years worth of files onto CDs. And it is crazy to think that I won’t have to save my files onto CDs when some popular computers like the MacBook Pro don’t even have a function to put in a CD. Now, all I have to use are different clouds like Google Drive and DropBox.

When we were talking about videogames and game consoles, I look forward to when I can play again Nintendo 64’s Pokemon Stadium from any other console. However, I don’t think it would be the same experience because the console controllers added to that experience. But being able to play it similarly like I did when I was younger will be priceless!

All things aside, the Cloud is such a great idea, making our lives so much easier and practical.

No more saving old files onto CDs!!

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Chatroulette…

In November 2009 a 17 year old high school student in Moscow, Russia, named Andrey Ternovsky decided to create Chatroulette. It took him two days and two nights to build the site. He based this site after his experience on Skype. The name he gave to his site was based off a movie called The Deer Hunter in which Vietnam War prisoners are forced to play Russian roulette.

Chatroulette is based off webcam conversations. Users are paired with others around the globe. They can view the person through webcams and they can either start a conversation on the spot or click next and be paired with someone else through their webcams, an online form of speed dating. Even though, the site has a reputation of being the space for people being disrespectful towards other users by displaying their body, many have claimed to meet their partners on this site and its free!!

 

okCupid

This site was launched on March 5, 2004. It was founded by Chris Coyne, Christian Rudder, Sam Yagan, and Max Krohn who were Harvard students. It started off when they created TheSpark.com, we also know it now as SparkNotes.com. In TheSpark.com users were able to take a test and were later matches with other users who had taken the test. They then expanded this and created okCupid.

“He was yelling, ‘Dude! I have the best idea for a website! You would go to it and there would be a big ‘blind date’ button. You’d click on the button and the site would give you the name of the person you’d meet, the time and the location. What do you think?’” Yagan says.

Yagan and Coyne tried to differentiate themselves from Match.com and eHarmony.com on the way they matched people by using mathematics instead of using psychology. They used users’ deal breaker responses as the basis of their match making.

Many people use this site not only to date but also to create friendships. There used to be a very active blogging community. Members who pay membership fees are considered A-list members.  They see no advertising and are able to choose whether or not their profile are viewed by those members they visit on the site themselves. Otherwise, the website is free.

In order to match people, okCupid bases its algorithm on the users’ activities and answers to questions. When a user answers a question, he/she rates possible answers based on what they prefer and these answers can be viewed by other users if they wish.

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The Future of Online Dating???

As for what the future holds for online dating..we are not sure. Many online dating experts like Sam Yagan, one of OKCupid’s four founders, says it will be mobile. People will be using apps in order to meet new people. However, current apps only allow for hookups and not long term relationships. Most of future online dating will be based on dating your social graph, that is meeting people that are friends of friends of friends of friends.

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This is Sam Yagan one of the founders of okCupid. He sold it to Match.com for 50 million dollars.

I used this Forbes article to do this post. Its really good! Check it out!!

Tomorrow, my group and I will be presenting to the class. I hope everyone enjoys it and helps my group and I build on our project even more!

 

Media Credit:
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Socialitical-tweeeetttt!

I LOVED TODAY’S PANEL!

I really like how this group has meshed together our class with politics. This is what I’m trying to do with my TEDxEunji blog series, so check it out!

I’m a political science major so they brought a topic that I found very interesting and something that we are prone to day to day. I think its awesome how Obama or even Pope Francis use social media platforms to get their message out. People don’t read the news every day, so by going on their Facebook or Twitter just for a couple of minutes they could be informes about issues and the stance of their leaders on certain issues.

I really do think that social media does affect the way we vote. People vote on values, so if they see something on twitter about a politician they don’t like, they are prone to changing their mind, maybe not radically, but somehwat about the person they want to vote for.

I’m looking forward to the final product of this group! Good job!!

 

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STOP Cyberbullying

On the video we saw about cyberbullying I thought it was interesting how many people ran away from the situation. However, if they would be in the same position they would’ve liked someone to stand up for them.

I think it is important for the group to look for cyberbullying in different cultures. This is important because different cultures behave differently. Different types of people tend to behave as a group and others rather individually.

This topic is very important, and something we should all look out and find a way to stop it. And, as we’ve said before, its starts with us. If we don’t bully others we can take a small step towards this horrible phenomenon.

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App usage!

Last week, we had the first group present to us what they’re working on.

I really liked how they’ve decided to talk about the impacts of apps on our mobile usage.
I think this group would benefit at looking at statistics in other countries and how they differ from those in the US.
However, the group should narrow down their research so it becomes more focused.

I’m looking forward to presenting my project next week!

Keep it up everyone!

First computerized dating service EVER!!: Operation Match

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In 1965, Jack Tarr and Vaughan Morrill, students at Harvard University, began the first computer dating service called Operation Match.

Interestingly enough, before building Operation Match, they had a conversation in which they discussed that computers would not help the fact that they dreaded mixers and blind dates.

These two partners knew that in Europe companies were arranging marriages through the use of technology and making money off of this. They also knew that these technologies were often used at some mixers (from which Tarr was tired of coming home alone from) for similar, more college environment purposes.

They decided to create a questionnaire that asked students to answer questions about themselves and about their perfect partner.

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Students would then fill these out and return them with a $3 subscription fee.

By late February of 1965 they started advertising their service.

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In March of 1965, the founders realized they weren’t receiving enough money to keep up with the work and actually profit from it.
Morrill was contacted by the CBS show “To Tell The Truth” so that he could appear on it, he quickly responded to the offer as it would boost their business and possibly give it the popularity they needed in order for it to be a success.
Soon after that Vicki Albright, a UCLA 19 year old, was selected as the Law School’s Woman of the Year, who had appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine a couple of weeks earlier. Tarr and Morrill decided to sponsor her visit to Harvard and decided to match her with Harvard men using their dating service. She was matches with Kevin Lewis and pictures of them appeared on the Associated Press and other media like the L.A. Times and the Houston Post.
With so much esposare the amount of cuestionares they received doubled and they set up offices in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Bloomington Boston, and Chicago. However, this rapad expansion hurth their business with only 70 responses in Bloomington and a lack of responses in Boston.

Subscribers would punch their answers to IBM cards, and then a 1790 Avco computer would grab all questionnaires and match similar answers. Then, in a couple of days, subscribers would receive computer print outs with the names of six people and their phone numbers, addresses and graduating years.

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Just six months after its launch, they had already made $270K. When they sold Operation Match in 1968 they already had over one million users.

Media credits:
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TEDxEunji: Fact/Fiction

I really liked this TED talk, I had never watched it but the title of it stood out for me as I was browsing through the videos. The title of this talk is Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online. This title stood out because this practice was the first thing we were assigned to do as part of this course. We had to look for articles related to our topics. These articles had to follow the CRAAP (still can’t get over that name) guidelines: current, relevant, authority, accuracy, and purpose. As I searched for interesting yet CRAAP approved articles, I encountered articles that weren’t very reliable.

Markham Nolan is a journalist in the Ireland. At the begginning of his TED talk, Nolan points out how the relationship with the media has changed. Before the audience would react to news. Now, journalist react to the audience.  This same audience  helps them find the news. The internet has allowed this relationship to change. The audience can now help journalists figure out how to react to news and what is the best angle to take. We, make these news outlets now what it is we want to hear. This practice has evolved because it is through the internet that this happens quick, in real time.

Nolan tells us that today, even though there is a greater flow of information, there are free internet tools that help us verify the legitimacy of our sources allowing us to filter the truth from the lies.

I would like to end this post quoting Nolan’s closing statement of his TED talk.

“But here’s the thing. Algorithms are rules. They’re binary. They’re yes or no, they’re black or white.Truth is never binary. Truth is a value. Truth is emotional, it’s fluid, and above all, it’s human. No matter how quick we get with computers, no matter how much information we have, you’ll never be able to remove the human from the truth-seeking exercise, because in the end, it is a uniquely human trait.”

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