The Modern Painting: Data Visualization

Data can be seen as a raw material to work with, to mold with the digital tools we are given today: our virtual pick, chisel and hammers. We can sculpt a visual representation of something intangible: information. A graph can in seconds convey the story that would take minutes to read or tell. It unpacks relationships and places them before our eyes to see. Unfair wage gaps can be put on paper (or on screen), suicide rates illustrated into shapes and forms everyone can understand. Data visualization strips away mysticism in numbers. It is about transparency, clarity and simplifying that which was previously obfuscated. Data journalists are thus making data into art in the most minimal fashion possible. They do not wish to confuse you but to speak to you directly and get the point across in the most streamlined way that they can. Clean cut lines. Direct and to the point. Unembellished. They are the modernists who turn the intangible into the visible. What data journalists construct isn’t a mere visual aid to speak in front of and point to. These pieces can stand alone and tell a complex story. It will unravel itself to you as you look at it and make the necessary connections same as you would gaze at a painting.

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Open Data in Journalism

The access to the open data in a country is becoming a crucial factor for the journalism and the social media is a huge source for data.

For example, the data from some social website should provide their data to the journalism or even normal user as they have the right to know it.

In the finest developed a new world everything is becoming clear in front of people.  People are extremely wanted to have the information that they should have. For example, they don’t have the concept about the message on Facebook, how the website keeps their security, how many messages were sent every year, it is interesting to know in order to track the development of Internet. This can also be useful to the students who study marketing or computer science. For example, in China, Sina Weibo had given its report to the public every year about the utilisation of the blog. Therefore, we are able to get the access to the information of how the internet is widely used what for what reason people are using it. I do think it’s a healthy way to publish this data. By doing this, the journalists are also able to have the idea about where and how they could arrange the news. Also, they can have the idea about the occupations and the age of people who get access to a media, and them news videos can be better performed by customers. Therefore, the open data in journalism is really important and those data should be publicised.

“Mining through the data: Looking for stories within numbers”

With a plethora of information at our fingertips, it isn’t necessary to have an event happen to have a worthwhile story to tell. Much like man’s evolution, we as journalists have abandoned hunting and gathering data. We have become far more sedentary. So settle down as you can find story ideas via data analysis from the comfort of your own desk! Filtering this flow of data is now the prominent way to investigate current matters. We are digital argriculturists. This change in practices entails a change in skills in order to excel and keep up with the digital revolution. Creating infographics, charts, and visuals is of imperative importance in order for your viewer to understand the story you’ve come to craft with the data analysis you’ve conducted. A great example of job well done is Bloomberg. A notable article is “The Most Dangerous Jobs in America” accessible here: https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-dangerous-jobs/ It turns simple known facts into an interactive serving of a story on the risks associated with your employment in the US. Considering the perpetual flux of information, having vibrant visuals and clear imagery grasps the reader’s attention and delivers research as a narrative form. Finally, what makes this sort of journalism even more effective is that you can quickly share these facts on social networking sites, where your target doesn’t necessary have to plow through a paragraph to pluck out the desired info.

Who received your very first photo on Snapchat?

Unlike other social media networks such as Facebook or Instagram, Snapchat’s is more private and casual. Photos, texts and short videos, with creative doodles and stickers are impermanent to share current thoughts or what you’re doing now with close friends and it won’t leave a trace on the Internet, in opposite with traditional broadcast-style of social media, it’s more desired by younger generations. This is when network effect kicked in. “when it comes to messaging apps, the more friends you have on it, the more useful and entertaining the app is,” said Ian Kar.(2016)

At first when it was launched, it may seems like another app for juvenile, however, according to the research by eMarketer, the users age is going up.

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When parents starts to use Snapchat in order to send and receive from their teenage children, the network is expending among users of different ages. After you give permission to run across your contact list and starts to invite your friends to use it as well, the network is spreading quickly. In 2016, according to eMarketer, “Snapchat’s US user base will jump by 27.2% to 58.6 million users. Snapchat’s growth rate far exceeds that of mobile messaging in general—the category as a whole will grow by 16% in the US this year.”

Only within a few years, Snapchat is going viral in not only the US but worldwide. 

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Answer on Quora by Sanjay Sabnani: <https://www.quora.com/What-is-a-simple-explanation-for-why-Snapchat-has-strong-network-effects-advantages&gt;

Does network bring people closer or even more far away?

Mum: Girl, it’s time for bed. Please turn off your laptop and go to bed. It’s 12:00am right now.

Me: Alright mum. *shutting down my laptop, switch off the bedroom light. And, is phone time!

Remember how are we falling asleep while holding your mobile phone in the middle of the night? Nowadays, most of us will go through our mobile phone before we close our eyes at night. Just like scrolling our Facebook pages for any updates from friends, see almost every photos and video that posted from friends or secret admirers at Instagram, replied all personal email or company email before a new day started, or even updated News from the website.

The revolutions of network computers to tablets or smartphone have change people’s lifestyle which has become more efficient and increases the productivity of doing works. The Computer History Museum has shown us the revolution of timeline for the first 2000 years of computing which has changed our world. (http://www.computerhistory.org/revolution/timeline)

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Besides that, mobile operating system like IOS (iPhone Operating System) has also rebuilding by Steve Jobs in the earlier the year of 1997 which running the popular iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. (http://allaboutstevejobs.com/bio/timeline.php) As nowadays, the world is in a higher technology status. Everyone choose a smartphone rather than an oldies mobile phone or cell phone.

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In short, this social networking society has become the key of communicator with each other nowadays. These are the better way to make us stay connect with the world and expand the networking by innovating the technology, no matter you are having a laptops or computers or even smart phones.

How to range webpage better by collecting feedback?

At the development of the digital media, people have more and more access to the news and other information.  They are even free to talk about their idea about the news by comments. And social media indeed find the feedback of the readers becoming more and more important. At the same time relating to the same news, different people in different countries have different ideas about it. Therefore, it is also really important to collect these feedback from people and analyse them. The paper introduced us Journalism 2.0, the new technology to analyse and making the news.

The research found out that the number of the comment related to the type of the news the pattern of the news and even the position of the news on the website. By using the new technique Journalism 2.0, most of the website make the full use of this principal. The minatory or important news will be put with the big title and in the centre of the website.  At the same time, they will choose the least concerned news at the bottom or in the corner.  By doing this they could attract as much audience as possible. At the same time, by analyzing the comments and feedback, the web page can figure out people’s attitude to the news. In order to let more people to participate in the news and activities, more work has to be done in the future years in collecting people’s feedback. The application of the new technology is a good idea for this.

Better Innovation From Networks

When you work as a white-collar  worker, you will often hear people giving you advice to “go out and start networking.” It sounds cliche, but if the ones who said it are your superiors with incomes ten times bigger than yours, then it is an advice that you should try to abide.

However, this advice works not just when you’re a white-collar worker. It is also applicable in the technology or startup industry when developing new technologies in order to innovate effectively. This approach is referred as ‘Open Innovation.’

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Henry Chesbrough who coined the term ‘Open Innovation’ describes it as a …more distributed, more participatory, more decentralized approach to innovation that will eventually help to create better innovations. In another article, Chesbrough mentions that the research & development team of a company should utilise external networks to complement their work, which eventually will create better innovations.

While I’ve never worked in a tech or startup company before, I must agree to this idea by Chesbrough. Having external networks will help create better innovations because the companies will gain better insights on what it’s like to be a user. Let’s say you want to develop an app for food delivery. You ought to have external networks to know what else your targeted audiences need, what do they think is lacking from other services, how they would they like to have their food delivered, etc.

It’s just a thought. But if you want to make a better world, for both you and your consumer, then start networking.

TO INNOVATE; NETWORK.

Innovations don’t happen in isolation. This week I’ve found that social networks are vital to new product development. Organisations must understand the various aspects and or benefits different networks can provide and where they can receive this leverage. Otherwise they’re doomed.

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We know that consumers have twenty-four hour access to their phones, in addition, the Internet and social media. This access allows consumers to easily share information and or opinions to their networks. Market research has found that there are consumers who may be ‘lead users’ as well as ‘crowdsourcing’ groups that are beneficial as their inputs and involvement create greater product prosperity in the development stage. An example of this is Nokia’s Open Innovation Challenge, an international platform that is supported by consumer-generated feedback and comments, on product requests, queries and or suggestions.

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A lead-user would be a person that has a certain level of expertise in the specific area whom I would be more likely to trust and or take opinions from. A lead-user, would have high betweenness centrality to the organisation. Meaning that their level of influence is high and their impact can have both positive or negative effects as they may ‘obstruct, meditate or facilitate knowledge flows from one actor to another’

Lead-users also act as a leverage for organisations, as they indicate and suggest ways that could help them during their product development. Listening and focusing on what they want in a product, could be the very thing that leads the organisation to identify and spark an idea of a new product For example, if lead-users on their blogs, are discussing the benefits of a phone but then state how another brand has a great feature, the company can take this as a lead, and if there is further confirmation and demands for this development, the company can take this feedback and implement changes.

Leads are leading the way, marketers must make sure, they are following that lead.

“From QWERTY to touchscreen: the flattening of our keyboards”

One of the biggest hurdles we’ve have to overcome to consider ourselves early adopters of digital technology is the pressing of the plane of our 20th century typewriters. “They’ve taken our beloved buttons!” you would hear their outcry when switching from a Blackberry Curve to an iPhone 3g. Now, being an early adopter comes with many challenges. To face them says a lot about your character. “How ever will I type?” you must of thought to yourself. You used to write paragraphs seamlessly under your desk with the help of T9 texting or the QWERTY keypad of your extension of self, your BB, cool, unnoticed. Now when looking directly at the screen, you’re having difficulty typing out a simple sentence. So, why suffer? Because you understand that this innovation will soon become the norm so you must possess an open mind, accept change as it comes, learn to adapt, and have the courage to take on a challenge when the rest remain reluctant.

Also, there were benefits involved to switching to this new technology: iMessage. The fact that you could use wifi to send messages free of charge instead of forking out 30 cents a message seemed more than appealing. This switch occurred due to the network effect. Early adopters helped speed the diffusion process.  Furthermore, the early adopter is usually respected by his or her peers and has a reputation for successful and discrete use of new ideas (Rogers, 1971). Such goes the saying “all the cool kids are doing it,” when asked why are you jumping on the bandwagon. The network effect generated by iMessage was a successful one considering if you were to see a green bubble on the receiving end you wouldn’t help it but shrug.

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Rogers, E.M. and Shoemaker, F.F., 1971. Communication of Innovations; A Cross-Cultural Approach.

We’re All Content Creators Now!

Are you on social media? If you are, even if it’s only Facebook or Instagram, then congratulations, you are among the millions of content creators on the internet!

Content creators on the internet commonly create user-generated content, which according to this article, can be defined as content generated by users that has the potential to create engagement.

If we are going with this definition, then the content can range differently according to the social media that the users use. It can be a status on Facebook, a tweet on Twitter, a photo posted on Instagram, a video on YouTube, etc.

Since I’m mostly active on Twitter, I find that Twitter has the potential to be the best social networking sites for user-generated content. Not only that it’s real time (for spreading the news) and its content is easy to find (with hashtags and keywords), the meme and the humour on Twitter are the best (because 4chan is reserved for twisted minded people)

Take this recent twitter thread that can be considered as one of the culturally relevant, bridging two different cultures in one thread, and entertaining as well.

In short, we are all now content creators on the internet, but if you want to have more fun with other content creators, you should visit Twitter soon (I swear I’m not getting paid for this)