Web 4.0 – Facebook owning the 4th dimension

Much like a real estate giant or tycoon owning every physical lot in sight, so does FB own every relevant platform in the online world. Facebook has covered all the corners, from how you391ee12077ba9cabd10e476d8b8c022b network with your social cirle, to where you choose to communicate (Whats app, FB messenger), where you express yourself (Instagram), and where you game (Oculus Rift). As Zuckerberg goes shopping buying out mobile tech companies we see a privatization of the digital landscape. What is concerning is that this digital behemoth owns all the data that is being produced on said platforms. They have become the ultimate landlord. As the SNS has grown much larger and has surpassed its original purpose, it comes to not only own spaces in which others operate; they have complete access to all those interactions occurring within. What is fearful is that years ago films such as Gamer showed us how we can have a ‘virtual self’ or an avatar if you will on the fourth dimension where we can all play together socially thanks to the networked effect. Shortly, that won’t only be possible, it will be the norm, and Facebook will own that digital imprint, your digital soul. More on how “you don’t own your online life” can be found: HERE


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.

The decline of Renren Network and Wechat rise.

Renren Network as regarded a Chinese Facebook launched in 2005, but it doesn’t have a long-term development as Facebook. Actually, in recent years, there are almost no one using Renren, Renren has been replaced by Wechat. I remember after I entered college that I no more used Renren, it was that year, Wechat was launched.These are two completely different products, but why one appeared make another destroyed.



I think there are several reasons. Firstly, Wechat is a mobile terminal software, but Renren still stay in post-portal era. Secondly, Wechat as a instant message software also has strong communication function. ‘Moments’ is an important feature of Wechat and it is the reason of Wechat instead of Renren. ‘Moments’ in Wechat Chinese edition named ‘Friends circle’. You can upload pictures, short videos and words on it, and you also can share music news or blog from other app on ‘Moments’. The most important is that you can set each friend rights, like who can see your ‘Moments’ and who can’t. Even you can divided your friends into different groups, show different group different things. In most social app, the comment is public part, but in ‘Moments’ comments only can be seen by mutual friends.

To some extent, Wechat more satisfied the needs of modern people. They sometimes want to share their life, but sometimes want to keep the privacy space in internet world. Renren exposure to personal privacy too much. Renren may similar to Facebook, but it lose its lable when it change name from Xiaonei(it means find schoolmates) to Renren.