11/15/2004

Blogging Technology

In an article on MSNBC new blogging technology is discussed. With new technology could it make our class blogs easier? One of the new technologies is a program that is called Flickr. It is a program that interacts with blogging websites and allows the user to add effects to their blogs. It has the capability for you to take a picture with your camera phone or your video camera and send the file to Flickr and they will attach it to a blog of your choice. There is also some technology called AudBlog that will allow you to call a phone number and leave a four minute message which in minutes is uploaded to a webpage blog and then you can hear your audio blog online. Could this technology make our blogging assignments easier if we were allowed to use this kind of technology? If not easier then more exciting?

9 comments:

Janet said...

I definately think that this new technology could add some fun and excitement to blogging. Sometimes you want to incorporate a picture of your own to help with your blog but you cannot. This will help people to have more fun with it instead of just writing.

Bruce Banner said...

Adding new technology make blogging more interesting if there was video or pictures attached to it.

Taber Wolrab said...

I think it would make blogging a lot more interesting. I am one who doesn't care for sitting down and reading text after text without pictures or sound. Of course, this technology will not affect our class, but I think it will be great for future classes and future bloggers. I think AudBlog would be very effective for people who can express themselves better verbally than by writing.

Julie said...

Are we losing our ability to read without pictures and audio? I hope not. Will the focus of blogs be more on the pictures and not the words and the ideas behind those words? And what about our writing skills? If all we would need to do is talk into a phone to post a blog, how would that improve our ability to write well? As it is, most college students lack exceptional writing skills, myself included. One of the good things about blogging for our class is that it's a way to get students writing in a class that usually doesn't require a lot of it.

Callie said...

I agree that this new technology would be awesome, but I agree with Julie! Let's not lose our abilities to write efficiently and effectively. The only thing I really wanted to say about this was that I hope these new blogging ideas include spelling and grammar check! I am disgusted and embarrassed by the lack of writing abilities our class is currently displaying for the entire internet community! I don’t blame Dr. Tufte for knocking off points for this!

natty said...

I agree with Julie and Callie. For the most part, I feel the blogging experience has been beneficial, however, I also think it has been abused. It seems that some people write hurried, meaningless comments in an attempt to get extra credit points. Where is the learning in that?

Bryce Larkin said...

I think this is a great idea for blogging. With this technology, it can make blogging more interesting. The only problem is will students do more for the same amount of points. I think that alone would be a good experiment, trying to find the equilibrium for supply and demand of these new types of blogs.

Maudi said...

This idea of audblog is quite intrigueing. Sometimes we have a hard time portraying our message with just words. How much easier it would be if we could share our insight through vocal messages.

Dr. Tufte said...

-1 for spelling mistakes on Janet and Maudi's comments.

Sorry folks ... I don't seem to remember the School of Business Advisory Board saying that you needed more help in posting pictures, or leaving glorified answering machine messages. I do seem to recall something in there about writing though.

I do think that there is occassionally a role for this sort of thing. But personally, I get really annoyed at websites that take a lot of time to download - and audio and video would increase that time greatly.

BTW: there are already pay blogging services that have these features (and spell checking too Callie). But ... I use a freebie for class (and you probably won't hold that against me).

Oh, and as far as the weak comments go, I think this ignores the fact that somehow I got you people to read something that you ordinarily wouldn't have. I wish I could get extra credit for that too.