Electronic communication

Blogs and social networks

Blogs

Blogs can be described as online journals. There are blogs on every subject, at every level, and in many languages. Many universities have official bloggers. At Glasgow Caledonian University the Librarians have a blog called Library news to keep students informed. One of the easiest ways to create a blog is via a site like WordPress which offers free blog spaces. Blogs are usually informal and written in the active voice. A blog is easy to start, can reach a very wide audience, can be used as a reflective journal and can bring you in contact with similarly minded people. However, they can also be time consuming to maintain, can bring you unwelcome responses via comments, and are often opinion rather than fact.

Social networks

Your digital footprint looks at some of the pitfalls of social networking. The main sites are FaceBook and Twitter, where posts are limited to 140 characters. The style on all of them tends to be very informal, although some use is made by organisations. The library has two Twitter accounts, @SaltireCentre for what's new in the Saltire Centre and @ASKGCU for student enquiries. The main thing to remember is that you may not own the content and may not be able to remove it in the future. Many people prefer to use instant messaging (like MSN and BBM) to keep in touch. There are many examples of problems in the press but social networks also have many advantages. They are a good way to keep in touch with friends, they can showcase individual and organisational talents, and they can create new communities.

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