I was surprised to see how many wed site there were that centered around processing statistical data. As I discovered from taking the Research in Kinesiology class, a lot goes into collecting and processing data. Many of the sites that I looked at seemed to be very complex and difficult to use. Perhaps it is my dislike of this topic that clouded my interest. I am sure that I could learn how to navigate through them if I had the data and a bit more understanding of exactly what I was trying to
Pros and Cons of PWP, Facebook and Linkedin
I see some benefits and pitfalls with all three personal web presence (PWP) types of Internet exposure, such as a professional profile, LinkedIn and a personal profile. A professional profile can be a powerful tool in helping to represent one’s self in business environments or profession settings. There are huge benefits to having a professional profile on line. It’s an excellent way to introduce yourself, your services, or even products for sale to a very broad market, to potential customers or clients, and even to future employers. It is however very important to be both cautious and diligent in controlling a personal Internet presence to assure that you are putting across exactly what you want, the very best impression. You decide exactly what to put out there and how to present it. An Internet site is easy to maintain and easily accessible via search engines and word of mouth.
At the same time some of the benefits of having Internet exposure may also have a downside. Anyone with savvy computer skills or the ability to hire a talented web master can put up website that may dazzle and entertain but it all could mean nothing if there are no services or skills to back it up. Basically anyone can put up anything on line, whether it’s true or not. While a professional portfolio can make you look like “a big fish in a small pond” when it comes right down to taking a job or actually being hired it is important to be able to deliver what you have put on your website.
Another Internet site, LinkedIn is also a (PWP) and an excellent source for getting out your resume in professional and business situations. I see LinkedIn slightly different than a professional portfolio however; it is more of a network or a community than an individual’s website. You have the ability to post your education, and work experience and you are able to put up a professional profile or resume. LinkedIn gives you only one format to do this making it uniform and easy for the user to read and understand. What makes this site very different is that you are part of a professional network. You are able to connect and even stay in touch with former colleagues and employers, either by asking them to join your network and sending comments and messages or simply by viewing their profiles. LinkedIn also offers features such as Recommendations, or Endorsements where colleagues or co-workers may directly post a letter of recommendation to your profile. This site is also a fantastic way for recruiters or head-hunters to reach out to you for potential jobs and positions in your field.
There are downsides to LinkedIn as well, as previously mentioned there is only one format and although this makes the site uniform and easy to use, it also doesn’t let you set your profile apart from anyone else’s profile. I feel that it is very easy to let old information stay up on LinkedIn. If you don’t maintain your profile and keep both your information and recommendations current and up-to-date it can be very easy to let your LinkedIn profile look old and tired.
The final PWP I will discuss are the social network sites such as Facebook, and Twitter (if you are old enough to remember MySpace.) I consider these sites more personal than professional although there are more businesses, goods and services with profiles and fan pages up on these sites than ever before. You are also able to put up a personal profile, the same as a professional portfolio, or LinkedIn, although with these sites you are also able to post pictures instantly and even set up photo albums. I see both Facebook and Twitter as more of a personal or “friends and family” network. These sites are more like a 21st century “society page” or simply where we stay connected to long time friends and distant family members. I understand that there are people that use Facebook or Twitter as their only method of communication. This is how they get their news and keep up on current events, as way as staying connected to family and friends with messages and comments.
These sites too can get tired and out of date easily if you are not careful to maintain and update information in a timely manner. A larger problem that I see with social network sites is both the one-sidedness in that anyone can post anything about you or your friends and you don’t really have much of a say in things. You can be “tagged” or be put up in anyone’s pictures without your permission, although there are ways of “un-tagging” yourself. If you have paid any attention to the news or headlines lately you may have read about the teacher who was fired for derogatory remarks she had posted on Facebook in what she presumed was a private message. There have also been horrific stories about young people committing suicide over insecurities or embarrassment from cyber bullying, when a person or group had posting nasty and mean comments. These types of websites give anonymity and allow anyone to say anything no matter how much it may hurt or how much it could harm. I basically see great potential for all of these types of PWP as long as you are diligent in keeping the profiles current, accurate and up-to-date. Also you need to be proactive in doing your own “Google” search and network research in seeking out and correctly any information that is damaging or may simply be untrue.
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I think I will use professional networking for job searching and promoting my consulting business. This could be a great way to get my presence out to the youth sports organizations outside of my immediate location and region. I will be presenting at the Soccer Expo on the west coast this month. Professional networking could help introduce me to a Midwest or Eastern region where I might present at soccer events nationally.
Wikis are a great way to collaborate with others for a common goal. I think I could utilize this web based medium in many ways and in many settings. It could be a fantastic resource in the classroom for group projects. Also, it could be a benefit when working with coaches to set up training programs and schedules for treatment purposes. Personally, I could use wikis to get my family to coordinate a big celebration or party when I graduate with a Masters from Fresno Pacific University.
The types of enhancements I think I would like to include in my PWP are pictures and videos. Additionally, I would like to add a media page that would depict events I have been directly involved in; as well as, a gallery of photographs of activities and interesting artifacts to help “tell my story”. Other enhancements I would like to add are personal and professional testimonials and letters of reference/recommendations from co-workers, alumni, students, friends and colleagues that could contribute to my profile.
Apps, if you find the right one, can be a valuable tool in education, as well as professional and personal settings. They help to refine, simplify, organize, inform and entertain us at the touch of an icon. Most are simple and very easy to learn. I use them in the classroom with my students. I use them professional, mostly to keep me organize with calendar apps etc. and for reference tools or resources. I use them personally in social networking and for health and fitness programs. However, there is such a massive array of apps, choices and options that it can be very overwhelming. As an example, you might want to find a music app to manage a playlist of your favorite songs; yet if you do a quick search for music apps you could get 100’s to choose from. You are then plagued with the task of sorting through them in order to find the app to best suit your needs. Then you begin researching, reading reviews and asking family and friends about what they know about the app. All this, in an effort to come up with and narrow down your options. This can be a daunting task just to listen to your music.
Facebook vs. Linkedin
Until now, I have not had much exposure to LinkedIn. Unlike Facebook, where I have both personal and professional profiles up on the Internet, LinkedIn has remained a web site that I infrequently visit. I do see differences in these two networking sites. LinkedIn is a site that holds your corporate, professional, business, and work history profile to be viewed online. You can even post your resume’ on the site. Facebook, although it offers business and “fan” profile choices, seems to be more of a personal social network. LinkedIn is a great source for keeping up to date with colleagues and co-workers professionally, as well as, for posting your resume information and work history. It is also an excellent source for job searching. Facebook, for me and my “Facebook friends”, is a more personal cyber encounter and a great way to staying in touch with family and friends.
YouTube is my second "go-to" site after Google when I need to learn about something. I am a visual learner and seeing how things work is a far better learning tool for me than reading or listening. I understand that we are all different when it comes to learning. This is why I encourage my students to explore the many different ways to learn so they may figure out which style best suits them. It is surprising to see how many people are shocked to learn that You Tube also has educational content as well.
At first, You Tube videos were the type of clips that made the movies like Jackass so popular.
The video I have embedded here is one that I discovered on my new Twitter site. I'm following Abby Wambach and she had posted this video from You Tube, I thought is was very clever.
I find that I have been participating and using Web 2.0 and did not even realize it until exploring this actual assignment. I purchase products on line and usually read customer reviews prior to making my decision to buy based on what others have said. For example, my 8 year old had a birthday recently and she asked for a leather jacket. Well I’m not one to head to the mall so I went onto Amazon, and searched for a girls “pleather” jacket (as I’m not about to invest in genuine leather for my daughter that will grow out of it in a few short months). I was given several options, chose a style I liked, and then read the customer reviews. This helped me to make a final decision on size, color, etc.