History now captured by all

IT looks like Gadaffi is finally on his way out and we are able to get up-to-the-minute video reports from most international news channels.

Not only through the standard satellite links, but also through a constant barrage of citizen journalists sharing their experiences through the internet.

This phenomenon of citizen journalism is contributing internationally to the downfall of many regimes.

The power of images being captured by ordinary citizens are often blurred and of poor quality, but they convey more than just an image to the viewer.

These video clips often convey pure emotion and because they are generally amateur in nature they really convey the emotion.

We were able to watch hundreds of rioters in England running around causing millions of pounds worth of damage to the stores and the cities.

Now it is helping police round up and arrest many of them through the use of these images that were captured by ordinary citizens.

What an incredible compilation of history are we going to leave behind for our future generations?

Every single event being recorded from various angles, and from various points of view?

Those who are in favour of an event and those who are opposed to an event sharing their experience.

History is no longer only written by the victor.

From now on history will be written by all and the victor will no longer be able to erase the history of the rest.

We are so quick to point out the problems and the negative aspects of technology.

We should focus on the advantages and how it will improve our lives.

Remember that you have a powerful recorder of history in your hand, take your phone, record your life and preserve it for your future generations.. Nico Baird is a new media expert and can be contacted at nico@clicksa.co.za or visit www.nicobaird.com.

Google can’t answer all

IT is vital that you, as a website owner, constantly keep up to date of all the keywords that drive traffic to your website. If you own a website and you do not know what the keywords are that drive traffic to your website, you need to urgently start monitoring this.

But that is not what this week’s column is all about. I would rather talk about something that I have seen in the search terms that drive traffic to some of my websites.

I do not know if it is disturbing or just a sign of the times but I have decided to share it with you.

We are living in a time where we use Google for all our answers. I guess it is only a natural progression in the psyche of man to want even more from Google. The search term I found was “Dear God, where can I find a good man, please help me” (Translated from Afrikaans).

I am no psychologist, but I think this could be something to investigate. Are we in this modern age thinking of finding religious answers from Google?

I do not know if this is a wake-up call for churches to also make sure they provide answers to these types of questions online.

I know this is probably very upsetting to most people and I must admit that I was very surprised when I saw it, but after thinking about it, I realised if churches ensured they have proper resources and information online, they will be able to provide answers to life’s deepest, most religious and private questions with the proper keywords.

Think about it, where do you go to find answers to most of your questions? .Nico Baird is a new media expert and can be contacted at nico@clicksa.co.za or visit www.clickkliek.com.

SÓ MIS JY NIKS OP DIE INTERNET

DAAR is soveel sosiale netwerke en plekke om inligting op die web te kry. Die dae wat jy deur ’n biblioteek moes werk en ure by ’n tafel sit en soek na inligting is amper verby. Soos ek reeds in die verlede genoem het, is ek hard aan die werk aan ’n skripsie.

Die probleem is dat die veld waarin ek die navorsing doen ’n baie dinamiese en nuwe gebied is. Ek probeer om op die nuutste inligting by te werk, maar dit is nie die maklikste ding om te doen nie. Gelukkig leef ons in ’n tyd waar individue self hul werk kan publiseer en ook navorsing op hul blogs of webbladsye kan deel.

Ek het weer besef dat ’n diens wat ek nou al ’n jaar of twee gebruik, onmisbaar is. Dit is ’n gratis diens van Google en staan bekend as Google Alerts (www.google.com/alerts).

Jy gaan bloot na die blad toe, tik ’n woord of sin in, vul die ander opsies in en wanneer daar iets nuuts gepubliseer word (wat deur Google ge-indeks en gelys word) sal dit in ’n nuusbrief vir jou saamgevat en gestuur word. Jy kan kies hoe gereeld dit aan jou gestuur word.

Hierdie diens is nie net ideaal vir navorsing of om op datum te bly van wat in ’n spesifieke veld gebeur nie, maar dit is ook perfek vir besighede om hul besigheid se naam op die web te monitor. Indien iemand jou besigheid se naam op die web noem, sal dit dan in ’n e-pos aan jou gestuur word. Dalk net so belangrik is om te weet wanneer die opposisie se naam genoem word.

SÓ MIS JY NIKS OP DIE INTERNET

DAAR is soveel sosiale netwerke en plekke om inligting op die web te kry. Die dae wat jy deur ’n biblioteek moes werk en ure by ’n tafel sit en soek na inligting is amper verby. Soos ek reeds in die verlede genoem het, is ek hard aan die werk aan ’n skripsie.

Die probleem is dat die veld waarin ek die navorsing doen ’n baie dinamiese en nuwe gebied is. Ek probeer om op die nuutste inligting by te werk, maar dit is nie die maklikste ding om te doen nie. Gelukkig leef ons in ’n tyd waar individue self hul werk kan publiseer en ook navorsing op hul blogs of webbladsye kan deel.

Ek het weer besef dat ’n diens wat ek nou al ’n jaar of twee gebruik, onmisbaar is. Dit is ’n gratis diens van Google en staan bekend as Google Alerts (www.google.com/alerts).

Jy gaan bloot na die blad toe, tik ’n woord of sin in, vul die ander opsies in en wanneer daar iets nuuts gepubliseer word (wat deur Google ge-indeks en gelys word) sal dit in ’n nuusbrief vir jou saamgevat en gestuur word. Jy kan kies hoe gereeld dit aan jou gestuur word.

Hierdie diens is nie net ideaal vir navorsing of om op datum te bly van wat in ’n spesifieke veld gebeur nie, maar dit is ook perfek vir besighede om hul besigheid se naam op die web te monitor. Indien iemand jou besigheid se naam op die web noem, sal dit dan in ’n e-pos aan jou gestuur word. Dalk net so belangrik is om te weet wanneer die opposisie se naam genoem word.

 

Be careful of some ‘experts’

I HATE it when people proclaim themselves to be experts in a field when they are not. Or rather when they realise that if they know 20% about something, the people who know 5% will pay them large sums of money to get to that 20% which they are told is 100%.

There are many companies online today and so-called experts selling their knowledge these days.

I turned on the radio the other evening only to hear a so-called expert telling the listeners why the iPhone 5 is one of his top five favourite gadgets. He went on mentioning some of the features and things he dislikes. The problem is that nobody really knows what the iPhone 5 will look like or what the features will be. It is all a big secret. Telling people that you are the one guy that knows these things for a fact is quite upsetting. Luckily someone phoned them and told the station to mention that it was all rumours.

I also see so many experts coming from all over the country to present expensive workshops on networking in your business, only to find that they have only a few followers on social networks and their websites have low visitor rankings online. Always check if the people who proclaim to be experts are indeed experts.

Only buy advertising from reputable online businesses. It is easy to buy any service online and start a company. The only thing you need is money to advertise and get people to pay you. We are living in exciting times, but you need to be careful of fly by night entrepreneurs who want to take you for a ride. Be careful out there! The internet is a big place.