Me on the Web

I write this after seeing this nifty little picture in an ad in the Metro. The ad was for Google’s new tool ‘Me on the Web’. Google claim “makes it easier to monitor your identity online. It helps you set up Google Alerts, so you receive notifications when you are mentioned on websites or in news stories, and it automatically suggests some search terms you may want to keep an eye on.”

Basically, there’s now a way to control what’s online about you. And we all know that most employers are now Googling their potential employees to check for any unwanted skeletons in the closet.

While I do think it is a great thing I can’t help but believe that there’s something a bit unfair about it. The reason why there’s pictures of people out on the lash on a Tuesday night is because they were. That status written about a bitch of a manager was put there on purpose. So why is it OK for people to be able to suddenly delete it? You can’t just omit all the ‘bloopers’ of your life.

I don’t know a great deal about Me on the Web but I’m sure as its usage grows the credibility of social media will diminish. Instead of using your Google search results as a more credible version of your CV employers will assume you’ve nipped and tucked things here and there to paint yourself in the best light. Will celebrities or public figures be able to delete any unfavourable content about them? Digital dirt was the subject of my first assigment on this module but the advent of such a technology definitely changes things. Maybe it doesn’t stick so well after all.

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Scottish Land Registry abandons costly IT projects

Meadowbank House - Registers of Scotland HQ

Bosses at the Scottish quango responsible for registering property have abandoned two IT projects at a cost of £6.8 million because, in the words of a Scottish Government Gateway Review which reported in 2011,“the successful delivery of the project/ programme appears to be unachievable.“ Continue reading

Psoriasis Treatment.

Claire-Louise Dickerson

This is my first blog. I have never been a blogging kind of person but like everything else I am going to give it a try. I guess it’s the fact that I never know what to share with other people so I have decided to blog about the treatment I get for my psoriasis/eczema/dermatitis (the dermatologists have struggled to define what skin condition I have because it is so rare).

The Infliximab Infusion is a medicine given through a drip to help lower the immune system. The dermatologists have suggested trying this drug as they feel that my skin condition is the result of my immune system attacking my skin as a foreign body. They feel that by lowering my immune system it will eventually not have enough strength to attack my skin resulting in the psoriasis clearing up. The treatment is given to me over a 2 hour period (125ml per hour) every 8 weeks and the dosage is measured by my weight, this ensures that they do not give me too much. Over the 2 hour period my blood pressure, oxygen levels and temperature get checked every 15 minutes to ensure I am not experiencing any major side effects. My body feels extremely tired during the treatment and I also get light-headed, which I feel is a good thing as it shows my body is accepting the drug.

As with many drugs there are side effects with the Infliximab Infusion. The major ones which I have experience within the first week after having the drug are chest pains, dry skin, dizziness, fever, nausea, stomach cramps, itchiness, tiredness and sweating. If any of these get to be too much then the hospital will take me back in overnight to ensure there is no long-term damage.

I feel that the treatment work extremely well to start off with but my immune system is building up antibodies making the Infliximab struggle to do its job.

Haiti’s Problems aren’t over – Online Report

The earthquake was only the beginning of Haiti’s problems. Gary Bruce, a humanitarian worker, discusses the ongoing issue of cholera in the country.

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What about tangible Social Media? Online report.

This article was inspired by Mr Harold Hackett – a man, who started a hobby of throwing bottled messages into the sea from the coast of a small province in Canada. Messages include his postal address and ask their finders to reply with some information about where the bottle was found. Since year 1996 and almost 5000 bottles thrown in the sea, he has received more than 3000 very happy replies. The aspect of how bottles travel through seas – the unpredictability regarding to place and duration is also quite fascinating. Therefore, people who find one of those must feel enlightened and are excited to write back to him. This is a successful attempt of showing some traditional, heart-warming fun to modern society members, many of whom have forgotten about tangible, scented and personal messages.

‘Have you received/sent a personal, hand-written, posted letter anytime during the last year?’ was the main question of a small survey, done last week on a website, similar to Facebook (draugiem.lv). Continue reading

Podcast

 I spent ages trying to figure out how to upload my podcast to appear in a playable box – with no success, so here is the transcript.

Craig Watson – Social Media

Podcast Script

Hello, I’m Craig Watson and welcome to my first podcast.

 It’s fair to say that the job scene has never been worse than in recent memory. Just this July, unemployment in Scotland rose by 5000 to 215,000 people. As a student I am fully aware of the problems in gaining employment, especially without experience. The problem has been referred to many times as the ‘chicken and the egg’ paradox. You need a job to get experience, but you need experience to get a job. Continue reading

Hang the Dj- is vinyl back in fashion?

After 5 years of steady decline new figures reveal that the independent record store is on the rise again and could soon be as prominent in the music industry as it once was in the late 80’s. Despite there now being fewer than 300 stores in existence profits are the highest they’ve been since the decline began in the early 2000’s. Experts call it “The Vinyl Revolution”.

“Vinyl is not dead- it just needs a new turntable.”- John Peel

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