Let the blogging start!
I have just created this new blog for our Massey University paper, Online communities. I am really looking forward to this paper and hope I can learn lots about the role of online communities, social media and computer-mediated communications.
I am new to writing my own blog, so this will be an interesting journey. In saying that I have been reading blogs on different subjects for many years now, so hopefully I have learnt something about blogging and can apply it here. Feel free to let me know if I’ve got something wrong, but also tell me if something is working too.
The topic of my blog will be about data & visualisation of data. This is my passion and my work. The inspiration comes from a man called Hans Rosling and his fascinating story telling with data. His videos can be found on TED, check them out if you haven’t already. My visualisation will be nowhere near as good as his, he is a magician :-).
Check out this visualisation below of a sample of facebook friends connections around the world, greater the number of friend connections brighter the lines. Cool! This image comes from another blog post, check it out if you like & they copied it from the facebook engineering blog. :-)
By the way, visualisation of data is not a new thing, we have been doing them since time memorial, take the handy map for example. Its’ taking data about the world you see and putting it on paper to visualise easily. The different is that with the advent of fast computers, cheap storage and tons of collected data it is much easier to do this now than ever before. And this trend will continue to grow and become more pervasive in future.
Anywho, I’ve started this blog and just completed my first post! Hopefully I can continue on posting interesting things, from which I can learn and hopefully you too can find something of interest.