The Curation of Information

With the rise of social media, a new way of searching for information on the internet has arrived. This new curation of information is quite different from using regular search engines and seems to be a unique way of organizing the information you seek. “Just google it” may be an expression of less frequency with this new technique.

This curation starts with the use of a social media dashboard such as TweetDeck or Hootsuite. These dashboards allow you to compile and manage various social media services all in one convenient place. Here you can search and view specific hashtags and accounts through each network. This hashtag and account specific searching can bring you closer to specific information and connect you to people, blogs and websites specifically related to your topic of interest. This new curation may save you from sifting through various search engine result pages or having to think of specific search phrases in order to find what you need.

Here is a screenshot of my TweetDeck showing a few topics and hashtags neatly organized in easy to view columns:

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This way of gathering information can be more specific than a general web engine search and is an easy way of organizing information and topics into neat and easy to access columns. TweetDeck is incredibly useful, especially for managing various social media platforms, and I will continue to use and explore it’s potential. I highly recommend a dashboard to anyone who is overwhelmed with the overload of social media platforms and would like to explore new ways of information hunting.

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What’s Yours is Mine & What’s Mine is Yours: How Private IS the Web?

For most people, privacy and security while searching the web aren’t really the forerunners of thought. However, it is good to ask yourself who and what is watching or following you around the web and what can you do about it? Therefore it is always a good idea to think twice before clicking a link and hitting send as it could save you from some serious issues such as data loss, breach of security and even identity theft. In reality, although the web seems friendly and safe, there is a dark side to the light (as there always is) and one must always be alert to potential scams and predators.

Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?
Every time you search the web, you’re being tracked and the most popular way of tracking is with the use of cookies. Now these cookies are not the tasty snack everyone craves (and sometimes steal); In internet lingo, they are a small text file your computer creates when you access a website and then informs the website when the you have returned. In other words, they keep tabs on when and which websites you visit which can actually make your browsing more efficient as they can help you remember information from when you last browsed. Here is a light beam graph showing cookies that tracked the various websites I visited today:

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It was very Interesting looking back and being able to see the numerous sites I visited today and how each site is connected to each other like a large web. I didn’t realize how much of the internet I could access in such a short time and how accurate cookies are at tracking web movement.

Cookies may not seem so bad, they actually seem quite friendly, however remember that dark side of the internet? Well these cookies are basically like those double flavoured Oreos, one light and one very dark side. Cookies can be placed on your computer with out you knowing therefore tracking your every move in secret. I find that quite unnerving, don’t you? You never know who is watching when you search the web and it is scary to think an invisible cookie could even be viewing and remembering private information such as passwords while online banking or even credit card numbers while online shopping.

That is why it is incredibly important to exercise caution while exploring the web as you never know who may be dipping into your cookie jar.

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