Have you ever stopped to really think about the technological tools you use on a daily basis? What kind of new media you might be using? Other than the name have you ever taken a moment to think about what those apps actually do? Let’s take a look at a few.
Online Collaboration Tools
If you were not aware, there is a great website called hitrecord.org. Being a part of this website allows the user to upload any content they want, be it video, audio, type, photographs, etc. The community can then take those uploads and rework them into something new. It becomes an art collaboration. Founder Joseph Gordon-Levitt has taken this collaborative project and turned it into a production company. People from all around the world are involved in hundreds of different projects that are then produced and assembled into collections.
One of the most familiar and recognizable photo sharing apps out there is Instagram. Any person with an account can upload and share photos with their friends and any other Instagram user. Photos range from the everyday to professional photographs. Literally any moment of any day can be shared with just a click of a button. As you can see, most of my Instagram posts revolve around food, drink, and my dog Joey. While some people may not find that interesting as far as the public is concerned, I am able to show my friends and family what is important to me (or in the case of food, what looks good).
Social Bookmarking is a way for people to keep track of websites they may want to revisit. Pinterest is probably the most familiar social bookmarking site. Literally anything that you might be interested in can be searched for. When you happen across something that you like, say a recipe, you can “pin it” for later. Find a photograph that you love, or a quirky quote that perfectly sums up your day? Save it! I like to search everything. This allows me to view things I might not have even been interested in. On the other hand, I like searching through the design subject. With every scroll it brings me more inspiration.
Video games are a huge market. There are sites, like Steam, that allow the user to download games directly to their specified platform straight from the web. With a steam account, you can not only buy games, but interact with other users. You no longer have to wait on the physical game. Your only limitation is how long it takes to download and whether or not you have a strong internet connection. I must confess, I am not a big “gamer” but I do enjoy a video game every once in awhile to blow off some steam (no pun intended).
Like photo sharing, video sharing enables a person to upload and share videos with anyone. The go to for doing this is Youtube. Not only can you upload your own videos, but you can search for videos that are uploaded by other people or even major networks. Lots of television shows are available via platforms like Youtube. Once you’ve found a video that you enjoy or something that you think someone else will enjoy, you can send it to them. As you can see, most of the videos suggested for me involve political satire.
There are many other forms of new media out there. Take a look at Aids.gov to see a description of the many different types!