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INF506: OLJ Task 5 – Social News Site Review – Reddit

Reddit is an interesting social media sites compared to the more linear approaches of Instagram and Snapchat. However, when compared to Facebook and Twitter who tailor your feed to show you the “top” content, Reddit’s approach makes a lot more sense. The way that Reddit allows users to up/down vote content is reflected in the content scores and any comment on a topic is similarly voted up or down depending on the whim of other users. Reddit’s clear display of this scoring system makes it more transparent than other social media algorithms.

Reddit allows users to expand their reading interests and find articles of interest by allowing you to subscribe to ‘sub-Reddits’ that relate to the user’s topics of interest. Within those sub-Reddits users normally post links to articles or other content with a reason for the post. This can allow a user to quickly explore lots of content. Depending on the number of contributors of content then there is a great opportunity for you to discover new articles. The downside that there is often a lack of moderation within sub-reddits and it takes a little time to understand how the platform works and what is/is not worth looking at.

Compared to Feedly, a site that I use to keep up with my personal learning network (see my write up here) which is often a self-curated list of articles to read from certain key trusted sources, Reddit puts the user out of their comfort zone potentially exposing the user to a lot of junk content but similarly taking the user out of their filter bubble and engaging with a more raw version of the web that could prompt a user to come up with new ideas. However, this rawness means that it should only be one source of articles and reading as there is only so much free time in the day to wade through mixed content and sometimes you just need to find and read information from trusted sources.

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INF532: Tools for establishing a productive PLN – Part 1

To help develop my Personal Learning Network (PLN) I am experimenting with new tools. The first three tools I am trialing are Hootsuite, Powtoon and Feedly:

Hootsuite

hootsuite

Hootsuite is a tool to help you aggregate your social media accounts. From the dashboard you can view your normal social media feeds but also

What problem is it solving in my PLN?

Twitter is a great resource for sharing and collaborating but I find it tricky to keep up to date with the main hashtags of interest. Hootsuite allows you to break out your home feed as well as follow hashtags so that you can take everything in from one screen.

Powtoon

powtoon

Powtoon is a tool that allows you to create animated videos without needing coding experience. It uses a PowerPoint style interface.

What problem is it solving in my PLN?

I find videos an incredibly useful learning tool. There is not always a video for the conept that I am learning about about and so I feel that Powtoon may enable me to create useful content that I can share to help contribute to my network, the process of making a video will also hopefully help solidify my understanding of the topic.

Feedly

Feedly

Feedly is a news aggregator that allows you to quickly and easily create “feeds” on topics of interest, drawing from a range of sources.

What problem is it solving in my PLN?

My main sources of news do not normally have a lot of Education related news. To stay up with the latest trends I wanted to create a list of education sites to follow. Feedly enabled me to do that and will mean that I only need to visit one site to view education news that interests me. It also has options to share stories I find of interest to my social media so I can share content even when I don’t have a lot of time.