Since listening to Matt G’s presentation on ‘On demand TV’ I have been wondering what the future of TV advertising will be. With people no longer wanting to wait for their favorite TV programs people are searching their interactive TV archives and even the Internet to find what they want. This is a great thing for viewers but what does this mean for advertising? With people not watching TV in the same way anymore it means people are coming into less and less contact with TV advertising….. does it mean it will be fazed out? I believe advertisers will have to turn to more creative methods such as viral marketing to get new shows and products noticed. i am going to research into On demand TV and its advertising methods and also new ways in which advertisers may choose to go.

I have decided to make a list of sites that I love the design of,  I will add to this post as I come across sites I like. I am going to start the list off with a sites I just stumbled across  http://www.mikimottes.com its a fab little flash site to advertise Miki Mottes animation and illustrations skills. I was thinking it might be nice to create an ePortfolio a bit like this.. either way check it out and have a play!

I wanted to really get to grips with blogging before I passed any kind of judgement on it and it would appear I have been sucked in. After making myself add posts for my college research I am now really getting into using blogs as a way of recording information.

To begin with I opened a Blogger account and found as my first experience it was very positive. It was a great introduction into the world of blogging and didn’t overload me with technical information, it just kept things very basic… (which was how I liked it). Soon however after spending some time with it I because frustrated with the limits it placed upon you… I guess kind of out grew it! The thing that was most important to me was the look of the site… and blogger just didn’t do its self any favours on this front.

So I  made the leap to WordPress!!

And how lad am I that I did… It’s so purdy!! I love the look of my Blog and find there were many ways to improve my logs with things like widgets…. I did in the beginning have a problem with the fact you couldn’t add posts to your ‘pages’ but I am slowly coming to terms with that fact and am starting to move on. I would love to in time create my own blog but for now i’m just taking it one step at a time…. and loving it!

Test Site


This is the third mobile design site I have used and it would appear to be third time lucky! This is definitely my favourite site as it has an easy to use interface and allows much more manipulation than the other two I tried. It gives you helpful demonstrations when you first access the site to help you get started.  It also allows you to create a fully functioning phone emulator to display your site on… not only that but it allows you to embed the emulator on your chosen site!! Mobilemo allowed me to upload sound files, images and documents and also allows you to alter the colouring of the site. The site does however have small advertisements at the bottom of the page, the adverts are more discreet than on the other sites and doesn’t appear to show embarrassing ads for dating agencies like the other.

Out of the three sites I have tested Mobilemo.com, Tagtag.com and Mobisitegalor.com I would definitely recommend this as a starting point for designing your own mobile site. I had the best results from using this site and would definitely use it again.

To check out my phone emulator click below!

View my Mobile Site 

Could you stand living in the real world? Without the internet we would all have to live in the real world, think about it, things such communication would be soooo much harder. There would be no facebook, twitter, email, skype or BLOGS….. just think you would have to either pick up the phone or heaven forbid talk to the person face to face…. ACTUAL HUMAN CONTACT!!!!

No internet would mean we would actually have to think for ourselves and maybe just maybe have to get up off our comfy chairs….what a scary world that would be! Research would involve hours… maybe days of work instead of just a few clicks. 

I think inconvenient is the word that sums it up best but with this massive inconvenience hanging over our heads would we be able to develop better relationships? Kids now are spending a lot of their time in virtual worlds that the internet creates, would there be less obesity? less therapy? By not having the access to or ever knowing the internet would our society be more sociable or does the internet allow us the ability to talk to people we would otherwise never have met or talk to?

What would you be doing, where would you be, who would you be if there was no Interent? – to me this question just poses more questions instead of answers, many people would be terrified by the prospect of no internet but if there was no internet you never know we may have developed something far more superior to take its place… or we may just be content living a simpler life as people did (i promise) before the interent exploded into our lives. Either way I guess we will never know….. What do you think?

Wap Logo

I have been looking into creating web pages for display on mobile phones and the different sites available for creating them. So far I have had a go using tagtag.com and mobilesitegalore.com.

First impressionstagtag.com… this was the first site I tried, it was very easy to set up etc but the look of the site after is very basic, the site also doesn’t allow you to preview your new site on a phone. The site also displays advertisements that you have no control over. I will continue to experiment but I think that this site is OK ….. until you find something better. mobilesitegalore.com … I really like this site, it allows you to pick a mobile device to preview your site on, insert images etc… it just gives you more control over the appearance of the site in general… thumbs up so far! I have also signed up to mobilemo.com and am having some problems with the log in but will give it another go soon.

tagtag.com

tagtag.com

mobilesitegalore.com

mobilesitegalore.com

There are many different types of blogs, differing not only in the type of content, but also in the way that content is delivered or written.

Personal Blogs
The personal blog, an ongoing diary or commentary by an individual, is the traditional, most common blog. Personal bloggers usually take pride in their blog posts, even if their blog is never read by anyone but them. Blogs often become more than a way to just communicate; they become a way to reflect on life or works of art. Blogging can have a sentimental quality. Few personal blogs rise to fame and the mainstream, but some personal blogs quickly garner an extensive following. A type of personal blog is referred to as “microblogging,” which is extremely detailed blogging as it seeks to capture a moment in time. Sites, such as Twitter, allow bloggers to share thoughts and feelings instantaneously with friends and family and is much faster than e-mailing or writing. This form of social media lends to an online generation already too busy to keep in touch.

Corporate Blogs
A blog can be private, as in most cases, or it can be for business purposes. Blogs, either used internally to enhance the communication and culture in a corporation or externally for marketing, branding or public relations purposes are called corporate blogs.

Question Blogging
is a type of blog that answers questions. Questions can be submitted in the form of a submittal form, or through email or other means such as telephone or VOIP. Qlogs can be used to display shownotes from podcasts or the means of conveying information through the internet. Many question logs use syndication such as RSS as a means of conveying answers to questions.

By Media Type
A blog comprising videos is called a vlog, one comprising links is called a linklog, a site containing a portfolio of sketches is called a sketchblog or one comprising photos is called a photoblog.Blogs with shorter posts and mixed media types are called tumblelogs.
A rare type of blog hosted on the Gopher Protocol is known as a Phlog.

By Device
Blogs can also be defined by which type of device is used to compose it. A blog written by a mobile device like a mobile phone or PDA could be called a moblog.One early blog was Wearable Wireless Webcam, an online shared diary of a person’s personal life combining text, video, and pictures transmitted live from a wearable computer and EyeTap device to a web site. This practice of semi-automated blogging with live video together with text was referred to as sousveillance. Such journals have been used as evidence in legal matters.

By Genre
Some blogs focus on a particular subject, such as political blogs, travel blogs, house blogs, fashion blogs, project blogs, education blogs, niche blogs, classical music blogs, quizzing blogs and legal blogs (often referred to as a blawgs) or dreamlogs. While not a legitimate type of blog, one used for the sole purpose of spamming is known as a Splog.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog