1. Last day of class

    This week was our last day of MGT 455 “Emerging Technologies.” Instead of a normal lecture we watch a television show called “The IT Crowd” and ate pizza. It was a great way to end the semester and a great way to relax before finals week. I had a blast in this class and learned a lot. Technology is always changing, and I’m excited to see where it goes. 

     

  2. Disruptive Technologies

    What I found interesting about this lecture was how students were the early adopters for academic journals and other online materials. Professors were still using books while the students were finding more information on a topic online.

    Disruptive technologies are always going to be around. Google released their “chromecast” this device plugs into the back of your television and allows you to connect your computer to it. You can watch netfilx, any shows/movies you have on your computer, music etc… and only paying 35$. Their are other technologies like that but are much more expensive. Chromecast is another technology that is disrupting how we watch television. Disruptive technologies are interesting an I curious to see what comes next.

     

  3. Clemson and the Orange Bowl

    I think Radakovich’s request to post on behalf of Clemson going to the Orange Bowl is a reasonable one. As well as purchasing tickets from the Clemson Athletics Ticket offices. The only thing I think would make things easier is if Clemson made purchasing tickets easier and cheaper for on campus purchases. The reason people buy from third party is because they can find better deals. Maybe Clemson should look into this.

    For evaluating social media both Clemson and the Orange Bowl should use listening centers to follow the traffic and see how it effects others opinions.

    I don’t think that the media should influence who goes to what bowls, it should be by the numbers/stats. But the media is going to influence anyway, because its all about ticket sales and if the the media says one school is going to bring in more revenue than another they will favor that school.

     

  4. MGT 455

    In lue of class this week, we were given an online assignment. I am doing said assignment.

     

  5. Using Cowbird.com

    Cowbird is an interesting website that allows you to upload a picture and instead of only writing a sentence about it, you can go in-depth and share a story. How the picture was taken, what the picture is about, or what it means to you. I enjoyed using cowbird it is a different experience, but I don’t think it will last. People today like things to be quick, and though cowbird is very cool and I enjoy reading some of the stories. It just takes too much time to upload a picture then write a story about that picture. In a world where people ask you to describe yourself in a tweet, how could you expect them to take the time to read your story on a website that not many people are on. Cowbird is similar to blogging but I think Cowbird is more intimate. Blogging you have opinions, rants, advise, etc… Cowbird you get a glimpse into someone “heart” what they really feel in “a moment.” Plus the name “Cowbird” is stupid “slow like a cow, fast like a bird.” I think they need to rebrand.

     

  6. Social Media for Business

    Social Media’s core principles have been around for years. The earliest forms of social media were Tupperware parties, candle parties, etc… It then transformed into message boards and chat rooms once the internet was developed. Now social media is key to do good business. How do you create a great social media strategy, you must ask these questions. What value am I introducing into the mix? What makes this object worthy of attention? What action do I want to inspire? How does this contribute to our standing within each community? How can I make this shareable? 

    Once you ask these questions you must establish goals, write them down, be specific, have objectives, listen, learn about your audience, and ask yourself “is our message getting out?” Choose the channels that work best for you and use the channels of social media to push the people back to your website. 

    Social media is a crazy frontier that more and more businesses are entering into. But the majority of them are doing it wrong, the questions that are typed above will help guide them through the do’s and dont’s. Its a hard road ahead for social media but a road that can be conquered. 

     

  7. Info-graphics

    A graphic with information on it… pretty simple right. Theres more to it than that. It needs to be concise, simple, but engaging. Info-graphics need to capture the audience and be able to change their minds. Your data must be relevant, valid, useful, and impacting. Without these your info-graphic is useless, theres no point. What makes your info-graphic a success? It must tell a story, it has a beginning, a middle, and an end. When making an info-graphic use the least amount of text, its a “graphic” use images to tell your story. Once in the body of the graphic there are four ways to tell your story: typical, singular, a comparison, and process flow. Be CONCISE, CONCISE, CONCISE when making your info-graphic and share it with the world. Godspeed.

     

  8. Web 2.0 and it’s effects

    "Web 2.0 refers to web applications that facilitate participatory information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design, and collaboration on the World Wide Web." In Web 1.0 content was created by big business or the individual expert, but now In Web 2.0 we are the content creators. We can now create anywhere at anytime, and the data we create or the data we send out is where the money is made. Once money was made by what was used to create the data but now it’s the data itself. Web 2.0 revolutionized retail, eBay changed the game. Now mom and pop antique stores almost disappeared over night, because they moved online. Which allowed for more convenient and efficient selling of goods, and reduced the majority cost. Theoretically one doesn’t have to have a brick and mortar selling platform, now you can reach the world by a simple click of a button. Web 2.0 ties right in with Globalization 3.0, which says the "world is flat." No longer do you have to fly over to China to have a meeting, one can simply have a video conference call. This makes things more efficient and cost saving. The world of Web 2.0 has revolutionized the way we do business, the way we socialize, and many other things and it continues to change.

     

  9. Dot-com Boom

    govWorks was a dot-com startup that was founded in 1998 and quickly gained venture capitol totaling 60 million dollars. In 2000 the dot-com bubble burst and govWorks went spiraling down. “Startup.com” was a documentary that followed the two founders Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman from the beginning of a promising start-up to its demise. The documentary shows them talking to investors, buying office space, hiring employees, talking to competitors, etc… it gave you a great glimpse into the back room transactions of starting a new business. It also taught you that “you need a business model - that defines how you generate value” and you need an architecture that works.     

     

  10. History of the Internet pt. 2 

    1993, in a moldy basement the internet browser was revolutionized and the internet as we know it was born! The raging nineties brought about the dot.com BOOM, Bill Gates made his first million selling software and no one wanted to be left behind so everyone got one. Now everyone can do business through the internet. The next big step was how to get the money to run all of this… venture capitalism, selling what you had to a larger firm, IPO, etc… and competition and imagination grew. Money was being poured into these start-ups. Cyberian-outpost a mac store that guaranteed next-day delivery failed in 2001 because something better came along. The same happened with kozmo.com, flooz.com, ritmoteca.com they all fell to bigger and better things because they are replicable. Their problem was that their business model was trash. Now you need to know what people want, what they are looking at, whats popular, trending, etc… and thats what amazon, google, yahoo, and priceline did right. It wasn’t until one bad report about amazon.com that made everyone question their investing decisions and from 2000-2001 the money stopped flowing. The moral of the story is “you need a business model - that defines how you generate value.”