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BTEC 2012

Unit 1 The Online World

Name: Chloe Stone

Lesson 3 - Online Communication


(Student Book A Pg 10 - 13)

Starter What is an online community?


A virtual community which exists only online. It may be open to anyone (e.g. a bulletin board)
or restricted by interest (e.g. various
scientific communities).

1. Match the following information exchanges to their correct


descriptions.
Web logs
(blogs)

Microblogging
sites

Wikis

Chatrooms

These are sites which allows users to create and


exchange really short text entries. A popular example
of this type of site is Twitter.
These are websites that provide information that
visitors to the site can extend and edit. They allow
users to share information and are useful for
research. The best-known example of a wiki is
Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia that can be
updated by contributors.
These are frequently updated online journals with
diary-like entries which allow people to express their
thoughts and feelings and give details of their daily
activities. Typically, a blog includes text, photos and
sometimes video.
Online communication within communities is
sometimes referred to as chat. Some of the large
interactive communities where people take part in the
same conversation or type of chat at the same time
are known as chatrooms.

2. Research and write a short description for each of the following key terms:

Electronic mail (e-mail)


send a message to another person or persons online.
Instant messaging (chat)
send short messages to another person for real time chat.
Newsgroup
a site where groups of people can read and write information of common interest
Social networking
Social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and MySpace,
allow members of the online community all over the world to interact and communicate by
setting up a profile . Users can then add links to friends profiles and post personal
information, including photographs, videos, favourite music and blog entries.

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BTEC 2012
Unit 1 The Online World

Name: Chloe Stone

Conferencing
groups of people in different areas/countries meeting together online to discuss matters
(e.g. business conference, Google hangout)
Blogs
These are frequently updated online journals with diary-like entries which allow people to
express their thoughts and feelings and give details of their daily activities. Typically, a
blog includes text, photos and sometimes video.

Vlogs / Podcast
Podcasts are a series of audio or video ! les that can be downloaded from the internet.
If video is published in episodes like a blog, then this process is known as a vlog (video
blogging). YouTube is an example of a video-sharing website where individuals can share
vlogs.

3. From discovering various online communications that are used


online, what do you use?
The types of online communication I use is: Facebook, twitter and google.

4. What are the implications of online communication? Think about


the positive and negative aspects.
Positive:
-Messages are sent in real time and responses can be received instantaneously.
Negative:
-Emotions are better expressed in person and can sometimes be miscommunicated within an instant
message that sent quickly.
-Viruses can be spread by instant messaging.

5. What does VoIP stand for?


VoIP stands for voice over internet protocol.

6. What does VoIP do?


VoIP allows people to interact in real time using voice and/or video messaging, and is
available between any two points in the world.

7. What are the limitations of VoIP?


Reliability: VoIP service is dependant on the quality and reliability of your
broadband service and may not work if there is a power cut.
Voice quality: voices can sometime be distorted or there may be long pauses
between questions and answers.
Security: As with all internet technologies, identity theft, viruses, spamming and
phishing are all potential threats.

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BTEC 2012
Unit 1 The Online World

Name: Chloe Stone

8. What are the benefits of VoIP?

-Being able to contact relatives and business colleagues on the other side
of the world at relatively low cost is the biggest benefit.

Plenary
1. Give 3 example of social media used online?
- social networking
-instant messaging
- voIP
2. What does netiquette mean?
Short for internet etiquette or network etiquette. It is a set of conventions covering the use of
networks used to interact with other people.The conventions are designed to prevent people
causing annoyance or offence to others.

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