This week I will talk about a subject which all of us familiar with. We learned computer mediated communication tools. These are MSN messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Google talk, Skype, Facebook, Twitter. These are called social media. Facebook, Twitter and Skype are the most popular one. Let’s have a brief look at them. Facebook was founded by 2004 by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg and originally called the Facebook. We get in touch with friends, family who are away, some other people in other countries. Facebook has 37 different language availability and it has the opportunity of publishing your advertisement sites, creating a group for a purpose, creating an event like, wedding news of our friends, a conference or concert which are l most across with, and finally pages that can be about anything you are interested. It is an exciting free social networking website that allows us to register, have an account, and upload videos, photos. On the other hands, there are disadvantages of Facebook. You can play games on Facebook but also you send request to your friends to play with you most of time lm bored and tired of rejecting all of them. Another point is there are respectful actually l call them harmful and unnecessary people that add you and message you. If we as teachers want to use it for education of course that would be useful in many ways. But it should be controlled and limited. We can create group for writing essays on a topic and make children more creative by encouraging them with feedbacks again on Facebook because it is more different than in front of blackboard. Twitter is actually the same with Facebook but real-time information network that connect us to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Each Tweet is 140 characters long, but don’t let the small size fool you—you can discover a lot in a little space. You can see photos, videos and conversations directly in Tweets to get the whole story at a glance, and all in one place. There are some signs that one of them is use the hash tag symbol “#” People use the hash tag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search. I don’t use Twitter. I don’t know but you said that you don’t need sth which you don’t know. I think you’re right J I don’t think I need it. Another one that l forget and was recalled by Mustafa is skype. as l said for others we can again add friends, share our thoughts, celebrate birthdays, learn different languages, talk with friends with (the most important feature of its online video call). It is free and you can use it by logging in with your phone, computer or a tv with Skype program( l’ve learned yet and found interesting). But it has some other features by spending a little for it to use widely. We use it for doing homework or talking on an issue about a topic or sometimes because of the limited English input in Turkey we talk English with each other a few hours and l recommend you to do it. It is very useful. We can also use it in our teaching section in the future but again in a controlled way.
To sum up, we go to our bed and wake up with these communication tools nowadays.