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Q&A: Geo Willis on blogging, Twitter and squishing raspberries!

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Geo, a fellow student of mine, has also recently started a blog and has succumbed to the hype that is Twitter.

In the style of Times Online’s ‘Witter’, I asked her a few questions allowing only 140 characters for each answer. She may be able to tweet in under 140 characters, but how easy is it to talk about that world with a limit?

Geo Willis, BA (Hons) Communication and Media second year at Bournemouth University

Q: How are you finding the concept of blogging? Do you enjoy it or find it a bore?

A: Surprisingly addictive. I actually find that I’m blogging every other day. Well, at the moment I am anyway!

Q: Do you prefer to blog or tweet? Why?

A: I’m getting stuck into both but I prefer blogging. While vox pops have their place, I think with a blog you have the ability to really expand on an argument.

Q: What do you find useful about Twitter?

A: Being on the pulse, constantly up-to-date with friends and also organisations.

Q: How would you feel if you found you were cut off from access to any social media for any length of time?

A: Somewhat adrift. I’m used to moving between tabs of various social media sites for a large part of the day. I live on my computer!

Q: What do you think will be the next step in computer technology?

A: From what I can tell, we will have 3D representations, like in Snow Crash, The Matrix, Hackers, Minority Report and Neuromancer.

(Geo showed me this article which outlines her thoughts above)

Q: Why do you think social media is important?

A: Global interconnectivity, it enables you to keep up with friends and change.

Q: If you were a fruit, what fruit do you think you’d be?

A: Dragonfruit, because they’re fiery coloured! Ooh, or a raspberry because they’re sharp… and when you squish them red stuff comes out!

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9 responses »

  1. Ahhaa; Hackers? Really? I think you should watch that film before you start thinking you want technology like that =).

    On a slightly related note, it’s probably Angelina Jolie’s best performance =P

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    • Haven’t seen it for a while so can’t remember the details of it, I was mostly refering to the three-dimensional representation of data. Have you read Snow Crash or Neuromancer? Their concepts for data representation are quite exciting (the Metaverse and the Matrix respectively).
      And yes, Angelina Jolie was certainly worth the watch in that one and by far the least wooden of the acting cast.
      :):-

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      • I have not read those no, but I have heard about Neuromancer a few times before.

        From what I can tell they seem to describe interconnected virtual reality worlds, which definitely is interesting. It seems like the next interesting development in interfaces that steps towards this is the ‘Augmented Reality’ mobile applications that are starting to be developed.

        The idea of layering additional information over the top of reality, rather the replacing it entirely, is probably the first step.

        (See Charlie Brookers hilarious write up of the concept here http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jan/18/augmented-reality-on-its-way)

  2. Woodham, that link gives me 404!

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  3. Had a look at the Brooker and followed another link here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2010/jan/05/7-things-about-augmented-reality. Some of the 7 look interesting, particularly No.6. That said some of the apps available now or soon sound as appealing as the other apps available on iPhones: like glorified ClipArt. That said, I haven’t owned a Smart phone since 2007 and don’t own an iPhone now. Perhaps if I did I would have a different opinion on the whole thing.

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  4. Bear in mind I don’t own an iPhone and never intend to, and don’t think the technology is quite ready yet, just that I think Augmented Reality is going to come about before we ever get any true Virtual Reality.

    I mean they’re at least starting to exist, which is something right?

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  5. Certainly seems that way. If you like the idea of a virtual reality/internet hybrid you should definitely read Snow Crash (apart from it being an amazing book for other reasons) the concept of the metaverse is at the least salivatory:):-

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