The power of connectivity 2020

Internet minuteThe power of the internet is monumentally impressive. Just look what can be achieved in one minute. Big data and data analytics will be playing a significant role. Why wouldn’t they? The Internet of Things has grown enormously over the last few years along with artificial intelligence. Are we making the most of it? Doesn’t it look like we have an awe inspiring capacity to connect, consume and engage through the ether? Doesn’t it look like there is so much processing power there in terms of social connection, ideas sharing and participation to solve all our world’s problems? Is this vast array of internet use just about income or could it be used for outcome too? Use all that power to conceive  the world differently?

 

Reverse image search

reverse image searchSometimes you have an image on your phone or computer and you want to find something similar or where the image came from or what it is. You can use an image to search. There are three things you can do easily:

 

  1. Go to images.google.com. In the search box there is a camera. You can click on the camera and choose to search by URL if you have the web address of the image. Or you can pick the Upload image tab and load an image from your device.
  2. You can go to tineye.com One of the advantages of this site is you can check if an avatar is from a fake account, or whether the image has been used elsewhere on the web or whether, in fact, your images are being used on sites on the web.
  3. If, like today for me, the camera icon does not come up in the google toolbar you can type:

ctrlq.org/google/images

Scroll down and look for the upload image box.

Google Keep

Google Keep has been around for a while but not everyone knows about it. If you like Google apps and use them a lot it is worth making use of this in the suite of apps available from Google since it means you don’t have to go and find anything else. It can sync across devices and run alongside Gmail and so is quite handy.

It is like Evernote and that is an app many people would be familiar with. Basically , it’s an app for curating information and ideas as you work and interact with your devices. For study and working at home it is a handy way of storing your information. One of its advantages is that it can reproduce text saved from, say, a newspaper clipping. It can save the images too. There are plenty of YouTube clips about Google Keep. I have just selected one to get you started.

You can find out more about it on the Google Keep site.    makeuseof  also has a good comparison between Google Keep and Evernote so you can see the difference if you are used to Evernote.

 

 

Make a gif using giphy

Steve Wilhite invented gifs and he said they are called gifs…jifs. Soft g. I am never going to be able to do that…gift, gizmo, gill. That pronunciation problem aside, gifs are even more popular than before. They are an effective form of visual communication which fits a purpose. They can be custom made using a site like giphy.com. You can use Photoshop too, but not everyone has Photoshop. Professor Nick Carbonaro walks you through the giphy site to give you an idea how it works.
YouTube has videos for Photoshop. There are apps like ImgPlay which make gifs too. When it comes to image software , everyone has their own way of doing it and device plays a role in what software you will access and prefer, hence just pointing you in the right direction if you, too, want to have fun with gifs.

Udemy courses

We must be isolating. Nothing like upgrading your brain and skills during ISO. I have completed two courses this week. One paid and one free. Udemy offers a range of courses at a range of prices. I have used it for a long time and have never been disappointed. Even less than perfect courses deliver a new perspectives, a different set of ideas and content worth knowing. I archived one paid course because it wasn’t what I thought and yet, I really liked the instructor and how he was talking me through the content. I am now wondering whether I shall be able to unarchive it if I want to do some more …

The SEO course for Beginners I have done before in 2016. Was it worth another go? Yes. Did Udemy notice I was doing it for a second time ? No. You can do the courses as often as you want.  I really got value out of this course the second time around because I had 4  more years of working with blogs and the changes on the internet since then and it has changed quite a bit. Daragh Walsh does not waste one minute of my time and he is good value in terms of tips, ideas, skills and explanations.

Anders Toxboe offered a paid course, Building Persuasive Products and it was worth doing in the light of how media saturated we have become. he did it as a lecture style and that might not suit everyone. It pulled out the psychology of websites, and online experiences and put it together in a way that gave clarity . It was mostly what I knew but it was really helpful to see it presented in such a comprehensive manner. Some things I did not know and so am now more mindful when I am online. New awareness of how things work.

Both courses had a glitch of doubling up on the subtitles/captions through different sections. I was on my iPad . It might have been a tablet issue. It has never happened before. I was really pleased to see the captions because it assists learners.

I have my next course picked out and then shall have a really good look at what else is on offer. Normally I am too busy to have time to explore the Udemy site in full. Am happy to make good use of this time as we all keep ourselves safe.

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