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*This page provides a general outline to assist in the organization of research topics related to your assigned Web 2.0 Application.
Web 2.0 Formatting Examples:
-Questions to consider: How was the application developed? How does the application work? Are there any ways to use this application alongside others?
Ping.fm was launched on March 7, 2008. Why was Ping. fm created? Creators Sean McCullough, CEO and Ryan Merket, co-founder were members of multiple social networking sites and did not enjoy the hassle of updating each network thus Ping.fm was created. Ping.fm is a micro-blogging site that allows the members to connect their social networks to one place so they can update every site through one. Users may also blog and upload pictures through Ping.fm. Members can connect networks such as Facebook, Myspace, Windows Live Messenger, and many others. Ping.fm is powered by LAMP which stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP.
<Danielle-Ping.fm is a microblogging website. If you update your Ping.fm status, you can also update your other social networking profiles, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.>
<Laura-The orignal PING stood for "Packet Internet Grooper" and it was used by people from DARPA to test another site called ARPANET. Now everybody ca make a PING site and it will update all of your social networking sites.>
II. How "Application Title" Relates to other Applications
-Questions to consider: How does this application compare to the competitors? What are some unique uses of this specific application?
<Danielle- Ping.fm really isn't a competetive website because if you update Ping.fm, you're basically updating all your social netowrking profiles. Ping is unique because you can create videos and send them to people when needed.>
<Laura- Like Danielle said Ping isn't really a competetive site, but it works kind of like a sonar system. This allows you to be able to update all of your social networking profiles all together and almost at once.>
<Rebekah Allen- Here is a similar feature to Ping.fm but it's for Macs, Nambu http://microblink.com/tag/pingfm/>
III. Real World Application
-This section will include 3 Lesson Plans for each Elementary, Secondary, and Post Secondary levels. One out of the three needs to be STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) related.
-An additional section under this heading will provide information about how this application can be used in a Business/Industry Setting.
<Danielle- Ping.fm would be good to use in businesses because you can chat with other people who have Ping.fm profiles, you can send out videos to co-workers, and you can update other profiles. >
<Laura- Ping is very effective for smaller business that are really trying to get out there. Many of them have social networking sites for the business and ping could update them a lot faster and uncomplicate things for the owners.>
<Adam- One lesson plan could be for an economics class. In January of 2010, Seesmic, a company that makes a lot of twitter applications, acquired Ping. You could relate a lesson about corporations acquiring other corporations.
IV. Demonstration of Educational Value
<Ping.fm would be good to use in school. For example, Purdue uses Hotseat. I could update Hotseat by using Ping! Teachers could also use Ping.fm to list homework assignments/due dates or inform students about a quiz or a test.>
<Laura- Ping would be a good source for schools, because students could work on group projects easier from home together. Teachers could interact with one another and their students by posting assingments and trading ideas.>
<Adam- Students are on many different combinations of social networking sites, and check one particular site more than another. If you as a teacher are on a whole bunch of networking sites, you can have your students friend you/ follow you/ whatever else they're called on each of these sites. By using Ping, you can update your status to say, "Quiz tomorrow chapters 7 & 8," and a majority of students will then be reminded that there is a quiz tomorrow no matter what social networking site they're on.
V. How "Application Name" is used Internationally?
-Provide examples and/or information about how this application can be used in countries outside of the United States.
<Laura-Other countries around the world could use ping just like we do here in the states.>
<Adam- Anyone with the internet can update their ping, but until April 2009, only people with American phone numbers could update their ping via cell phone. Now people with European phone numbers can also update their ping via cell phone.>