WEEK SEVEN – Lecture
Mailing Lists: Subscribers post and reply to messages. Messages are sent to the List Server to be distributed.
Easy to use, and offers a way to communicate with other Internet users with similar interests.
For example, I belong to a number of mailing lists that focus on the interests of virtual business owners. Although the messages can become cumbersome, they offer tips and constructive suggestions regarding working on the Internet from a home office.
Usenet: Is an international discussion board that accepts continuous messages. These discussions spring up, flourish, and die. They are interesting, but difficult to read because they are not always monitored, and the messages often stray from the main point. The advantage is that you go to them, rather than having the discussion delivered to your email box.
FAQ: (Frequently Asked Questions) FAQs list and answer the types of questions that someone unfamiliar with the Internet might ask.
Egroups: Are monitored subject-oriented discussions, where the user must get permission from the group monitor before posting. You must register and be accepted by the Group Sponsor.
Keep your comments brief and to the point.
If you post the same message to more than one site, state the other sites.
Inform the reader what you already know about your question.
If you fee that the responses will be numerous or boring to the other readers, request that responses be sent to your email box directly.
Always read the directions for joining a discussion group – and the instructions for unsubscribing.
Newsgroups: There is very little “news” in newsgroups. Newsgroups are similar to electronic bulletin boards where strangers post messages, and other strangers reply by email.
Chat Rooms: Chatting is a very popular activity on the Internet. It is done using “User Names” or “Nicknames”. Real names are rarely uses. Consider yourself WARNED! You do not know who you are speaking with. Lurk for a while and get a feel for the conversations before you jump in.
INTERACTIVE CHATTING SOFTWARE:
HUMAN CLICK: http://www.humanclick.com/
Download from ZDNet FREE - http://www.zdnet.com/downloads/stories/info/0,10615,56286,00.html
SKILLSTREAM CHAT SOFTWARE: http://www.onlinecsr.com/
ICQ (Plus FREE download): http://web.icq.com/
AOL INSTANT MESSENGER: http://www.aol.com/aim/homenew.adp (FREE download)
Do a search for “interactive chat” to find CHAT ROOMS – EX: http://www.topica.com/
MUSIC: Winamp comes with Netscape 6.1: http://www.shoutcast.com/waradio.phtml - free music from the Internet
http://forums.winamp.com/ - Winamp Community Boards
Claims to be a list of FREE Web sites (but note that it is dated 1996): http://members.tripod.com/~jpsp1/sites.html
For the rest of tonight’s lecture, we are going to let an Internet site do the teaching. The following happens to be the most-inclusive site I have found on the Internet, and it covers everything that we have been learning.
The Internet Detective - http://sosig.ac.uk/desire/internet-detective.html
This online tutorial contains overviews, exercises, worked examples, and quizzes that provide an introduction to the issues of information quality and critical evaluation skills when using the Internet. There's also an excellent module on analyzing URLs.
Free registration is required to set a cookie that will allow users to return to the site as necessary and work through the tutorial at their own pace (straight through takes 1 to 3 hours).
Developed by staff at The Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT) at the University of Bristol. (The review has been copied from http://lii.org/search - The Librarians Index to the Internet.)