The inspiration for my Web presence came from a desire to use the available Web2.0 nodes to create a positive impact on visitors to the linked sites associated with this presence. Where technology is accused of creating an atmosphere of the overloading of information ever more focus is given to providing information environments tailored to the user’s needs (Johnston 1998). The design decision was taken to base the theme around the every day events and prompts which act as memory triggers for happy and positive moments from my past. In posting blog entries and tweets I was finding that many of the positive events described were areas which other people could relate to and in turn act as triggers for happy times for themselves. This is how the idea of souvenirs from the soul was chosen together with some checking of the types of available user names on Web 2.0 sites (NameChk 2013). I wanted to find an unused name, which would make sense as one word and which had not already been chosen as a user name on the nodes I wanted to use for my Web presence. After some investigation of various name options I chose the name “misouvi” to represent “my souvenirs”. My choice of Web 2.0 nodes are further explored in the next paragraph.
I chose to use a blog as my central node and found the best options for my display features, layout, budget, and update capabilities through wordpress.com. This site featured a number of templates with pre loaded menu options which were appealing in terms of my site design. I chose a template which I was able to personalise through the addition of a background image and a choice of font colours and features. As the mission for my Web presence is to provide a positive visitor experience, I wanted to design a visually pleasing layout with cheerful colour combinations and easy to navigate menus. With the design I chose through wordpress.com I was able to layout my site to include the site menus as the top of each page, the main content on the home page and down the left hand side and down the right hand side I was able to link my contributing nodes. This provides easy visibility to the site features and a logical site layout. Because the layout has features in common with other similar sites, the site satisfies a number of Human Computer Interaction Design Principles such as Visibility by putting functions in plain sight; Consistency by reusing the same layout throughout the site pages; and Affordance by naming site menus in a way that tells the user what the link does (About, Images etc) (Preece et al. 2011). The other site links feature access to and feedback from other nodes chosen to contribute to my Web 2.0 presence. As further reinforcement of the common themes and messages of my nodes, I have reused the same photo (a flower) as my user image at each node and the profile on each also includes the theme text ‘soul stored souvenirs that unexpectedly brighten the day’. My central node or blog page can be found at https://misouvi.wordpress.com.
The other Web 2.0 nodes I have chosen add value to the site concept of triggering happy memories and contribute to the site ethos of leaving the user with a positive visitor experience. I have chosen to add misouvi to Pintrest, Twitter, Flickr and Delicious. From each of these sites I have bookmarked other users sharing similar themes of contentment and contributing positive messages or updates. For example in Twitter I have chosen to follow a couple of comedians who regularly tweet funny messages and inspirational tweeters such as the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. Via Flickr I have marked as favourites inspirational photographs; via Delicious I have linked a number of positive stories and Web messages and via Pintrest I have created pin boards of positive images such as happy gatherings, beautiful gardens and physically brave endeavours. I have also uploaded my own happy images in Flickr, pinned beautiful links and images in Pintrest and created a series of positive tweets through Twitter. The misouvi user for each of these sites can be accessed via the misouvi.wordpress.com site through a series of links down the right hand side of the page. In addition to the links I have chosen to feature a selection of recent tweets from Twitter, a few photos from my favourites on Flickr and a couple of RSS feeds from the misouvi and one other related blog sites. Each of these features add interest to the misouvi nodes and enrich the visitor experience through the addition of varied contributions and giving users the potential to also contribute to the site profiles (Shuen 2008). These sites also feature a selection of the content from misouvi.wordpress.com as well as links back to this central node.
The design choices I have made in terms in selecting the misouvi blog, it’s About page and my contributing nodes demonstrates that my experience of available Web 2.0 resources has grown substantially over the course of my current study unit. For current Web presence designers there are evolving challenges with constantly increasing opportunities, flexibility and visibility of the published content of Business and Personal user accounts (Dawson 2011). With this increased visibility however comes an increase in the need for an awareness of privacy issues and potentially the need to exercise censorship in published content. Maintaining online privacy becomes a particular challenge when you consider the current fiscal value being attributed to the output of data mining and relationship mapping (Zheleva & Terzi 2012). My choices demonstrate my intention to place limits on the amount of personal exposure through censorship of photographic content, limiting the personal details posted and a utilising a selection of non political linkages. As with any evolving technologies the product’s purpose and potential application may change in the future. It is important to ensure that any public representation via Web presence, published content and associations via linkages are correct and in line with the goals and principles of the user or organisation they represent.
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