Best of International Week

After careful deliberation Christian, Mike, and I are pleased to announce this week’s best post….

!!!!CONGRATULATIONS KELLY!!!! and your post 12 zeros gone and Zimbabwe continues to struggle.

We would like to give Brooke and her post Using Soccer to Decrease the Prevalence of HIV/AIDS in South Africa a shout out for being our runner up.

We would also like to recognize Derek for his thoroughly researched and well written post, Peru: A Lesson in Rapid Development and Organizational Corruption.

BlOrg Theory please read on….

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Google Creates a “Buzz” in Social Networking

On Tuesday, February 9, Google introduced a new social networking service called Google Buzz.  Buzz gives Gmail users the opportunity to share statuses, photos, and videos.  Sound familiar?  This new service will be in tight competition with Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace in the social networking industry.  A New York Times article entitled “With Buzz, Google Plunges into Social Networking” explains why the popular search engine is branching out. Continue reading

Facebook as an Organization

When you think about organizations, Facebook probably is not the first one that comes to mind. In addition, most people probably overlook the fact that Facebook is an organization altogether. And although it might not be something that people consider, this social networking tool has developed into a community that fits the standard definition of what an organization is. Facebook is a true social structure that was created to help people achieve the common goal of interacting with each other and sharing information that others want to see. It is a complex network of individuals from all over the world who can come together in one place and achieve this goal.

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How far does the internet go

This post from the spring of 2007 focused on the internet, and how it now brings information to the public at an ever increasing rate. Focusing on the Virginia Tech shootings, the post remarks on how 5 years ago (at the time of the post) the public would have had far less access to information about individuals, both public and private. This post interested me because I find the issue of the internets reach into the live of individuals, and the ability it gives other to access potentially sensitive information, to be important to address. The strength of this post was in its ability to cause the reader to actively think about the degree to which personal information is now available; and the audience that exists for such information. Still, I felt that while addressing pornographic motivation for internet technology innovation is important, it seemed to leave out more worrying information about the internets access to information. For example, I thought that the article could have mentioned the fact that the largest sponsor of social networking sites like Facebook is the federal government; who does so because it allows them access to a huge amount of information on millions of members. Consequently, the article could have been improved, and brought more up to date, by addressing more issues focusing on how the internet has given the individual or organization the ability to violate the privacy of others.

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