NEW MEDIA TOOLS are methods of interactive communication that rely upon a computer or mobile device with Internet access. New media tools allow the creation, publication, modification and distribution of information using simple tools. Among the most popular tools used to share content are text messaging, blogs, social networks, podcasts and RSS feeds.

BLOGS

LEARN:
A blog (or Web log) is a Web site published on the Internet that allows information and ideas to be shared via regular entries (also known as posts). Blogs allow content – which feature text, images and links – to be shared and discussed. Blogs range from informal online journals to official organizational or news sources.

EXAMPLES: WordPress, Tumblr

WATCH: Common Craft’s Video “Blogs in Plain English”:
http://www.commoncraft.com/blogs

USE:
WiseGeek’s “How Can I Start My Own Blog”:
http://www.wisegeek.com/how-can-i-start-my-own-blog.htm

MASHUPS

LEARN:
A mashup integrates data, presentation or functionality from several sources into one tool that creates a new service.

EXAMPLES: Yahoo Pipes, Dapper

USE: http://www.programmableweb.com/howto

MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS

LEARN:
Wireless devices and cellular phones are used in mobile communications to send, receive and view information. Users of mobile devices can access Web sites and download applications (or apps) to receive specific details and can use text messaging (or texting) to share information that includes text, video, audio and photos.

USE:
CTIA, an international nonprofit wireless association:
http://www.ctia.org/consumer_info/safety/index.cfm/AID/10671

PHOTO SHARING SITES

LEARN:
Photo sharing sites enable users to upload, store, edit and share photos. In addition to the photos, users may include comments and descriptions.

EXAMPLES: Shutterfly, Flickr

WATCH: http://www.commoncraft.com/video/online-photo-sharing

USE: http://photodoto.com/photo-sharing-websites/

PODCASTS

LEARN:
Podcasts are digital audio or video file, typically part of a themed series, that can be downloaded from a Web site to your computer or other media players. Subscriptions are available through podcast directories and are typically free.

USE:
http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/audio/articles/78774.aspx
http://www.digitaltrends.com/how-to/how-to-make-a-podcast/

RSS FEEDS

LEARN:
Real Simple Syndication (or RSS) feeds allow users to receive content from many Web sites – including breaking news, blog posts and podcasts. Users subscribe to feeds and receive updates through email or an RSS reader. This tool reverses the process of searching for new content and instead the new content is delivered to the reader.

WATCH: http://www.commoncraft.com/rss_plain_english

USE: http://www.rss-specifications.com/create-rss-feed.htm

SOCIAL BOOKMARKING

LEARN:
Social bookmarking is a method of searching, storing and organizing Web sites. Saving links to these Web pages is called bookmarking. They are tagged with keywords for easy access and organization. The bookmarks may be kept private or shared.

EXAMPLES: delicious, diigo, digg and reddit

WATCH: http://www.commoncraft.com/bookmarking-plain-english

USE: http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/social-bookmarking-websites

SOCIAL NETWORK SITES

LEARN:
Social networking sites enable users to share information with online communities by sending messages, uploading photos and videos, joining groups, and posting events.

EXAMPLES: Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn

WATCH: http://www.commoncraft.com/video-social-networking

USE: http://www.learnthenet.com/learn-to-social-network/

TEXT MESSAGING

LEARN:
Sending information via cellular and smart phones is called text messaging. The information can include text, photos, audio and video – and a single message may be sent to one or several phones.

USE: http://www.wikihow.com/Send-a-Text-Message

TWITTER

LEARN:
Twitter allows users to interact with others in a social network by sharing information via short messages. Users send “tweets” no longer than 140 characters via computer of mobile phone. Users may follow one another’s tweets by signing up with Twitter.

WATCH: http://www.commoncraft.com/Twitter

USE: https://support.twitter.com/articles/215585-twitter-101-getting-started-with-twitter

VIDEO SHARING SITES

LEARN:
Uploading and sharing online videos is possible through video sharing sites. Users may also exchange comments and messages.

EXAMPLES: YouTube and Vimeo

USE: http://video-share-review.toptenreviews.com/

WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND WEB CONFERENCES

LEARN:
A webinar features a unidirectional flow of information from speaker to viewer is called a webinar. It is often possible for the viewer to provide feedback via telephone.

A webcast may be unidirectional or conversational. It is an Internet broadcast that uses the computer for viewing and telephone for interaction. Webcasts may be live or recorded

A more interactive tool is the web conference featuring real-time meetings on the Internet. Using personal computers, participants interact with others via the Internet.
These methods are recordable for convenient viewing.

EXAMPLES: WebEx, GoTo Webinar, and ReadyTalk.

WATCH: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/playback/Playback.do?id=0cduh6pk

USE: http://www.idealware.org/articles/few-good-online-conferencing-tools-0

WEB WIDGETS

LEARN:
The web widget is a small program a user can easily add to a Web site, blog or social network. Widgets enable users a range of possibilities that include embedding weather reports, advertisements, photo viewers, surveys, news headlines, etc. Widgets may be easily created or copied.

EXAMPLES: Clearspring, Gigya, Widgetbox and Sprout

USE:
http://www.wikihow.com/Install-Widgets-on-Your-PC
http://www.masternewmedia.org/how-to-create-a-widget-guide-to-the-best-web-widgets-creation-tools-and-services/

WIKIS

LEARN:
A wiki is a Web site that allows collaboration by allowing users to edit the content.

EXAMPLES: Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia

WATCH: http://www.commoncraft.com/video-wikis-plain-english

USE: http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/wiki