Sunday, November 05, 2006

IT 4 LIFE

Hey, guys~ I'm Nicole and thanks for visiting my blog. Before I get started, let me just first introduce myself:



  • I am a senior Organizational Communication, Learning & Design major at Ithaca College with a minor in Business Administration.
  • I am the Senior Class Secretary who has been charged with the mission of creating quality programming for the Class of '07ers here at IC.
  • I am a Student Government Association Senior Class Senator.
  • I am from Long Island, NY.
  • I just am.

So what's this blog about?


Well, I entered this contest to win a job shadow at Digg.com! Here's how it goes: I have to write a blog about technology for 20 days among 4 other contestants and whoever has the most readers, wins!

So why am I interested?

For me, This is an opportunity of a lifetime! If victorious, it would give me a chance to get my hands dirty with a company who is at the forefront of innovative and interactive technology today. Digg.com, for those of you who may not know, is a website about user-generated content, where a user submits their own articles and other users go on to rate it. What interests me about Digg is that user-generated content is taking over the internet--whether it’s from Myspace, Facebook, YouTube, or blogging--Users are out there dictating the future of the web, and what they say, goes. This experience would allow me to learn first hand what people behind the scenes deal with day to day in regard to planning, researching, programming, and finding innovative ways to interact with its users.

But really, my internship experiences are what triggered my interest in information technology. I've had experience working with an information architect this past summer (which focused on user experience and design on the web from start to finish) at 141 Worldwide, a creative advertising network of Ogilvy & Mather. Additionally, I helped employees learn about important organizational changes associated with a new technology at AOL the summer before last. I am also a communications major who is continuously searching for new ways for users to communicate or use tools to create shared meaning, because of this, IT has become a passion. Information Technology has and is continuously changing the way we all communicate and has become an intrinsic component of our everyday lives—this is true to the point that if you were asked to imagine a life without the internet or your favorite website, you couldn't. Either that or you'd be really upset--I know I would be. I mean, who could live without facebook and its fantastically creepy news feed? No one.

The fact is that information technology is here and is not leaving anytime soon. Therefore, my passion has become thinking of ways to make it easier for users to incorporate technology into their everyday lives--making it natural, necessary, friendly, and easy. The effects that this sort of technology has on people and the workplace is what interests me--how intoxicated we have become and how it has become so attached to our daily routines. People support what they help create; information technology makes this possible.

What you can expect to see in this blog is a college student’s perspective on technology news today. As some might expect, young people may or may not be as informed or interested in the technological trends that occur everyday. It's either we have too much going on in our lives or its just too much to digest. We need our information fast, we need it to be interesting and most importantly, relevant to our lives. Therefore, the purpose of this blog will be to synthesize information and news on technology in a way that makes it easy and quick for anyone to keep up to date on technology news and trends.

So if you're a soon-to-be grad, tune in. (If not, you should read it anyway!)

What sets most students a part from others when competing for a job is how in-the-know they are…especially with technology, which changes everyday.

Next up: Diebold voting machines: Can you put a price on democracy?

11 Comments:

At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a counter to how many people log onto your blog?

Or is it how many people comment on your posts?

 
At 10:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck from a fellow Park student Nichole.
Ithaca rules!

 
At 4:06 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

There is a hidden counter on the page. The number of votes will not be revealed until November 30.

Thank you everyone for stopping in. Please continue to. I appreciate your support.

I <3 IC. Especially Park.

 
At 9:49 AM, Blogger Atom1c said...

Eh? Where do I vote?

 
At 11:44 AM, Blogger Nicole said...

There isn't any voting; the contest is based on who gets the most readers out of the five bloggers. So keep reading! And Thank you!

 
At 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck from a fellow Ithaca Alum! I have sent the link to friends from Ithaca and Syracuse as well.

Joe Schwenk

 
At 10:53 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

Thank you so much for the support!

 
At 12:29 AM, Anonymous Frank said...

Long time no see. I love seeing fellow B-Woodians succeeding in life. Good Luck Nicole. Sounds like a great opportunity.

 
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