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Activity – Examples

2 Nov

This website Random Acts is a site for the organisation Random Acts. I trust this site with my donations to the charity because I know it’s directly linked with the charity because of the .org means it’s an organisation.

The Johnnie Walker website can be considered credible because it has won an award in the 2010 Ektron All Stars Awards for being the “Best Brand Site”.

The Intimo website is for women to buy lingerie online. Upon first appearance I would trust this site to produce the good I pay for based purely on the fact that I find the design aesthetically pleasing because it’s neat and pretty.

When I first saw DeviantArt I didn’t really trust it. I didn’t want to put my art work on the site because I feared it would get taken and someone else would take the credit for it. But with experience I learnt that you can put a watermark over your art so people can’t take it.

Question Three – Credibility

2 Nov

There are a number of things that will have an impact on how we judge the credibility of a website, some help us trust a site and others make us have less of a sense of security within the site. It is important to have a site with credibility if you wish for it to be successful because people will not participate in anything to do with a website if they do not trust it.
Things that improve a websites credibility:

– The site is regularly updated
– The author of the content is clearly displayed
– The authors has some experiences in the field in which they are discussing
– You can create an account within the site that requires conformation via the email address you provided
– If you are clearly provided with contact information
Things that don’t improve a websites credibility:

– The site is not regularly updated
– The author isn’t displayed
– There is no author and the information can be edited by anyone
– If there is the authors name displayed but no evidence of them having experience in the field they are discussing
– If the site regularly malfunctions
– If there is no contact information

Question Two – Wikipedia

2 Nov

Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites on the internet, especially for high school and university students doing assignments. When you are researching something on a search engine, such as Google or Yahoo, Wikipedia will be one of the first websites that is suggested to you. Its increasing popularity is possibly due to the fact that it has so much information in an instant on basically everything, in one place. But, the problem with Wikipedia is that anybody with a computer can place information on the site and even edit the things that other people have put on the site. This is why I believe this is one of the core reasons Wikipedia isn’t accepted as a reference in this assignment. While some information may be true there is still no guarantee.
Also, on a Wikipedia entry the person who created it can reference at the information at the bottom of the page. So this makes it difficult to know who you are actually referencing, and what if something that has been referenced then gets edited by another user.

Question 1 – Summary

2 Nov

When people are looking for information on a certain topic the internet is one of the first resources they turn to. Internet is such a large part of our culture now so it is important to understand what we can trust when doing research online. We need to understand how to recognise the signs of a website with credibility and one without credibility. Credibility essentially means how believable the information is. (Fogg, B. J. 2003).

One way to tell if a site has credibility is if you can identify the author of the content. (Struthers, K. 2004). If you can identify an author you at least know that the site isn’t open to anyone to say what they think. You then what to see if the author is an expert in the field in which you are researching. If the author wishes to increase their credibility they should also inform the reader of the date in which their information is relevant. (Hously, S. N/A).

Internet users also judge credibility by how the site is presented. (Lazar, J., Meiselwitz, G., Feng, J. 2007). So it is important to understand the elements of design and use them to your advantage in order to create a website that people trust.

Works Cited

Fogg, B. J. (2003). Credibility and the world wide web. In persuasive technology: Using computers to change what we think and do. Amsterdam: Morgan Kaufman Publishers.

Struthers, K. (2004). Assessing the credibility of online sources. Retrieved from http://www.webcredible.co.uk/user-friendly-resources/web-credibility/assessing-credibility-online-sources.shtml

Housley, S. (N/A) Questioning online credibility. Retrieved from http://www.feedforall.com/questioning-credibility-online.htm

Lazar, J., Meiselwitz, G., Feng, J. (2007). Understanding web credibility: A synthesis of the research literature. Hanover, MA: Publishers INC.