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 Profile sites are a huge hype on the internet. One of them is MySpace, which has developed into the platform for upcoming bands.

It started out as a very common profile site; members would make their own profile including blogs, photo’s and forums. They could make friends and send each other messages. Just like any other site of its kind. But the thing about MySpace was that you could put your own recorded songs on it, it turned MySpace into a well known site, especially for music lovers.

This offered the outcome for young, upcoming bands and musicians, because a profile site is the way to network. Members who shared the same taste in music could become friends and send each other the music that they liked.

Beginning musicians hoped that members of MySpace would pick up their songs, so the musicians could enjoy their fifteen minutes of fame, and maybe even more…

A good example of the rising influence of MySpace are the British Arctic Monkeys; four teens from Sheffield who created a site for fans to visit. Because of this, their own songs got hugely popular, even so that their first official single already got out and they played on fully solarctic monkeys articled-out stages. And all this before they even got signed in on a record label.

Record companies claim that they don’t look at the charts anymore to tell them whether the band is a hit or not, they look at how many friends the musicians have on MySpace. That’s understandable with at least 72 million members, and 14 million visitors -or better; fans – a day!


Our topic of debate is twitter. After some research I found out that Twitter is not all about stalking your favourite celebrity, it can actually save lives because of its fast broadcasting. an account

So, is twitter a hype, or a valuable tool for communication? I believe it is a way to over bridge the usual obstacles in communication. Twitter enriches our way of connecting, since many different groups make significant use of twitter to gather news and coordinate  responses. TV and newspapers gain information from twitter; here they can find new and usually unreachable sources of news. Twitter is smartly used by pr-agents, it gives them the possibility to market for free.  On top of it all, twitter has got a huge network; there are no boundaries such as education, age, btwitter artikelelief, sex or country.

Another aspect of twitter is that it provides very fast reporting of, otherwise, unknown news. In emergency situations, eyewitnesses tweet about what’s going on, and the news is spread rapidly, and has a tremendously big audience.  For example, eyewitnesses of the Mumbai attacks in 2008, sent approximately 80 tweets every 5 seconds, and they posted lists of dead and injured people. They also sent out essential information such as emergency phone numbers and locations of hospitals needing blood donations.

If you ask me, twitter can’t possibly be a hype, it is already intergraded in our lives and in my opinion it can only grow bigger, better and broader.

Nowadays a face-to-face meeting is not enough to update about your life; there’s Twitter, WordPress, Hyves, Facebook and Myspace. These are just a few of the many sites where you can let everyone know who you are, and what you do.

fashion collage3For instance, if you are into fashion, and like to express your mood or personality through clothes, you can start up a fashion blog. The principle is the same as a regular weblog, except this is about what you wear, why you wear it, and every detail you’d like to share with people who are interested and inspired by you and your outfit. Not only does a weblog give personal information, but it can also cover many things such as clothing and accessories. They can be more specific and only have one main topic, such as shoes or hairstyles, or about the items of a huge brand. Blogs can cover many levels of fashion, but many of them are about regular people; what their take is on fashion and about outfits worn by people on the street.

The fashion industry takes a lot of benefit from the blogs. Because fashion depends for a great deal on trends, and weblogs provide a new way for people to pass on these trends. So blogs have a huge influence on the overall fashion industry.
A fashion journalist even said this about the weblogs influence: ”Before a designer’s runway show has even finished, you can bet your bottom dollar that someone in the audience – or better still, backstage – has recorded every silhouette, signature shoe, styling detail and sulking supermodel, then uploaded it onto the internet for style watchers across the globe to enjoy!”

Hi there!

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I’m Céline, the right one on the photo. The one with the curly hairdo is my best friend; Annemieke. We’ve lived in the same town for several years, but now I’ve moved to Utrecht. This year I started on HU, doing  a study called ICM.
I really enjoy participating in the courses, like individual&communication, research studies, personal development, english and webskills. For the last course the assignment is to write two articles about any subject you like, and also an article of debate, with as topic Twitter!

So you’ll see my educational development soon, hope you’ll enjoy it!


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