Trust Markers

Trust Markers

A trusted search engine starts the search journey but once users have typed their search query into Google, the focus then shifts to the individual’s bias toward certain markers and the selection process begins. The search and selection process is essential to analyse if we want to understand how and...
... customise the chrome extension for researchers

… customise the chrome extension for researchers

The Google Chrome extension for researchers, is a hack of an existing Google extension whereby an individual can email a URL to a friend. My hack of the extension hopefully provides researchers with a new way of collecting data from research participants on the Internet. Read more and see the extension...
Chrome extension: Just Trust Me

Chrome extension: Just Trust Me

  In nearly every search diary that I received from the 10 participants that took part in my research project, Google was the place where the search for online information began. Google was quite literally, the source of all online knowledge. Calling upon Eli Pariser’s (2011) hypothesis of the danger...
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... create an infographic

… create an infographic

Infographics used to be expensive, time-consuming and quite tricky to put together. It’s not that way anymore. I recently discovered a number of websites that allow you to create your own infographics using already designed templates. They’re really easy to use. Most of them allow you to choose between a wide variety of background colours,...
... set up and host your own Wordpress blog

… set up and host your own WordPress blog

Being able to set up and host your own WordPress blog is a great idea for many reasons. As a researcher/ethnographer/sociologist, it means that you get to ‘own’ a space in which to present your project. That space is controlled by you and has the potential to become a place for engagement and participation. It’s...
Search behaviour: case #1

Search behaviour: case #1

*please note, in the above circle “1B & 3A”, the word “expert” refers to specific individuals as well as the online community that have posted ratings and comments on a website. Examples of search diary entries: #1: Georgina, 20yrs, third year student Query: I wanted to find a dog parlour in Grahamstown to wash my...
Search behaviour: case #2

Search behaviour: case #2

Examples of search diary entries:  #1: Kyle, 20yrs, first year student Query: Information on Identity and Diversity in Anthropology Search: I went onto Google and searched ‘Identity and Diversity’. I recognised John Locke as a theorist on this topic so I opened a link to that site. I the narrowed my search to ‘Identity and Diversity Anthropology’...

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