This portion of the site presents you
with different types of information ranging from informative
sites related to our studies, to instant messaging systems,
and, finally, to our classmates' studies.
Links :: Instant Messaging Systems ::
Other Projects by Our Peers ::
Stanford University's website.
You can find various information ranging from admissions
to academics to dorm life.
Program in Writing and Rhetoric
The Program in Writing and
Rhetoric, affectionately referred to as PWR by Stanford
students is a required freshman course. In it, students
learn the various tools to writing good papers and finish
off their PWR requirement by writing a research paper.
"The Pew Internet &
American Life Project will create and fund original,
academic-quality research that explores the impact of
the Internet on children, families, communities, the
work place, schools, health care and civic/political
life. The Project aims to be an authoritative source
for timely information on the Internet's growth and
societal impact, through research that is scrupulously
impartial." (Taken from Pew's About
Center for Communication Policy
The UCLA CCP publishes comprehensive
reports on the effect of the Internet on various sociological
issues. "The UCLA Center for Communication Policy
is a forum for the discussion and development of policy
alternatives addressing the leading issues in media
and communication. Communication policy at its core
begins with the individual and the family." (Taken
from the CCP's About
the Center page.)
Center for Cyberculture Studies
Although has very little research
to do with instant messaging, this site provides much
research about various online cultures, of which instant
messaging is slowly forming its own niche. "The
Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies is an online,
not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to research,
teach, support, and create diverse and dynamic elements
of cyberculture. Collaborative in nature, RCCS seeks
to establish and support ongoing conversations about
the emerging field, to foster a community of students,
scholars, teachers, explorers, and builders of cyberculture,
and to showcase various models, works-in-progress, and
on-line projects." (Taken from RCCS's main page.)
The Stanford Institute for
the Quantitative Study of Society (SIQSS) studies the
social effects of the Internet and attempts to determine
the ramifcations of this information revolution. It
takes a scientific, unbiased approach to determining
the social change brought about by the Internet revolution.
They publish IT & Society.
IT & Society, short for Internet Technology
and Society, is a scholarly web-journal, that publishes
the results and findings of SIQSS scholars.
|Instant Messaging Systems
One of the most popular forms
of instant messaging. Easy to use. All you need to do
is sign up for a permanent screen name and set up a
buddy list. It currently has SMS (text messaging to
cell phones) capabilites.
While the authors of this site
hardly use ICQ--short for "I seek you"--anymore,
ICQ is still an important legacy in the development
of instant messaging. Currently owned by AOL / Time
Warner, ICQ requires, instead of a screen name, a number
unique to the user given upon registration. A common
reason for the discontinued use of ICQ is its file size
and system requirements, but ICQ, unlike AIM, keeps
logs of all messages and allows one's screen names to
A relatively new instant messaging
system and realtively unknown to the authors of this
site. Download for yourself and see. It allows other
Yahoo! users surfing Yahoo! sites to see if you are
Microsoft's version of an IM
system. Though less successful than its AOL counterpart,
MSN Messenger is quickly becoming a popular IM program
because of its innovative smileys. It is also able to
hold real-time, Internet video chatting, checking MSN
e-mail accounts, and other functions (exclusive to Microsoft
Networks, of course) aside from instant messaging. MSN
Messenger comes prepackaged with Internet Explorer.
The best of all four worlds.
While Trillian is still a software under development
(by Cerulean Studios) and hence has many glitches, bugs,
and the like, the advantage it has over the other four
is its ability to cross-talk--I can talk to my AIM,
ICQ, Yahoo! Messenger, and MSN Messenger friends simultaneously.
In essence, Trillian is the unified IM system.
|Projects of Our Peers
Online: Online Purchasing, File Sharing and Music Services
This site presents the studies
of Hazella Bowmani, Sara Hernandez-Villegas, and Nicholas
Miyake, also students in our Stanford writing class.
Their study pertains to Internet commerce and the free
market online--more specifically, the proliferation
Jennifer Chien and Tommy Grano
of Stanford University conducted studies related to
the evolution of language in the context of Stanford
University. This site presents their study clearly and
integrates various linguistic theories. Grano examines
the attitude of Stanford students towards particular
forms of Netspeak (i.e. "l8r," "brb,"
"g2g," et al.). Chien explores the academic
effects of the long term use of Netspeak.
University Residence Dorms: Virtual and Real-Space Community
Albert Andersen and Sonia Samagh
investigate the nature of community in Stanford University
dorms manifested in the dorm mailing list. Because a
dorm community provides a real-space foundation for
the online extension, Anderson and Samagh want to determine
the outcome of such interaction by examining e-mail
messages and, for Anderson in particular, flames.
Community: A Learning Process
Candace Frazier, Rebecca Thal,
and Tam Vo take a spin on the presentation of their
reports by using a weblog format instead of a website.
They explore various virtual communities ranging from
the greater Stanford community to a theatrical group
and finally a Yahoo! group. They intend to explore these
communities more in depth by creating a community of
their own--the group weblog.