Light-beam Graph, web surfing and connection to third parties


It was interesting, shocking and a bit scary to see this graph at first because I was not aware of such a software that can show me how many sites I have visited and how many third-party sites were connected to the information I viewed and when I saw that just visiting 11 sites can connect me with other 182 sites, I was shocked but as I saw such information for first time, its was interesting to know this type of technology available to us. The number of third-party sites scared me a bit because I just visited 11 sites in 20 minutes but I was being followed by 182 other sites which I was unaware of, and any of those sites could contain some malware to hack my online information/identity and of course I was never going to be aware of it as I had no idea of that before looking into this graph. This was just a 20 minute surfing and I visit lots of sites everyday so, how much of my online identity gets on risk everyday and that scared me. This graph shows the connection between the web sites I visited and the third-parties I was connected to and I do not see any single web which is not connected to at least one other web, all of them are so complicatedly attached that its hard to hard which one is related to which other site, even, the Facebook we use on daily basis and use it a lot, has a bunch of third-party sites that we never see while we visit Facebook every time but they can see what we like, what we are looking for or what interests us. I think most of these third-party sites will be looking to target consumers as they get to see what people want on internet  just by connecting to these big sites and than offer the ads of that person’s interest on websites, they visit next. Consumerism drives to Big Data as information is shared on many platforms within seconds, I would say its beneficial as things can be done in seconds and life has become much more comfortable with this sharing of data but risk of identity theft cannot be ignored either. 


Final Project Proposal

Here is the Youtube link for the Prezi presentation of our final project proposal prepared together by Kiren Malik  & Joelle Pecora.

Use of Google Syntaxes for quick and accurate results

ImageUsing proper Google Syntax can save your time and provide you with much more efficient and accurate results than just typing out randomly on google or any other search engine can. To know these few useful tips can help to make your search experience(on google) a lot easier and stress-free.

1. How would you search for an exact word or phrase?

Instead to just typing the word or phrase in google search, enclose the word/phrase in quotation marks. For example: “Blue rose” or “Canadian Federal Elections 2011”.

2. How would you search for something on a specific site?

In order to search your content on a specific website, simply, precede your search with [site:], for example: “Blue rose”, site: , and this will provide you with all the results specific to that website.

3. How would you correctly search for a definition?

If you are looking for direct definition of something, without going through different dictionary website etc, just write define before the word you are looking for. For example, define: Macbook or [define Macbook].

4. How would you search for a specific product available within a specific price range?

To search for a specific product available within a specific price range, use a few dots to create space between the two prices of your price range, after the product name. For example, [fish aquarium $200..$600].

5. How would you search for a specific filetype?

If you are looking for a document on google with specific filetype, use [filetype:] describing what type of file you want such as [filetype:ppt] or [filetype:pdf]. Search query can be typed before or after the filetype but make sure, there is no space between filetype and the type of file mentioned. For example, [Canadian wildlife Federation filetype:pdf] or [filetype:ppt Canadian wildlife Federation].

6. How would you include or ignore words in your search?

To include the word in your search, put quotation marks around the word you want to include in your search, but if you want to ignore any word in your search,simply use [-] sign before the word you wish to exclude, for example: [summer fruits-tomatoes]. 

7. How would you find related pages?

In order to find the related pages, just type in [related:] followed by URL of the website without any space. For example: []

8. How would you find a topic, searching all available synonyms of a word?

To find a topic, searching all available synonyms of a word, use [~] sign before the topic/word you are looking for, for example, [~tulips] or ~Marathon.

9. How would you find the time in another country?

This can be done by typing [time] before the name of the country with space between the two words such as [time China].

10. How would you find out how many Egyptian pounds you get for $20 Canadian dollars?

Just type in what currency you have and in which currency you would like to convert that money, for example, [20 Canadian to Egyptian pound] or “20 Canadian dollars in Egyptian Pounds”.


Please follow the links for more detailed information on google search.

How to give Your best at Social Media?

We are the generation living with the most advance technology, created so far on planet earth, and this one of the technologies is being used in form of social media such as internet and all social website like Facebook, Twitter, Google, Youtube etc, to make more & more money but how to win in that race and not to be left behind? It has become a new trend these days for Small businesses or self-employed individuals, to introduce their brand products on social media and sell it even just by working at home. A few practices can let you swim with the flow and a few mistakes can cause you to sink. A few simple steps can help you survive:

  1. Strong strategic plan: You must consider things like how much you can invest in to your business to build your social relationships and reputation online. What would You do in case of problems or crisis, do you have enough financial support, time and energy to invest.
  2. Interaction and social skills: Build relationships, not business, business will grow on its own when nurtured with honest, trustful relationships. You should have self-confidence to interact and deal with your clients, your social skills to your business are like the roots for the tree, stronger the roots, greater the product and more the benefits. 
  3. Always Listen & Respond: You should always be aware of the demands and any issue your clients have with your product or the quality of your service and always deal politely with their concerns and make sure they are satisfied with your service, greater the service; higher & positive the reputation.
  4. Remove the gap: Deal your online business as you would do in person by giving more time, know you customers, their thoughts, their culture, their needs and design or improve your product according to demand and consumer interest. 

Check out this video for more details and information on social media practices.