What Is The Difference Between Produsage and Production?
“Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what we’re doing.”
– Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia co-founder)
The definition of Wikipedia, by Wikipedia is described as “a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project operated by the Wikimedia Foundation and based on an openly editable model.”
According to the website, there are 4,308,102 content articles, 30,900,505 pages, 633,776,243 edits and 19,510,274 registered users.
Wikipedia is one of the things that can, and has been created by a community of produsers. Originally, encyclopedias had to be bought in order to have access to general knowledge. Now, with user’s ability to add and edit articles within Wikipedia, it has become the western world’s most visited and referenced website for acquiring knowledge.
Produsage may replace production with some online communities and social media platforms though ultimately, it will still require an original founder, and an administrative base.
Facebook has proven to be a more efficient communicative tool as opposed to phone calls or text messaging for many people. With free sign-up and access, Facebook is a much easier way to connect with friends overseas, or simply those who you may not see regularly, but who you are interested in maintaining contact with.
Many users utilize Facebook as a news source, a place for online gaming, and even a place to meet and make new friends.
Many people utilise multiple SNS, and of the most commonly accessed daily by students and young people Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are right up there. Facebook is used to connect with those you know, Twitter is a highly regarded and referred to as a news source, and Instagram gives it’s photo-loving members the ability to share photos. Each of these SNS allows its members to present themselves in the way they wish. Each platform is customizable, and free to use.
Some earlier social networking sites including SixDegrees.com and Friendster, even though initially being popular (Friendster, for example, garnered over 3M members in the first 3 months of it’s launch) suffered a downfall due to many factors.
Launched in the 90’s, and being of the first social networking platforms, SixDegrees was succeeded by newer, more advanced platforms, one of which included Friendster, launched in 2002. Using a similar concept to SixDegrees, Friendster utilized the ‘friend’ concept which included ‘adding’ and having a ‘circle of friends’ online of which one could easily view and ‘connect’ with. It wasn’t until MySpace was launched in 2003 which then saw Friendster proving to become less popular with securing and maintaining members, as MySpace was perceived as being more trendy, and gave it’s members more freedom, such as allowing the use of video and music on one’s profile.
Many people of the 20-25 year age group, began their experience in social media on MySpace. It was almost seen as a competition as to whom would be listed, and where, on a online friend’s “Top Friends”, a MySpace feature, and frequent topic of online and offline conversation. In retrospect, this competitiveness seemed rather childish, and possibly contributed to why many people chose to move on to a platform a little more mature, and less discriminative, like Facebook.
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