Personal Website

Introduction

This study examines the accuracy of personality impressions based on personal websites, a rapidly growing medium for self-expression, where identity claims are predominant. Personal web site or web pages are World Wide Web pages created by an individual to publish or keep content of a personal issue instead of on behalf of organizations. The usage of Personal web pages are often merely for entertainment purposes or passing information to the viewers. Media theorists like Joshua Meyrowitz (1985) have contended that the adoption of new media appears to involve a blurring of the boundaries of public and private. For instance biography information, curriculum vitae (CV) the authors of personal web pages inform their audiences about their hobbies, interests what they do as well as where they spent the day etc. This type of web pages is an effective way of expressing your opinion and publicity which would otherwise, simply would not have been possible to be aired. The contents of a web page are published automatically on globally. Kelly (1995) suggests that home pages are a medium in which conventional relationships between public and private are visibly in the process of transformation. John Seabrook (1995) explains that while a home in the real world is a way of keeping the world out, an online home on the other hand is drilling a hole in the wall of your real home to let the world explore your home.

Web History

The history of the World Wide Web (WWW) and commonly known as the Web was invented by CERN physicist Tim Berners-Lee. Tim Berners-Lee and his team from CERN (Centre European Research Nuclear) brought together the technologies required to be able to communicate and share documents using Web browsers in a multi-platform environment. The first proposal came to the world in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee. On 30 April 1993, Tim and his team CERN announced that the World Wide Web would be free to use for anyone.

The World Wide Web has grown extremely over the past decade and the growth of web servers across the web, the rapid adoption of hyper-text of markup language(HTML), which made access information in the forms of hundreds of millions of web pages that are linking together. The way information has been accessed has changed by the web.

Personal Web Pages Types

There can be two types of Personal web pages based to their intended audiences, one type is a personal web pages that in solely designed for certain people to use or view the contents of the personal web Pages (PWP) regardless whether the user can interact with web pages or not. One example of these PWP is like my intended future web page (OsmanHawala.co.uk). I live in Birmingham and work for a money transferring company call Dahabshiil which has branches over 50 countries and from time to time I travel around and sometimes I spend many days away from my wife, children as well as friends and colleagues. So my PWP is my diary, as I log on every day, many times and update the contents. Hence, members of my family and friends can have up to date information of my whereabouts. So this type of PWP is called personal portal and many people like me, such as teachers, company managers, business travelers and many more have this type of PWP.

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Figur 1 is Example of Personal Portal or To Do List Website

Usually, the employers of these authors provide the required facility to run and maintain these PWP like host Server. The second type of PWP is slightly different as it is designed for larger audiences, who can create their own profile in the registration process. They can view the contents of the PWP and also input their own opinion but these can be monitored by the author so the users will refrain posting an offending messages, example of these type of PWP are celebrity (singers, footballers film producers or directors, etc) all have personal websites in which fans can follow their legend or stars. These PWP are rather more professional than the previous type, and most of them are their official website and they are authorized by the celebrity (Author) but maintained by an individual or company directly associated with the celebrity to be labeled an "official website." This designation is often a seal of approval and an assurance to the public that the information provided on the site (including press releases, tour dates, and promotional materials) has been authored or approved by the celebrity in question. Sometimes on the news we hear stories about a particular celebrity (PWP owner) which has been retrieved from his/her own web site. In addition, often press releases are printed on their PWP and this proves the importance of this tool, in particular for people who have followers and the contents of the PWP are liable to the owner.

Is a personal website part of social network?

Before this question is answered, it is important to touch a little bit of what is a social network. First social networks sites include Youtube, Facebook, Twiter, Bebo and many more. As the name indicates this type of web pages is for social purposes, virtually, peoples can know each other, have friendship or may be even get married without never meeting, as was on the news a few weeks ago that Pakistani cricket captain Shoaib Malik married a famous Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and during the wedding, a lady claiming that she is the groom’s wife appeared. And though initially he denied, he later admitted that he married her over the internet, although he never met her before and this illustrates the role social networking plays in our society. Furthermore, social networks have a profound and life changing impact on its users, these days every internet user (mainly young) accesses into at least one of these social networks sites such as Yuotube and Facebook, for viewing others views or broadcast their own views.
Now coming back to the question of, is Personal websites part of the social network, as explained in the introductory part PWP are used as communication tool between the authors and their audiences. As they publish their view and users can also interact with PWP by inputting something onto the PWP, for example someone can argue that they are part of the social network sites although the PWP audiences can be limited compared to social network users. Furthermore the social network sites are owned by large organization and they are designed to generate large profit from these users by placing linked adverts where as the PWP are mainly designed to exchange information or one product sale such as a singer whose his/her music can be downloaded from his/her PWP.

Web Technology

The web technology is an internet system that supports particularly formats documents which are formatted in a script called Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) that supports other pages, audio, videos and Images. In a website page the information is presented using the following technologies: HTML, JAVASCRIPT, JSP, ASP, XML, CSS, and JDBC. There is also number of web developer application tools which makes the developer easy to create or build a website. FrontPage, Dreamweaver, Flash and Visual web developer are a portion of the web application tools.

Personal website & Blogs

Personal website is World Wide Web page which have been around since the early days of the web. The early generation of personal website was static. There are a number of HTML pages, which are client and server based. Furthermore, the website technology has developed and websites has more features such as a connected database and this makes it more dynamic even though it is still one-way communication. Some people argue PWP is a two ways communication because many personal websites now have added discussion forum and feedback form, while blog is basically a journal that is available on the web, plus blogs are frequently updated. The blogs links are not as old as personal websites, but it is far from a static link list, as a blog consists of many relatively short posts, usually time-stamped, and are organised in reverse chronology so that a reader will always see the most recent post first.

The main differences between blogs and personal websites are:

Website Blog
Static Daynamic
Needs technical knowledge in coding No needs technical knowledge in coding
Website pages are broken up by Static Pages and Categories Blogs are written more like a journal
There is usually no feature that automatically notifies your readers of the update This RSS feed will notify your readers when you have updated your Blog with a new post

Conclusion

Personal websites are World Wide Web pages that are created by individuals to publish information or to keep content of personal issues. The purpose of a PWP is primarily to pass information onto interested people, such as relatives or in respect of celebrities, their fans or supporters. However, PWP can also be used for other entertainment purposes or for advertisement, announcements etc. The owner of the PWP is solely liable for the content on his/her PWP. Some of the web application tools used to create PWP include HTML, JAVASCRIPT, JSP, ASP, XML, CSS, and JDBC. Personal web pages offer a simple, and often free mechanism to take just about anything you can store on your computer and share the information with others: such as opinions on current events, photos of friends etc.
The types of PWP people publish vary tremendously, not just in terms of content but also with respect of their quality, the sophistication of their presentation and their purpose. PWP’s are similar to blogs as they have a lot of common features however, there are fundamental differences between them and the key distinctions are that PWP are static, whereas blogs are more dynamic and also no technical knowledge is required when coding compared to PWP. PWP are broken up by Static Pages and Categories, in contrast blogs are written more like journals and also they are more frequently updated.

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