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‘Online access ‘a human right’

that is what Mark Zuckerberg (founder of facebook) said when he realized that the majority of our world population have no access to the ‘world wide web’.

For us, it is a matter of course that we have online access almost everywhere. It is rather strange nowadays, when you visit someone who has no wifi, because we are used to be connected all the time.

We are the digital natives ! 

My first online interaction started with Myspace - a social network platform with a strong music emphasis, which enables you to create an own profile using html, upload pictures and participate in different groups. I had no similarities with the people in my school or my hometown, and myspace helped me find people with the same interests, because the average user was between 15-25 years old. And the most important thing about it is, that i met my best friend through Myspace 6 years ago. 

Then appeared Facebook and a lot of people switched to it, because of a broader community. I am a member of Facebook since 2008 and i’m using it since 2009, and to be honest i love it. Starting with the staying briefed about your favorite bands,artists or movies, right through to be informed about events and occasions like birthdays. Since my friends and family are spread all over the world, Facebook is my main connection. Especially since i moved to the Hague, Facebook is a good opportunity for me to keep in touch with them. Beside the groups i use for my study, (project community, new open innovator…) i am a member of groups, where streetwear or sneakers were sold or exchanged, since I have a passion for vintage sneakers. As i mentioned in my blogpost last week, for me, privacy and being aware of your digital identity, is very crucial. I don’t post and show anything in the internet without being aware of what happens with it afterwards. I think it’s insensate to show too much of yourself, like fartkid did ! But i think it’s possible to find a balance between these things. 

and i like the fact (:

Beside the social network communities i use platforms to listen and find music, like YouTube, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Discogs or Beatport. These are These are Websides, where you can upload and share music or buy and exchange Vinyls. Another platform based on music is ResidentAdvisor, which is one of my most visited pages. The focus is more on electronic music. I have my own profile, where i can add my favorite artists, clubs and labels, so i stay briefed about events and news.

In addition to this blog, i have another blog, which i basically use for collecting and sharing my favorite pictures. I like to comb through various websides like tumblr, weheartit or google, and discover new stuff.

Before i came here to study, i was a member of Kleiderkreisel, which is a  platform to buy, sell and exchange clothes, jewelry, shoes and so on. I think it’s great because i could sell or exchange the clothes i didn’t wear anymore and earn money in the same time.

Last to mention my beloved e-mail account. Since i managed to fix the setting of my account and got familiar with all the available features, i love using it. No matter what i buy or pay online, i get a receive for it in my inbox. My e-mails are split in 4 groups; Primary (private, conversations), Social (FB, Soundcloud, Tumblr), Promotion (Newsletters) and the Spam folder. 

For these several reasons, I am very lucky to have all these opportunities and hope that i will find even more interesting online tools.

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Aureole
One comment on “‘Online access ‘a human right’
  1. Willem says:

    The internet is great. If it was gone at one moment it would leave a great empty gap in my free time. I myself download a lot; series, movies, music.

    You mentioned some online platforms for music. Spotify wasn’t on there you should check that out. A lot of my friends use it.

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