Author: mckeev76

Twitter Conversation

Throughout the past couple of weeks, I have reached out to a few educators in my field, but have been unsuccessful in hearing back from them. Many of them had many followers and I am guessing that they may get a lot of “buzz”. They may not have had the time to answer back or they may have overlooked the notification. I know from experience that I can be very busy with school work and sometimes even forget to answer my friends or family when they contact me. Although this module has ended, I would like to continue to reach out to educators in the future and hope to get some good ideas from articles and information that they tweet.

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Re: A Better Online Reputation – Business Standpoint

Recently, Nicole Agli tweeted an article that I found very interesting and pertained to our group’s topic on social media. It discusses the ways that businesses can build a better online reputation. The article is titled “12 Steps to a Better Online Reputation” and written by Andy Beal. Since I am a student hoping to have a full time job soon after I graduate, I have realized that my web face should be quite professional. This article was eye opening because it discussed the ways that businesses can make their reputation online better also.

The steps were: (1) benchmark your existing online reputation, (2) identify your different reputations: brand, products, CEO name, slogans, and marketing messages, (3) listen to what your customers are saying about you; it’s free market research, (4) claim and build out your social media profiles, (5) create amazing content that others will want to share and Google will want to display, (6) always take the time to thank your supporters for their favorable tweets or blog posts, (7) provide your customers with a great customer service experience, (8) never talk trash about your competitors, it makes you both look bad, (9) be proactive in building online reviews and learn from the negative ones, (10) monitor your online reputation for any unhappy customers, disgruntled employees, or critical bloggers, (11) when you make a mistake, apologize quickly and be transparent in your explanation, (12) learn from your mistakes. Build a better company and you’ll build a better reputation.

This article was interesting to read. I never realized how important it is for businesses and companies to have a great online reputation. The content we put on the web is permanent and can affect our reputation. Companies want to have a great reputation for business just as much as people want to have a great reputation for the own being.

Re: Make Twitter Your Favorite Way to Meet People

Recently, Jenn Adams tweeted an article that I found very interesting and pertained to our group’s topic of social media. It is titled “Make Twitter Your Favorite Way to Meet People” and written by John Muscarello. One tweet led John Muscarello to having drinks with the co-founder of a multimillion dollar company. Dave Kerpen is the co-founder of Likeable Media and is a New York Times best selling author. He wrote a great article titled “Summer Is the Time for Networking. Grab a Margarita. Muscarello loved sharing great articles with his network so he tweeted a link. Dirk ended up responding to Muscarello telling him that anytime is a great time for a margarita. Muscarello was just going to respond with “I’m not going to argue with you!” but, instead, he wrote that plus “Being that we are all from NY, would you be interested in grabbing margaritas?” From there, they set up a day to have margaritas and made it an open event for other Twitter followers. 70 people ended up registering for the event.

The event was a lot of fun and Muscarello ended up meeting two very successful and interesting people. This article was really cool to read. Networking on twitter is one simple way to meet new people. It allows you to contact/ communicate people who may be very successful or even famous. Most of the time these people will not respond, but it is definitely cool to know that there is a possibility. Twitter opens up the doors for opportunities. Tweeting articles and following interesting people could result in opportunities that we never thought could be possible.

Re: Building Online Reputation

Recently, Nicole Agli tweeted an article that I found very interesting and pertained to our group’s topic of social media. It is titled “The No Nonsense Guide to Building Online Reputation and Influence” and written by James Arnold. What’s Your Web Face discusses many areas about one’s reputation on the internet and on social media. Although the article mainly talks about building online reputation from a company’s standpoint, there are many good points that individuals can take from the article as well.

One line from the article that really caught my attention was “failure to protect your online reputation can cost you dearly”. I have read many articles and watched many videos about professionals who have lost their jobs due to inappropriate posts they made on social media. Your online reputation plays a huge role in everyone’s life. It will cost you dearly if you are not smart about what you post.

The article goes on to share some tips that could help us to build an impressive online presence. Building online reputation is not easy. The web is already very congested so it takes effort to be original, creative, and still uphold our reputation. The article first tells us that we need to focus on our target audience. If most of our followers are educators, short articles and content about education would be a great thing to post. The information you post must be interesting, informative, and thought provoking. The article also suggests that you are active on social media. This doesn’t mean tweeting all day long or constantly updating your Facebook status, but it means to engage with your fans and followers.

I found this article interesting especially since many employers today are using social media as a way to look at applicants. We should try our best to look professional on social media.

 

The Social Media Experiment

After learning about how easily accessible and public information is on social media, I began to search more about the topic. I came across an article that I found to be extremely interesting. Jillian D’Onfro writes the article titled “This Guy Stalks Strangers On Social Media And Confronts Them In The Street With Everything He Knows About Them”.

http://www.businessinsider.com/jack-vale-social-media-experiment-2013-11

Comedian Jack Vale searches through social media posted near his current location. He then stalked the posts by these people and found them on the streets. Once he found them, he spouted information that he had learned about them. Many people were freaked out and shocked that a stranger could find so much information about them. One of the people Jack approaches is named Jessica. He approaches her by saying her name and then continues on to mention her dog, Paris. He also mentioned the dog’s nickname, “Par-bear”. Lastly, he states her last name.

From this experiment, I learned just how easy it is for random strangers to find information about me. It is important to keep your accounts private, unless you are willing to let the rest of the world see what you post. I especially think that younger people such as teenagers should definitely have their accounts on private. Jack Vale could have been a very dangerous person approaching these people on the streets knowing so much about them.

Teenagers’ Web Face on Social Media

Based on my last post, one can agree that social media has completely changed our lives. But just how much has it changed our lives? For teens, it has impacted their lives greatly. They were born into the technology and social media era. However, many professionals are checking social media accounts before looking to hire someone. Do teens realize today how important their web face is?

I recently found a video on YouTube called “Think Time: Teens and Social Networks”. The video discusses just how much teens use social networks and what they are posting about themselves.

Every day, teens spend roughly 1 hour 50 minutes on social networks. They share a great amount of information about themselves. They share things such as their pictures, interests, school name, and age. Ten percent of teens even share their location/address.

When I was a freshman in college, my field hockey coach had a meeting with our team about social media. She went onto the twitter accounts of every girl on my team and shared some of the tweets she found without sharing who they came from. Some girls were shocked that she did this and others were shocked that girls wrote some of the things that they did. This meeting was one of the best things that happened to me. It opened my eyes about how public social media actually is. When we click the submit button on any social media, we need to remember that anyone can see it. If it’s not something that we would want someone such as our coach to see, then it shouldn’t be posted. According to the video, 31% of teens share content on social networks that they don’t want their family or teachers to see. Also, 18% of teens have been embarrassed or disciplined because of something they shared on a social network. This goes to prove that teens are not fully aware of just how accessible their information is to the public. Their web face is much more important than they think. It is a part of their reputation.

Are teens abusing social media today? Over the past years, cyber bullying has become increasingly more popular. The video tells us that 39% of teens on social networks have been cyber bullied. Some have even committed suicide. Are teens spending too much time on social media and causing them to use it in a negative manner rather than a positive one? We are living in a technology era today. The things we share on social media can affect our future. Employers and college admissions are using Facebook and other social networks to check the profiles of young people.

Social media affects more than just the future for teens. Social media can even affect the well-being and safety for them. About 25% of social networks are fake. Many predators/ sex offenders use this tactic to disguise who they are. Since teens put information about themselves, it is easy for these fake accounts to find out about the person. In fact, 42% of teens accept friend requests from strangers. This gives the possibly dangerous person access to their full account.

Teens along with people of all ages should be aware of the importance of their cyber face. It can affect their future and their well-being. Are you sharing too much? Or are you protecting your cyber face?

Is Social Media a Fad?

This semester I have two required classes for my major which incorporate social media into many of our assignments. The courses are (1) Intro to Writing Arts and (2) Writing, Research, and Technology. In fact, I needed to create a twitter to use for both of these classes. After tweeting, blogging, and watching many videos through YouTube for these classes, I have realized how much social media is involved in our every day lives. I recently came across a video on YouTube called “Social Media Revolution” by Erik Qualman which made it even more clear to me about the era we are living in today.

As a daily user of many social medias, I found this video to be extremely interesting. It had many facts about the popularity of social media. We are doing many things through social media that we used to do face to face. For instance, the video states that one out of every eight couples married in the United States last year met through social media. Facebook has grown so much in the past few years that if it were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest.

Social media is influential in the choices we make every day. For instance, 34% of bloggers post opinions about products and brands. We are very inclined to search and read about a specific product before we go out and buy it. Seventy-eight percent of consumers trust peer recommendations while only fourteen percent of customers trust advertisements. In today’s era, we listen to others through social media.

In 2009, the US Department of Education did a study that revealed that on average, online students out performed those receiving face-to-face instruction. Is this implying that we find ourselves more focused and able to learn by looking at a computer screen versus being able to learn by a human being? I find this to be shocking. When I think of the word education, I picture a classroom filled with students sitting in front of a teacher or professor. It makes me wonder if technology could ever replace the teacher one day.

Social media has even been used to find employees. Eighty percent of companies are using LinkedIn as their primary tool to find employees. This made me think back to the overall theme of our blog “What’s Your Web Face?”. Social media is growing more and more every day. Our friends are not the only people looking at our social media accounts. Professionals, employees, and many other people in the world have easy access to our accounts. Being professional on social media is greatly important due to how popular and easily accessible it is today. How professional is your web face on social medias?

Review of Jay Bolter Articles

For homework in my Intro to Writing Arts class, we were each asked to read both articles by Jay Bolter. The first one was titled “Introduction: Writing in the Late Age of Print” and the second one was titled “Writing as Technology”. After reading the articles, I found some interesting points that were made which connected to writing and writing technologies within my own life.

Bolter makes a good point in his article “Introduction: Writing in the Late Age of Print” when he states that the computer is taking over printed texts. For most of us, we still like the feeling of holding a book or a magazine in our hand, but technology is changing the way we live. Many authors prefer to publish their first novel in written text instead of over the internet. However, some groups such as scientific researchers, businesses, and the government, are transferring their printed work to the computer screen. I can relate this to my personal life because growing up in the township of West Deptford I carried textbooks to each of my classes. Now as a substitute teacher within the West Deptford school district, I watch the students carry around their individual school-supplied laptops to each of their classes.

Bolter made another notable point in his article when he states, “in addition to redefining the voice of the text, our culture is also redefining the visual and conceptual space of writing” (12). During the writing process, the writer creates a reflective and a reflexive relationship with the written paper. Their thoughts are created and connected to the paper when seen on the page. Some may argue that when typing a paper, the writer may feel the same connection, but the writer doesn’t physically write out their thoughts and see them in their own handwriting. Making our thoughts visible is something that we shouldn’t forget how to do.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to using the computer instead of picking up a pen or pencil to write. However, whether we want it to or not, technology is changing our lives. Electronic writing today is “the remediation of printed text, with its claim to refashioning the presentation and status of alphabetic writing itself”. Overall, I know that I have personally seen myself using the computer more than printed text. I type papers instead of write them and I read articles online more than on written text.

References:

Bolter, J.D. (2001). Introduction: Writing in the late age of printWriting space: Computers, hypertext, and the remediation of print. Mahwah, NJ: LEA. 1-13. [pdf]

Bolter, J.D. (2001). Writing as technologyWriting space: Computers, hypertext, and the remediation of print. Mahwah, NJ: LEA. 14 – 26. [pdf]