social media

Prezi Presentation On How Writing is Changing

I have constructed a prezi on the changing face of writing and literacy. This is the capstone assignment for the first module of one of my classes this semester and I’m not sure I came to a satisfying end, as all I did was posit questions and I don’t feel I provided much in the way of answers. Enjoy. 

 

http://prezi.com/p9aruac5fwcz/the-changing-shape-of-writing-on-the-net/

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Thoughts on Twitter

Matthew Moore, 3/2/14

The rapid and widespread popularity of Twitter has never ceased to amaze me. I acknowledge that it is a platform for wide-spread communication of ideas from one person to another person who could be many miles away they will never meet. I have never understood though how conversations on Twitter work though. I have been told that it is a veritable platform for communication and that people have had long and fulfilling talks with others via Twitter, but I do not know how they do it.

Over the last month I have been trying to address people in my intended future field, writing and English, via Twitter, but I have been unsuccessful. I know that I cannot honestly expect everyone I tweet to look at and address every tweet that they receive. Some of them clearly don’t respond to anyone other than friends, and I must admit, I am the same way. I would send out tweets to various Professors and others that seemed to be in the writing filed, but I was only meant with a torrent of silence.

As I was tweeting though I began to notice a number of things that kept bothering me as I was trying to compose my messages and find new people to address. First off, I was spending a bizarre amount of time composing these tweets as opposed to any of the other tweets I was doing. Most tweets took me less than a minute to bring them to a point that I was satisfied to shoot them off to whomever their target was, if anyone. But for these tweets, it would take me at least several minutes to settle on a message I thought was adequate enough to send.

I suppose the key idea that kept popping into the back of my head while I was writing to these people was, what are the rules? In face to face social conversations, I am well acquainted with the rules; stand a respectable distance away, don’t raise your voice except for emphasis, maintain eye contact, ect. Talking on the internet though, I was completely clueless. How long am I supposed to wait for a response? How formal or informal should I be with someone I have not met? What is a casual topic to start conversation with? There just too many things I simply did not know. This lack of knowledge of how to speak online threw me completely off and I can’t help but feel as though it negatively influenced my ability to speak online. This is bizarre to me.

I myself have written about how it is supposedly easier to speak online that off, and yet here I found myself stifled. Without proper knowledge of what the community’s rules are I was paralyzed and unable to speak effectively to others. Normally I would have tried to learn the rules through observation, but I did not notice a significant amount of conversations while I used Twitter. I suppose I just did not have a conversation focused experience with Twitter, and as such there was nothing I could observe.

I feel bad about this to be honest, as I’m unable to comment on how to represent yourself for twitter in a positive or a negative light. I suppose I could make a comment on the importance of learning the rules of any online community you engage with, but that would feel hollow without any advice to give. Perhaps there are no uniform rules across Twitter and it is more dependent upon who you speak to on Twitter. If you know the person then, I suppose you should speak to them there the same way you would respond to them in real life. If you’re addressing a person you aren’t familiar with, try to remain respectful. I’m sorry I can’t add anymore to that. 

Re: Social Media Tools

I am not going to lie, being enrolled in this module really opened my eyes to the many apps, widgets and devices (whatever you want to call them) that the internet now offers to us. Being your standard 23 year old girl my internet activity tends to be focused solely on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. for personal and recreational reasons.

Social Media Examiner listed “29 Social Media Tools Recommended by the Pros” and it really surprised me by how many tools there are for expanding off of those popular social media apps (shareroot). I also surprised by the usefulness they serve in their own way (pocket, anyone?).

I think the only one I’d add on is hoot suite. I heard about hootsuite in a meeting for sports club presidents and how to promote their clubs. They recommended hootsuite because it lets you manage all your social media apps at once! If you are captain of the soccer team you might want to let people know when the game is and hootsuite allows you to put that on Twitter and Facebook at the same time. You can even schedule ahead of time when a post goes up, like a week before the game or 24 hours before the game.

I am glad I got to take this course that introduced me to some really useful apps for finding good resources that can help me with my education and beyond! #tfws14 for life!

This post inspired by: @TheJennAdams tweet

Social Media Parody Video

This parody video was made by the local Fox channel in Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas. It starts with the first 20 seconds or so seeming like your average news channel coverage on the scene of a city hall shootout. However, when it comes time to see the reporters on the scene, the first one is tweeting and the next reporter even takes a “selfie” with a dead victim found at the crime scene!

I think the spoofs in this video really highlight how we use some of the social media and how ridiculous they can honestly sound. How silly did the one reporter sound telling us about her checking into “Foursquare” at Starbucks?

The example of the reporter tweeting the shooting and not actually being involved in what was going around him hit home for me. I know there have definitely been times when I out was somewhere too busy trying to get the perfect Instagram photo or tweeting about it rather than actually just enjoying it in the moment.

It may sound silly saying all these things (skyping, tweeting, liking a page) out loud and watching others engage in them so seriously is a little cringe inducing but I think it brings something important to mind.

It is okay to be an active user in all outlets of social media. However, to immerse yourself so deeply that you lose touch with the reality of a situation is when a red flag should be raised. After watching this video, perhaps next time you go to use social media you’ll do so more consciously and with purpose. I know I will!

Social Media Task List

Since the popularity and explosion of technology and social media, many people have turned to the computer and internet for advertisement or business related purposes. Since many of these people probably started out with personal profiles before professional, it can be tricky to determine what is important when it comes to maintaining their professional electronic profile.

While browsing through Zite I came across this article that featured a graphic “checklist” one could use to determine if you are using your technology in the most effective way possible.

Having a personal profile such as Facebook, you get the satisfaction of posting about your breakfast, ranting about that episode of “The Bachelor” or sharing photos of the snow day. With a professional profile not as much. While it may be fun to incorporate some personal touches into a business or professional page, it can be distracting.

I think one of the most important things to take from this list is staying connected with others. When you interact with others through the correct way, people are drawn to your site and want to keep coming back. If you never respond or post anything of relevancy that might interest your audience, they may think you’re just a robot behind the computer screen.

Another important thing to keep in mind is relevancy. If you are a person running a twitter website for a certain company that deals with (for example) fitness, you should stick to retweeing/tweeting about other tweets that have to do with fitness. Make your professional profile stay on track.

While these little tasks may seem time consuming, they are important to utilize into your social media routine to obtain the best results. Engaging and connecting with one another the right way really ties people together and strengthens the 0nline community in the most healthy, beneficial way possible. Whether it be expanding your business or advertising, this task list is a good place to start.