Overall class reflection and week 8

So this week instead of just reflecting on just the week’s class I thought I would reflect on the whole class thus far and along with this week’s material.

For those of you don’t know, this blog is to fulfill a requirement for my graduate course at Purdue. At first, I wasn’t sure how I would like blogging. I typically don’t put a lot of information on the internet or like writing anything somewhat personal that a lot of people are going to read. However, I have really come to enjoy it! I find that writing about the class as a “class reflection” really helps me to process the information and gather my own thoughts about the topics. I als o find reading other blogs to be very informative -I have been able to stay up-to-date with new technologies, apps, hacking stories, various research interests of mine, etc. all from following other blogs!

At this point, I think I will keep the blog up after the class ends in December. But I will probably add more of a personal touch to it. I am really interested in DIY crafts and make a LOT of wreaths that I think I would enjoy blogging about. No decisions has been made yet, I could possibly just create a new blog for post related to crafts and keep this one for professional blogs and keeping up with new technologies etc. Any suggestions?

For class, we are also required to professionally tweet. This is something I was more familiar with. I have had a twitter for a while now, but never used it to professionally tweet and therefore I created a new additional account. I was familiar with the twitter “etiquette” (unlike blogging etiquette which I am still trying to learn).

So the reason I decided to make this a twofold reflection was because my twitter was a part of a form of crowdsourcing, which was this week’s class topic. Crowdsourcing, for those of you who don’t know, is defined by the dictionary as:

the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers

On Saturdays, I tend to watch football and also all the tweets associated with the game. If I’m being honest, the social media aspect of sports has become one of my favorite parts of watching sports. I find it fun to read what fans are saying and also all the commentators will tweet clarification for rulings and penalties, etc. A few Saturdays ago I was looking at stories and found and interesting one – so I retweeted the article. A little bit later, I saw that someone had mentioned my story and thought they just found it interesting as well. Then the next day, I clicked on the link to see the story again but realized it was a different blog all together. I wasn’t sure why they were mentioning my tweet then? The blog had a variety of topics on the page with a ton of stories categorized by days for all the topics. I looked under the sports column for the page and realized the story I found was there and they said “Story shared by DMCrim”. All stories on their page had this line and many different twitter and blog usernames. So I asked my group about this on Monday – and they informed me that this was an example of crowdsourcing. Prior to this week I had very little knowledge on the topic, but now I am more informed!

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