#BTL637 Comments

As a final assignment in my BTL 637: The Social Internet course, we were tasked with self-evaluating our emersion in blogging and twitter use. As part of the evaluation, we needed to post on the comments we made throughout the semester. On wordpress I was only able to find recent comments on my dashboard; so here I have listed some of my recent comments on classmates blogs and another blog I found interesting. This is not a true depiction of the blogs I have comment on; as it appears wordpress only keeps track of comments within the last month and therefore missing a lot of blogs I have commented on!

Comments I’ve made on other’s blogs:

First, I can’t believe you and Kellin both picked studies which used individuals wearing cameras on their head! I had never heard of this method and now have read about it twice! Very cool idea! Also, good topic, especially since social media in the work place was a topic we discarded at the beginning of the semester! Not sure how people get addicted to gambling, seeing all my money go bye-bye in Vegas made me never want to gamble again! I bet if ! was good or won that would be a different story! Interesting post, thanks for sharing!

Like Joy said, I loved the layout of your blog! “Detective Notes” – such a clever title! As for the first article, related to the stats you shared for predicting “gender of Twitter users with 92% accuracy based on their tweets, and it predicted the gender of LinkedIn users with 98% accuracy” – I found this very interesting and didn’t even know this was possible! I agree with your harmful and beneficial points! It could definitely help law enforcement but privacy and protection issues would be an issue.

Sometimes I over look quotes but more often I find that I love them! Usually they motivate me or give me a laugh which is always helpful, especially on Mondays!

I loved your topic! This is definitely a dark side! Thanks for sharing

I like Kellin’s ideas! My suggestion would be that we work on our papers outside of class but also blog a reflection on how our papers are coming, any parts we are really excited about or possibly struggling with.

Me too! Maybe it will really help them quit!

LOVE this topic and all you examples!!

Yes – there is always something that needs to be done! But that’s why we need to take a break sometimes

Wow, that is so awesome!!! Congrats!! 🙂 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

Article 1 is very interesting and is kind of related to Emily’s post about predicting twitter and linked in users based on gender. My thought while reading this was back when I used AIM (middle school) I remember people WoUlD TyPe LiKe ThIS MaKiNg It ReAlLy EaSy tO Identify tHeM aS tEenZ! Not sure if current younger generations have identifying language or hashtags – I am sure they do! But all of this helps to identify types of users, in my opinion! Interesting blog, thanks for sharing Joy!

I really like that you focused on a topic that we discarded in the beginning of the semester – now we still get to learn about it!

Regarding the article, I have always assumed (assumption based on no knowledge) that social media would have a negative effect on works however this seems to be the opposite of the results in your article. Not only is social media linked to higher performance ratings but also “social participation is NOT associated with DECREASED work performance”!! Very Interesting! Maybe this can mean social media doesn’t have a negative association with my school work? Lol. Doubtful!

Good article, thanks!!

I agree, this is a bit alarming!

Love your video and article choice! I had a roommate in undergrad that always had me change her password during finals week!! I can say I have never done this, usually will power works for me! Great article, thanks for sharing!!

I saw something on facebook recently by Marc Zuckerberg – he was saying how he feels lucky to be in a position to help the world connect! Looks like twitter is doing the same thing!

I really resonated with this statement: “it is likely that most people would consider going a day or even half a day without their devices nearly impossible” – I can say I totally agree with this statement but find it a bit alarming! I thought about this for a second, and I don’t think I could go very long without my cell phone! I could probably survive without my laptop for a few days, mostly because I can do everything on my phone. Kinda sad! This may only be due to school and work related tasks I have to accomplish – if I was on vacation the though of not having my phone / laptop sounds a lot more realistic. Interesting concept to think about! Also, I completely agree that technology has brought many advances to the classroom and used with self-control can beneficial to students in many ways!


Class Presentation Reflection: The Dark Side

Last week in my Social Internet course we had to give presentations about the Dark Side of social media and the Internet. Similar to an earlier presentation, are task was to coordinate this presentation using the Internet and social media. First, my classmates and I brainstormed in Google doc and came up with a list of topics we were all interested in. Then, we divided into groups. We then used social media to make sure everyone had a group and ask questions to one another. The topics we finalized included:

  1. Online Surveillance
  • NSA
  • Potential benefits of surveillance
  • Surveillance in China
  • Corporate
  1. Cyberbullying
  • Cyberbulling
  • Sexting & Child Pornography – my topic
  • Online Harassment
  1. Sexism
  • Gamer gate & Sexism
  1. Dark Side of Anonymity
  • Charity Fraud
  • Online Impersonation Theory
  • Social Comparison & Narcissism
  • Catfish and related issues

The interesting thing about this presentation is that we were doing it completely virtually! We used Blue Jeans Network to have our virtual meeting. I had never used this service before but it was so cool! All of us were able to join the meeting give our presentation by sharing our screen with the class. The website also had a chatroom type aspect, similar to instant messaging on skype, this allowed us to ask questions and talk during the presentations. I would highly recommend the Blue Jean Network! The connection was perfect and in a 3 hour class meeting we didn’t have a single glitch, very impressive! I think this was a great thing to integrate into a  Social Internet course, it showed us another great possibility the Internet gives us!

Blue Jeans Network Img

Curious what everyone thought about utilizing Blue Jean Network for class, so take my poll:

Snapchat Opens Geofilters So Anyone Can Submit Location-Based Artwork

Another snapchat addition! I saw one of these “geofilters” this weekend and had no idea how it appeared – now I know!
Although I use snapchat a lot (primarily to keep in touch with my sister and far away) I had no idea until recently that you could save your own pictures. Good news for all those selfie takers 🙂

Tumblr Now Has ‘Buy,’ ‘Pledge,’ And ‘Get Involved’ Buttons From Etsy, Kickstarter, Artsy + Do Something

I keep hearing about Tumblr – I have always know about it because my sister has it for a few years but I have never looked into creating one. I think I am going to join Tumblr in the near future! Possibly over Christmas break when I can afford to be distracted. Any thoughts on Tumblr? Worth joining?

Social media terms and conditions are way too complex, say UK MPs

Very interesting – worth the read! It would be nice if user agreements were easier to understand!


A U.K. parliamentary committee has attacked the terms and conditions used by social media services, declaring that they are too complex for users to understand. It said the unsuitability of the T&Cs had been demonstrated by episodes such as Facebook’s emotion-manipulation study, in which [company]Facebook[/company] deliberately made some of its users sad as an experiment.

A report by the Science and Technology Committee, issued on Friday, called on the British government and data protection regulator to develop terms that can actually help users understand how their data is being used. It’s great to see more of a political push for this — there are already grassroots initiatives to help people understand what the services they use do with their data, such as Terms Of Service, Didn’t Read, but they’re not widely known about.

The committee also asked the government to work with business and academia to make sure…

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Week 10 Class Reflection: Internet Organizaiton

“Link by Link, Tag by Tag”

Monday nights Social Internet class was split into three parts dedicated to three specific questions, which I will discuss bellow:

What are we talking about?

Two Models for Organizing:

  1. Taxonomy – The traditional method for classifying. Taxonomy involves expert classifying things and coming up with the categories. (top down)
  2. Folksonomy – Opposite of the traditional method which does not require experts to classify things – folksonomy relies on anyone and everyone to classify things, no expert needed! Individuals can tag things and then we see categories emerge out of multiple tags. However they categories aren’t as organized as a traditional taxonomy – not as cleanly separated. One tag may fit in multiple categories.

We did a class exercise, to further emphasize this topic. One of my classmates had a pretty laptop cover of a sunset with mountains and water. Our professor tasked us with coming up with ten different “tags” for this laptop cover. We were asked to write them down and not discuss. These are the tags I came up with:Ocean

  1. Sunset
  2. Pinks
  3. Purple
  4. Skyline
  5. Rocks
  6. Mountains
  7. Shoreline
  8. Alaska
  9. Beautiful
  10. Romantic

Then our professor asked us to paste our tags into a google docs. There were some overlaps in the tags but also a lot of different tags. This is the tag cloud our professor made with the classes tags.

 icloud tag

No rules or guidelines were set prior to this. When rules / criteria are set, we only focus on the criteria and miss other categories by only focusing on the one thing, like color. A useful tagging system doesn’t have rules, this allows important characteristics to emerge.

My main take away from this portion of class: One thing can be “tagged” or classified as many things. One person may see something that no one else does. Suggested tags stop users for coming up with their own contributions!

Why does it even matter?

The next portion of class wad dedicated to answering why tagging even matters? We came up with the following list:

  • Efficiency
  • Necessity
  • Democratizes information organization
  • Feasibility
  • Helps connect the dots
  • This can be used to enhance productivity.
  • Social learning
  • Big data insights
  • Take something that is implicit (knowledge) and make it a more tangible resource that can be used (explicit.)

My take away: For me this discussion helped me clarify the readings – make the implicit explicit.

What do we do with this?

For the third part of class we discussed what we can do with these tags and folksonomies. We discussed reveres Google searches – allows you to search using just an image. Also, we talked about Facebook facial recognition tagging. Is it possible we will eventually get rid of taxonomies and solely use folksonomies.


This class discussion was based on our class readings from the book Everything is Miscellaneous (Prologue and Chapter 5 & 8). The author uses a lot of examples and analogies in his book which gave me a laugh and made it easy to understand the concepts he was talking about. This book is very enjoyable to read! If this is a topic you are interested, I would recommend it! Our professor also mentioned a similar book called Intertwingled by Peter Morville.

In the book Interwingled, Peter Morville says “Classification shapes the way people view the world”. To discuss this we talked about the Dewey Classification system used in libraries. Our professor told us to Google Dewey’s classification for religion – which resulted in a list of Christian religions and then the word “other”. A person viewing this list may assume the world’s most popular religion is Christianity, which is not correct based on world religion stats. Therefore, this shapes people’s views about religions in the world incorrectly. This is an excellent example of Peter Morville’s statement about classification shaping the way people view the world.




Snapchat Adds Ads

snapchat ads

(From: http://www.adweek.com )

 Snapchat adds Ads!

While doing a research for my snapchat paper, I came across  a lot of articles related to the new advertisements added to snapchat – I decided to share some of what I read!

The week of October 17th, Snapchat announced they would be adding ads to their app! This announcement didn’t come as a surprise to me – instagram, twitter, and facebook, all use adds, it was just a matter of time before snapchat would as well! Ads on snapchat will be different from other social media platforms, however. Adds on instagram, twitter and facebook appear in your “feed” and there is no way to avoid seeing them. But with snapchat, these won’t be pushed on users to views. Snapchat released this description for their new ads:

An advertisement will appear in your Recent Updates from time to time, and you can choose if you want to watch it. No biggie. It goes away after you view it or within 24 hours, just like Stories. We won’t put advertisements in your personal communication – things like Snaps or Chats. That would be totally rude.

In their announcement they also answered the question: Why are we introducing advertisements? Their response was very honest:

“The answer is probably unsurprising – we need to make money”.

Personally, I find their honesty refreshing and it makes me not mind the new advertisements as much.

A lot of social media sites take a gamble when introducing ads – there is always the potentioal that users dislile the ads so much they quit using the site. So far, this hasn’t happened with Facebook and other sites. Snapchat is taking the risk with these new advertisments, especially right after the third party leak! One article comments on this by saying “The company’s leaders are either very sure of their users’ allegiance or very naive to their mistrust”.

Not forcing users to view these ads brings up another question – will anyone even look at the ads? Techcrunch metnitons a good point in their article regarding this question:

But how powerful can these ads be? If users have complete control over whether or not they view these ads, brands run the risk of spending money on a platform where the majority of users aren’t even seeing their content.

On the other hand, users are getting a pretty good deal. Of all the social networks in the past decade, this may be one of the only ones to employ advertising that isn’t forced onto the eyes of users.

Pro for users, con for advertisers.

A wired article said:

“we all know what TV watchers did when given the option to watch commercials or fast forward through them with a DVR. Snapchat ads could meet the same fate, and if they do, advertisers will likely press the company to make the ads more visible”

Time will tell if enough ads are viewed without users being forced to view them. What do you think? I personally like the way snapchat is introducing ads. I don’t really mind the ads in my stories and appreciate snapchat not forcing us to view them. I love snapchat and that it is a free app, so if I have to get a few ads I am okay with it. I can’t say I will view them all but if they are for a product I like or use a lot I will definietley look.

So, sometime has passed since the addition of ads to snapchat yet I haven’t seen any. I use snapchat frequently and check my snapstories, but haven’t seen any ads. Have any of you? If so, do they bother you? What’s your opinion? Let me know!