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:


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?

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

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 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!

I love Starbucks and Technology


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This posts is a lot more personal than I usually write but about social media nonetheless!

Monday  I had a LONG to do list, so I woke up early and went straight to starbucks! I ordered a coffee, found a seat and sat down to start knocking off items on my lists. About 2 hours in my little sister calls as she is walking to class (she is currently a freshman at FSU). I see this as a perfect excuse to take a break and catch up with her about the weekend! As we are talking one of the baristas walks over with a tray and asks if I would like to try their new holiday drink – a Chesnutt praline latte – I of course say yes! The latte was hot which I normally don’t like but I tried it anyways and it was AMAZING! I immediately told my sister about it and she is bummed because she just used her cash on a coffee at dunkin donuts (life of a poor college kid I guess, haha). We hung up and then I remembered I had sent her a starbucks gift card in a fall care package earlier this month – so I texted her to see if she kept the gift card, and she did!

For those of you who aren’t starbucks addicts like myself: starbucks has a mobile app which allows you to link your gift card and debit/credit card to the app. You then reload your gift card with money – either through the app and your debit/credit card or with cash at a register at any starbucks. You also get rewards for every drink/food you buy at starbucks using your card which results in free stuff! If you go to starbucks at all it is worth getting the rewards program! I always get free coffees or special offers on the app!

So the card I sent my sister was also one of the cards registered on my app – so I went up to the register, added money to her card and just like that she now had money to get a Chesnut praline latte! I texted her to enjoy a latte on me! She was surprised and happy which made me happy! 🙂 This is the reason I love technology! Because of this wonderful app and my smart phone I was able to treat my little sis to a coffee from 1000s of miles away!

After this I decided I would tweet starbucks about my love for their app! And by some chance they tweeted me back!! I initially thought I must of tweeted some fake starbucks account, but NOPE it was the real, blue check verified, starbucks! I thought it was really awesome they took the time to respond – and it wasn’t animated because they even used emojis! (Haha I am a bit of a fan girl)

starbucks tweet

Summary – that was my roundabout way of telling you technology is great and allows you to do great things  for loved ones even when your far away, big companies might tweet you back on twitter and you must try a Chesnut praline latte!!

Thanks for reading!

Week 10 – Article 1: Facebook Addiction

This week in my Social Internet course, we are having a different type of class meeting. We were all given the task of finding two articles (not related to our research interests) but related to social media from 2014 and then tasked with writing a summary for our blog.

For my first article I chose The interplay of intrinsic need satisfaction and Facebook specific motives in explaining addictive behavior on Facebook by Philip Masur, Lenoard Reinecke, Marc Ziegele and Oliver Ouiring. This article is from the October, 2014 issue of Computers in Human Behavior (citation provided bellow).

Purpose / Goal: The goal of this paper was to gain a better understanding of addictive behavior on Social Networking Sites (SNS), specifically Facebook. The authors also wanted to develop a “psychometrically sound scale” to measure addictive behavior on SNS. Previous research in this area found addictive behavior to be related to seeking specific gratification through SNS platforms and also other researchers have investigated the relationship between offline well-being and obsessive behaviors. Based on the previous research, the current study aims to extend previous studies by looking at both offline need satisfaction and gratifications sought in the online context to better understand addictive behaviors on Facebook.

Method: In order to accomplish their goal, the authors conducted an online survey in Germany during July, 2012. This survey was given to a Socio- Scientific Panel ( a panel of German Internet users who volunteer to take online-surveys) which resulted in 806 participants, due to missing data or lacking a Facebook account the remaining 581 participants were used for the data analysis. The survey was comprised of the SNS ( Internet Addiction Scale ), Motives of Facebook Use and Intrinsic need satisfaction in daily life. Examples of these surveys include:

  1. SNS Addiction – the authors modified the Internet Addiction Scale to measure SNS addiction. The changed the question to be specific to only Facebook not all SNS – Ex: “ I often spent more time on Facebook then I intended”
  2. Motive of Fcebook – Based on prior research, the authors created a scale measuring motives for Facebook use: escapism, self-presentation, entertainment, information seeking, socializing, and meeting new people. Ex: “ I use Facebook to meet new people”.
  3. Intrinsic Need Satisfaction and daily life – was measured by using an adapted for of a 12-item scale developed by La Guardia, Ryan, Couchman, and Deci (2000). This scale consisted of three subscales measuring the need for autonomy, competence and relatedness. Ex: “In my daily life, I feel free to be who I am”.

Results: The first goal of creating a reliable SNS addiction measurement resulted in the authors creating of a new 18-item scale to measure the level of addictive behaviors on SNSs. The scale was based on the well validated Internet Addiction Scale. Although the authors made their new scale specific to Facebook only, it is likely this scale would work with any SNSs. The second purpose was to examine the relationship between intrinsic need satisfaction in daily life and specific motives of using SNS to explain SNS addiction. Concurrent with prior research, the authors found motive was a strong predictor of SNS addiction. Also, motives and self presentation promote SNS addictive behaviors. Similarly, escaping from ones daily life strongly predicts SNS addiction. These results indicate there are both benefits and risks associated with SNS use. Facebook serves as a way to “escape daily stress, demands and frustration” which can help an individual’s well-being however these same gratifications can lead to excessive and addictive behaviors on SNS


So what?! I think this article is useful to EVEYRONE not just researchers in this field. Anyone with a Facebook should be interested in these results! Understanding the authors conclusion is imperative to Facebook users due to the fine line between using Facebook and addictive SNS behaviors presented in the article. The authors find individuals use Facebook to escape daily stress but this can lead to SNS addictive behaviors. This article can help Facebook users draw a line between using Facebook to “escape” and using it to the point where it becomes excessive and addictive. On a personal level, I know I used Facebook to distract myself or to “cool down” after working on school work for a long time, which in terms of the article could be defined as “escaping” and therefore, I am glad I read this article and now know this could lead to more problematic SNS use.

I hope you all find this article as interesting as I did! Thoughts?


Reference for article above:

Masur, P. K., Reinecke, L., Ziegele, M., & Quiring, O. (2014). The interplay of intrinsic  need satisfaction and Facebook specific motives in explaining addictive behavior on Facebook. Computers in Human Behavior, 39, 376-386.


I am enjoying this cold, November, Sunday watching TV at home and this commercial pops up between Law and Order: Special Victim scenes.

(From: Youtube)

I have yet to hear of this app or see the commercial – So I googled it right after the commercial ended. I came across this wiki  which gave be a good understanding of what the app was. I then looked at the GrubHub website which looks like this:

GrubHub website(From: GrubHub)

So to my understanding, it is both an app and an a website. I already have dinner cooking for tonight (spicy Italian turkey sausage and raviolis) , but I am going to download the app and use it to order food in the future!

grub logo

(Image from: New Critics)

Curious if this is actually a “new” app or if I am just behind on knowing about it?