AU MA Social Media

A class blog about social media.

Online-Image Management

Posted by atifgabriel on August 6, 2014

In an era when social media has given everyone a public persona to burnish, some image-conscious digital natives are taking online-image management a step

 

further, sparing no expense to treat themselves to iconic portrait sessions that produce profile shots for Facebook and Twitter that could double as covers of Vogue — effectively, glamour selfies.

To read more about this please go to the following link:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1222465-when-selfies-won-t-do

 

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Fake social media accounts creating propaganda

Posted by atifgabriel on August 6, 2014

Using fake accounts can be a great way to spread false information, and trick many into believing lies, Stroppa told Mashable “Many people believe anything they read, and never check the source of the information,” he said.

 

“John Doe has the same power that I do online, and if John Doe is a bot, who is going to notice?”

to read more about this go to the following link:

http://mashable.com/2014/07/22/propaganda-fake-social-media-accounts/

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How apps like Nextdoor.com are keeping communities safe

Posted by atifgabriel on August 6, 2014

Nextdoor.com is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free.

Thousands of neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor.com to build happier, safer places to call home.

People are using Nextdoor.com to:

  • Quickly get the word out about a break-in
  • Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group
  • Track down a trustworthy babysitter
  • Find out who does the best paint job in town
  • Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
  • Find a new home for an outgrown bike
  • Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name

Nextdoor.com’s mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods. For more go to their website www.nextdoor.com

 

 

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Digitalizing group homes (thank goodness!!)

Posted by Kristiana C on August 6, 2014

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I thought I had a novel idea, but it turns out that someone else came up with it first: an app that lets roommates know how much bills are, what needs to be cleaned, and what shared purchases need to be made. It’s called HomeSlice. And I think it’s wonderful.

While yes, all of these things are pretty easy to track otherwise, I sometimes feel rude or insensitive sending someone a text or god forbid leaving a passive aggressive note when it’s their turn to take care of a chore. I’m really excited to introduce them to this and see if it will make a difference in the way we can communicate with one another.

I have had 3 roommates for a while now, and a 4th just moved into our sunroom– while we all get along great, it can sometimes be cumbersome to deal with everything via emails and text messages, which is what we do right now.

Could any of you use this in your home situations? I just told my roomies about it and we’re all downloading it now.

 

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Pizza Anyone?! : There’s an App for that

Posted by jn5464a on August 6, 2014

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PushForPizza is a pizza lover’s dream! Created by two 19-year old boys, the app does one simple thing; orders pizza. With three simple steps,determining your location, price range and pizza preference,s a pizza is delivered to your front step within minutes.

According to the Huffington Post, the app is similar to the social media “one hit wonder” “Yo” (the app that sends messages to your friends using the simple phrase “yo”). how original. Much like “Yo”, PushForPizza is life in it’s simplest form.  While it’s convenient and rather tasty, I personally feel that these apps only add to the world’s insane dependency on technology.  Additionally, I feel that it is reflective of the “lazy” and “in a hurry” mentality and stereotype that Americans have developed.

Even so, that’s what apps are for right; to make things easier?  Well it’s done just that and it seems to be getting a pretty big response.  Check out their youtube commercial (#PushForPizza) below:

#PushForPizza   <——Push me.

So pizza lovers, What do you think? Are app creations becoming a waste of time and effort; are they still effective or is their credibility dwindling?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/06/push-for-pizza_n_5651741.html?utm_hp_ref=technology

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Online-image management

Posted by atifgabriel on August 6, 2014

 

 

 

In an era when social media has given everyone a public persona to burnish, some image-conscious digital natives are taking online-image management a step

 

further, sparing no expense to treat themselves to iconic portrait sessions that produce profile shots for Facebook and Twitter that could double as covers of Vogue — effectively, glamour selfies.

To read more about this go to the following link:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1222465-when-selfies-won-t-do

 

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From the mouths of Barbaras: Old people on Facebook

Posted by Kristiana C on August 6, 2014

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People I’m friends with on Facebook bring it up all the time: one of my grandmothers posts on my Timeline every single day. She doesn’t have a profile picture, and doesn’t know how to message privately: her wall posts are often about going to get a haircut or doing the laundry. She also clicks “share” for anything that pops up on her newsfeed, so many of my friends wonder why she’s shared their new profile picture. I love her to death, but her use of the site is pretty stereotypical, and hilarious.

But with the fastest growing group on Facebook being women over age 55, I think we’re all more likely to start getting these interactions from relatives we never expected to be on the internet. While it can be embarrassing (if she posts pictures, I’m sure those awkward preteen years will finally be online), it can also be very entertaining. I present for your viewing pleasure the “oldpeoplefacebook” subreddit!


Do any of you guys have similar relatives online? What are some funny things that have happened?

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Women’s empowerment?: Lego releases female scientist playset

Posted by jn5464a on August 6, 2014

“I am 7 years old and I love legos but I don’t like that there are more lego boy people and  barely any lego girls”.

The viral spread of a seven-year old girl’s suggestion to Lego, has sparked the development of the company’s newest playset featuring a female palentoligist, astronomer and chemist created by real-life geoscientist, Ellen Kooijman. This example is a strong representation of the power of monitoring social media and mentions to observe the company profile in the eyes of the consumer.  Additionally, this is reflective of successful rebranding and tweaking one’s message to appeal to a wider demographic.

I personally feel that this is a great opportunity for other companies to learn. Women are a highly sought after demographic and targeting young women specifically will help to expand the company’s image as well as the minds of little girls around the country. Move over Mattel, there’s a new barbie in town.

Three months after the little girl spoke out, Lego took to twitter to spread the launching of the new set.  Take a look :

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http://www.today.com/tech/move-over-boys-lego-releases-female-scientist-playset-1D80012818

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Japan’s robots are reading your emotions

Posted by jn5464a on August 6, 2014

 

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You don’t have to speak a word to get your meaning across”- just walk.

Last month, Japanese and French scientists discovered an emotion recognition algorithm that can analyze one’s emotions simply by their ‘gait’ or walk.   These discoveries will be used to enhance  robot and human transactions. Though the robots have yet to be brought to the U.S platform, they have become a main source for information that will help to increase future advancement of machines as ‘caregivers and companions’.

The algorithm found, bases human interactions off of five emotions: neutral, happiness, anger, sadness and fear. The studies tested 20 people finding that speed and posture are two key factors in conveying how one feels. Though the study originally sought to build robot companionship, researchers feel that the discoveries can attribute to robots becoming more “human like” so that they too can express their feelings.

Sounds a little like I am Legend to me.

What are your thoughts?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/06/japan-s-robots-are-reading-your-emotions.html#

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Could apps be bad for small businesses?

Posted by Kristiana C on August 6, 2014

I’m sure you all remember when a fantastic Groupon deal overworked a bakery to the point of bankruptcy back in 2011. This is why they started setting a limit on the number of deals that could be redeemed.

But guys, I think I played a part in bankrupting a restaurant in my college town.

We’ve all heard of takeout/delivery apps, like EatStreet, GrubHub, and Eat24.  You may use them when you’re too lazy to call, to easily pay with a credit card, or in our case, because they have awesome online coupons.

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Long story short: New cafe opens up in town. Overportioned food for ridiculously cheap prices. Coupon code for 2 dollars off any order. Orders placed for one or 2 items at a time to make things even cheaper by me and many, many, friends. Cafe closes its doors a couple months later.

Of course, restaurants fail all the time, but we couldn’t help but feel guilty.

Could coupon codes on these apps be a real problem for businesses just trying to get on their feet? Should new businesses sign up for these kinds of partnerships?

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