Tag Archives: Social Media

Bloggers Be Heard!

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megaphone         With so many voices out there on the web it’s difficult to discover a way for yours to be heard. Promoting your blog is important because it is your message, and almost a piece of yourself that you put online in order to network and grow. Unfortunately if no one is being pushed to your blog, you site and ideas will be limited in growth. Facebook literally has a billion followers that are a billion people you could possibly interact with and learn from. The only issue with Facebook is people tend to feel over exposed which gave plenty of room for new social sites to form. So the question is now where do bloggers go to promote their sites?

On the site Sgrouples, blogger Nick posted an article giving tips about the new social media sites that were up and coming, and what features they possessed to make them different. The site Sgrouples itself is a new social media site, one with many features I admired after Nick brought them to my attention. Sgrouples is based around the idea that you don’t want to share all content with everyone on the site. This is something very pertinent to my life in that I can select whether content is viewed by friends or family, making my posts more secure.  I also really liked another site Nick brought to my attention,  Nextdoor. This is a site that could really be useful in business because it promotes people who utilize social media as a precursor to actually getting out and doing something. Especially if you run a small business, because Nextdoor provides a small localized community of followers.

There are other various ways other than social media integration to promote your blog. In an article on About.com Susan Gunelius, talks about how writing “well, and often” is one of the best things you can do in order to promote your blog. This is very important because we all know how fast technology forces our lives to move. In order for people to feel interested they must realize you are credible and knowledgeable about current events. Gunelius also discusses the importance of search engine optimization and linking your blog with other sites. This article also urges bloggers to realize the value of comments and that generating conversation, generates followers.

After much consideration I decided to approach some of the various methods I learned to promote my own blog. The article by Susan Gunelius made me revisit my business page and go through thanking all my followers for their “likes” and comments. This was a way for me to let users know I see them as a significant individual and their views and opinions are important to me. When I decided to incorporate a new social media site I didn’t end up choosing one that was discussed by blogger Nick. I used the site Booksie to link with my blog. This is a site that show cases my personal writing and I felt it was important because my blog is very political and fact based and I want to give my followers a chance to look deeper into my life. Due to the nature of my blog I felt this was the best avenue for promotion, in that I am attempting to promote myself and not a business. So when looking to do your own promotion you always need to consider your audience and what you are trying to achieve.

Bibliography

Gunelius, S. 15 Tips to Increase Blog Traffic.Retrieved from http://weblogs.about.com/od/bloggingtips/tp/TipsIncreaseBlogTraffic.01.htm

Nick. (2009, May 9). 9 New Social Networking Sites That Could Change the Game. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://blog.sgrouples.com/new-social-networking-sites/

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Civil Unrest and Social Media

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civd3Today our rights are constantly under siege. In the U.S. our civil rights are often taken for granted and ignored, this allows people in power to take advantage of the people. With recent issues like violence in Syria and the American Government shutdown I begin to wonder, what is it going to take for people to take action? Every individual has some topic they are willing to fight for, unfortunately despite how important these issues are to us we simply cannot abandon our jobs and lives to peruse the activist lifestyle. Today social media platforms all over the world allow us to no longer sit idly by. We can now connect with people who share the same passion about certain current issues. Speaking out against something you saw on the news is no longer a private complaint. Now you can share your thoughts with millions who could agree or disagree, provoking thought and sparking initiative.  Social Media sites allow a virtual place for activist to gather and become organized, they are also able to promote their groups and expand member base nation or even worldwide.

Here in the U.S. we are constantly posting to social sites, and it may seem unbelievable what citizens in other countries face when it comes to internet freedom.  Countries like Vietnam face incredible scrutiny when it comes to what they are able to post. Vietnamese are expected to follow a strict law passed in September or undoubtedly face prison. In a Time article by Jak Phillips he discusses the details of Decree 72, the new law cracking down on web content. The decree states no online content can “oppose” the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Phillips, 2013).This term along with many others within the law can be loosely interpreted, and allow the government to easily misconstrue any web content. The Vietnamese refuse however to be silenced. Phillips states they have set up training programs, based out of headquarters in the U.S. that allow Vietnamese to avoid cyber surveillance. Without social media these activists would be alone in their struggle and continue to be repressed by their government.

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With people beginning to stand up more and more because of the ability social media provides, leaders with strict militant rule are losing control over the masses. Egypt is another area that faces constant civil unrest where people have yet again turned to social media. The outlook for the citizens of Egypt was very grim in the year 2011. According to an anonymous author Vice President Soleiman stated “the dark bats of the night emerging to terrorize the people,” if protesters continued. Meaning heavy police action would be taken if the protestors persisted. When people came together in a province south of Cairo three were killed and another hundred injured when police forces opened fire on a riot that had broken out (Anonymous, 2011).When civil protests are denied and extinguished it only make the fire of freedom burn stronger.

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History has taught us one valuable lesson over time. There is power in numbers. The masses and general public hold the same authority they always have. Social media provides a way to exercise that authority. Unlike many other countries we have the right to demand our government be run in a way that is meant to serve the people. If we as individuals disagree or feel we are being done a disservice it is not only our right but our duty to protest. In a Washington Times article by Daniel Gray he states that now more than ever Representatives are listening to the input of the people if the feedback is there. Gray states that our job is to make sure we are generating that information, making the calls sending the e-mails. Today’s ever growing web based avenues leave no excuse for not making the communication. Taking the time to write and email is much different than the steps required to write a letter, it’s so fast there is no reason we shouldn’t be corresponding with our Representatives about everything we disagree with. In a way social media has added a powerful weapon to the activist arsenal, the problem is knowing how to utilize it effectively. As the web continues to grow will the activist grow with it? Or have people come to a point where they are unmotivated? What will it take for people to really speak out and feel passionate?

Bibliography

Anonymous. (2011, Oct. 2). Egypt Day 16: Day of Civil Disobedience; Social Media Overhype? [Web log comment] Retrieved from http://politeching.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/egypt-day-16-day-of-    civil-disobedience-social-media-overhyped/

Gray, D. M. (2013, Oct. 10). The Gathering Storm. Washington Times. Retrieved from                  http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/gathering-storm/2013/oct/10/civil-  disobedience-internet-age/

Phillips, J. (2013 Sept. 30). The Civil Disobedience of the 21st Century: How Vietnamese Bloggers Evade Controls. Time World. Retrieved from http://world.time.com/2013/09/30/the-civil-disobedience-of-the-21st-century-how-vietnamese-bloggers-evade-controls/

Privacy in the Work Place

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         All businesses know in today’s day and age you need to constantly be promoting yourself. Social Media is a terrific platform to inform your customers on new deals and products, it also allows you to access a global network opposed to placing an ad in your local paper. You can now communicate with employees in a less formal way that hopefully drives them to be more active in the site and the company. As this vast incorporation continues, people seemed to forget important questions that needed to be asked. How is my employer protecting my privacy?

            In a study conducted by AVG technologies, titled Digital Work Life they discover the 53 per cent of adults today believe their privacy has been compromised in the work place. The study continues to show that 11 per cent have had an embarrassing work photo or experience shared, unwontedly, on social media sites (AVG Technologies, 2013). It seems that employers and employees alike jumped into social media before considering there may be negative results. Unfortunately many people in the work place today (where these new social media incorporations are happening), are people who are somewhat inept to social networking.  Business need to take that extra step to ensure employees understand the purpose of the site, and the distinction from a company site or intranet opposed to their personal lives.

            As an employee, the next step would be to make sure that separation between business and personal networks is the goal of your employer. As I stated its obvious all successful business have a social media presence but it’s your responsibility as an employee to know what your rights are and what actions your employer is asking you to take regarding these sites. In an article published by Jackson Lewis a workplace resource center, they discuss how laws have been passed in Washington state with others to follow. Employers are no longer allowed to ask for the login in information of employees or applicants. They are also no longer allowed to request an employee login in front of them in order to view their site. Employer are not allowed to ask an employee to request a “friend” or a business on their personal network, (Jackson Lewis, 2013). This is a huge advance for privacy in the work place. The state of Washington realized it’s workers face breeches of their privacy and made a move to protect them. My question is with the usual states following suit like California and Colorado, why is New York always so far behind? What are employers gaining from retrieving login in information from employees and applicants, where does that data go? How long will it take for New York to catch up?

Bibliography

Jackson Lewis Workplace Resource Center. (June 4, 2013). Washington Enacts Social Media Privacy Law. Retrieved from            http://www.jacksonlewis.com/resources.php?NewsID=4509

AVG Media Center. (Jan. 31, 2013). Social Media Stokes Workplace Privacy Fears. Retrieved from http://mediacenter.avg.com/news/social-media-stokes-workplace-privacy-fears

Facebook Crashed my Relationship

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While my last post mainly focused on new social norms in relationships, this post is more focused on how social media affects romantic relationships. We have all had an experience where there was a post or some picture of our recent love interest that brought up some jealous feelings. It effects relationships in all stages, budding and long term. We can’t fight the feelings that arise, and social media can just throw it in our face.

With an entire page on Facebook dedicated to “How many relationships a year are ruined” by the social site, it raked in over a 100,000 “likes” from disgruntled lovers. This along with many other shocking truths about Facebook and romantic relationships can be found in Katherine Bindley’s Huffington Post article “Facebook Relationship Problems” I found the article to be quite informative for people who are looking for honest and rational ways to evaluate unsettling online incidents regarding a lover.

What is it about Facebook that breeds so much jealousy? An article by Veronica Wells in Discovery news offers on suggestion, it’s too easy to re-connect with ex-lovers. Another product of cyber jealously is that social media sites tend to over inform us on what’s going on in our partner’s lives. Everything online is open to our own person interpretation, and with no tone or body language to translate, it’s easy to get carried away in our insecurities.  As Wells so perfectly describes, “If you think your girlfriend hasn’t seen something on your Facebook profile, you’re wrong. Not only has she seen it, she’s already become enraged, discussed it with her girlfriends and is waiting to confront you about it.”  Her closing argument is one that is all too true, if you’re a jealous person naturally social media, which is proven to increase that emotion is something to be used with a certain digression. So the real question is are we just jealous or is there something about having our partner’s exes live on forever on your news feed that is driving us over the top? The real solution lies in good old fashion communication. No matter of online communication can compensate for two people getting to know each other, or reconciling their differences.

Bibliography

Bindley, K. (Oct. 20, 2011). Facebook Relationship Problems: How social Networking and Jealousy Affect               Your Love Life. Huffington Post, Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/09/facebook-relationship-problems-social-networking_n_955980.html

Wells, V. (Feb. 10, 2010). How Facebook Breeds Jealousy. Discovery News, Retrieved from                 http://news.discovery.com/tech/apps/facebook-breeds-jealousy.htm

Generation of User Generation

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One new social norm that seems firmly established is that, the way you conduct yourself on social networks transfers into your everyday life whether you intend it to or not. People will gain opinions of you after a post that made them uncomfortable in one way or another. Pictures that are posted will be interpreted by the viewer and their interpretation is then free to be shared and seen by millions. This fact along with the fact that anything posted remains on the internet indefinitely is widely accepted and considered today. This makes social interactions more thought out and generated by the idea we don’t want to share anything controversial. In the Huffington Post article “A Culture of Likes” by Sam Fiorella he states best, “We should not be afraid to debate our beliefs. Provided that public dissention is not offered through hate-speech or personal attacks on others, but exchanged in a professional discourse, we should be celebrating those who ask questions…” As a writer I believe that idea generation is the most crucial part of developing creativity and critical thinking.

In an article found on the Psychology Today website called “The Effect of Technology on Relationships” by Alex Lickerman M.D. he talks about many ways certain types of communication are lost over the internet. He uses the term “emotional invisibility” to describe how people can not effectively display their emotions online or through text. He states that communication through the web cannot provide us with the fulfilling communication we need (Lickerman). If people are relying completely on digital methods of communicating then the relationships are incomplete or even non-existent.

I think back to being in highschool, and remember things like AOL instant messenger, and dial up tones and know those things will never be resurrected from the cyber graves again. Do I miss dial up? Absolutely not. From Myspace to Facebook, and picture messages to snapchats, did these changes happen because the were really easier or more attractive or were we coerced by popular culture? In an article by Jonathan Franzen titled “What’s Wrong With the Modern World” he states “The experience of each succeeding generation is so different from that of the previous…” Meaning the social norms accepted by my parents are different than the ones within my generation. Our cultures are completely different, in the same way my view on social norms will differ from my six year old niece’s when she is my age. I can’t say for sure what the effects of social media will continue to have on relationships, maybe redefine them completely, but that’s for another generation to discover.

 

Bibliography

Fiorella, S. (2013, April 29). The social media borg: a culture of likes. Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sam-fiorella/facebook-likes_b_3175615.html

Franzen, J. (2013, September 13). What’s wrong with the modern world. The Guardian. Retrieved from                 http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/sep/13/jonathan-franzen-wrong-modern-world

Lickerman, A. (2010 June 8). The effect of technology on relationships. Psychology Today. Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/happiness-in-world/201006/the-effect-technology-relationships