Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The expected date for the unveiling of the iPhone 4G is suspected to be June 22, 2010, and other carriers such as Verizon are supposedly are introducing the iPhone to their network. Apple veterans seem to know exactly what to expect. Some exciting, improved features include video chat, new body design, built-in GPS, all-encompassing e-mail (multiple accounts), more design options, removable battery, 64G memory, and OLED screen.
(apple.com, gizmodo.com, hubpages.com)
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Since it's creation, Facebook has privacy has progressively become more open. Now in 2010, it has just about reached it's limit. For long-time users this creates frustration because users have barely any control over their privacy settings. Since 2005, Facebook has changed it's default privacy settings, creating a more liberal social networking site.
2005 – No personal information submitted can be accessed by anyone unless they belong to a group that you belong to and is displayed in your profile.
2006 – control of privacy settings and what other see about your profile. Default settings create limitations for users.
2007 – All profile information available for anyone belonging to the same network
2009 – All facebook personal information is available to everyone in default settings.
2010 – When you connect with a certain Facebook-enhanced application, you and your friends pictures, groups, personal info. Etc. is available for the public.
2010 is the newest default settings on Facebook, The only way to not “connect” with the Facebook is to manually change your privacy settings. This has caused an uproar in the Facebook community because it has limited-almost eliminated- user's control over their own personal information on the Web. Facebook is still the leading social networking site, and the larger Facebook grows, the less privacy it allows for it's users.
NEW YORK TIMES
Sunday, April 18, 2010
As the job market begins to recover, now is the time for college students to develop themselves as professionals. As graduates and soon-to-be graduates begin to desperately seek out internships and jobs, branding yourself as a professional is a key factor now that separates the lucky ones and the jobless, and there is no better way to do this an social networking.
Regardless your major, everyone needs to get his or her name out there in the professional world. The good news is that there is now handbook for diving into the social media business world, but there are some tips to keep in mind while building your portfolio.
First tip on how to market yourself via social networking is to get involved. Embrace social media to its fullest; use it as a tool to make yourself known and stand out as a future professional. Network with people you have met in your line of work. Bog, Tweet, Facebook. Subscribe to online magazines, newspapers and newsletters that companies produce or that spark your interest in your field. Be everywhere.
The second tip is to be in the know about companies or organizations relating to your major, especially the big ones. Be aware of their social platforms and know what they are talking about. Know their news and what they are interested in and be in the know about what their future looks like. Know what they're moving forward in, including latest developments. Be knowledgeable about the business, how it operates and look for ways to get involved.
The third tip is to set yourself up for success. Having tasteful profiles will eliminate any curiosity/concern for future employees. Let it be known what interests you by not being too exclusive. Promote yourself by creating a personal website or blog and be creative. Comment on blogs; follow your favorite companies on twitter. Keep in contact with professionals you meet that could possibly help you in the future. These days, it's all about who you know and who knows you, so be known!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Social networking and the use of the Web can be very effective to an organization. If a news organization is not already web-based, incorporating multimedia and sharing abilities for their stories, they are dilatory. We are starting to see more high schools turn to interactive, Web-based learning. Businesses and corporations rely on social media sites like LinkedIn for hiring purposes and Skype for business purposes.
Universities have become organization-heavy. State universities in particular have hundreds of organizations available for students. Involvement seems to be the emphasis of this college generation. With all these organizations afloat and with so many members, how do they function? Connecting and communicating via social media/networking sites seems to be the answer.
Facebook groups/events, mass texts, Tweets, online applications and financing, personal Web sites: without these tools, a college organization cannot flourish. Whatever your organization is, if you want to attract members and make business more manageable, then make it facile for the public (or potential) to obtain information about your organization, to apply for it and to remain involved by being in the know. Utilize what is available out there on the Web. Moving forward digitally is a positive move for everyone because it will allow college students to become for familiar with seeking out information online, which will carry out into the “real world.”
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Now that it has been established that Facebook officially dominates the Web, what’s next? Will Facebook last forever until everyone is connected to each other? In a college world, not having Facebook seems unbearable because without online social networking, the dynamics of the college social life would drastically change. The trend seems to be that all social networking sites eventually run it course. Perhaps this is the reason for rumors of Google taking over everything; Buzz is just the beginning of what is to come.
Sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, Buzz, orkut, bebo, flicker, dig, MySpace – all these (some new, some unoriginal) provide people with alternatives. Considering that Facebook has doubled in size in the past few years, and that the biggest age demographic for Facebook right now is people over 50, it’s unlikely that Facebook is loosing users – just loosing its cool factor. "By definition, it's like bar hopping," says Kurt Cagle, an editor for O'Reilly Media, which publishes technology books. "You want to go to ones before they're popular. You don't want to go to ones that are too crowded. . . . No social media will have huge staying power."
Judging by the increasing number of users, people are not getting bored with Facebook, despite their search for new social networking sites. Whatever comes next, it must be innovative and will most likely not be developed by social media companies, but teenage boys. “By the time there really is a new big thing, we won't realize it until we've all joined up, too.”
(Monica Hesse -www.thewashingtonpost.com)
Sunday, February 28, 2010
As in all channels of media, social networking websites have been in competition for decades, and the two leading social media site, MySpace and Facebook have run their course in the race to become number one.
A year ago, MySpace yielded its position to Facebook, leaving it at second place among social networking sites. Nielson Online PR team deemed Facebook the most visited social media site starting in December 2008, that was the year that Facebook took dominance over Myspace.
Though MySpace was the first to penetrate the global market, Facebook blew it out of the water by launching its platform in different countries and as a result becoming the leading international social networking site.
It's obvious that Facebook is more committed to its users, considering how many language translations they offer now. (www.standard.com)
Essentially, Facebook is better better because of its platform. It is more user-friendly as it adapts to its audience. And, it's innovative, always updating itself with new applications.
Facebook was originally exclusive to college students, which is why it's the most used social media site among that age group-it's what they are used to, so everybody uses it. Some reasons why college students' loyalty is to Facebook: newtorking among schools, less viruses and spam, popularity, organization, and privacy.
So, it should be no shock that Facebook takes the prize.
Friday, February 19, 2010
- 8% Twitter
- 73% Facebook
- 48 % MySpace
- 14% LinkedIn
There are often shifts in social network usage among different age groups. The amount of people using twitter shows that it must not bee too popular with the college age group; this is also the same for blogging. The statistics show that blogging has not been much of a sensation as other social media sites are.
So, why aren't more students blogging? Generation Y operates on status updates and texting. Blogging actually requires writing full sentences, which takes time and effort. Essentially, blogging is a great in developing community with related interests and hobbies, but it does not connect people like Facebook and MySpace. This highly-social generation wants news and gossip, and wants it immediately without confusion and difficulty. Blogging may be ideal for our parents, but for now, we'll stick with our microblogging.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Ryan Baur from pcworld.com believes that Google has surpassed Facebook's ability to connect with others over the internet, with features like Picasa, YouTube, The calendar app and Gmail. "Google has been doing all of this for longer than Facebook-and arguably better-just in a decentralized way", Baur says.
Additional features of Buzz include a personal profile, sharing links and images, status updates and chat. And, of course, how would Buzz surpass Twitter without the famous "@" symbol when referencing people. Another fairly-new app is Google's GPS that can detect where a person is and allows one to "gootag" a specific location for friends to see. All of this can be accessed from Google's home page.
Buzz allows the user to choose his own privacy settings-one that can make some features private while keeping others public. In order to be a "Buzzer", you must have a Gmail account, but critics of Buzz say that it won't be too long until that changes.
However, Buzz is not without fault; it may be user-controlled, but many feel it is not so user-friendly. Harry McCracken from pcworld.com says much feedback has been negative concerning its privacy settings. "To its credit, Google has responded swiftly to complaints: It's already tweaked Buzz to make it more obvious what information their service is making public, and to help you crank up the privacy settings", McCracken says. In addition, many users find Buzz confusing. Synthesizing multiple social networking channels into one site cannot be an easy task; it's bound to be flawed.
If Google can world out its kinks and get a positive response from its users, this might be the next big thing in the social media world. So, the question for now is: To Buzz or not to Buzz? Time will tell.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Social Networking - it's the buzz of the decade. It's a social revolution, and college students are at the center of this social media explosion. I will discuss how college students are utilizing social networking, the fads that develop and what to look for in the future. Hold on tight, because we are about to jump on the social networking revolution roller-coaster!