Tag Archives: Facebook

Readings: Privacy Issues

25 Mar

Senators ask feds to probe requests for social media passwords

US senator: Employers shouldn’t ask job applicants for Facebook 

Why ID Thieves Love Social Media

Facebook Tips to Make Password Privacy Issue a Non-issue

Stop Insurance Spies: Lockdown Your Privacy Settings

Facebook fixes profile stalking loophole

YouTube Readings

2 Mar

Read the following articles about YouTube. Will be posting the Powerpoint for Tuesday’s lecture after I get back on Monday (at this conference with the worst internet in the world!!).

YouTube – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Technology of HTML5 and Mobile YouTube (no flash)

Youtube Press Statistics on Usage

The future of closed captioning and internet video

The Digital Millennial: Will Hyper-connectivity Affect Teens and Young Adults


Don’t forget to get to work on your research papers!!!!!

Research paper details

13 Feb

In this project, you will be writing a traditional 5-6 page research-based critical paper on one of the following topics. See rubric below for grading specifics. MLA style; post to MyCourses by March 8 at noon.


Privacy Issues in Social Media

In this topic, research and write about privacy issues related to social media sites, such as Facebook, FourSquare, Twitter, etc. Define what these privacy issues are, the consequences of being too private/not private enough, research what controls users have over their information, and write about the effects of too much information on the internet (based on your research and critical thought).

If Facebook is the new MySpace, what’s the next big thing? Trends in Social Media

This paper will be a survey of social media technology, beginning with Usenet groups, and including current & new social media sites (SMS). Describe why some SMS are successful, and critically think about why some aren’t. What draws people to SMS? Where do we go from here?

Social Media & Cyberbullying

The 2006 case of Megan Meier, who committed suicide over bullying on MySpace raises a new ethical issue with SMS. Sadly, cyberbullying-driven suicide has become practically a trend in recent times (Jamey Rodemeyer, Tyler Clementi). Research and define past cyber bullying cases, and what SMS are doing to prevent and/or control bullying. Critically express your own thoughts on cyber bullying – its effect on tweens/teens; perhaps conduct interviews in a local school to get a handle on cyber bullying in the region.

Using Social Media to Market to Millennials

“Millennial” is used to describe the generation born between 1982 – 2002; referring to the generation of young Americans to be raised with (massively) mass media and internet/computing/ telecommunications technology. Often called the Wired Generation, Millennials also represent a coveted demographic in advertising and marketing. Research and define what makes a millennial, what are their major characteristics, and describe what companies are doing to attract them. Critically think about what it means to be defined as a Millennial. Is it accurate?

Social Media & Copyright Issues

What is the difference between copyright infringement and fair use? Define what these two terms mean, and apply it in describing the distribution and use of copyrighted material on the web (specifically, on SMS). Conversely, what is your personal copyright protection for videos/images/other intellectual property you make available via SMS like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, etc? Is method of distribution a major factor in copyright infringement? Critically think about and discuss the role of copyright protection as it applies to your work as a student; and your own intellectual property on the internet.

Twitter vs. Facebook: Compare, contrast, and who wins?

Twitter and Facebook share a lot in common, however these two SMS are very different, and attract different demographics and segments of the population. Define and describe what they share, and what makes them different from one another. Think critically, and give examples of situations where one may be more appropriate than the other.


“If you want to liberate a government, give them the Internet.” Twitter Readings

12 Feb

Please read the following articles for class:


Twitter, Facebook and YouTube’s role in Arab Spring

Twitter (Wikipedia)

Does Twitter Drive TV Viewership?

How to Use Twitter for Customer Support

The Twitter Guidebook

Facebook readings

29 Jan

Please read the following linked articles, relating to Facebook privacy and social effects.

All about Timeline (video)

Facebook Timeline Looms: What You Need To Know

How Social Media Can Hurt Your Job Search

5 Facebook Privacy Tips

Facebook Forces Timeline: How to Hide Your Past

How to check in on Foursquare without a smartphone or App

10 Nov

Many people may have signed up to Foursquare who may wish to check-in to their location using their computer rather than their mobile phone. This article shows you how to do this in 3 easy steps.

1. Login to the Foursquare Mobile website

At the moment, you cannot check in to Foursquare using the main website as Foursquare is a mobile-based social networking site. However, you can login to Foursquare using its mobile site. Therefore, to check in, go to foursquare.com/mobile and click ‘Log in‘.

2. Find Location

You will then be able to check in by clicking on ‘Check-in‘ and entering the name of your location.
If the venue is not known, you will be presented with a list of possibilities. If one of these fits with the description of where you are, you can select it to check-in. If nothing on the list fits the description of the venue you are in, you will have to add it to Foursquare before you can check in there.

3. Check in

Once you have entered your location, you can decide whether to show your location to friends, or whether to keep the check-in private. You can also decide whether to share your check-in with friends via Twitter or Facebook.

If your check-in is public, you can decide to add a ‘shout’, which will be a message displayed with your check-in.

Once you have made these decisions, you can click on ‘Check-in’. This will then be entered as an activity on your history.

As you can see, it is not difficult to check in to Foursquare online. Obviously, you must make sure that you are in the location you say you are in – other this could be seen as cheating. However, this is a good way to check in for those who have signed up to Foursquare but do not yet have smart phones on which they can access the site.

If you want to find out more about Foursquare…

Then visit Social Media Forum. It contains loads of free reviews on all of the different social networking sites on the internet today.

Social networking can be a minefield for those who don’t know too much about it – Social Media Forum will help you figure out perfect social networking site for you.

With news, getting started guides and forum discussions about the in’s and out’s of social networking – http://www.social-media-forum.com is the essential place for you to find out about all the things you always wished you knew about social media but didn’t know where to look.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Michael_R_Smith

FourSquare and other GPS social games & networks

29 Oct

WE know where you are, and how to find you. How? Easy, you told us.

Read the following to prepare for class on Tuesday. After we finish Catfish, we’ll be talking about Foursquare.

Foursquare (social networking) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

HOW TO: Become a Foursquare Power User

Astronaut Posts First Foursquare Check-In from Space | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Foursquare Facing FTC Hurdle on ‘Kickbacks’ Idea – Jeff Bercovici – Mixed Media – Forbes

Facebook Testing Self-Serve Check-In Rewards For Places


The Social Network: Your Thoughts

8 Oct

After seeing the film, please post your thoughts on it and come to class Tuesday prepared to talk about it. What I found interesting wasn’t so much the creation and evolution of Facebook itself, but Zukerberg’s [portrayed] fixation with belonging and being “cool” and having that be his motivation in the site’s success (it’s often mentioned in the film, “Mark doesn’t care about money.”) Facebook was conceived to act as a nerd’s social vehicle and ultimate revenge against the blonde, Brooks Brothers, Harvard-crew rowing Winklevoss brothers (and every other dude out there Like Them).

What do you think about seeing Catfish this semester? Let me know. Locally, it’s playing at the Walden Galleria Regal.


If you haven’t made it to the movie, here’s the script. You can always read it 🙂

Delicious Readings

4 Oct

Sorry these are being posted a bit late — very long Homecoming weekend! That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Skim these over before class, and read in greater detail later!

Delicious on Wikipedia

Follow Delicious on Twitter


Ultimate Guide to Delicious Bookmarking (TONS of great links on this site, please browse the articles linked below the main article on this page)

The Social Network “Field Trip”

4 Oct

I am using quotes around “Field Trip” because this isn’t really a field trip. As in, it’s not required for class. However, I feel this film will give us a great perspective on the story of Facebook, which relates directly to our studies in social media.

The official date for the un-official “Field Trip” will be this Thursday, October 7 at the Regal Transit at 1:40pm. There will be no class that day  — instead, if you are interested & available, please use this time to see the film.

If you would like to catch the movie in your own time (it is a long Columbus Day weekend), or at a different theater, make plans to do it before class on Tuesday October 12 — as we will discuss the film in lecture on that day.

You are responsible for your own transportation to the movie and the cost of the ticket.

Regal Cinema

Other showtimes/theatres for The Social Network