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Community Building-SUNY Albany Class of 2012 | Facebook

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A great way to form personal networks is by the practice of community building. A community can be formed by an increase in social capital. The article by Ellison, Steinfield and Lampe explains a study done to examine the relationship between the social network website of Facebook to the formation of social capital. The results of the experiment were that there is a strong connection between Facebook use and the development of social capital (Ellison, Steinfield, and Lampe). It showed that social networking sites are a great way to maintain relationships with others which builds an online community.

The URL that I posted is of SUNY Albany Class of 2012 Facebook group page. This page is a great example of the community that I have built while at this university. The only members of the group are SUNY Albany students who are about to graduate. It is a great way to gather information of what is going on around campus and is also a great way to keep in touch and meet other students who are graduating with you. This page can also be used as an effective way to get fellow students to come out to events which then builds social capital.

On this Facebook group page, a community is developed through the posts. For example, on November 28th, Jonny Puglia posted for people to "please come down and support the UAlbany Pride Alliance's production of the Peanuts, all grown up! Studio Theater in the PAC: Doors open 7:30pm, starts at 8pm! Tickets $5 each." The people who would be reading and could comment on this post are UAlbany students. This is a production that will be performed on the SUNY Albany campus so it is a great way to get people to show up.

 

Resources

Ellison, N. B., Steinfield, C., & Lampe, C. (2007). The benefits of Facebook "friends:" Social capital and college students' use of online social network sites. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12(4), article 1. http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol12/issue4/ellison.html

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Language-Class Activity 10/20 Group 2 Blackboard Discussion Board

Computer-mediated discourse is defined as "the communication produced when human beings interact with one another by transmitting messages via networked computer" (pg. 1, Herring, 2001). Most of the communication used for computer mediated communication is text based, meaning you type out what you want to say. Forms of text based communication could be email, discussion groups and instant message chats (Herring). The way people talk online is a lot different than the way English is spoken in person. Computer mediated discourse sentences tend to have spelling and grammatical mistakes and use a narrow range of vocabulary. Though it may look like a sentence is full of mistakes, but many times it was done like that on purpose.

I posted a URL to the blackboard website for the class. The blackboard website allows you to communicate with your group members on a discussion board. Discussion boards are often home to the language that is typically found when using computer mediated discourse. An example of this language is found in the group discussion board for Class Activity 10/20 group 2. One of the posts on the discussion board reads "lmao… just post links of ur "real/ ideal self" from social media sites and check out other peoples to get to know them, and then ask questions". As you can see, it is full of errors and would not make much sense if it were said. These "mistakes" in the comment were actually purposely done. The term "lmao" is a way to say "laugh my ass off". Instead of typing out that all out it is quicker and easier to express to the person you are talking to that you found what they said to be funny.

 

Resources

Herring, S. (CMD) (2001) Computer-Mediated Discourse. Handbook of Discourse Analysis, edited by Deborah Tannen, Deborah Schiffrin, and Heidi Hamilton. Oxford: Blackwell. Available at: http://www.let.rug.nl/redeker/herring.pdf

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Informal CMC-Group Project 3 Group Discussion Board

Informal communication has been described as "impromptu, brief, context-rich and dyadic" (pg.3, Hrastinkski, 2010). The dimensions of informal communication is that it is unscheduled, interactive, optional, participant organized, experience focused, low cost, there is an emergent agenda and informal language is used (Hrastinkski).

Informal computer mediated communication occurred on the Blackboard discussion board. There are many aspects of the group project discussion board that make it an informal page. Informal language is used throughout the discussion board. There are many instances where words are misspelled(i.e. "ur" instead of "your", "lol" for "laugh out loud") and there are many grammatical mistakes (i.e. not capitalizing words). The discussion board is highly interactive because people are constantly posting things to one another. There is no schedule to the discussion board, you can post something whenever you please and it is also optional, you can choose not to post something. One of the advantages of using informal CMC is that you can generate new ideas together (Hranstinkski). On the discussion board, our group would post ideas that we had for our project and we would discuss and build on them.

 

Resources

Hrastinski, S. (2010). Informal and formal dimensions of computer-mediated communication: A model. International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, 7(1), 23-38. Available at: http://is2.lse.ac.uk/asp/aspecis/20080188.pdf

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Web 3.0- #uacmc on Twitter

Web 3.0 is the newest type of web experience. You can search Web 3.0 websites from anywhere because they are designed to be compatible on mobile devices and smartphones (nonprofit blog). Web 3.0 is the most advanced design of a website and they are highly interactive. With Web 3.0 websites, a large amount of data can be stored and changes to the website can easily be made.

The URL is the search of #uacmc on Twitter. Our class would use the hashtag uacmc when tweeting things for our class to see. This is an example of Web 3.0 because tweeting can be done easily on a blackberry. It is easy to filter out and search through all of the tweets that contain #uacmc. Twitter is a highly interactive site where people can constantly be communicating with each other. With the mobile application of twitter it is easy to search for information on the go.

 

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Nonprofitorgs (2010). Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 Simplified for Nonprofits. Available at: http://nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/web-1-0-web-2-0-and-web-3-0-simplified-for-nonprofits/

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Web 2.0-William Gilchrists Blog for ACOM375 Professor Yonkers Class on Blogger

Web 2.0 is defined by Tim O'Reilly as a "set of social, economic and technology

trends that collectively form the basis for the next generation of the internet – a more mature, distinct medium characterized by user participation, openness and network effects” (pg. 8, Alcatel-Lucent, 2011). Web 2.0 is known as the read/write web and it allows people to actively contribute to it. Though all Web 2.0 websites are different in their own way, the one thing that they all have is interactivity (Alcatel-Lucient). The websites must be designed for two way communication to make it a Web 2.0 website.

I posted a URL to my personal blog for the ACOM375 class. Blogger is an example of a Web 2.0 website. The blog was customized and personalized by myself, I can change the font, the layout and the background. Contents to my blog can be altered and I can easily add new posts. Followers of the blog can post comments on what I have posted to express their feelings on the subjects. All of these are qualities that make Blogger a web 2.0 website.

 

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Alcatel-Lucient White Paper (2011)New communication behaviours in a Web 2.0 world — Changes, challenges and opportunities in the era of the Information Revolution. Available at: http://enterprise.alcatel-lucent.com/private/active_docs/Communication%20Behavior%20in%20a%20Web2%200%20World_ALU.pdf

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Identity Development- My Facebook Profile Information Page

Creating a profile on a social networking website is a great way for you to develop your own online identity. The great thing about these profiles are that you can choose what and what not to put on your profile. For some people, the created profile does not represent the "real self", but shows a version of their "ideal self". Identity development is important because people will decide whether or not to pursue a relationship based on the information that is given (Elison, Heino, Gibbs). For example, before even meeting with you, employers can check your personal Facebook page and decide based on that whether to call you for an interview or not.

The URL brings you to the information page on my personal Facebook. I see my Facebook page as an example of my "real self". This information page shows where I work and go to school, my religious views, what music and movies I like, and other activities and interests that I have. I try to keep my Facebook profile as my "real self" so when people try to learn more about me they can know what I am actually into. Facebook is a great way to develop and maintain friendships, so I try to have my profile show what my true identity is. My personal LinkedIn profile is more orientated to my "ideal self". This was found to occur in Elison, Heino and Gibbs' study when individuals admitted to describe themselves as lighter then what they actually were on their profile pages. Since LinkedIn is a professional social networking website, I want my profile to be more professional, not full of pictures of me partying.

 

Resources

Ellison, N., Heino, R., & Gibbs, J. (2006). Managing impressions online: Self-presentation processes in the online dating environment. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 11(2), article 2.http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol11/issue2/ellison.html

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Networking-LinkedIn

Social network sites are defined as a site that allows people to create a public profile and find other users which you share a connection to and be able to contact them. One of the many great qualities of social networking sites are that they allow you to reach out and become connected with complete strangers based on shared interests(Boyd and Ellison). Boyd and Ellison mention LinkedIn as a professional social networking site. LinkedIn a way to branch out and expand your network to the professional world. It is a great way to search for internships and jobs.

This section on the LinkedIn website shows where alumni of SUNY Albany are now. It shows where people work, what they do, and where they live. This is a great example of networking because all of these people are members of my network. On this page you could further contact the fellow members of the SUNY Albany network. This could be very beneficial so find out where the people who were once in your shoes are now.

 

Resources

Boyd, d. m., & Ellison, N. B. (2007). "Social network sites: Definition, history, and scholarship." Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), article 11. Available at Library in eholdings database.

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Filtering/Curating-Twitter

In today's world one of the world up to date news sources is Twitter. According to the article by Teresa Gorman, "an average of 155 million tweets are posted on the social networking site Twitter each day" (pg. 1, Gorman, 2011). There is so much potential news on Twitter that it could be a bit overwhelming. The way Twitter makes it easy to locate and find the news you want is by the hashtag (Masullo, Chen). The hashtag allows people to sort out all of the information on Twitter. This is an effective way to filter through all of the information out there and find what you are looking for.

Filtering was used in class when we search Twitter for news on Occupy Wall Street. This was done by searching for #ows on the Twitter website. When that was search, all of the tweets that were tagged about Occupy Wall Street came up. When searching for information online it can be very difficult with information overload. There is so much information out there that you need to filter through it to find what you are looking for and the hashtag on Twitter is a great way to do that.

 

Resources

Masullo-Chen, G. (2011) How to use twitter hashtag. Save the media blog. Available at http://savethemedia.com/2011/03/04/howtousetwitterhashtag/

 

Gorman, T. (2011) Social Media Curation Tool Storyful Helps Separate News From Noise. Available at

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/04/social-media-curation-tool-separates-news-from-noise.html

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Formal CMC-Prezi on The Dummy's Guide to Effectively Promote Yourself on "The Book"

The dimensions of formal computer mediated communication include that it is scheduled in advanced, it is one-way, there is a preset agenda, it is mandatory, it is authority-organized, it is content focused, formal language is used and it has a high cost (Hrastinkski). Formal communication is very useful for focusing on a team's task and for making decisions (Hrastinkski). When working in a group once ideas are formed in an informalway, you communicate formally to build on them.

The URL posted send you to the our group Prezi project. Throughout the entire Prezi formal language is used. The Prezi is for businesses who want to promote their business on Facebook, so we used formal language to keep it professional at all times. The Prezi was scheduled and was not improvised. We did not use the Prezi to communicate or come up with ideas, rather it was a way for us to get the information we had out there, and we had a deadline to do so. There was a preset agenda because all of the aspects to the project had to be there. The Prezi is content focused and everything on the page has to do with the Prezi's goal-effectively promoting yourself on Facebook.

 

Resources

Hrastinski, S. (2010). Informal and formal dimensions of computer-mediated communication: A model. International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, 7(1), 23-38. Available at: http://is2.lse.ac.uk/asp/aspecis/20080188.pdf

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Web 1.0- Group Project 3 Blackboard Email

Web 1.0 is the first stage of the World Wide Web where through hyperlinks, webpages are connected. It is when content is given to many people through a website or an email by a single person or organization (nonprofit blog). These sites are non interactive and there is only one way communication (nonprofit blog).

The URL send you to the blackboard email. This is a way that you could send out information to all members of your group at once. You can pick and choose what members to send information too, or you can send it to all of them. I used the blackboard email to send out the work I had typed up to my group members. It is considered to be Web 1.0 because the emails were not interactive, the responses were simply thank yous (nonprofit blog).

 

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Nonprofitorgs (2010). Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 Simplified for Nonprofits. Available at: http://nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/web-1-0-web-2-0-and-web-3-0-simplified-for-nonprofits/

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