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Curating & Filtering | Twitter

Curating & Filtering | Twitter | Ebone's Portfolio | Scoop.it

Curating and Filtering is becoming more and more popular as technology grows. Filtering is key, because now a days there is so much information put out there, that we dont know which sources are credible and which ones aren't. According to Gorman, social media sites are being used as new tool for journalists, protestors and everyday people looking for news. The amount is overwhelming and like I said before trying to filter out the rumors and false news is a huge task. David Clinch came up with the idea of Storyful, which is a social media news tool created by journalists that finds the most relevant, real and intersting videos, tweets and posts coming from people in the middle of events around the world. A team of journalists would then verify and curate all of this into playlists on Youtube and on their website "Storyful". Clinch described the service as a type of social media news agency that provides lists of sources and content for a price to their pro subscribers.

 

I chose Twitter as my example of curating and filtering. Twitter has a search box that allows you to filter out tweets and get right to what your looking for. Hash tags are used on twitter to curate a page that has information that leads to what you are looking for. Hashtags on twitter is a great way to find information on a specific topic or subject. The # symbol, which is called the hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a tweet. In class, we would # CMC, which will allow all the students in my class to see what everyone is talking about. It also allows all of our tweets to be filtered and the ones that relate to the class specifically will pop up when cmc is searched.

 

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

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CMC Language | Social Networking Sites

CMC Language | Social Networking Sites | Ebone's Portfolio | Scoop.it

Computer-mediated discourse is the communication produced when human beings interact with one another by transmitting messages via networked computers. It is specialized within the broader interdisciplinary study of computer-mediated communication distinguished by its focus on language and language use in computer networked sites. (Herring) Most CMC currently in use is text bases, which means messages are typed on a computer keyboard and read as text on a computer screen, typically by a person or persons at a different location from the message sender. This text based communication is seen in various forms which include emails, discussion groups, real time chat, virtual reality role playing games etc. All these forms are used with visually presented language.  I chose to use Facebook as an example in class. Although we communicate in various ways that can fall into this category, I chose Facebook as my representation. Through Facebook, we have the access to send messages to others rather that be in a real time chat or in a message type form. That can be sent directly or for the public to see. Human to human communication via computer networks or interactive networking is a recent phenomenon. On Facebook communication is usually one way. Which according to Herring means a message is transmitted in its entirety as a single unit, with the result that recipients do not know that a message is being addresses to them until it arrives.

 

It is a popular perception that CMC language is less correct, complex and cohernt that standard written language.  A writer From Wired magazine, describes messages posted on the Internet as "a whole new fractured language". This is definitely true. Language on social networks are rarely correct. Many people shorten words and spell words differently for time sake. On Facebook for example someone might put "brb" instead of be right back, or "ttyl" instead of talk to you later. Because messaging on social networks usually are sent in a quick pace to keep up with all of the messaging, many people write in their own language so to speak. It is a language that many people understand though. I know for me rather it be facebook, twitter, email etc, I shorten words and spell them differently in efforts to get messages out rapidly.

 

Another deliberate practice that results in orthography is the textual representation of auditory information such as prosody, laughter, and other non language sounds. (Herring)  The use of words like lol, lmao, ahahah, etc are examples of how people have adapted the computer medium to their expressive needs. Because of this, you can tell the emotion behind conversations which makes face to face interaction not as important.

 

CMC has grown to have their own language and as time goes by, the language changes more and more. The more you are exposed to it, the easier it is to understand. There are new shortening versions of words made all the time and generally spreads from person to person on the different sites.

 

Resources:

Herring,
S. (CMD) (2001) Computer-Mediated Discourse. Handbook of Discourse Analysis, edited by
Deborah Tannen, Deborah Schiffrin, and Heidi Hamilton. Oxford: Blackwell.

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“Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.”

“Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.” | Ebone's Portfolio | Scoop.it

Facebook is a great example of community building. It allows you to connect with people all around the world. Facebook was reported to have 21 million registered voters and 1.6 billion page views a day. I created a new facebook for this class, and began friending a lot of classmates and students here at the University at Albany.

 

 Social capital has been linked to a variety of positive social outcomes, such as better public health, lower crime rates, and more efficient financial markets (Adler & Kwon, 2002).When social capital declines, a community experiences increased social disorder, reduced participation in civic activities, and potentially more distrust among community members. Greater social capital increases commitment to a community and the ability to mobilize collective actions, among other benefits. Social capital may also be used for negative purposes, but in general social capital is seen as a positive effect of interaction among participants in a social network (Helliwell & Putnam, 2004). Facebook can be seen as a way to increase community building and decrease it. Since Facebook allows you to link up with people throughout your community, you are able to broadcast events, charities etc that could potentially get the whole community involved. But on the other hand, too much internet time can lead to decreased participation in the community.

 

Also, with a partner, we were asked to identify 3 different modes that UAlbany used to promote community to incoming freshman, transfer students and current student. In this assignment we surfed the UAlbany website and tried to pay attention to the symbols, language, connectivity and image. Factors like this pay a huge role in a person feeling comfortable in certain atmospheres.

 

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.

 

https://blackboard.albany.edu/bbcswebdav/courses/2119-ACOM-375-9281/boyd-ellison%20social%20network%20history.pdf

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“Instantly connect to what's most important to you." | Twitter

“Instantly connect to what's most important to you." | Twitter | Ebone's Portfolio | Scoop.it

Informal conversations “take place at the time, with the participants, and about the topics at hand” (Fish, Kraut & Chalfonte 1990, p.2) Informal conversations are usually unscheduled, interactive & includes random participants (Fish, Kraut, & Chalfonte). Twitter can be portrayed as informal computer mediated communication. With the usage of hash tags comments can be turned into a discussion board/ instant messaging type of feature. Hash tags on twitter allow comments on specific topics to be grouped instantly. It makes it easier to see what others have said about the topic. For example in class we searched gun control and were able to see the debate on bearing fire arms. According to Hranstinski, informal conversations typically occur spontaneously and are thus organized by the participants themselves. That is exactly how twitter works. All it takes is a group of people to get a topic trending, then that gives everyone with a
twitter account freedom to comment on the topic. According to Kraut and colleagues there are four characteristics of technology for informal communication which is 1)provide access to a suitable population of others, 2)An environmental mechanism that brings people together 3)A visual channel which provides a means for recognizing the presence of another person. Twitter touches on all these characteristics which make it a perfect example for informal communication. It ultimately allows engaging in a conversation very easy and accessible.

 

Resources: Hrastinski, Stefan, Computer and Systems Science, Department of
Information Science,Uppsala University, Box 513, 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden,

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3 Modes of CMC

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The 3 different modes of communication are used differently, depending on the individual. There are online (IM & email), offline (FTF & telephone  ) & mobile (texting & cellphones). All three serve a different importance to each person. For college students, according to Hasse, IM an interactive synchronous form of communication is preferred over less interaactive modes like Email. Because of the high cost, cellphones were used less.

 

The readings for this topic focused on communication students used when transitioning to the college life. For me, communication with family and friends outside of school is really important. Considering I am from California, I try my best to communicate with family and friends rather that be  through the internet or through mobile communication. According to Hasse, integrating various modes of communication may be particularly important for students because of the need to maintain contact with relatives and pre university friends while simultaneously staying connected with friends on campus.

 

 I chose to use my Gmail account to protray one of the modes of communication. I created this account in the beginning of the semester, not knowing how much I would really use it. Email for me was not really used as a communication where I communicated with another person back and forth. It was more so used for picturemail. A lot of phones are connected to google which allows sending pictures using this mode really easy! Although I don't use my Gmail for communicating with teachers, I do use other Email services to connect with them.

 

All 3 different modes of communication are used for different reasons and at different time. IM is used to start a quick conversation with friends or maybe even loved ones. Mobile communication, meaning texting etc, are usually used for family and close friends. Email is usually used as a more professional and direct way of communicating with people.

 

Resources:

Quan-Haase, A. (2007). University students’ local and distant social
ties: Using and integrating modes of communication on campus Information,
Communication & Society 10 (5), October 2007, pp. 671–693

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Identity Development | Twitter, Facebook, & LinkedIn

Identity Development | Twitter, Facebook, & LinkedIn | Ebone's Portfolio | Scoop.it

Identity development is really important in the virtual world because it is ultimately the only way people can get to know you. The pictures you post are people's vision of how you look, which are some cases is a misinterpretation because the picture can
be outdated and not depict what you actually look like at the time. Since
strangers wouldn’t know the truth if they didn’t actually know you, a lot of people use social networking sites as a way to "reinvent" themselves, in a way they wish they really were. We did a assignment in class where we had to compare our facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, and Blogger accounts and say if they were our ideal self, actual self or ought to be. I choose LinkedIn as my ideal self. According to Ellison, people sometimes create sites profiles that describe a potential, future vision of self. In my opinion that is what my LinkedIn account is to me, because it is what I have the potential to be rather than who I am today. LinkedIn is more of a professional website, and for me broadcasts things that will describe me in a few years. I chose Facebook as my actual self, because everything on facebook is how I actually am today. According to Ellison, participants tended to misinterpret their age for fear of being "filtered out". In all honesty, when I first created my Facebook, I did not put an age because of that. I didn't lie about my age, just chose not to put the year of my birthday. Many people do this, so that they are not left out of things nor judged. For ought self I chose Twitter, because it includes attributes that I ought to possess. I feel like on all three social
networks, a different persona is portrayed. According to MacKinnon, it is common for Usernet participants to "forget" about the relationship between actual identities and online persona. I feel like in some cases, you act different than what you portray on social media sites. Everyone is guilty about lying about something over the internet. According to DePaulo, public perceptions about the higher incidence of deception online are also contradicted by research which suggests that lying is a typical occurrence in everyday offline life.

Identity Development is all about what the author wants to portray about him or herself. Many people use it as a way to boost their self esteem and others do it get friends etc.Whatever the case may be, I feel people should portray themselves as whoeverthey want to be regardless of the norms of society.

 

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

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Online Discussion Board | Blackboard

Online Discussion Board | Blackboard | Ebone's Portfolio | Scoop.it

Unlike informal cmc, formal cmc is scheduled, one way, content focused, has a preset agenda, and is mandatory. Online discussion boards fit this category the best. For example in class we were asked to go on the discussion board and vote for what platform we wanted to do our portfolio on out of scope it, prezi and edu glogster. The discussion had a preset agenda and was mandatory for all students to participate in. Each student was to go on the discussion board and compare and contrast each platform. It was scheduled in the sense that we had a short period of time (class time) to complete it. We had to post at least 3 posts giving our opinion then proceed to Epic Decide and vote. It also was authority organized in the sense that our teacher set up the discussion board with intentions to initiate a interactive conversation. In the discussion board we were able to see what others thought and compare them to our own opinions in the efforts of coming to a consensus of which platform was better to use for such a project. Many opinions differed but valid points were made using formal language. It allowed everyone to open up their mind to different points and make a clear decision based on what they felt was the best platform.

 

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.

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World's Largest Professional Network | LinkedIn

World's Largest Professional Network | LinkedIn | Ebone's Portfolio | Scoop.it

LinkedIn is a perfect example of networking. It allows you to connect with different people around the world on a professional database. Unlike other social netoworking sites, LinkedIn allows you manage your professional identity. LinkedIn has attracted millions of users, many of whom have integrated this site into their daily lives. LinkedIn allows you to find people who have the same intersts as you and who could potentially be of help when it comes to job or internship openings. According to Boyd, "Networking" emphazises relationship initiation, often between strangers. Building connections with as many people that you can can create opportunities in the future. LinkedIn is a strictly business website that attracts many businessmen and women. In class, we were asked to create a LinkedIn account and begin connecting with people we know. In this day in age it is all about who you know rather than what you know. By connecting with people we know on this site, we can see what connections they have and who you might want an introduction to for future references.

 

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

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