Erica Wagner ACOM375 Portfolio
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Personal portfolio of various tools for computer mediated communication
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Community Building: LinkedIn

Community Building: LinkedIn | Erica Wagner ACOM375 Portfolio | Scoop.it

A community is used to describe a group of people that are linked together by a common or similar interest. People that are involved or apart of a particular community, tend to develop a sense of belonging to the group and to the people within the group. Once a community of people is formed, a culture can also start to develop that is based upon the common interests and beliefs of the group members.

LinkedIn is a particular example of community building within computer mediated communication. LinkedIn allows it's users from diverse backgrounds and cultures to come together to form a community, where they can relate to one another on a specific subject. For this website, the users become part of professional communities, that are related to their company or other specific job fields.  However, users of LinkedIn are not confined to joining just one community, but rather can join several different communities that may interest them. Once a user joins a community on LinkedIn, they can communicate to others within the same community in order to connect and interact with one another.

Users of LinkedIn are able to use the website to establish these connections with communities, which allows them to greater expand and build upon their professional network. According to the Ellison article, LinkedIn and other social networking sites allow users to connect with others outside their preexisting social group or location, liberating them to form communities around shared interests, as opposed to shared geography. In other words, LinkedIn allows people from all over the world to form communities with other people, despite physical or geographical barriers and boundaries.

For example,  my personal LinkedIn profile enables me to join communities, like Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and network with people from around the world. Being apart of a professional community allows me to connect with other people from my company that I may never meet, because they work in a different state or even a different country. The affordances of LinkedIn help provide me with opportunities to expand and build upon my professional communities and networks.

Resources:
LinkedIn: www.linkedIn.com
Ellison, Steinfeld, Camp Article: http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol12/issue4/ellison.html

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Filtering/ Curating: Delicious.com

Filtering/ Curating: Delicious.com | Erica Wagner ACOM375 Portfolio | Scoop.it

Delicious.com is a prime example of how filtering and curating can be used through computer mediated communication. This website allows users to filter, save and share content on their favorite topics. Once a user is logged into Delicious.com, they are able to filter and search for links that are specific to their desired topic.  In order to filter through information, users can simply search for a keyword at the top of the screen. After the user types in their keyword, delicious.com filters through the topic to find hundreds of results that are related to that keyword.

On my personal Delicious account, you can clearly see how I used filtering in order to categorize my links. All of the links that I saved, I decided to tag with keywords that related to the link's topic. Tagging each link with specific key words, allows for people to find my link in a more directed and efficient order.
 
Using Delicious is similar and relative to the way Storyful uses new social networking sites in the Gorman article. According to this article, social media news companies like Storyful are now turning to filtering and curating in social websites, in order to find more information on their news stories. The use of curating and filtering that can be seen in these types of websites offers a way to add more depth to reports and more chances to cover stories, that may not have made the headlines before(Gorman article).


Resources:
Gorman Article: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/04/social-media-curation-tool-separates-news-from-noise.html
Delicious: www.delicious.com

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Formal CMC: Scoop.it!

Formal CMC: Scoop.it! | Erica Wagner ACOM375 Portfolio | Scoop.it

When considering the formality of computer medication communication, one must look at the language use and context of the medium or mode used. An example of formal computer mediated communication can be seen in my group's own scoop it webpage. When designing our webpage, the goal of our group was to present ourselves in a professional manner by developing and creating our message in a formal way.

The characteristics that are related to a formal mode of CMC involve arranged participants, preset agendas, one way communication and formal speech (Hrastinski article). Looking at the scoop it page, it is evident that the medium we used was a formal mode for communicating. When creating our webpage, everyone in our group participated and engaged in developing the content. By involving all of our group members, we were able to direct a one-way concept to our targeted audience. Our group also wanted our webpage to be informational and professional so we could maintain credibility among our student-based audience. We chose to construct our webpage with formal speech by the use of correct spelling and grammar use.

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Scoop.it: http://www.scoop.it/t/linked-inbenefits-for-ualbany-students
Hrastinski Article: http://is2.lse.ac.uk/asp/aspecis/20080188.pdf

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CMC Language: Twitter

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 With the development of new technology-based modes of communication,  a new genre of language use has developed. Many of the new social networking sites are known for their informality and immediacy. The characteristics of being able to communicate to others,over the computer, both easily and informally, has created a type of "slang" and abbreviations. An example of this new genre of communication language can be seen on Twitter.

Twitter is known for it's informal language and structure, which is often affiliated with the characteristics of CMC language. The popular perception of computer-mediated language is that CMC tends to be less correct, complex and coherent than standard written language (Herring article). According to the Herring article, the creation of this informal genre of language can be associated with users desire to economize on their typing effort, mimic spoken language features, and to express themselves creatively.

With twitter, users can communicate to each other through the use of tweets. When a user creates a tweet, it is usually contains little linguistic structure and informal language. Within these tweets, most users develop a hash tag that describes what they are tweeting about and who they want the tweet to be directed at. The use of the hash tags allows users to be creative with language use. Within my personal Twitter, it is evident that I use forms of informal use and structure when creating my tweets. For example, most of my sentences are incomplete and have little punctuation or capitalization.

Resources:
Herring Article:http://www.let.rug.nl/redeker/herring.pdf
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/erica_wagner

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CMC Mode 2: Prezi

An example of a mode of CMC is Prezi. The Prezi website is an educational site that is directed to students and teachers for educational purposes. Prezi allows users to create presentations over an online template. Once the presentation is completed, the user can send out the link to others for viewing. The use of Prezi allows students and teachers to  create and send presentations without having to attach word-based documents.

According to the definitions of the modes of communication , Prezi can be considered Web 1.0. Once the presentation is finished, the user can push the content our to many people via the website link. This allows for one person to reach a larger audience by just sending out one-way communication (Nonprofitorg Blog).  In class, our project group developed a prezi presentation to send to our professor and classmates. The objective of sending out the link to our Prezi presentation was to inform our class of our group project topic. We used Prezi as a means of Web 1.0 because we only used it as a means for communicating a message to our audience.

Resources:
Nonprofitorg Blog: http://nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/web-1-0-web-2-0-and-web-3-0-simplified-for-nonprofits/
Prezi: http://prezi.com/yuocel5kmgms/linkedin-presentation/

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Identity Development: LinkedIn

Identity Development: LinkedIn | Erica Wagner ACOM375 Portfolio | Scoop.it

With the exponential growth of social networking in our daily lives, it is important to understand how identity development is essential when using computer-mediated technology. Communicating through these new modes of technology has evolved the ways in which people communicate. Using online mediums and modes of communication create a new way of how we think we should engage, and manage our self-image to others.

People in online environments experience these same pressures and desires as communicating face to face, but the greater control over self-presentational behavior in CMC allows individuals to manage their online interactions more strategically (Ellison article). According to the article by Ellison, communicating through online mediums gives people the control to present themselves in a more honest and open way. Using social networking sites, like LinkedIn, allows people to create their identities based on the way they want to be perceived by others.

 

An example of identity development can be seen on my personal LinkedIn account. My LinkedIn profile reflects my "ideal self". LinkedIn allows me to communicate and create my identity to show attributes that I would ideally possess (Ellison article).  When creating my LinkedIn profile, I wanted to make sure that I am perceived as educated and professional. In order to show these attributes, I used formal CMC language and created my profile based upon my professional aspects and personality strengths. I wanted to ensure that my professionalism and potential job edibility would be maintained through the way that I presented myself on my personal profile.

Resources:
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com
Ellison, Heino, Gibbs Article: http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol11/issue2/ellison.html

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Networking: Facebook

Networking: Facebook | Erica Wagner ACOM375 Portfolio | Scoop.it

Social networking sites are defined as web-based services that allow individuals to (1)
construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, (2) articulate
a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and (3) view and traverse
their list of connections and those made by others within the system (Boyd & Ellison Article).  Using these types of social websites as a mode of communication allows users to create and expand their networks in an efficient and effective matter. One of the greatest examples of networking is the social networking website, Facebook.

Facebook is considered to be the ideal example of modern-day networking because it allows for people to create relationship initiation, especially with strangers (Boyd & Ellison article).  Facebook allows their users to connect with people from all over the world. Facebook sees who you are friends with and then suggests other users who you may know or should know.  Users can also choose to communicate and initiate with only people within their imitate networks.

In my personal experience, Facebook has been an ideal tool for creating and building networks. Creating my Facebook page, allowed me to network through the UAlbany page to connect and network with other students when I first arrived in college. When meeting new people, I constantly use Facebook to maintain these connections and to continuously build upon my networks.

Resources:
Facebook: www.facebook.com
Boyd & Ellison Article: https://blackboard.albany.edu/bbcswebdav/courses/2119-ACOM-375-9281/boyd-ellison%20social%20network%20history.pdf

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Informal CMC: Blackboard Discussion Board

Informal CMC: Blackboard Discussion Board | Erica Wagner ACOM375 Portfolio | Scoop.it

One of the main aspects associated with CMC is the informality of the language use. Informal language and context is considered an acceptable way of communicating across new modes of computer-mediated technology. The informality associated with CMC has led to the popularity and growth of several communication mediums.

An example of informal CMC can be seen on COM375's Blackboard discussion board. In our class, we occasionally use the blackboard educational system as a mode of communication to complete class-related tasks. When students conduct discussions on Blackboard, they are generally constructed informally. Students are not worried about their spelling or grammar, but rather are fixated on the content of the discussions.

These Blackboard discussion boards can be categorized as informal because they fulfill several characteristics associated with informal computer mediated communication. In order to be considered informal communication, the interaction must be impromptu, brief, context-rich and dyadic (Hrastinski article).  When communicating on the discussion boards, my classmates and I are interacting about the subject and are not particularly interested in using proper English or grammar use. Within the blackboard discussion, the informality can also be shown in the unscheduled, interactive and participant-organized characteristics displayed (Hrastinski article).

Resources:
UAlbany Blackboard Discussion Board (COM375): https://blackboard.albany.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_2_1&url=%2Fwebapps%2Fblackboard%2Fexecute%2Flauncher%3Ftype%3DCourse%26id%3D_5081_1%26url%3D
Hrastinski Article: http://is2.lse.ac.uk/asp/aspecis/20080188.pdf

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CMC Mode 1: Youtube

A popular example of a computer-mediated communication mode is YouTube. The YouTube website is a site where users can upload videos that can be seen anyone in the world. This website is considered to be a Web 3.0 version of CMC. In order to be categorized as Web 3.0, the medium must be characterized as mobile and apart of the semantic web (Nonprofitorg Blog). In terms of mobility, people can access YouTube on several different types of computer-based technologies such as; mobile devices, Ipads and laptops.

In class, we were asked to create a YouTube video for our group presentations. Once our group developed our video, we placed the video onto the website for anyone to see. When people watch our group video, they can also choose to send us feedback by liking, disliking or commenting on our video. This feedback mechanism allows us to interact with our viewers in real-time.

Resources:
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRDZ7UGrCqs
Nonprofitorg Blog Post: http://nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/web-1-0-web-2-0-and-web-3-0-simplified-for-nonprofits/

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CMC Mode 3: Blogger

CMC Mode 3: Blogger | Erica Wagner ACOM375 Portfolio | Scoop.it

Blogger is a growing medium of computer mediated communication. The website Blogger allows users to sign in and create personal blogs about their interests. Anyone can sign up to Blogger and can develop and post blogs onto the internet. Blogger is categorized as a Web 2.0 mode of CMC. According to the nonprofitorg blog post, Web 2.0 entails two way communication within online public commons. In other words, people can post and converse with other people for all to see and read.

In class, we were required to post three blogs are new modes and mediums related to computer-mediated communication. The students went onto the private class blog and published a new blog every month that related to the affordances of new types of computer-mediated communication. Using the blog, allowed for anyone in the world to read our published blogs on the web. Another characteristic of a Blogger and Web 2.0 is the level of privacy of the blogs. The level of privacy is considered to be low because our personal blogs had limited privacy protections on them. However, the modes of transmissions also demonstrate how blogger is considered to be Web 2.0. When creating a blog, a user can also incorporate text, visuals, and audio. The diverse assortment of transmissions allows for an increase of integrate web communication.

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Blogger: http://newwaystocommunicatecmc.blogspot.com/2011/09/beamyourscreen.html
Nonprofitorg Blog:http://nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/web-1-0-web-2-0-and-web-3-0-simplified-for-nonprofits/

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