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New Ways to Communicate Online- Mode of CMC

New Ways to Communicate Online- Mode of CMC | Jeanette's Portfolio | Scoop.it

This blog post is an example of a mode of computer mediated communication. According to the Nonprofitorg blog post, “Web 2.0 is the beginning of two-way communication in the online public commons.” Some examples of web 2.0 are blogs, wikis, and social networking sites. Since web 2.0 is the beginning of two-way communication, if you have a blog for your business, people have the ability to comment and converse with your organization for the public to see.

 

During the semester, my classmates and I have been using Blogger to post our blogs about computer mediated communication tools. Blogger is a form of web 2.0. With Blogger, you can organize your blogs into lists and create different categories for different topics. On Blogger, everyone is able to be their own author, share information, interact with other through the comment section and collaborate as a community like my classmates have been doing with our blog over the course of this semester.

 

All three eras of the web, web 1.0, web 2.0 and web 3.0, are complimentary and server one another rather than replace one another. While web 2.0 is a little more advanced than web 1.0 and web 3.0 is a little more advanced than web 2.0, when you integrate them all, you are truly able to grow with the community.

 

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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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Twitter- A Mode of CMC

This blog post is an example of a mode of computer mediated communication. According to Alcatel-Lucient’s White Paper, “In the past two decades, technical devices have brought more collaboration, social interaction, personalization, active participation and communication itself than ever before.” A main reason for this has been the spread of broadband internet. These changes to communication have not only had an effect on communities, but also on businesses and established business models as well as users.

 

I have never used Twitter until I enrolled in this Computer Mediated Communication course. This mode of communication has spread rapidly to people all over the world. It is not only used by people like me to chat with friends, but also by celebrities to stay in touch with their fans and by businesses to advertise their company.

 

Through your Twitter account you are able to follow anyone else who also has a Twitter account. Twitter uses hash tags which let people search anything they want just by putting a hash tag in front of it (for example, #culture). Throughout the semester, my classmates and I used Twitter a lot to communicate with each other, especially during the scavenger hunt we were really able to get our assignment done efficiently.

 

Twitter is an excellent mode of computer mediated communication. With its many members and easy search tool with the use of hash tags, I think Twitter will be around for a while as a means of communication between students, celebrities, businesses and much more!

 

Resources

 

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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Being Bullied?- Community Building

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This blog post is an example of community building. Many social networking sites are oriented towards connecting people with similar interests such as music or politics. These social networking sites allow users to interact with people they already know or meet new people. According to the article by Ellison, Steinfeld and Camp, the social networking site, Facebook, enables its users to create and online profile, accumulate “friends”, view each other’s profiles, and also join virtual groups based on common interests.

 

For my group project, my group and I created a Facebook group to attract people with the same common interest in attempting to put an end to bullying. Our goal was to literally build a community full of people who are against bullying. We want to be a group where people who are being bullied could come and vent about issues they have and be supported by an entire community of strangers who support them and will give them advice and inspiration.

 

Facebook is an excellent tool for community building. It was created in 2004, and by 2007 it was reported to have more than 21 million registered members generating 1.6 billion page views each day (Needham & Company, 2007). With so many members that each have many interests and hobbies, it is the perfect social networking site to build a community.

 

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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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Welcome to Facebook- Language

This blog post is an example of language. According to Susan C. Herring’s article, Computer-Mediated Discourse, “Computer-mediated discourse is the communication produced when human beings interact with one another by transmitting messages via networked computers.” Currently most CMC is text based, typed on the keyboard of a computer and read usually by another person in a different location on the computer screen.

 

The article also states, “It is a popular perception that computer-mediated language is less correct, complex and coherent than standard written language.” On Facebook, many people use short hand. Instead of writing a post on your wall saying “What are you doing tonight?” they might write, “wat r u doin tn?” While commuting of Facebook, people don’t always think about using proper punctuation or grammar, they just want to write a message or wall post to their friends as quick as possible. When writing on Faebook, people may not even correct a word they may have misspelled, because it is so informal that they just assume the other person will be able to know what they meant to say from the context of the text.

 

The language used while using computer mediated communication on a site such as Facebook gives users the ability to express themselves. The message posted by Usenet from MacKinnon(1995) is the following:

 

“Al,

hahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahaa *sniff* waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh I laughed, i cried. . . . that post was GREAT! :-)

Amusedly,

-Mirth-”

 

As you can see, Mirth was able to express her nonverbal emotions into a language for Al to read and then visualize her laughing in his head.

The use of language on Facebook is a creative fun way to have conversations with others. You don’t need to be as proper as you would be in an email to your boss or professor and you can really express yourself in a non simplified way.

 

Resources

 

Herring, S. (Classification) (2007) A Faceted Classification Scheme for Computer-Mediated Discourse. Language@Internet (4). Available at http://www.languageatinternet.de/articles/2007/761/index_html/

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LinkedIn- Formal CMC

This blog post is an example of formal CMC. According to Stefan Hrastinski's article on formality, formal CMC is mandatory, authority organized and uses formal language.

 

For my computer mediated communication class it was mandatory for me as a student to create a LinkedIn account. While it was mandatory for me to create this account for my class, it was also mandatory for myself to try every possible way to get a job and stand out from the rest of the soon to be college graduates.

 

LinkedIn is also authority organized. It is organized in a preconceived way that you just fill in your own personal information such as a resume, previous work experience, education and skills you may have. LinkedIn is a very structured format and everyone’s account basically looks the same. While other social networking sites are a little more flexible with layout and design, LinkedIn tends to have the same layout for all accounts.

 

LinkedIn differs from other social networking sites as a formal form of CMC by the fact that most users use formal language. This site is a place for people to network with potential jobs for their future so everyone wants to look as professional as possible. There are definitely no people using slang, shorthand, or abbreviations. I think for the most part people try to type as proper as possible with perfect grammar- if they don't I’m sure they will be overlooked for a job position because no one wants to hire someone who cannot even type properly.

 

LinkedIn is an excellent networking site if you are looking for a job. I have heard so many amazing success stories about people being offered a job just from their LinkedIn account. Just remember to be as formal and professional as possible and the next success story I hear could be about you!

 

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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Twitter- Filtering and Curating

This blog post is an example of filtering and curating. Once you are all set up on Twitter you can begin to use hash tags to start a search. The hash tag, which is a # sign, filters out everything else and will only show you searches that people tagged with the same keywords you are searching for. For example, in this Computer Mediated Communication course, everyone in the class would use the hash tag, #uacmc, very often. This made it extremely convenient for Professor Yonkers to access our work, for our classmates to access our work and for us to go back to see what we have done.

 

In Masullo-Chen’s blog post, she was explaining to one of her friends how to use Twitter and hash tags. Her friends Twitter page was for a spa so she recommended her friend to use the hash tag #spa. For her friend, using the hash tag #spa would make her blog posts pop up on one page with other posts that tag the word spa; allowing for like minded people to see her page and the hopefully follow her.

 

Sites such as Twitter are great for curating and filtering. It makes it so much easier when people tag their posts or tweets because rather than searching though tons of pages to find exactly what you are looking for, you have it right in front of you on one page.

 

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

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Facebook- Identity Building

This blog post is an example of identity development. For the past few years I have been using my own personal Facebook page to develop my identity for others to see. During a class excersize in my Computer Mediated Communication class, I was asked to only use Facebook to communicate with members in my group and find out interesting things about them. Through Facebook, you can really learn a lot about a person’s identity; you can see what their interests and hobbies are, what their favorite books and movies are and also where they live and went to school.

 

According to the article written by Elison, Heino and Gibbs, "In comparison to face-to-face interactions, Internet interactions allowed individuals to better express aspects of their true selves—aspects of themselves that they wanted to express but felt unable to." During my class activity with my classmates through Facebook, we were able to express our true selves while communicating tough written messages. In comparison, if we were meeting each other face-to-face, we may have not expressed as much of ourselves right away.

 

Facebook has allowed me to develop my identity. Without even very much communication back and forth, people are able to sort of figure out exactly who I am just by looking through my information I have on Facebook.

 

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

http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol11/issue2/ellison.html

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Being Bullied? -YouTube video- A mode of CMC

This blog post is an example of a broadcasting mode of computer mediated communication. According to Van Den Dam’s article, How social media is redefining broadcasting, “The Internet is becoming the dominant broadcasting platform of our civilization. Already 25 percent of humans are communicating and accessing information on the Web.” More and more people are connected to the web every day. The success of sites like YouTube, bring about the social aspects of video, which serves for social interaction and as a means of expression.

 

With more and more new advances in technology, people have access to YouTube videos not only through their computer, but also trough their cell phones. YouTube is a website where people can share any video they want. This site is great for music artists to post their music videos, companies to post videos about what their company does or even for students to post a video explaining what their class project is about.

 

My group and I recently created a YouTube video about a project we would be working on. YouTube was a great tool for delivering our message. We were able to add keywords to our video to make it easy for people to search it so the video could reach many people. Using YouTube as a mode of communication is also great because people are able to see and hear your message rather than just read it off a website. Our group chose to create a YouTube video not only to broadcast our message, but it is also fabulous to communicate with others thanks to the section where people can leave comments.

 

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Van Den Dam, R. (2010). How social media is redefining broadcasting. Broadcast Engineering, May 1. Available at: http://broadcastengineering.com/production/social-media-redefining-broadcasting-0510/index2.html

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My Facebook- Informal CMC

This blog post is an example of informal CMC. According to Stefan Hrastinski's article on formality, informal CMC is unscheduled, interactive, consists of random participants and uses informal language. In this article, informal CMC is also described to be optional, participant-organized and is a low cost option for communication.

 

I use my personal Facebook page everyday as an informal form of computer mediated communication between my “friends” and myself. Although I communicate with my real life friends on Facebook, my Facebook account also consists of many different random people on my “friends list”. This social network is a great way for me to interact with friends or random people in an unscheduled manner.

 

I love using Facebook as a form of CMC because it costs nothing. Facebook can be accessed wherever there is an internet connection so it is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. Facebook has really come in handy when I go on vacations; many hotels offer free internet access so I can just jump on the computer to contact my family back home instead of having to pay outrageous international cell phone bills.

 

Facebook is also great because your use of language can be as informal or formal as you want it to be. I use my Facebook to casually talk with friends and post statuses about what is going on without having to worry about using perfect grammar or punctuation.

 

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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Being Bullied?- Networking

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This blog post is an example of networking. As Boyd and Ellison mention in their article, Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship, networking sites such as Facebook have attracted millions of users and many have integrated these sites into their daily practices. In the article, Boyd and Ellison say that some sites help strangers connect based on shared interests, political views, or activities while others attract people based on common language or shared racial, sexual, or religious identities.

 

The Facebook page that my group and I created was created to make an effort to stop bullying. With our Facebook page, my group and I also hope to be an outlet for people who may be being bullied. We want people to feel as though our page is a place that they can vent and express their feelings without being judged and instead being supported by a group of strangers. In an effort to get the word out to as many people as possible, we networked to all of our "friends" asking them to "like" our page. Once we networked to all of our “friends”, the networking continues by their “friends” seeing the page and being able to “like” it themselves as well. Our Facebook page is a page that attracts people with the same values and beliefs. Everyone that visits our page may or may not be the same race, sex, or religion, but what they all have in common is their belief that no one should be bullied regardless of their differences.

 

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.

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

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