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CMC Blog

For class, we had to contribute to a class blog and have a blog of our own. The blogs are an example of web 2.0. Web 2.0 gives the user the opportunity to provide feedback to the creator of the blog. Both blogs are open for the public to view. In order to give a comment, the person would have to go from being a browser to being a user and creating an account and profile with the website. Posting on the class blog gave us the opportunity for our posts to be read on by a bigger audience than on our own blogs.

 

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http://cmcblog-kristen.blogspot.com/

 

https://blackboard.albany.edu/bbcswebdav/courses/2119-ACOM-375-9281/CMC%20vs%20f2f%20university%20advisors.pdf

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Twitter Language

The article on language by Herring starts out with this definition. Computer mediated discourse is the communication produced when human beings interact with one another by transmitting messages via networked computers. This quote can perfectly relate to the use of twitter. Everytime in class when we would do an activity we would include in the post #uacmc. Using this hashtag allowed others in the class or anyone else to look at every post containing #uacmc. This made it easier to communicate and share information with others in the class. The use of the hashtag is something unique to twitter because it is a way of communicating that we would not use in other mediums. We would also not strive to say everything we needed to say in 140 characters or less. This makes it so as we type we have to edit ourselves,only include key words and the most important points. We leave out little details or anecdotes that add to a conversation and help build relationships.

 

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 http://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23uacmc

 

http://www.let.rug.nl/redeker/herring.pdf

 

 

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Networking Site

When I first started reading the article on networking by Boyd & Ellison at first I thought of connecting it to my facebook page. As I read further, I realized that Linked-In fits the best with how the authors describe Social Networking Sites and Networking in general. Three main points that the authors make all relate to my Linked-In page. "Networking emphazies relationship initiation often between two strangers". While I'm not currently connected to anyone on Linked-In who is a stranger, I have considered adding people that I do not know personally but think it would be in interest to start a connection with them. "Sites often result in connections between individuals that would not otherwise be made" On my Linked-In page I have added professors and collegues from my internship. I would have not stayed in touch with these individuals if the only option was only email. "Most people primarily communicate with those who are already in their extended social circle". While my connections on Linked-In are small, they do mostly consist of friends or people I have known for quite some time.

 

 

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http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kristen-kiehart/3b/949/450

 

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

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Formal Communication

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Linked In accounts are used as a form of formal communication. In his article on formality, Stefan Hrastinski gives a comparison of formal communication and informal communication. Two of the components of formal communication that relate best to linked in are preset agenda and formal language and speech register. Linked in is meant to be an online resume for it's users. You post all your information on there with the hopes that a perspective employer will contact you with a job offer or ask for a real-life interview. It is hard to find another purpose or use for linked in besides employment opportuinty. If you were to be contacted by an employer then you would speak to them not as if they were your friend but like they are some one in an authority position who deserves your respect.

 

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http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kristen-kiehart/3b/949/450

 

http://is2.lse.ac.uk/asp/aspecis/20080188.pdf

 

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Using Linked In to Self-Promote

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The link above is of my personal linked in account. As soon as I started reading the Elison,Heino and Gibbs article on self-promotion and image management I immediately thought of linked in. The article talks about online dating but I believe linked in to be very similar in many ways. By creating an account, we are hoping that a perspective employer views our page and likes what they see enough that they will contact us and want to meet in person for a more in depth interview. This is no different than the outcome we expect from an online dating site except with one we want a job and the other a intimate relationship. It was neccesary to create the linked in page during class one day but I realized that it would be a good tool for me to have especially since I will be graduating college within the month.

 

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http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kristen-kiehart/3b/949/450

 

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

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Emails

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, I would see an announcement in my email about what we would be doing in class. The emails were quick and straight to the point. Emails are a perfect example of web 1.0. They are static, have very little to no opportuinty for interaction and are nowhere near as fast as real-time. Emails are good for one mass message if you are expecting no reply or for a conversation with one person when you don't need an immediate reply

 

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https://blackboard.albany.edu/bbcswebdav/courses/2119-ACOM-375-9281/CMC%20vs%20f2f%20university%20advisors.pdf

 

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

 

 

 

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YouTube

One day in class, we were showed a YouTube video by this guy who goes by the name of Kingsley. The video we watched was him talking straight in the camera pretty much speaking straight from the heart. He did not like the turn his videos were taking and was taking control of what he started. When YouTube is used this way, it reaches millions of people but makes you feel like he is speaking directly and only to you. You are allowed to make comments to the original poster and to other users who are making comments as well. Users can have full conversations right there on the comment section of the video. This video intrigued me because it was almost as if he was pausing his YouTube world in order to take the control back from everyone who turned his videos into something it was never intended to be.

 

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http://www.youtube.com/user/ItsKingsleyBitch

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Community within Facebook

I provided the link to my list of facebook friends because that shows the people that are included in my community that I created for myself on facebook. In the Ellison,Steinfeld and Camp article on Community, the authors discuss how we use social networking sites to add on to our social circle. They claim that we often add people who are outside of our real-life social lives in hopes that we will connect over similar interests. When I looked over my friends list, I noticed that I do not talk to probably more than half of these people on a regular basis. Some I have not talked to or seen in years and others I wouldn't even consider a friend, I just added them so that I would seem connected to them. The number of friends I have makes me appear to know alot of people or give the appearence that I have more of a social life than I actually do. Like it mentions in the readings, I hope to take away from my connections to those I am not close to in real life, a variety of information and perhaps even more connections to others.

 

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http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=587255897&sk=friends&v=friends

 

http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol12/issue4/ellison.html

 

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Informal Communication

When thinking about informal communication, facebook is the first thing that pops into my mind. My facebook wall is filled with short statuses sometimes expressing what I'm feeling,what I'm doing or a favorite song lyric. The conversations that take place are nothing of too much substance. The particpants vary with people who are far from me and people who may be in the very same room as I am. In the Hrastinski article which talks about formality with CMC, he states that it's not the medium that chooses to be formal or informal it depends on how the user decides to use it. Facebook is often used as a tool for quick conversations or a way to share pictures or news articles with one another. Even with the message feature,where you can have a private conversation with someone, it still can not be as formal as face to face because problems may occur with how the other person is interpreting your message and tehre might be a time delay with responses.

 

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http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=587255897

 

http://is2.lse.ac.uk/asp/aspecis/20080188.pdf

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Using Twitter to Search the Web

For a class assignment, we had to use different websites to find information on Hurricane Irene. One of those websites was Twitter. I didn't think it was possible to search for information on twitter but by using #hurricaneirene, in one second I had access to a list of people who were affected by Hurricane Irene and sites contaning news about Hurricane Irene. This assignemt is similar to what is done by journalists when they use the tool Storyful. Storyful allows journalists to find relevant information about a certain topic. They can use videos,tweets,pictures and real-life stories. By using this tool, journalists can filter through all this information and report back the most up to date information.

 

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http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23hurricaneirene

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

 

 

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