Promote Yourself Properly

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/05/sunday-review/we-want-privacy-but-cant-stop-sharing.html?ref=technology&_r=0

Users of social networks are handing out their personal information freely without a second thought. Those same users are then met with an unfair trade. While they are giving away their most treasured memories and details, they are receiving nothing but “Likes” and short comments in return. Dissatisfied by what they receive from social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. the users continue to take part in those networks in fear of rejection and/or judgement from their peers.  This creates a cycle of vulnerability.

Indirectly, social networks are reducing the odds of successful relationships. While sharing personal information and anecdotes about yourself helps create a bond between you and a loved one, when that information is already available to the public it then becomes impersonal, leaving you with less to offer intimately.

While social media can be helpful for spreading word about a product or service and to promote a business, it can also be harmful for individuals who are using it to “promote” themselves. We need to treat our information, images, details, anecdotes, etc. as if we were a product or service. We need to review all the details that are accessible to the public and make sure it cannot harm us (ruin the product/service reputation). We also need to promote positive feedback and address the negative feedback professionally. It is also important not to abuse of social networking; only share information worth sharing, information that is beneficial to you and to the viewers. Everything that we do on social networks/online will be available for others to track and analyse. One wrong move could create barriers in a personal life just like in the business world.

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Pinterest Bankrupting Trend Setting Sites

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/business/media/publications-see-pinterest-as-key-ally.html?ref=technology&_r=0

 

http://www.yourdictionary.com/pinterest

 

Pinterest is one of the less popular applications in use these days. It is “an online service that allows you to share images through social networking.”  This application allows its users to post images on a “pinboard” type of website. The images posted vary between recipes, fashion, do it yourselves, home décor, etc. The users also have the option of sifting through the images other users are posting. In addition this application allows you to link the images you are posting on Pinterest to Facebook, this way your Facebook contacts can see your images.

 

From this short description about Pinterest, it is easy to gather that most images posted on this site/application are of things the users like and/or would like to possess, whether it’s about fashion or food. Therefore, this website has the ability to “predict” consumer trends.

 

Magazine editors have taken advantage of this opportunity and have started using Pinterest as one of their trend setting tool. Many other companies and individuals could also benefit from this site, for example; any businesses related to fashion, photographers, interior decorators, etc.

 

My question here is: will applications like Pinterest affect trend setting sites such as Style Sight who make their profit off of customers who pay for their subscriptions?

Next Level For Social Networks

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/09/technology/twitter-begins-testing-buy-button-for-posts.html?ref=technology&_r=0

Social Networks are currently working on the next big thing: a “BUY” button. This will allow the users to purchase limited edition and time sensitive items, taking social networking to the next level. Social networks would then have a new revenue stream other than advertisement.

I am on the fence about this whole scheme, mainly because social networks would then be promoting online purchasing therefore pushing their users to stay at home rather than going out (creating shut ins). Also, online purchasing will require credit card payments, which is one of the main causes of debt.

The only benefit that I can see from the “BUY” button is that it will make it easier for the users to donate to charities and causes since it will be readily available to them.

Can anyone see any other benefits from the “BUY” button?

Socially Crippled

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/upshot/how-social-media-silences-debate.html?_r=2&abt=0002&abg=0

 

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/social-media

 

While reading this article, I found myself drifting away from the political side of the piece. I became aware and then concerned about the fact that we are socially crippling ourselves with social media. I was awestruck since the whole idea of social media is to “enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking” – according to the Oxford Dictionary.  Generally, the point of social media is to help people socialize with one another.

 

According to the article in the New York Times, research shows that individuals who use social medias frequently surround themselves with other individuals with similar opinions and personalities.  The research also shows that those users are less likely to voice their own opinions. To add to this dilemma, social medias are now altering what we see on our news feeds to match our personalities. The chances of us ever getting into a disagreement are becoming slim.

 

Since we surround ourselves with individuals with similar point of views, diversity is not as common and because of this; people do not get the opportunity to expand their knowledge. Because we are avoiding conflicts, potential problems are not solved; new ideas or tactics are not voiced. We are lacking opinion, which then takes away from our individuality.

 

Basically, social media is altering our personalities and we are becoming antisocial and anti-confrontational. We do not take the opportunity to voice our point of views and our ideas even though medias such as Facebook and Twitter were created for exactly that.

Social Media Can Boost Your Career!

http://www.fastcompany.com/3028112/agendas/the-15-minute-daily-habit-that-will-change-your-career

While reading the article on the small town artist Austin Kleon, I realized that so many tools are available to help us with our careers. Nowadays, it is much easier for an artist to release his artwork, music and videos out into the world for everyone to experience. Instagram and Vimeo are free apps/ websites anyone can use to submit their artwork. While it may be difficult, if the artist is committed, one post on Instagram could be the key to their success.

Artists are not the only one to benefit from social media, there are other apps such as LinkedIn that allow you to create a professional profile (resume, past experience, current workplace, etc.) for you to share. This app also allows you to follow groups, companies and coworkers; helping you create valuable contacts in your field as well as others.

I have a feeling this is just the beginning. So many more apps are out there and I am certain more are to come. I am curious to know what other apps and websites can help us boost our career, share them with me if you know any and tell me your predictions of what future apps are to come!

Facebook Controls Emotions

Experimentation occurs when particular factors are manipulated in a way to prove or disprove a hypothesis. The subjects of experimentation vary from substances, to animals, to human beings. Animals may not have control on whether they are experimented on or not but we humans must give written consent to be the subjects of tests.

Were you aware that in the year 2012, Facebook users were subject to illegal experimentation? Users were manipulated to feel emotions that were not their own. This was done without their consent. They had no knowledge whatsoever that the experiment was happening.

It was claimed that Facebook may have breached ethical and legal guidelines by not informing its users they were being manipulated in the experiment, which was carried out in 2012.” The Guardian

How did Facebook manage to control its user’s emotions? The newsfeeds of 689 000 users were altered to filter certain things in or out of the feed (video’s, images, status’, etc). Depending on the type of “news” they would read/watch on the newsfeed (positive or negative content), their emotions would change.

Is this unethical? No harm was caused to the users but I believe harm was brought to Facebook as well as any other social networks. The trust users have had for these types of websites will have faded.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/29/facebook-users-emotions-news-feeds