It’s a Wrap! Wikipedia Practicum Post # 7

I am happy to be able to say that I have mastered all aspects of LinkedIn, MySpace and Google+!  Having social networking sites as my practicum topic was not only exciting but has been useful for making several new connections as well.  Now that I have kept the class updated on my findings, and that I am in the process of finishing up my final practicum paper, I feel that I can finally make my addition to Wikipedia.

Social Networking Sites contribute to several different categories within Wikipedia due to the fact that so many exist, and that it is such a big topic.  Since most information about LinkedIn and MySpace have already been added to Wikipedia, I decided to make an addition concerning Google+ since it is the most recent out of the three.  While skimming through the social networking page privacy section, I noted that Google+’s unique settings had yet to be mentioned, so this is where I made my edition.

  

My addition may be deleted in the future, however I believe that my contribution to this page on Wikipedia is valuable.  Google+ has the unique privacy settings that no other social networking site has mastered and this is worthy of being noted.  Furthermore, while many of you may never use your practicum websites again, I am deeply satisfied with the fact that I will continue to use these social networking websites on a weekly, if not daily basis.

Just in case my addition does get removed, here is my addition to the privacy section:

The creators of Google+ have aimed at overcoming existing privacy issues.  This social networking site offers unique privacy settings that not only allows users to make their individual profile private, but also makes it easy for users to share media, photos and posts with specific “circles.”  I have included the link: http://ansonalex.com/tutorials/managing-privacy-settings-in-google-plus/ which can be accessed simply by clicking on “Google Plus” at the end of my addition.


Great Find: LinkedIn iPhone App! Practicum Post # 6

My original plan was to post my Wikipedia addition as my sixth practicum post but I have decided to save it for last as I continue learning new things about my practicum social network sites everyday.  I have already explained the specific purposes that I use LinkedIn, Google + and MySpace for and I have dedicated at least one blog post to each of them.  I have also made it clear that out of the three I use LinkedIn the most.

With that being said I found an awesome iPhone app for LinkedIn!  This app is so useful especially when I am on the go.  The home screen of the app is divided into four different sections, one consists of updates, another is for my personal profile, one is my notifications inbox, and the last one is all of my groups.  I can easily access all of these different sections with my phone and I can accept new connections as well as read new messages within seconds wherever I am.  I previously used this app to update my profile a few days ago and it was easier to use on my phone than on an actual computer.

      

Other than following big groups and companies for updates I have also requested permission to join specific groups.  I have been accepted to a bunch and my favorite one that I have gained access to so far is BuckyNetworking.  All of these groups provide constant updates and email messages to inform members of latest news and professional opportunities and the site makes it easy to stay involved without making much effort.

As for my other two social network sites not much has changed that is out of the ordinary.  I have continued to use MySpace for music, news and videos, and I continue to use Google+ similarly to Facebook to form social connections, read status updates and chat with friends through Gmail.  My next and final practicum post will be to Wikipedia and hopefully I will be able to add something new that involves aspects of all three of my chosen social network sites!


Use of Computerized Equipment

When keeping track of every computerized thing that I use in one evening, I would usually only use just my iPhone, and my Macbook.  Last night I used my laptop pretty much all night to get work done, chat with friends and surf the web.  I also used my iPhone to communicate with others and receive emails while I was away from my computer.  It is sad to say that I am extremely dependent on my smartphone for receiving important emails immediately.  Without this technology, I would be terrible at checking all of my different email accounts and notifications.

Other than my computer and cell phone, I also used my iPod to listen to music.  I watched some TV shows on Apple TV, which is a device made by Apple that connects all of your itunes data to your TV set enabling access to shows, movies and music with the click of a button.  Lastly, earlier in the evening I used the computers in Vilas hall to access FinalCutPro to finish a film project for a class.  Furthermore it is safe to say that computerized objects, and the internet are vital to my everyday daily activity and life would be much more difficult without this useful technology.


YouTube vs. Hulu

YouTube and Hulu are both extremely popular websites for viewing clips of television shows, music, movies, and much more.  I personally always use YouTube specifically just for watching music videos.  Since I only watch TV shows on ch131 and realistically would never watch a show on YouTube, I decided to look up the same music video on both YouTube and Hulu for this assignment. The music video I chose to watch was Kanye West’s “All of the Lights” featuring Rihanna and Kid Cudi.  This song immediately showed up as a primary result on YouTube with several different videos listed, all of really good quality.  YouTube tells you how many views the video has, when it was uploaded, who uploaded it, and lastly shows several comments posted by others about the video.

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Although these two sites serve a similar purpose, the types of content available have some differences.  When I typed in this same song into Hulu, several other results came up involving Kanye West, but not the video that I was looking for.  Instead all of the results were more TV show based and included clips from television programs and events starring Kanye West.  I started to look around Hulu some more and I have discovered that Hulu is excellent for watching popular television shows and movies, while YouTube is definitely better for shorter clips and music videos.  Since I was already on Hulu I decided to watch a random video just to see the quality differences, and I have to say that Hulu has less annoying advertisements and has an overall better quality than YouTube does.  Hulu also has a place for comments, and overall I would have to say that both of these websites are fantastic for their own unique purposes.  Now that I have discovered Hulu maybe I will start using it to catch up on missed shows instead of ch131!


MySpace is Useful After All! Practicum Post # 5

Since I have already made a lot of progress as well as many valuable connections on LinkedIn and Google+, I have been focusing on expanding my presence on MySpace.  I have realized that in order to make the best of MySpace, I would have to explore all that the website offers and that I need to start accepting people’s friend requests.  The first step that I took as a safety precaution was to hide all of my real personal information, and instead I stated that I am much older than I actually am and that I am also from Tennessee.  I kept a true picture of myself, but that’s really the only personal thing that others can see about me on my profile page.  Most of the friend requests that I have been receiving are from older men, some of them in their late twenties and early thirties.  They have not contacted me at all so I am fine with keeping them as friends.  I also have continued to friend some of my favorite music artists as well, which is great because once they accept my request I am granted access to all of their music that is posted weekly.  The artists whose pages and content I access the most show up in my top friends.  I am also able to customize my own playlist with all of my favorite artists and their newest music and this is pretty cool!

       

Furthermore, although I am not really using MySpace to connect with friends or colleagues like the other two social network sites, I am still using this website in a unique way.  Back in the day when MySpace was popular I used my old account simply to connect with friends and meet new people my age, and it’s interesting to see how this networking site can successfully be used for other purposes. Facebook has similar pages that link to famous artists and musicians, however MySpace lets you access the content in an easier and more enjoyable manner.  Lastly one of my favorite aspects of the site is the section where news articles and recent information about artists are posted.  This same section of MySpace also includes music videos along with interesting information about artist and albums.  I am hoping that as I keep gaining more friends, that I will start to be able to use the events icon and receive invitations to groups on MySpace.

My next post will be contributing to Wikipedia and the topic of social networks so stay tuned!


Copyrights and Regulations?

When I am online, I usually never ever pay attention to copyrights or other regulations.  Whenever one of those regulation agreements pop up before launching a program or a site I quickly just click agree without reading, and I am pretty sure that I am not the only person out there doing this.  Whenever I am online, I am usually excited to search or engage in whatever I am about to do, and the last thing on my mind is to pay attention to any rules or regulations.

However, when it comes to copyrighting I would never take content that is not mine and take credit for it being my own.  I only use the internet for research assignments, social networking, downloading music, emailing, and catching up on missed television shows. I would have to say the one thing I am guilty of doing illegally in the past is downloading music for free.  In this day and time downloading music files for free off of the internet is made so easy, so why would I go out of my way to pay for music?  I usually use the sites that allow you to convert download youtube video links into files because those are the fastest and easiest to use.  All in all, for the most part I am sure that any of my activities online are all legal, although I do not really pay that much attention to the long lists of copyrights and other regulations presented.


Google Results!

When I looked myself up on Google, several search results appeared.  Surprisingly, the first result that showed up was my very own Google+ profile account.  I’m not sure if this is the first link that showed up because I have been using this site so much for my practicum project, or if it just showed up by coincidence.  The next search result that appears is of another Melissa Cooper who is a forensic police sketch artist in Los Angeles.  This is followed by the next search result of a Melissa J. Cooper who is a sculptor with a link to her website.

Next there is an actress named Melissa Cooper on IMDb, followed by an account of another Melissa Cooper on LinkedIn, who is much older than me and actually went to my high school, which I found this to be a funny coincidence.  There are so many other endless results with my same exact name linking other Melissa Cooper’s to websites, and social networks such as twitter, Facebook, and MySpace.  However, I am glad that I at least came up in one of the search results!


Getting Linked on LinkedIn!

I have made more progress on my social networking sites since my presentation and I am glad to finally be able to say that I am over 100 connections on LinkedIn! 109 connections to be exact. I have also started to follow a lot of businesses as well.  I constantly get requests and several updates on who I should follow as well as requests from people in the public relations field.

I have stopped focusing on adding friends as much and have been following companies in the career field that I would like to travel towards.  I have added a bunch of big networks such as NBC, CBS, Fox and others because I would love to work in the entertainment industry.  Staying up to date with the latest news about all of these corporations is interesting and important and LinkedIn makes it easy to do so.  I have been finding LinkedIn to be extremely useful especially because the site suggests companies and networks for me to follow according to my interests.  I will continue to go on everyday and keep making important additions to my profile.

  

My progress on Google+ and MySpace has been pretty stable and not many interesting things have happened on these sites.  On Google+, I keep adding more people to my circles and I have been getting more friend requests and have updated my profile.  I have also continued to make steady progress on MySpace, and have continued to follow more of my favorite music groups.  One thing that I have noted is that the more music groups I follow, the more I end up getting creepy friend requests.  At first I figured that maybe I should accept these people just so that I could look at their profiles and see how I can enhance my own profile.  But I ended up deleting these new additions, and have not accepted any new friend requests that seem strange just for safety reasons.


Post # 3: Social Networking Presentation Tomorrow!

Hello class!

Tomorrow in discussion I will be presenting my practicum project on Social Networks and the progress that I have made on LinkedIn, Google+ and MySpace.  I have continued to make more headway everyday on all three sites and tomorrow you will get to see several images of the people I have made connections with, the groups I follow, and the main purposes that I use the sites for.  I will also give background on why the sites were created, the setbacks I’ve encountered while using them, and which sites I personally enjoy using the most.  My partner Elissa has worked extremely hard on creating her own personal homepage and we will also spend time discussing her accomplishments as well, which I’m sure everyone will enjoy.  Lastly, we will wrap up our presentation by showing how our sites relate and differ in a few ways, and this part of the presentation will be the most interesting.

My question to think about it is:

Are any of you members of LinkedIn, MySpace and/or Google+?  If so, which site do you find the most useful and why? If not, what are some other social networking sites other than Facebook and Twitter that you enjoy using?

See everyone tomorrow!


Making Progress on LinkedIn, MySpace & Google+!

Over the past week I have been using my three new social networking sites a pretty good amount.  So far I have made the most progress on LinkedIn.  Since my last blog post, I have made so many more connections – I am now up to 56 connections and my profile page has dramatically improved.  I have all of my previous jobs listed and I have added details about each one.  This week I am going to write and add a full paragraph about my occupational interests and specialties, which I have not done yet.  So far my profile is “75 percent complete” because there are some sections that I did not get to yet.  My goal is to have at least 20 more connections by next week, and this site is truly great for networking.  It’s very interesting to read about other peoples interests and specialties and then compare that to where they have worked along with their other information.  Attached are two screenshots, one of the top half of my profile page and one of the bottom half.

 

I have been using Google+ a lot as well however the only problem that I’ve had so far is that Facebook keeps making upgrades that are copying the uniqueness of Google+.  Since Google+ is connected to Gmail a lot of people are signed up for it and I have 22 people in my friends circle so far.  Not that many users have made any real posts yet.  One of my friends actually posted “Giving up on Google+” as his latest post.  I have invited some of my family members to the site so I can put them in my “family circles” category, that way I’ll be able to see how the site works privacy wise with these new settings.  There is one thing that I really like about Google+, and that would be the chat settings.  There is a chat option that is easy to use  and its great!  Here are some photos of my profile, and of what the site looks like.

 

As for MySpace, I have began adding new friends to my profile.  Since theres not that many people my age who are active on the site I have began to follow celebrities and music groups that I am a fan of.  I am still waiting for people to accept my requests.  I have made one status post so far, and I started following some popular groups that MySpace suggested.  MySpace has been really great for finding new music and this is definitely the aspect of the site that I enjoy the most.  This week I am going to focus on finding more friends, and hopefully people are active on the site and will accept my requests so I can see what their profiles look like.