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!


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!


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.


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.

 


Never Going On Chatroulette Again!

Since I will be participating on Myspace this semester for my practicum project, I have chosen to spend some time on Chatroulette for this blog post.  I have been on Chatroulette once before about a year and half ago with a few friends to check out what all the commotion was about.  The purpose of the site is to go on and chat with strangers with no expectations of who or what will pop up on the screen as you move to and from different chats.  The site was really popular at first and I actually remember that we ran into some of our other friends who were on the site as well which was funny.  However a lot of the times that we moved into the next chat there were a lot of grown men doing inappropriate things and exposing themselves which I found disgusting.

Since I have not been on the site in a while I was curious to see if it is still as popular as it used to be and also to see if it has changed at all.  I found that there was still a lot of inappropriate activity going on.  Many of the chats I entered involved young teens that did not speak at all and it was pitch dark in the room they were in.  Then, like I expected there were a lot of perverted older men showing their private parts as well.  I did however run into some normal people who just wanted to chat and have fun (some of them were even foreign and did not speak English), which I believe is the main purpose of the site even though it is not used appropriately.  Furthermore I have found that the only thing that has changed about Chatroulette is that it is not as popular as it was when it first came out.  Similarly to Nick’s findings I agree that the site serves as a platform for people to get away with doing disgusting things on the site.  Realistically I do not believe that a friendship can be built through meeting another person on this site and that it is just used for fun.


Social Network Sites – Starting Fresh on LinkedIn, Google+ & MySpace

My practicum project is on social networking sites.  Since Facebook and Twitter are already so popular I have decided to join LinkedIn, Google+, and MySpace.  I have known about LinkedIn for a while now, however I was always too lazy to set up an account.  I am so glad that Social Networking is my practicum project topic because I am now obsessed with LinkedIn.  I cannot get off of this site and I immediately have made 21 connections and have discovered that many of my close friends use it.  Especially as a graduating senior looking to find a job in the next upcoming months, LinkedIn could not be more useful for making connections for available job opportunities.  It is pretty much an online resume but better!  I am still getting used to it and you can only send invitations to link with people who you know well, and you need to send invitations using the person’s email address.

Google + is always a social network that I have been wanting to join since everyone was raving about it when it first came out this summer, especially because it is so exclusive and you can only join after being invited by someone who is already a member.  I had one of my friends who is already a member send me a request to join, signing up was easy however I am confused by the set up of the site.  Google + has a lot in common with Facebook except I believe that it is a little more confusing.  Adding friends seems simple, when you find people you know and add them to your “friends circle” they automatically get placed there however they still have to accept you to their profile before you can see each other’s posts.  The only upside to Google+ so far that I have noticed is that there are much more privacy settings, and you are able to organize everyone who you are connected to in different categories such as “friends” or family” and then you are able to share certain content with separate groups (unlike the privacy settings on Facebook).  So far I have not made any media or status posts yet, however I have posted a profile picture, and I have added 22 people into my friends circle from which 15 have added me back into theirs.

I used to have a Myspace when I was younger but once Facebook came out I completely stopped using it and forgot all about my old account.  Anyway, I just rejoined with a brand new account and so far all I have done is filled out my basic information and uploaded a profile photo of myself.  Myspace is the least interesting out of the three social networking sites that I have joined and is so far the hardest to use only because it is so old that not that many people use.  There are also way too many advertisements, which I find unappealing. As of now it has been really hard to find and add friends on it but hopefully this will change soon..

Furthermore LinkedIn is definitely my favorite out of the three and I really enjoy it.  Google+ may not be my favorite so far but it is definitely the most interesting because it is so advanced, new and exciting.  Lastly Myspace has definitely improved over the years to match up to its competitors and hopefully I will discover new things as I keep spending time on it but as of now it is my least favorite out of the three.  As I make more progress I will post links to my profiles.