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.
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!
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.