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!

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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!


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.

 


NarcissiSpace

I got what I expected while browsing Myspace. As a former user, I thought it to be nostalgically amusing albeit unsettling. When I deleted my account, users were just starting to get into sparkly .gif posts on their page, as well as HTML layouts that gave theirspace a more personalized flair. I noticed that there were a LOT more girls/women then boys/men on Myspace currently, as opposed to before when I felt like my friend list was an even ratio. There was a fair amount of profiles that disclosed a lot of personal information, and there were a lot of weird sparkly icons that quoted hip-hop artists. And let’s not forget the pictures where the user’s best assets were shown off (boobs).

I could say that there is some sort of hierarchical difference between Myspace and Facebook, but in the end they’re both websites where you can put virtually anything that you feel expresses yourself. They’re both websites where you can make yourself as perfect as you want to be portrayed. They’re both venues through which narcissism is pretty socially acceptable, on some sort of level. I can’t hate on Myspace users too much, because I have a Facebook. While I can say that I like to keep in friends who are far away, I also like that I get my own online space to post pictures or communicate easily with anyone. Myspace doesn’t seem private, but Facebook started out as a college student network, and now anyone can join. Also Mark Zuckerberg supposedly owns your photos and could sell them (I’ve heard and read both sides to this, but either way, it IS personal information posted on the Internet). And pictures of really drunk people are pretty unavoidable on either site. My overall view after viewing random Myspace profiles remains the same; I feel that people have different preferences, and there are people who just feel more comfortable with one site than the other.


Myspace: Technopanic?

I remember when Myspace was the new, trendy site all my friends were using.  I must have been about 15 years old, then, and it was the cool thing to do to be on Myspace, update your “Top Friends,” and choose a new background for your page.  Before Facebook became popular, this was this most exciting and convenient way to stay in touch with your friends, despite the fact that you saw them everyday at school.

When Facebook came around and my friends and I began creating our own accounts, I was hesitant to switch over because I had become so comfortable with Myspace.  Now, looking back, Myspace definitely does not seem as user-friendly or safe as Facebook.  It is less advanced, looks “cheap” in comparison to other social media sites, and has definitely lost the popularity it once had.

As I looked (or “creeped”) on random Myspace profiles, I couldn’t help but notice that I felt a little uneasy about them.  It could just be that I’m bias and prefer Facebook to Myspace, but Myspace did not seem as friendly or approachable as I remembered it being.  One thing that really stuck out to me was the “Details” section.  I remember updating that section when I used Myspace, but I had always been cautious about what information I provided.  Several of the profiles I looked at had very personal information in that section including, their income, height, ethnicity, education, and body type.  In comparison to Facebook, there are more opportunities to describe yourself in great detail.  Personally, I felt uncomfortable being exposed to so much information about a person I did not know.  I think this example points towards the idea of “technopanic.”  The fact that such personal information about strangers is so readily available, makes Myspace seem risky.  It’s not that people aren’t able to display personal information elsewhere, but the fact that all the information is detailed and in one location that makes it appear as a website to be concerned about.

Other things I took note of were that profiles seemed almost tacky in that everyone had a different layout and background.  Also, in contrast to Facebook, Myspace look like more of a way to display oneself rather than to interact with friends and family.  You can’t tag someone in a status update and there is no constant “News Feed” to keep you updated on what your friends and family are doing.

Social networking sites, Myspace in particular, have faced criticism from parents due to the fact that their children are able to display anything and everything in one location.  They can upload pictures of themselves, give status updates on what they are doing, post the city they live in, how old they are, and a detailed description of their body image and ethnicity.  It is an easy way for the wrong people to get a hold of a lot of information, which is most certainly a parent’s reason for concern.  If personal information is readily available, it would not take long before a stranger knows where this person lives, when (s)he likes, etc.  It is this “technopanic” idea that is illustrated by Myspace.  While there are most certainly ways to make personal information hidden from the general public, it is the idea that people, children and young adults especially, are more exposed to danger than was possible before social networking sites existed.

While there are most certainly worse examples of a technopanic, I found Myspace to be a bit of one.  The amount of readily available information about a complete stranger does not make me feel safe.  I was able to access too much information on random individuals, information that can give me an exact picture on what they look like, where they live, and what they are interested in.  It is for this reason that I find Myspace to be a technopanic.

 


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.