Final Post about Chathour

As I stated in my Wikipedia post, I planned to log into Chathour, and tell the chat room that I was a researcher and see how they responded.  Well, I followed through and did not have much luck.  I have attached some pictures to show you what happened in the chat room, but essentially my username is “mkny” and I stated that I was a researcher and wanted to know if anyone could help me out with my research.  One girl “nutherBlondee” responded to me, so I assumed she was willing to help out.  When I “PVT” chatted her within the chat room, she was not at all interested in helping me and claimed she was “buzy.”  So..unfortunately I was not able to find out how tweens engage with the internet further than what I saw in chat hour.  It was a good effort though!







The Postsecret Community

As I look back on my experiences this semester on the Postsecret blog, community blog, iphone app, Facebook and Twitter page, the most important aspect appears to be the individuals that make up the Postsecret community. Because Postsecret is anonymous, it was extremely difficult to begin an ongoing conversation with other members of the community. That being said, the Postsecret community has the ability to respond to a secret with support, empathy, compassion, and understanding. I found the following secret on the iPhone app that explains the Postsecret community perfectly:

There are individuals on the site who just want to make other community members smiles:

People come to the Postsecret community to share good news and bad news:

It was easy to get the Postsecret community to respond to my posts, but I never heard back from Frank throughout my project. I tried to contact him multiple times through Twitter, Facebook, and the Postsecret blog. I was upset that I never heard back from him.

The story of Robert and Valerie demonstrates the amazing power the Postsecret community can have. The following secret was posted to the app:

Robert’s secret immediately rose to the top secrets of the day. In addition to “hearting” and replying to the secret, some individuals took it upon themselves to help Robert’s search:

I jumped on the bandwagon through twitter:

Along with the rest of the community, I expected Valerie to discover the secret, return Robert’s love, and they would live happily ever after, all thanks to  Postsecret. But that’s not what happened:

Though it’s not the ending I expected, the story of Robert and Valerie demonstrates the overwhelming power Postsecret possesses. Through Postsecret, strangers are able to connect in a real way. As the popularity of Postsecret continues, more and more secrets are shared with the community, expanding the discourse of the community!

Wikipedia Entry

The “Postsecret” page on was pretty informative. I included a detailed background story of how Frank began the project, how different media outlets have responded to Postsecret, and information about the Postsecret books. I was shocked, however, that there was no information on the Wikipedia page about the iPhone app, which has ended up being a huge part of my practicum project. So, under the heading, “Public attention and other media.” I added a brief summary of the launch of the Postsecret App through Apple. I included information that was shared on the Postsecret Twitter account (such as the launch date, popularity, etc) to ensure accuracy in my post.

Over the course of the semester I have saved my favorite secrets from the Postsecret App; I figured this is the perfect time to share them with  you… enjoy!!

Postsecret technology

I wonder if Frank realized how integrated Postsecret would become with technology! Since the launch of the iPhone app, the Postsecret community has become more interactive than ever before.

This participation provides a sharp contrast to the Postsecret community blog, another aspect in my practicum project. I am supposed to communicate with the Postsecret community, which has proven to be nearly impossible. In fact, the first discussion post I made on the blog, which ironically has remained to be the most “popular” conversation on the blog, has had no responses since my post months ago. It was much more rewarding and entertaining to look at secrets on the iPhone app- I can respond to recently posted secrets and potentially have someone respond to what I posted, possibly creating a conversation. No matter what I posted to the blog, there was no response. I rarely published a secret on the iPhone app which didn’t have some kind of response- so far, the biggest response I received got 139 “hearts” and 6 replies!! I was thrilled. However, there is the possibility that a secret can fall through the cracks of the iphone and become lost in the app. Many times, I see secrets from people who are suicidal, posted either as a last cry for help or as a goodbye post. It frightens me to think that someone who feels so alone might not be comforted by the Postsecret community.

Because when this community has the opportunity to get together- amazing things are possible. I often look at the Postsecret app right when I wake up in the morning- one day, I saw this secret-

I immediately “heart-ed” the secret. I planned to continue to check the app throughout the day, but the next time I checked the app (not even a full half hour later), I saw that the secret was not only a top secret of the hour, but there were far more than 100 hearts:

Though, as you can see, some people responded with hurtful messages, other responses were more supportive:

A short while later, the writer of the original secret responded to his secret by saying:

I was happy that I was able to be a small part of this person’s journey. I now check my Postsecret app more often than my Facebook or Twitter apps, which is saying a lot.

My favorite, of course, is checking the Postsecret blog (different from the community blog) on Sundays, where Frank posts the Sunday secrets. However, as many times as I emailed my responses of the secrets to Frank, none of my messages were chosen to be included in his blog. So, to end this blog post, I will share my favorite secret from this week:

Practicum 6

So tomorrow’s the big day. Everything seems to be coming together and upon further reading I and research I’ve come to see WoW in a new light. A lot of things I was unsure about I looked up and even happened to stumbled across other things relating to the game that weren’t even on my radar. My presentation is quite simple really – it starts with a description of MMORPGs, followed by a description of my specific MMORPG(WoW), and then delves into my own personal experience with the game. 

The question(s) I have for you guys is as follows: What sets a MMORPG apart from a regular video game? From an online virtual reality such as Second Life? What is the appeal to its players? 

Flickr: Practicum #7

While I will probably use my Flickr account for many more years to come, I figured I would do a final blog post on it now, since I have exceeded the amount of hours required for this practicum project. Recently, I made an album of pictures that are my favorites, and I have included one in this post that has gotten the most comments from viewers. Surprisingly, the majority of pictures in this album are the pictures that were from my old camera during 2010 and 2011 summer, and not taken from my camera I have now, which is known to be better quality.  I have gained many viewers and followers on Flickr, and have made an effort to encourage more of my friends to sign up (I have successfully gotten two people to sign up for the website, and they love it!). Part of the assignment was interacting with members of Flickr and commenting in a media-based social networking way. This has been quite the experience because it is different from anything I have ever been used to. Living in this generation, we are used to Facebook and Twitter and other forms of social networking, but never through the use of pictures and other media devices as the sole purpose of the communication or interaction.  We may use them within the major social networking websites, to send a friend a picture, post a picture of nature, show the world your best pictures from vacation, etc. But never directly in the form of only pictures, such as Flickr.  I have found this entire project to be quite fascinating, and an experience I am glad I was able to have.  It became more than just a class project, because I actually will use this website now and in the future.  I would recommend Flickr to any aspiring or professional photographer, or even someone just wanting to keep their photos organized and in a place where they can express who they truly are.  It is a cool concept to have people come together from all over the world and share a common passion or hobby.

Flickr: Practicum #6

I have been taking pictures with the intent to post them to Flickr.  This past weekend, I had a friend visit and we walked to Picnic Point, taking lots of pictures along the way that I uploaded onto my Flickr page.  Another new update is that I didn’t log on for about a week, and then when I logged on I had all of these requests to follow my account from people I knew.  It was really cool, because it proved that people were looking at my pictures and wanting to follow my photography.  I haven’t received any comments yet, but I’m hoping to soon.  I went through the accounts that I am following, and made some comments on pictures I really liked.  Part of this assignment is to communicate with people in a media-based social networking way, so I figured I would start my adding my own personal comments.  Hopefully people will respond and let me know what they think of my pictures, too.  Some of the questions I asked were in regard to style, place, and focus, and other comments were just if I thought a picture was pretty, cool, or professional.  I asked where pictures had been taken, what lens was used, and if there was any Macro settings or lighting changes.  This was really interesting to me, and I will keep an eye out over the next few weeks to see if people respond to my comments and feedback.