Social networks such as twitter, snapchat, and facebook, are not only for personal use but they can also be used for professional use. Social networking is a great way to get yourself and information you want other to know, out there into the world. We talked about how even though social networking allows you to make yourself known, there are pros as well as cons. For instance some pros for twitter would be you can advertise, you can let people know a little but about you in your bio, it is easy to access, but there are some cons such as lack of privacy because anyone can see your tweets for the most part, the app barely has any updates, and it is not ideal for visual content.
Snapchat is said to have the most engaged audience. They have almost 700 million snaps a day, A DAY! When using snapchat you can take a picture or video of whatever you would like and you can draw and or write on the photo or video whatever your heart desires and then you can share that picture or video with a few of your followers or with all of them by simply adding it to your story. Once you add it to your story then the picture will be shown on your story for 24 hours (do not worry you can always delete it). Snapchat also has a chat and video chat function, but once you exit the chat the conversation will be deleted. Snapchat recently released a Discover feature where many media organizations share information through snaps and anyone with snapchat is able to see them. Once you watch a snapchat it disappears but snaps within the discover feature do not disappear they are like a story, they are up for hours. On snapchat you can seek out jobs that could be for you and you can even turn your resume into a story.
Social media is a great personal thing to have but it is also a great thing that can be used in the classroom. Many mistakes can be made with social media. Once it is on the internet there is no getting it back. One mistake you post and you could ruin your education and future career. You do not want to post any illegal activities you may engage or previously engage in. If you want to experiment, keep it private. Bullying is a big issue in today's schools and now it is transferring into online cyber bullying and now schools are starting to incorporate punishment on cyber bullying into their handbooks. Cyber bullying includes trash talking your teachers on the internet as well, teachers have their ways of finding things out. Keep personal confidential information to yourself. With any new app updates you can share your location, but try not to be too overly specific. Do not use social media to lie, cheat, or plagiarize, your work must be your own work to claim as your own, give credit where it is due. These are just some of the mistakes we need to think about when on social media.
Think twice. Be careful what you share. Be careful what you say. Whatever you put on the internet is out there for anyone to see. You can let a burglar know when the perfect time is to attack your house. You could give someone the wrong impression of yourself and ruin you reputation without knowing it. Always be careful of scams. Not everyone is good, people are out there with bad intentions.
Cameron Brenchley turned social media into his job. He worked for the White House and oversaw their social media department. Anything and everything went through him. When asked about spelling errors he said "there are too many eyes that see it, we did not have any mistakes." When Cameron started studying in college he had no idea that he would work for the White House or even work with social media. Its crazy how things can change!
Chapter 1- Untangling the Web
First is was word of mouth and then it was discovering what someone left behind, then it led to photocopying and sharing materials, to blogging, and now Del.icio.us. Del.icio.us is a way for people to save their bookmarks online and have access to them on any computer. Also on Del.icio.us you can share your bookmarks publicly for all to see unlike any other website. It made the hunter-gather experience much simpler. Curation sites are there to help you as an educator. It all comes down to what you want to use and save and how and who you would like to share your information.