Final Project: Pinterest Board

This is mine and Marina Agostino’s final EID100 Project.  Our topic is social media and digital etiquette, and we made a pinterest board. See below for a description of the project.

Project link: http://www.pinterest.com/Mediaetiquette

Digital Etiquette is becoming increasingly more important as the internet population grows.  High school students need to learn how to become adults who can contribute effectively in society and put their best foot forward at all times, and this includes online.  The way you communicate online can affect relationships, education, and job opportunities.

We curated an account on Pinterest, and created four boards with distinct purposes and pins relating to that purpose.  They are:

Digital Etiquette for Business – This board is comprised of pins that relate to social media and digital etiquette for businesses.  What is the difference between a business account and a private account?  Is different language necessary?  How do you use social media to effectively reach your target audience?  This is the board where you can find those answers!

Personal Digital Etiquette – This board is all about your personal accounts and what you should or shouldn’t do on them.  This ranges from language to privacy settings to who will see what! Even if it’s only your private Facebook account there are still many considerations – after all, you don’t want to lose a friend just because of your language!

Digital Etiquette for Youth – This board has pins that are all aimed toward young people and teaching them all about digital etiquette.  Does digital etiquette have different standards depending on age? Find out!

Professional Digital Etiquette – This board is similar to our Personal Digital Etiquette board, in the fact that it is regarding your personal accounts.  However, this board has pins that are aimed toward how to use your personal account in a professional setting.  Is it okay to ‘friend’ your boss on Facebook?  Can you tweet about work?  Hopefully this board will answer those questions!

Although the majority of our audience of high school students probably do not run businesses or have children this information is still very helpful in understanding the larger, overall, picture of social media and digital etiquette.  It will also help them in the future – if they develop a strong sense of what it takes to politely run social media for business now they are already one step ahead of the game!  Some of them may be mentors, older siblings, or babysitters, so knowing how social media and digital etiquette affect children and youth could be very important and relevant to them!

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Codecademy

This week I used Codecademy and did the first two classes of Python.

Here are my badges:

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And here is the photo of my completed project, a tip calculator:

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Codecademy was really fun to use, and it was fun to learn a little bit of Python. I liked that they have many different code options, instead of just HTML and CSS, because it offered more of a challenge.

Curating Using Tweetdeck

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Above is a screenshot photo of my first experience using TweetDeck.  I curated four columns: two “search” columns and two “lists” columns.  The two topics from class that I chose for the purpose of this blog were “Internet Privacy” and “The Cloud”.  For each of these two topics I curated a “lists” column – that is, a column in which you can isolate which users’ tweets will show up.  Then, for each topic, I curated a “search” column.  Search columns allow you to isolate a certain hashtag.  

I found both of these TweetDeck resources to be very helpful and useful, and way different than using a standard search engine.  They allow you to isolate whatever you want, to see only the information you want to see.  I know that when a tweet pops up in my search column of “#cloudcomputing” that tweet is most likely going to be relevant and contain information or opinion about cloud computing. Not only this, but all of the tweets that appear in that column are going to be new and contain new material.  When I search on Google for “cloud computing” all Google shows me are a bunch of older articles about what cloud computing is, the wikipedia article, and a small “news” section. The search column allows me to access newer information at real time. 

If you are interested in a subject and looking for more information on it but can’t seem to find any, I suggest using TweetDeck and its resources to help you along your way.

 

 

 

My Experience with Firefox Lightbeam

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My Lightbeam graph shows that in the 20 minutes I spent browsing the internet I went to 10 different websites.  From those 10 websites, 27 different websites collected my data and “followed” me.   I don’t find that this number is particularly large or surprising. For each website I visited an average of 2.7 random websites follow me. I am guessing that the reason for this is that I visited websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Pinterest, and those websites are more popular and probably already have data saved.
The most surprising find was when I visited Sephora’s website. From Sephora a website called mediaforge.com followed me, and from THAT website 12 other websites followed.  That’s 12 websites that followed my data based off of another website that I’ve never gone to!

I think that this is really important information to be aware of, if you are an internet user. The majority of people probably don’t realize how the web is so interconnected and how what you do really isn’t private.  This is also important to know so that you understand how things such as viruses or trojan horses can potentially be introduced to your system.  To prevent this you should equip your device with some sort of virus protection software.

These websites follow you in order to make money off of you. They want to know what websites you frequent and what your interests are so that they can advertise specific things to you.  Other websites just want to collect and analyze data so that they can detect trends.

Lots of people have a problem with websites that follow you, and it’s easy to understand why. It can definitely feel like an invasion of privacy, and sometimes there are security issues that go along with it.  It’s important to be aware of the risks and possibilities, even when you’re doing something as simple and mundane as surfing the web.