Thursday, 29 March 2012

Guardian open journalism: Three Little Pigs advert

Guardian open journalism: Three Little Pigs advert

"This advert for the Guardian's open journalism, screened for the first time on 29 February 2012, imagines how we might cover the story of the three little pigs in print and online. Follow the story from the paper's front page headline, through a social media discussion and finally to an unexpected conclusion"

Email is still more popular than Social Media

Even amidst all the new forms of SNS, e-mail still prevails as the most used form of communication on the internet

"Private research firm Ipsos polled 19,216 adults in 24 countries last month and found 85% of them used the Internet for email while 62% used it for social networking. Keren Gottfried, research manager at Ipsos, says she expected email use to trump that of social media"

"How people use the Internet varies from country to country. In Hungary, 94% go online to use email while only 46% do so in Saudi Arabia. In Indonesia, 83% of people use the Internet for social networking (defined in the study as visiting social networking sites, forums or blogs.) Social media use is also high in Argentina (76%), Russia (75%) and South Africa (73%). It’s low in Japan (35%) and Saudi Arabia (42%). The U.S. figure for social media use was right around the average: 61%.

Aside from email and social networking, another primary use of the Internet is for Voice-Over-IP. Overall, VOIP is used by 14% of people across the globe and trends high in Russia (36%), Turkey (32%) and India (25%). VOIP use is lowest in Brazil (4%), France (5%) and the U.S. (6%)"

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Ludicrous School Expels Student For Swearing On Twitter

We've covered the issue of social media impacting our professional lives, but now it is impacting you education as well? Teens were suspended for using profane language on twitter. But does this cross the line of personal privacy?

Saturday, 24 March 2012

It's a man's world on Google+

If women are from Pinterest, does that mean men are from Google+? An interesting article on the gender divisions found on the internet 
"A new report shows that Google+ is a man's world, with two-thirds of the social network's population falling into the XY chromosome camp. G-plusers also tend to be students, single and residents of the U.S. or India." 

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

A little birdie told me your teen is on twitter

Addresses the issue of privacy:
"While many parents are trying to keep up with Facebook’s ever-changing privacy policies, their kids are quietly taking their private conversations to Twitter. They are using multiple and anonymous accounts to communicate unobserved." 

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Microsoft’s Danah Boyd: Social Media Makes the World More Fearful

 "Information overload makes us numb, but things that freak us out have a rare ability to break through and capture our attention, Boyd said. As she put it, “The attention economy provides fertile ground for the culture of fear.”"

Sunday, 11 March 2012

An interesting commentary on the way we use and interact with Pinterest

RiP: A remix manifesto

"Immerse yourself in the energetic, innovative and potentially illegal world of mash-up media with RiP: A remix manifesto. Let web activist Brett Gaylor and musician Greg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, serve as your digital tour guides on a probing investigation into how culture builds upon culture in the information age."

Monday, 5 March 2012

I Share, Therefore I am

Put Down the Phone and Learn to Be Alone (And to Listen), Says Sherry Turkle at TED

 "We constantly text and social network so we don’t have to feel lonely, but while peering into our phones we’re ignoring the people and the world around us. That’s a serious problem, one that should be addressed by technologists, regulators and norms, according to psychologist Sherry Turkle."

"All this time spent communicating digitally gives us “the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship,” Turkle said. “If we’re not able to be alone, we’re going to be more lonely.”"

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

The Church of Facebook

by Jesse Rice
Social Networks now impacting religion? Yet another way in which the sacred and the profane are interacting.

Friday, 17 February 2012

20 Ways to Rationalize Your Pinterest Account

An interesting social commentary on the use of pinterest. Funny too because as mention in lecture, the majority of the website is very gendered to reflect female interests and past times.

1. Don’t worry. I’m sure no one else will have burlap table runners at their wedding.

2. Weight loss is 10 % working out and 90 % pinning new exercise circuits to try.

3. Look how great the house I don’t own is going to look after I’m done decorating it!

4. This photoshopped Maya Angelou quote is going to make me feel really good about myself one of these days.

5. This is an amazing recipe/idea/craft project. After I pin this, I’m never going to think about it again.

6. Who knew there were so many unorthodox ways to use a colander?

7. I don’t have a kid, but when I do, they’re going to have the prettiest nursery ever.

8. I wonder if people are jealous of how good my taste in vegan recipes is?

9. Look at this bag! Look at this bag! Can you tell that I want this bag? Someone buy me this bag!

10. That pile of crap could totally be a nightstand.

11. This is the hairstyle I will use for the wedding that I’m planning. No, I’m not engaged. Don’t worry about it.

12. Oh, so that’s how you fold a fitted sheet. This is actually useful information.

13. I wonder if mason jars are still hip? Yup. Yup, they totally are.

14. This is how much I like Audrey Hepburn. So much!

15. Animals wearing glasses. I’m so glad my friends have all validated me by repinning my pictures of animals wearing glasses.

16. This is a productive use of my time.

17. Finally. A convenient place to store all the time intensive recipes I will never try.

18. This vaguely romantic statement totally encapsulates the way I feel about my significant other.

19. Did you guys know that I care about fashion? Because I really care about fashion.
20. So you can really just spray paint anything, huh?

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Numa Numa

One of the first viral videos, crazy how this kind have sparked a generation of youtube pseudo-celebs

An anthropological introduction to YouTube

An interesting anthropological study of the evolution of youtube transforming our cultural practices and venerating what one can do with just a webcam

Are you going to Social Media Week?

Future Hipsters

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

I wish I knew how to quit you facebook...

An article from my favourite blog, interesting restrospective look on how addicted and ingrained facebook has become in our lives making it almost impossible for us to ever leave it...
"Facebook allows us to approach and interact with each other on a pace that makes things easy–perhaps too easy. Perhaps the facility of communication tricks us into thinking that someone is still a real friend, just because they’re under that heading on our computer screens."

Social Media Yearbook

Monday, 6 February 2012

What If ... There Was No Facebook?

Presented by Hart House

Details: What if we could dream a new world? What if we had a place to meet share and provoke? What if we all joined the conversation?
“What if…” conversations about life, what makes us human, our values and our beliefs.
Each session includes the voices, opinions and lived experiences of students and special guests, recorded in front of a live studio audience, followed by a Q&A period and free pizza lunch.
All conversations are recorded live and rebroadcast on CIUT.
Look. Listen. Engage. The conversation starts with you. Participate online at
Where: Map Room, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto
Cost: Free
February 15, 2012 - 5:00-6:00 pm

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Michael Geist on the behind-the-scenes campaign to bring SOPA to Canada 

Justice system must figure out social media: top judge | CTV News

Justice system must figure out social media: top judge | CTV News

Interesting article about the interaction between social media and the justice system

At Twitter, The Future is You!

Twitter has put up a video to recruit employees to its team.
I found it very entertaining and clever at the same time.
Although people show mixed feelings towards the video.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

A new way to "subscribe" to your favourite newspapers

Is facebook the new frontier for modern journalism? 
A sample study shows that the interactive user-friendly format found on this sites very popular among readers.
Is this something you'd "subscribe" to? 

"What Works?
So of the content that journalists are sharing, what actually works? There are several types of content that seem to produce above-average feedback from subscribers:
  • Commentary and analysis on current events and breaking news receives 3x as many likes and 2x as many shares as the average post. Also, highlighting controversial stories on debatable subject matter can double the number of likes and shares the post receives.
  • Reader shout-outs can increase in feedback by as much as 4x. Also, asking for recommendations can lead to a 3x increase in comments above an average post.
  • In-depth analyses on global issues can yield a 1.5x increase in likes and 2.5x increase in shares.
  • Powerful photos can yield an increase of a 2x inengagement (likes, comments and shares). Also, behind-the-scenes photos resulted in up to a 4x increase in engagement (likes, comments, shares).
  • Humor in posts or a humorous picture can yield a 1.5x increase in likes and almost 5x increase in shares. Humor often shows the lighter and more personal side of the journalist, which is likely why it results in higher engagement. "

Saturday, 28 January 2012

To tweet, or not to tweet.

"Twitter is rolling out a new version of its interface today, shuffling around all your information and compartmentalizing it into four distinct elements: Home, Connect, Discover, and Me. The interface is completely redesigned on the web, and comes along with updated versions of the company's mobile apps. It's clear that this marks a major initiative for the company to bring together disparate parts of its service, not only in web views, but to connect the dots between its online and app presence."

What do you think about the new layout?

The Social Media Revolution 2012

the growth of social media.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Get Involved

What Facebook And Google Are Hiding From The World - A TED Talk

Very interesting TED Talk I came across a while back about how Google and Facebook control the flow of information for their users and how these corporations' algorithms decide what we see on the Internet. The end of the video also speaks to the importance of today's internet for information transmission.

A Day in the Life of Social Media

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

R U Really Reading?

The Future of Reading
Published: July 27, 2008 
              Although this article is only from 2008, the sites mentioned are already a bit outdated. Yet, the article still brings up an interesting point. Even though we are constantly inundated with "text" on the internet, how much of what we actually do online can be classified as reading?  What is the impact of these technologies on future literacy levels and "what does it means to read in the digital age"?  Does our constant use of SNS effect our reading practices if future generations spend more time "liking" Harry Potter on facebook than actually reading the books?

Social Media Explained

My friend re-posted this on facebook. I'm guessing it was first found taped to a washroom stall. Funny how the topics of bathroom graffiti have changed.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Glossary Of Key Terms For The Digital Age

Stumbled upon this a few days ago, I found it amusing how they defined technologies and such not necessarily by their prescribed uses but by the effect they have on modern interactions in the digital age.
Hopefully you'll find this as amusing as I did! 


Glossary Of Key Terms For The Digital Age « Thought Catalog

We live in exhilarating and confounding times. Mostly confounding. Here’s a concise glossary to help you make sense of it all without having to talk to anybody or subscribe to Wired magazine.
Jan. 12, 2012
A.D.D. An increasingly common developmental disorder characterized by shortened attention all passengers, attention all passengers, please show your ticket stub to the conductor as he passes through.
blog. A daily or weekly web diary maintained by an individual with a grossly over-inflated sense of insight.
carbon footprint. What zombies will leave in the charred earth after Kim Jong-un torches the place.
chat. Once a casual conversation using the mouth; now a drunken conversation using the fingers.
ebook. A type of book invented by a group fiercely opposed to paper cuts.
email. A very short ebook that typically lacks any truly intriguing plot points.
Facebook. A social networking service that enables individuals to create a public record of their internal monologue.
green. An adjective placed before the word “initiatives” to help corporations create the illusion that they give two sh-ts about the planet.
iPhone. One of six acceptable responses when asked to describe what you do during the waking day; others include iText, iFacebook, iDownload, iConsume, and iCry.
Kindle. An electronic slab that fell on and flattened Borders.
Luddite. A person who doesn’t own an iPhone 4S.
Mac. Porn enthusiasts’ protection against computer AIDS.
MySpace. A dating site that died and was reincarnated as a musicians’ site that died and was reincarnated as a storage facility.
reality TV. A mode of entertainment starring individuals whose mothers couldn’t kick meth or crack during pregnancy.
Ritalin. Flintstone vitamins for children who were born after 1990.
SMS. An acronym forShort Misspelled Sentences.”
smartphone. An apparatus clung to by humans to camouflage stupidity.
social media. A set of web-based and mobile technologies that have changed the face of marketing, entertainment and pedophilia.
tablet. A special computer for people who think Herpes comes from keyboards.
text. A noun that mysteriously turned into a verb after Y2K.
Twitter. An online extension of Ashton Kutcher’s ego.
Vicodin. Heroin for wussies.
Wikipedia. A pseudonym for the author of 95% of book reports and term papers written since 2001.
YouTube. The closest to porn that PC users can get without contracting a disease. TC mark

Thursday, 19 January 2012

If facebook and twitter were real life...

Greetings Fellow SMC300-ers,

Welcome to our fabulous blog! Here we will post our own thoughts on the course as well as videos, pictures, rants and links to things we find interesting that we stumble upon in cyberspace! 

Happy lurking!!!

Caleigh Alleyne, Seo Cho & David De Medicis