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Looking at Youtube

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Most social media discussions center around websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare, but Youtube also counts within the sphere of social media.  There are many users that establish video blogs, known as vlogs, and Youtube has crafted services to allow communication to flow back and forth between users.  Users can comment on videos or create response videos that are directly tied to the original. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Siler

2011/08/03 at 00:43

Facial Recognition and Privacy in Social Media

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CSO posted an article about using facial recognition to tie anonymous Twitter profiles to real people by using Facebook and search engines. The article describes research by Carnegie Mellon University researchers that used facial recognition to tie anonymous Twitter accounts to Facebook users with search engines.  The professors say that this data can be obtained through public information without logging into Facebook itself.  This means that anyone with access to the proper programs could find you if you’re operating an anonymous account you don’t want made public. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Siler

2011/08/01 at 23:39

Twitter Places and its Uses

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I looked at Twitter Places this week to figure out how journalists could use it.  Unlike Gowalla and Foursquare, Twitter doesn’t check someone into a location, but ties their tweets to a specific location.  This means that Twitter’s check in service plays a much different role in the way it can be used in reporting. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Siler

2011/07/26 at 22:00

Protecting your Online Identity

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GMA News posted an article on keeping your identity safe in the online world.  The article covers the basics such as checking websites out for legitimacy before signing in and putting your personal information into their database, using strong passwords, and avoiding phishing schemes to nab your login and password information.  The digital world is more relevant to our every day lives and we must be careful about who we give our information out to. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Siler

2011/07/25 at 21:32

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Metro’s Social Media Campaign

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DC’s Metro system isn’t the most popular.  It’s difficulties have become the subject of music videos and the system faces constant scrutiny under social media.  While Metro has sent out email updates and uses its NextBus technology to keep people informed of Metro status, people still complain that the system is slow and inaccurate.  Thankfully, the Washington Post reveals that Metro is launching an aggressive social media campaign to help address the challenges they face in social media. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Siler

2011/07/19 at 21:39

My Social Media Policies

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After looking over the social media policies of NPR and the Washington Post for class I decided to take advantage of the topic and look at my own policies.  While I don’t play by a set of hard rules, I do follow some general guidelines. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Siler

2011/07/19 at 00:34

Maintaining the Social Presence

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I met with the dean of my program today and realized something as we talked about my future as a reporter.  You must post and be active on social media every day if you want to be competitive as a reporter.  Technology has reached the point where future reporters don’t need to be part of a magazine, newspaper, TV or Radio station to start reporting the news and there are already success stories out there that prove you don’t need to be associated with a particular news entity to make a living. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Siler

2011/07/12 at 22:55