Week 13 response blog.

This week’s lecture was a more in depth look at some social network sites from last week’s lecture. The social networks that were looked at are Facebook, Twitter and a new one, LinkedIn.

Both Facebook and Twitter are free social networking sites that are a form of microblogging. To refresh your memory, a microblog is a much smaller version of a traditional blog post and it is not constrained by finite times associated with discrete events.

Facebook and Twitter users are able to  “microblog” about just about anything and not limited to how they are feeling, what they are doing, where they are or even what they are eating. In fact, Facebook’s status box says: “What’s on your mind?” clearly indicating to users that they are able to pretty much write exactly that: whats on their mind.

The difference between the two is really found in the elements. Facebook has a “like” button in which its users can like a status, photo or anything that other users have uploaded. It is considered the smallest form of human expression. Status updates allows users to post text, emoticons, pictures, videos, locations, tags to other friends, among other things.

For more on Facebook, read Stephen Wolframs Blog post : “Data Science of the Facebook World” http://blog.stephenwolfram.com/2013/04/data-science-of-the-facebook-world/

Twitter’s posts have a 140 character limit. These posts are known as “tweets” and users can repost or “re-tweet” updates from other users. Twitter uses a form of following other users (rather than having to be “friends” with them like on Facebook) to see the stream of tweets.   Then there is hashtagging- words or phrases prefixed with the # symbol (which I am guilty of being a hashtag monster) and the user name which is prefixed by the @ symbol. This makes twitter unique rather than using tags like in a normal blog site like this one 😉

Then there is LinkedIn, a business-related social networking site. Its elements consist of a profile page, which requires an online resume that allows potential connections or job recruiters to see your information. Rather than Facebook “friends” LinkedIn uses “connections” that highlight the business aspect of the relationship and uses groups that allow users to connect and share information on a particular subject or around a given interest.

Hopefully I enlightened you a little bit for todays read. That sums up this weeks lecture.


Week 12 Response blog

This week’s lecture regards Social Networking.

What is social networking? For those of you who don’t already know, social network sites are web-based services that allow individuals to: construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system. Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest, just to name a few, are all forms of social network sites.

Although social network sites are good for networking, connecting with people of common interests, or maybe just to kill some time, there are downsides to social network sites. For example, websites have no way of confirming that people are who they say they are  when they register for membership, people can use it to exploit others and also people can become addicted.

One reason why people become addicted to social network is due to an addictive quality called FOMO. F.O.M.O is the Fear Of Missing Out.  It is the uneasy and sometimes all consuming feeling that you’re missing out—that your peers are doing, in the know about, or in possession of more or something better than you.  I know everyone has experienced trying to do homework and getting distracted by going on Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram  etc. and afterwards, you’re stuck there for more than just a few minutes.

 A study was performed at the University of Maryland saying that Students were addicted to social media. One particular thing that stuck out to me was that one person said “I clearly am addicted and the dependency is sickening… between having a Blackberry, a laptop, a television, and an iPod, people have become unable to shed their media skin.” For more information on the study go to http://www.withoutmedia.wordpress.com 

I am personally an avid user of social media. I wouldn’t say that I am addicted but I do find myself using it when I am bored at home, in class, or just about anywhere when I need some sort of entertainment like at Pep Boys (which I spend a lot of time at). I use Instagram the most for the most part but I am now re-entering to Twitter world and I recently made a Vine account. I still have both my Facebook page and a Myspace but I no longer use Myspace and Facebook I use primarily to connect with family members from around the world. 

Week 10 Response Blog

So this week I’ve had to deal with a lot of jerks and lets just say that the next person who tries to jerk or bitch at me will be told to F*CK off 🙂 Firs,t my landlord is being a HUGE bitch so if by Monday, I do not get a phone call, I will be calling the city of Buffalo on that hoe ! Second, I keep getting phone calls when I’m at work or in class when I CLEARLY put a 3-5 p.m. phone calls only when I had the option to choose. Third, I feel like people are just being so inconsiderate of other peoples’ times and only do things when it is their favor and it really ticks me off so I will be visiting some officials.


I have to keep this post short because my mac is acting up and I have no clue why, so before it gets cwazy, Il end this post here. 

This week’s post is about Live Blogging and MicroBlogging.

  • Live Blogging – a blog post which is intended to provide a rolling textual coverage of an ongoing event. Live blogging has increased in usage by news organizations and blogging establishments since the mid-2000s, when they were initially used to broadcast updates of technology conferences in the absence of or alongside streaming video captures.
  • Live Blogs are essentially short burst blogging entries gravitating around a central theme that is focused on a particular unfolding event
  • Microblogging – a broadcast medium in the form of blogging. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically much smaller. Microblogs are very much like a live blog, except microblogging is not constrained by finite times associated with discrete events. Originally, because people conceived of the rapid pace and shorter sized content as “tumbling blog” or tumblelog
  • Microblogging is a useful tool for compartmentalizing the virtues of a blogging format and distributing it to the medium of social networks. Many social networks utilize a version of microblogging in the form of “Status Updates”.

Week Eight Response Blog

Hey all, this weeks’ response blog will be regarding content farms.

So, what is content? Web communication is separated like newspaper sections. There are major groupings, which focus on certain interests, and within these there are subdivisions designed to attract attention based on narrower interests. For example there are blog genres such as liberal, conservative, sports, food, entertainment etc. In order to generate recurring visitors, it is extremely preferable to a blogger to stick within a specific blog genre or style. If the content of a blog shifts focus or tone, readers are less likely to return.

Now, what are content farms? Content farms are companies that employ large numbers of freelance writes to generate large amounts of textual content. Their main goal is to generate advertising revenue through attracting reader page views as first exposed in the context of social spam. Yahoo Network is a great example of this. If you are really interested in how content farms operate, this link is to a leaked document titled, “The AOL Way” : http://www.businessinsider.com/the-aol-way#

We also read about SEO’s- Search Engine Optimization’s, which are ways to offer recommendations of web traffic. Web spiders are computer programs that browse the World Wide Web in methodical, automated manner in an orderly fashion. They are mainly used to create a copy of all the visited pages for later processing that index-downloaded pages to provide fast searches. Search Engine indexing is the process of collecting and storing data to facilitate fast and accurate information.

(For those of you who do not know, my blog is being used for a web publishing class that I am taking and right now I am using it only for this reason.  I am ridiculously excited that I am home on spring break. I officially began on Thursday but went to Syracuse for a day and now I am home YAY! I surprised my mom and little sister whom did not expect this at all.)

Week Seven Response Blog

Comments (in the context of blogging)”

Kay, So I’ve been feeling so much better lately. I’m really starting to feel like myself again and that makes me so happy ! ! ! ! The last four to six weeks were draining the CRAP out of me. But I’M BACK ATTACK and I have a lot of people who are happy to have me back and I LOvE it !

Any who, this post is yet again a response blog to my web-publishing course. This weeks’ topic observed  comments (in the context of blogging). We read different articles and it really helped decipher how comments can be valuable links especially when there is a form of engagement with the content that is being commented about. (That was a really long sentence but you get the picture) We also read about comment “etiquette”, how to get comments on your blog, and how to manage them, even blocking comments.

One article spoke about the PROS of having comments, and while I read the article, I was actually more interested in what the comments were. I agreed with what the people commenting said. “Bob” a person who commented on the article said “fully agree. I’d bet comments fuel a good percentage of an author’s future post topics.”  Other commenters pointed out why the idea of anonymity is so important in the blogging community. Another article spoke about the CONS of commenting. The author, Joel Spolsky said “You don’t have a right to post your thoughts at the bottom of someone else’s thoughts. That’s not freedom of expression, that’s an infringement on their freedom of expression.” He said that there are some comments which are constructive but then there are others that are just filthy nasty, noise getting in the way of a blogger and most of the time people would not own up to the comments.

All in all, comments are comments whether good or bad and there are different ways of approaching them. Some are constructive and allow for community building amongst other bloggers while others are just negativity and garbage that should not even be considered. Blocking is an easy way of avoiding negative comments, but it also blocks off and positive comments, feedback or contact information for future referencing. Also Blocking comments gives readers the idea that you do not care what they think and it makes them wonder if they should even come back to read the blog or follow it.

It sucks that these things happen but the Internet is a database for crazy people and people who say things that they never would if they were in front of others.

Weekly Response Blog- March 9th 2013

 Get Rich Slowly Article

 This week’s article revolved around a man who decided to quit his day job and make blogging his career/profession. The website he created called “ Get Rich Slowly “, started off as a small website and turned into a real life business. At the time that this article was written, the website had 35,000 subscribers and generated $5,000 in revenue every month. The founder, J.D. Roth, saw the increase of subscribers as both a blessing and a curse.           

The “blessing” was that he was making a substantial amount of money and he was even able to get himself out of debt faster than he would ever imagine. Second, he was able to start achieving financial goals, and finally, he was able to have an emergency fund.  The “curse” was his lack of time management and how long it took for him to write Get Rich Slowly. He was unhappy about not being able to do extracurricular things such as playing games or reading books.  

He clearly labeled each part of the article and explained each and every single one. From stating what his decision was, to what his plan was, to how he prepared himself to make such a drastic decision to what his dream is and where he plans on going with this blog.  His decision to leave his daytime job meant he would be sacrificing his second income, an additional retirement plan and daily contact with co-workers all for a future that is not guaranteed. His plan was to start cutting down days at his day job to be able to invest more time into the website over the next year.

He stated that he had always wanted to be a writer but he never thought he would be writing about his personal finances. He created a list of all the things he had to prepare himself for self-employment. He started crunching numbers, managing his money, embracefrugality, seek professional advice, pursue multiple streams of income, define goals and focusing on what’s important. He sat down a created a spending plan in which he listed all of his obligations.

Finally, he spoke about what his dream was. He knew that leaving his family’s business meant he would sacrifice stability but on the other hand, he would be gaining time to do things that he did not have before. He would have time to go to the gym, read his emails and start up on a book that he had been thinking about. A lifestyle that he had always dreamed about and he was willing to share with everyone who was willing to read his writing. 

Response Blog – March 1st 2013

This week’s blog will be regarding two terms that we discussed in class this past week. We were required to read two articles based on a troll that made headlines for posting things on a website called REDDIT which is a type of message board. A message board is a forum where people with similar interests can discuss topics with others of like interests. A troll, for those of you who don’t know, is someone who posts inciting, off topic and/or offensive messages in order to provoke readers to give an emotional response. A troll exploits social norms and conversations and topics that people do not like to speak on.

The specific troll that is the center of both articles is called VIOLENTACREZ. Violentacrez is a troll who used to post things on Reddit.com. Reddit.com is a social news site where anyone can submit and vote on content and anyone can start a forum dedicated to their interests. Any forum that is created is known as a “subreddit.”  Violentacrez is known for posting on a subreddit called “Jailbait” that distributed images of underage girls dressed with marginal amounts of clothing but also has added on to the racist, pornographic, violence, and exotic abomination subreddits. He also added to the topics called “chokeabitch, ni**erjailbait, rapebait, hitler, jewmerica, misogyny, and incest.” Violentacrez never regretted anything he did. He stood by all of his work.

However, Violentacrez’ posts brought a lot of attention to the Reddit website. Anderson Cooper mentioned Violentacrez on CNN, which brought him a lot of negative feedback for posting such offensive topics and sections. After his shoutout, Violentacrez began gaining fame and created a subreddit dedicated to news and posts about himself, altered the Reddit logo to make his own logo and began selling t-shirts.

The next article that we had to read regarded whether or not it was okay to unmask a troll knowing that they have personal lives outside of the Internet. The article was focused on what the moral and ethic costs of outing people and focusing attention on them even if it was unwanted attention. The article explained that the infamous troll named Violentacrez begged and pleaded for the journalist to not exploit him but she did so regardless. What many people do not know about Violentacrez is that he has a disabled wife and part of the reason why he did not want to get exploited was so that she wouldn’t get any of the backlash and effects from the publicity but what happened was worse. Violentacrez lost his job and the health insurance that paid for his wife’s care.

People were ecstatic to know whom the infamous troll was and that he had been exploited for his shameful behavior on the Internet. Internet users believed that he abused technology to manipulate the idea of “free speech” to provoke prejudices and harassment for his own entertainment. A quote that really caught my eye from the article was: “the same tactic that trolls use to out people is the same tactic that people use to out troll.” After seeing what happened to Violentacrez, it leaves the question is outing people moral or immoral?




Response Blog – February 20th, 2013

For todays response blog, we had to read two articles regarding cyberspace.The first one was written by  a man called John Perry Barlow. He created his own “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace.” In this article, Barlow pretty much wanted to point out how the government was attempting to instill laws on what can go on the internet and what shouldn’t go on the internet. He spoke about how the government is trying to put laws on the content that is uploaded on the Internet the way that laws prohibit certain words or topics from being spoken about in broadcast media. Barlow referred to Cyberspace as “the new home of Mind.” He continued to say that legal concepts of “property, expression, identity, movement and context” did not apply to the internet because cyberspace is a complete other world where anyone can enter it without being prejudiced against by race, economic power or other things that classify people in the real world. He made sure to clarify that the government was not welcome on the internet and that it shouldn’t interfere with what people do because cyberspace is something that cannot be touched.

The second article was written by a person that goes by the name of humdog.” This article extremely long and I felt like it went all over the place. I honestly lost interest in the reading because the context kept talking about different topics and it was really distracting. For a person who has Attention Deficit Disorder, it is extremely difficult to be able to focus on something then have the author go off on a tangent and then completely confuse me. Basically what I got out of this article was that the Internet is a marketing scheme, which the federal government is trying to control everything on it and that because of the Internet, information is spreading super fast and can pretty much destroy a person’s reputation. It also expressed how cyberspace is a black hole that sucks in information and depletes people true identities and personalities.

I completely agree with both articles that were assigned for tonight’s response blog. However, there are things that are outdated. Even though the Internet is great, wonderful and exciting, it also has its down sides. With all of the forms of social media and wiki’s now available, anyone can go online and create information using pictures and even false information and will upload it and make readers believe it is true. There are many cases of people who create false profiles on social media and make people believe they are who they are not. There is a show that is called catfish  on MTV that investigates instances like that. In a way i can see how the internet has its downfalls but if everyone puts it to good use, there should not be a reason why there is a problem with its use.

Week Three Blogging Basics

Blogging Basics

Hey all! I know I barely post on here but, I am going to be posting more often now. I know, YAY!

 So, I am in my senior year at Buffalo State College and I cannot wait to get out of here already. I am only in my third week of classes and I already feel EXHAUSTED! I am pretty much done with my major but I have ONE class to take, everything else is just electives. It’s CRAZY! This semester I am going through a lot. I have four classes, a job and an extracurricular activity that consumes my entire day. Even right now, I am just out of it. 

This semester I am taking a communications elective course on web publishing. Every Monday, we get the lectures online and for Wednesday, we have to write up a response blog. This week’s class was in regards to creating and publishing a functional blog. This week’s class we learned how to use hyperlinks, how to use tags, and how categories work and this post is evidence of this week’s lecture.

So far this semester has been long and I have no idea how I am going to handle all of the stress and work and emotional strain I experience whenever I am in school. I think I need to build a stronger foundation to lean back on and help me realize why I make myself as stressed as I am. Honestly, I need to get myself together. I know every single thing I do now will pay off in the long run.  I am going to pray that everything goes well.

Until next week, best wishes and love to all of you on this Valentine’s Day! 

Fatal accident wipes out three generations on Bronx River Parkway.

A little over a week ago, a tragic car accident killed 7 people in the Bronx River Parkway of the Bronx, New York. Some people call it a “freak car accident” others call it “horrific”, but was something like this not expected to happen on a highway that if full of potholes and pieces of metal that are used to cover them up? These roads have seen several accidents before. One accident in 2006 killed six people and another back in 1987.

On April 29th, 2012 a family of seven drove to their death on one of the worse roadways the city can possibly have. The freak accident wiped out three generations of one family including three children, two grandparents, and two female adults. The car was speeding at 68 MPH in a 50 MPH zone when it hit the concrete center median, swerved across three lanes of traffic, and after hitting the curb, the car launched itself over the guardrail barely touching it, landing sixty feet below into a wooded area of the Bronx Zoo. All the victims were wearing their seatbelts.

One awful point I’d like to get across is, the victims were driving to another family member’s house where they were planning to have a small family get together, transporting the two grandparents who were visiting from the Dominican Republic. The grandparents had arrived Friday April 27th, two days before the fatal accident and planned on attending the first communion of one of the little girls who was also killed in the accident. This is hits so close to home because family members of mine come visit from the Dominican Republic all the time and after this accident, some are second guessing if it’s even worth coming.

THREE GENERATIONS of a family, wiped out, all in one day, at the same time, is truly gruesome. The impact of all of these deaths at once is slowly eating at each and every family member. The costs of this accident is really hitting home. Fortunately, the community is helping raise money to provide the family with financial and emotional support. Family members call the deceased members “angels” while alive and now after their deaths. They were great people and loved by the members of their community, church, schools and jobs. One great message one family member wants to send to the world is “To all who are listening, live your lives in peace and care for who you love because as I found out, life is a surprise.”

It is really alarming drivers of the city that major accidents like this happened so close to home, especially my home. I’ve driven down that highway before and it is truly a hot mess of potholes, repairs and metal ramps covering up these HUGE dents in the road. This accident added on to the fear New York drivers have of navigating through the city’s “pinball machine”-like expressways. “This bridge is so unsafe that even if someone is driving the posted speed limit, there are still gonna be accidents that happen,” transportation attorney Brandon Walters said.

This terrifying accident impacted me so much not only because I can relate to it but because I found out this family is related to my roommates’ best friend. I’ve met her before and I can really describe her as being very calm and peaceful. As far as I know this fatal accident has taken seven people out of her family’s life and will never replace or mend the hole in their hearts.

Its devastating that fatal accidents like these happen and the city’s nonchalant effect on repairing the roads for safety precautions on one of the Bronx’s busiest expressways. R.I.P. to those family members who passed away. My prayers and condolences are with the Gonzalez family.

HERE IS A VIDEO TO GIVE YOU A better understanding.