There’s nothing better than full privacy, unfortunately with annoying siblings, nosy significant others and friends that will never be the case. If you’re suspicious that someone may be going through your smartphone or mobile computing devices; They just got Busted! The PeeperPeeper app can be your eyes when you step out of the room.
This app currently offers shortcuts for WeChat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Facebook Messenger and LINE. PeeperPeeper catches who has been snooping on your private messages through screenshots. The PeeperPeeper app allows you to keep the convenience of having access to social media on iPhones/androids or iPad/tablets and not having to worry about meddlesome friends, families or coworkers. Lifehacker has some great information on this new app, and if it intrigues you take 5 seconds to download the PeeperPeeper app, it’s free and doesn’t take up much memory space.
The f-bomb. That satisfying combination of syllables that can be a noun, verb, or most any part of a sentence or phrase. But who uses it the most? New Yorkers? Texans? Brits?
Now we can track the drops of the f-bomb (on twitter at least) with fbomb.co. Every time a tweet goes out containing those four controversial letters, the map on fbomb.co updates and drops a missile down on the location where it was tweeted. And if you’re prone to dropping a few bombs yourself, you might even catch your own tweets coming down and leaving a puff of smoke behind.
Social media has been asking us to define ourselves from moment one with profiles, photos, and “about me” sections. Twitter is unique in that it limits the user to 160 characters – a generous 20 more than the usual 140 for a tweet.
This limit has informed the way twitter bios are written and one particular style has risen to the top. The 160 characters are usually utilized to give a rapid-fire listing of personal traits and titles. Student. Journalist. Coffee addict. And the succinct style is not just for teenagers and famous rappers. Hillary Clinton uses it to great effect.
So what does your twitter bio say? Are you more of a Tom Hanks (self effacing) or a Taylor Swift (subtly self promotional)? Read more on the subject at the New York Times.
Could someone glance at your twitter profile, and without reading a single word, know something about you? Where you come from, your gender, or your profession?
Probably not with any certainty. But they could make an informed guess. Each of those variables has a correlation with certain color trends for your twitter page. People from California and Florida have an affinity for white. Hackers are fond of blue. And unsurprisingly, people who describe themselves as fashionistas are attracted to pink. But who would have guessed that orange is the color of fatherhood?
Color has always been assigned cultural meaning, but it’s been a shifting, difficult field to pin down. Now, it’s becoming easier to chart those associations every day. What’s more, you can leverage those associations to make your twitter profile on-point rhetorically.
If you’ve nailed your colors, check out this infographic to see if your twitter bio is holding up too.
Some tweets and reactions to the Amazon/Goodreads merger.
Last month, Amazon announced that it had acquired Goodreads, a social networking site where both readers and authors can join to review and recommend books. Following the announcement, many fans on Twitter were not very pleased by the upcoming merger. Publishing Perspectives highlighted some of the wittier and more vocal tweets. Many joked about the price of ads increasing, banning authors from reviewing any books, and whether Amazon would not target readers based on the previous reviews of books readers have written.
In the press release announcing the partnership, Russ Grandinetti, Amazon Vice President of Kindle Content said, “Amazon and Goodreads share a passion for reinventing reading. Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books, and, with Kindle, Amazon has helped expand reading around the world.” Only time will tell whether readers and authors will warm up to this merger and how it will be used by both in the long run.
A large portion of the population is addicted to Twitter, Facebook, or some other form of social media. A lot of you reading this probably got to this post from a link on Twitter, right? I thought so.
This post from Cool Infographics demonstrates the “Social Network Overload.” A lot of people feel unplugged if they don’t check their social media accounts. 62% of people are afraid they will miss something if they don’t check, and 40% of people said they would rather run a marathon, get a root canal, or wait in line at the DMV than get rid of their social profile.
Are you a victim of social media overload? Check the rest of this infographic to find out!
Twitter is famous for sharing information in only 140 characters. Beyond sharing thoughts, general life updates, and news dissemination—a few of the typical ways Twitter is used—is the idea of using this site as an educator to stay connected with students and parents. Mind/Shift details 28 different ways we can teach through tweets.
One of these is to use Twitter to encourage student discussion to continue beyond the classroom. By connecting the students on one platform, and with things like hashtags to keep organized, they can ask questions, share ideas, and continue their group learning beyond the allotted class time. Another of the 28 ways is that it allows announcements to happen in “real time”; the cancellation of class, an update on a project, etc., can all be shared immediately to a social media platform many students are already regularly checking (potentially unlike their email inboxes).
It can also help students create professional online networks. For those who are already tuned into Twitter, it can be used to help teach them how to politely connect with those in their desired job field. For students who aren’t as familiar with the site, it teaches them how to effectively communicate, all while helping build their personal brand.
Personally, I have often seen professors syllabi stating when students send emails, it should have a clear and detailed subject lines, and if the message itself is more than five sentences, the students should come into office hours instead. This is another issue than can potentially be sidestepped by educators using Twitter; students would need to be concise as they only have 140 characters, and teachers wouldn’t need to spend as much time sorting through piles of emails. What are other ways Twitter can be used to expand education? Let us know on Twitter! – @msuwrac
In this modern age of Facebook, Twitter, blogging, and smart phones where you have access to virtually anything at your fingertips, it is important to be mindful about what you are posting to the internet. Friending and unfriending, posting comments on someone’s wall/picture/status, and retweeting or mentioning someone in a tweet is common practice for well versed social media users. Sometimes, though, we break the rules for social media etiquette without realizing what we’re doing.
A recent article from Real Simple examined the Dos and Don’ts of Social Media etiquette. It highlights the rules of friending and unfriending on Facebook (“remember that it’s okay to prune your friend list”), status updates (“do a quick gut check and ask yourself if you really need to share that thought with the world before you post it”), photos and tagging, and privacy and settings. The article also goes into the etiquette of following and unfollowing on Twitter (“if someone starts following you on Twitter you are not obligated to return the gesture.”), retweets, replies, and mentions, and even a section on dealing with hurtful comments.
If you’re just starting to figure out the world of social media, it would be a good idea to review this article; even a social media expert would do well to brush up on their etiquette rules and make sure they’re not making any mistakes. Social media is another way for people to allow their voice to be heard; although, if you end up abusing it, there isn’t a way to erase what you said. Once you post something on the internet, it’s there forever. The bottom line, the article states, is if you wouldn’t want your boss or grandmother to see it, don’t post it.