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Verification – Social Media Panel

While watching the social media panel, although it was informative, annoyed me more than anything else. The first topic they discussed was ‘verification.’ This whole conversation was about “retweeting.” To me this seems like a very minuscule aspect of what Twitter is. I felt like they were dissecting every single part of small action that is in itself a very small action. I just felt like it was going overboard.

To respond specifically to the discussion the panel was having, I would say that a good point about ‘endorsement’ was made. Whether or not retweeting something counts as you endorsing it is a matter of opinion and in my opinion the question is not whether or not it counts as an endorsement or not but exactly what endorsement means. Endorsement could mean that you want to be associated with whatever it is that you’re retweeting. It could also mean that you do not necessarily want to be associated with all the values of whatever company you’re retweeting. You might just like that particular tweet, you can relate to it or think it is funny or maybe think it is a good fact that others might want to know.

On another note from the panel discussion, verification also relates to the validity of information. There is an intense pressure to verify information in real time, this pressure can make good journalists make stupid mistakes. Once a mistake is published, it is out there for good. Even printing a retraction or a correction can never guarantee that everyone who saw the original mistake will see the change.

What verification comes down to is giving and receiving information in real time, and how that information is interpreted. The panel helped me see more to verification and what that means for journalists in the changing society we are dealing with today.


Google+ Hangout #HangoutAbroad




For the class project creating the Google+ Hangout, my job was to market and promote the hangout. I created posts for both Facebook and Twitter that would promote this event. I also retweeted many of my classmates posts. I felt like all bombarding the audience of our Facebook and Twitter accounts was not necessarily the most effective way to get our point across so i also did a lot of verbal promotion of the event. I cannot really put any proof of that in this post but I know my roommate and I watched the Hangout together and that 5 of my other friends watched it from their rooms as well. I am hoping other people got their friends to watch and to spread the word about the event. Overall I would say that there were definitely some hangups and wrinkles that should be ironed out if this were to ever happen again in the future, but for the first try I would say we did a good job.


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Google plus really seems like another Facebook to me except with a few more features. The concept for marketing and advertising a product or getting your news out there real seems about the same. Putting a story with a picture or a video is the most popular way to get a story out there. CNN seems to really be doing a really great job of connecting people to their stories and drawing attention to their page. This is an example of a specific post that does just that..


Hurley is the company that I found to be a really great example of an attentive brand. They update their profile regularly and promote their products with picture and video in every post. Using visuals like these pictures and videos is a really great way to draw the attention of the reader.


Gooogle+ does not only allow for the same type of promotion as Facebook but it brings another tool to the table. Google Hangout is very similar to skyping but it gives people the opportunity for face to face interaction with multiple people at one time. This, if done by a company or news source, allows the viewers and readers to get a behind the scenes look and therefore be more loyal to that specific group of people or news source.

Twitter Crowdsourcing

With the help of Erin Woodman, I have a much better idea about the music scene both here at Saint Michael’s College and around Burlington. Erin told me about her love of the band “We The Kings”. This was interesting to me because I also used to really enjoy their music and they seemed to lose a following when I was in high school  so it was cool for me to know that they are actually still pretty big. Apparently there is even a group of people here at Saint Michael’s College that meet up once in awhile to listen to their music “in an effort to keep them relevant to our age group”.

Erin Woodman, 20, a sophomore here at Saint Michael’s College, has been listening to their music since she was pretty young. “I remember when they were much bigger than they are now, those were the days!” she says. Erin told me all about the Burlington music scene and how it is the job or concert venues to bring in the acts that will bring in the money. It is their job to bring in who everyone is going to pay to see.

When I asked her how much she was willing to pay for a ticket to We The Kings, she said she would pay up to $50 . This seems like it would be a lucrative concert if people are willing to pay that much for one ticket, so why haven’t they come to Burlington Vermont since 2009? Erin says, “Because the interest is only there for a smaller and smaller number of people”.

“I made lots of friends because of our love of similar music. I wish it was still that easy.”

What if it is? Looks like I have some more research to do!

Tattooing in Burlington, VT

My crowd sourcing question was about good tattoo shops in Burlington and if anyone had any favorites. I immediately got a response and took this opportunity to conduct a Facebook Chat interview. This picture was taken right away and more responds did come in afterward. My interview was with a girl that went to my high school, Tara Conover. She is a year younger than me and we never really talked much. When I was interviewing her, she was telling me all about her tattoo and how it meant so much to her. She was telling me why she got it and how awesome the tattoo shop, Body Art Tattoo, and the artist were. Tara began asking me about my tattoo and said that she highly recommends the shop and agreed to let me know if she had any new tattoo experiences she thought I might like to hear about. This was a super fast and easy way to get information and also to get to know someone that I had not previously had any kind of friendship with. Thank you Tara!