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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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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!