Get the Word Out with Facebook Events

By: Courtney Smith

            It’s finally time for my last school blog post! I’m so excited! And no, I’m not just excited about the blog posts finally wrapping up, but I’m a billion times more excited about that fact that in just a mere two weeks I get to be walking that stage for graduation! I can’t believe the time has finally arrived. Honestly, sometimes I felt like this moment would never come.     

 

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No, this is not me. 

 

Yet, here we are. My final semester is winding down, and all of my final projects are being submitted. Along with all of this last-minute assignment submissions, I have also been receiving tons of mail informing me about ordering graduation invitations and such.

            Now, I’m not one to shell out all of this money just for a few pieces of paper telling people about my graduation ceremony. So, thanks to the modern internet and social media, what did I do? I created a Facebook Event.

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            Surely, you’ve heard of, seen, or even made a Facebook Event yourself but if you haven’t here’s a little rundown: it’s a calendar-based tool any Facebook profile can use to tell your friends about an upcoming occasion. When creating an event, you can enter a title, time, location, and other information needed to relay to your guests. You could also make the event public or send to a select few.

            I imagine that brands could use the public Facebook event as a great marketing tool since you can include a ticket link, input keywords, and even admin a co-host, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about. No, no. This is all about my graduation

When making my graduation announcement/invitation on Facebook, the first thing I did was upload a cover photo for the event page. According to Facebook, the photo should be 1920 x 1080 pixels, but I’m not sure how to measure that properly. My picture worked anyways. I also learned that you can go live right from your event to those invited and/or participating in the event. That’s a pretty useful feature, especially for some members of my family who can’t make it in person to the ceremony.

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Facebook Events, in my opinion, are so much better than paper, snail mail invitations. The word gets out immediately, people can be quickly notified of any change in information, it’s much less tedious than individually addressing all of the invitees, and it helps reduce paper waste. Also, those who were invited can RSVP in a timely manner which makes getting a headcount much more efficient.

Sources:

Facebook. (2016). Why Facebook Events? Facebook. Retrieved from https://events.fb.com/#tips-on-how-to-spread-the-word

Rouse, M. (Aug 2010). Facebook Event. What Is. Retrieved from http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/Facebook-event

Social Media Companies Don’t Do Enough About Illegal and Dangerous Content, Says British Parliament

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about social media companies not doing enough to keep illegal and dangerous content off of their sites, or that they take too long to be removed. According the British Parliament, they aren’t even close to hitting the right mark.

The report from the Home Affairs Select Committee report says that UK laws need to be strengthened around illegal content, and that relying on just users to report content was “unacceptable,” and just outsources the role of finding such content “at zero expense.”

Some recommendations from the report include:

  • Possible financial contributions to the police from social media firms to cover the cost of police’s counter-terrorism internet referral unit
  • Fines for companies which don’t take down content fast enough
  • Social Media companies being forced to review their community standards and how much users understand them

 

The most recent notable cases of illegal and dangerous content involve a Facebook video of an Ohio murder, and a baby filmed being dropped off of a room by her father who then killed himself in Thailand, but the trend goes back further. From terrorist beheading videos, to sexually explicit images of children, social media companies have been facing pressure for a long time to remove illegal and dangerous content faster, and more precisely, as not to accidentally remove the wrong types of content.

Over in the US, congress is not much more welcoming to social media than their British counterparts. In January the House of Representatives passed new rules against streaming or recording video/sound from the house floor. This was likely a republican response to the Democrats sit-in during the previous session of Congress.   

-Dallas Schwab, @schwabsyy

Your Finsta May Not Be as Private as You Think

By: Morgan McAnally

Twitter: @morgan_mcanally

Finsta” has been the new buzzword when it comes to social media platforms. If you are not familiar with what a Finsta is, it is a shorter term for a “fake Instagram” account where people post pictures and videos that they wouldn’t dare to post on their main account. These accounts are filled with pictures and videos of people partying or posting “ugly” or inappropriate content that only their close friends can see and usually set on private.

What many people don’t know that do have these fake accounts is how it could potentially ruin any future job opportunities and or activities where you are in a leadership position. The old etiquette on any social platform is that “you wouldn’t post anything that you wouldn’t want your grandma or Jesus to see”, however, many people with Finsta’s have this account to strictly post crude pictures or content that they wouldn’t want people to see but claim that it’s okay due to the privacy setting on it. But, how private are these accounts really? Today we all know that nothing private is really ever private plus there is so much software out there today to hack people’s accounts or ways that people can see what you are doing if you aren’t careful enough.

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Sure, these accounts seem fine given that you are only letting your “close” friend group see them but the danger of exposing your Finsta is real. There are multiple ways you can expose your Finsta if you aren’t careful, for example, if you set up your Finsta account with the same email as your main account. When you do this Instagram will notify your followers from your main account that you made a new account that will state your Finsta handle. Another common mistake to exposure is, say you have a friend group Finsta (where multiple people share the handle and you each have the password to get into the account and post) and that Finsta is following your main account. IF you like any post from that Finsta account from your main account your followers will be able to see the post that you liked even though it’s private. Not only can you expose your Finsta from likes and using the same email, but you never really know if your followers from your Finsta could screenshot and expose you as well.

The moral of this Finsta story is that although you have a fake account that is private and follow all the rules to not exposing yourself, you never know who could easily stumble upon it or screenshot what you are posting. You can never be 100% positive that someone will never be able to see something with the amount of advanced technology that is out there today. Always be careful about what you post because you never really know who you can trust with content that you wouldn’t want the whole world to see.

Resources:

What ‘Finsta’ Accounts Are and Why Their Owners Will Live to Regret Them

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/finsta-could-hurt-future

http://www.elle.com/culture/tech/a29243/finstagram/

Donald Trump, Really?

In recent news Donald Trump as usual has something insignificant to say. Donald Trump decided to attack media at a Pennsylvania rally. He had told his supporters in Pennsylvania that he was  keeping “one promise after another” and had stated that any media criticism was “fake news” or in other words illegitimate by “out of touch” journalists. We surely can’t be surprised by anything Donald Trump says or does. Trump was also the first president to skip the correspondents dinner since Ronald Reagan in 1981. No one can be surprised by this since the president is who he is. Also, his ranking among one of the lowest since hitting his 100-day mark as president which is located around 40%.

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At the Rally Trump had stated that he has made some improvements. We are not too sure if his “alternative facts” that he has given is even true or not. He’s supposedly ending “job theft” meaning that he is bringing back jobs from over seas, supposedly. Also has halted energy exploration regarding the “war on coal. Hmmm, very interesting. He stated in similar words that the correspondents ball is boring and is filled with celebrities and media spewing information. Also at this rally per usual stated “We’ll build the wall, folks, don’t worry about it,” I’m personally still confused as to who is paying for this supposed wall and who’s building.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39760283

Any plans for World Press Freedom Day?

Written by Sydney Wilburn

As you scroll through your Instagram feed these next few weeks– obviously “taking a break” from studying for finals– you’re likely to see a few photos like these.

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But what’s going on in Turkey? I asked myself this question a couple of weeks ago when I saw a few photos with the hashtag #FreeTurkeyMedia scrawled across someone’s hand or held in front of their face on a posterboard. Knowing our society’s tendency to overlook important global issues unless they’re literally sitting on our doorstep, I decided to investigate. I learned that over 120 journalists are currently imprisoned in Turkey on charges related to a failed coup last summer. Government supporters of current president Recep Tayyip Erdogan have increased the ferocity of their search for the president’s “enemies,” which often include journalists and reporters who share a dissenting opinion of the president or government. These journalists were imprisoned for a variety of charges such as offending a government official or terrorists-related charges. Many have been held in jail for weeks without knowing their official charge.

Turkey is now being described as “the world’s leading jailer of journalists,” according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.  Amnesty International is the spearhead of the #FreeTurkeyMedia campaign, partnering with PEN, Reporters Without Borders, and Index on Censorship, among others. Reporters Without Borders now lists Turkey as 155 out of 180 countries in the world in the world press freedom index.

Many journalists, cartoonists, and activists have contributed to spreading the wood about this campaign through selfies with the #FreeTurkeyMedia message on their bodies or poster boards, Many cartoonists have taken to the visual Instagram platform to share their artwork commentary and support of those journalists still imprisoned; their artwork will be officially judged during the campaign by professional cartoonists Zunar, Steve Bell, and Martin Rowson. The Free Turkey Media campaign is leading up to a “global day of action” on World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd.

In addition to the arrest and imprisonment of these Turkish journalists, more recent media news has come into light: on April 29th, Turkish government officials banned access to wikipedia, citing a law allowing them to do so if a website poses a national threat or contain obscene material. Additionally, Turking government also recently asked Twitter to take down the profile of Mahir Zaynalov, a journalist critical of Erdogan. Several other Twitter users critical of Erdogan– some not even Turkish themselves– have been detained, imprisoned, or asked to be blocked because of their remarks on government proceedings.

This week, 29 journalists face a mass trial in Turkey as World Press Freedom Day slowly approaches. So mark your calendars and make yourself aware of the happenings in other countries’ media news, even if the U.S. media doesn’t give it proper coverage. Learn more about the Free Turkey Media campaign here and maybe post a selfie yourself to spread the word.

 

 

Snapchat Captures Mt. Everest

By Maia Wilson

@maiawils

Two skiiers take social media to new heights by taking their followers on  journey to conquer Mountain Everest for the seventh time. They should currently be on their way there as the article referenced said it would take place mid-April to the end of May (Digital Trends).  Everest No Filter is what they are calling their adventure on social media and can be followed on their Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Strava accounts.

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What has prepared them for the day (besides their training) is the high tech they are using as well as wearing. See the two skiers, Adrian Ballinger and Cory Richards are using new clothing and great gear. This tech allows their coaches to see what fitness level the climbers are at at all times and what their heart level is. The coaches can use this tech to compare how well the climbers are doing now from their last time. Also for Ballinger and Richards, they can react to their to their levels on the climb and alter accordingly. The climbers use Garmin Fenix 5 watches to monitor these levels and get the real-time feedback. Eddie Bauer teamed up with them to provide outfits for hiking that increase warmth, but decrease weight and bulk.

Last year the climbers were famous for snapchatting their travel, this time on top of the social media they are using high tech to increase their chances of reaching the top of Mt. Everest. The climbers go the idea to do so when they Adrian Ballinger was skiing in France with his girlfriend. They admired how skiiers would get so many great videos and photos after their trips and they wanted to do the same for their climbs (USA Today). We wish the climbers the best!

References

Erwin, K. (2017, April 14). To conquer Everest an insane 7th time, this climber is going high tech. Retrieved May 01, 2017, from http://www.digitaltrends.com/outdoors/cory-richards-adrian-ballinger-everest-climb-feature/

Jervis, R. (2017, March 12). The Mount Everest-climbing Snapchatters are going back. Retrieved May 01, 2017, from https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/03/10/mount-everest-climbers-snapchat-sxsw/99021184/

Bootleg Coachella Gone Wrong

Bootleg Coachella Gone Wrong

By Kaleen Washington

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Over the years Coachella has taken the festival world by storm. Each year, young people save up hundreds of dollars to buy tickets and celebrities step out for two fun filled weekends of pure hipster bliss. Over the years, other copycat festivals have also started to pop up. But FYRE Festival will probably go down in history as the worst, no pun intended

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Ja Rule decided he could do it just as good, if not even better than Coachella. WRONG. But  he does get credit for making it seem like it was going to be one of the best festivals yet.  Ja Rule actually used social media, like any smart person would, to promote the Fyre Festival.

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People spent anywhere from $1k to $125k on tickets and accommodations. However, they received nothing but a headache. On the Fyre Festival Instagram which had over 52k followers, you can find cool pictures displaying awesome festival vibes which was exactly the opposite of what the people received. Instead, they found themselves stranded on a beach with little to no food, in tents which was far from the yatch accommodations which were promised.

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Once things began to go downhill for the festival-goers tweets and Instagram pictures began to pop up across social media notifying the world about the con artist ploy of a bootleg Coachella festival which had taken place, which instantly tarnished Ja Rule’s name and credibility. Shortly after, the Fyre Festival team sent out a public statement on their pages and website apologizing for the extreme inconvenience.

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This complete disaster of an event resulted in Ja Rule becoming a viral meme. This once again shows how social media can be great and also detrimental to a business or brand. Social media ultimately promoted the Fyre Festival but then ended up killing Ja Rules credibility. Live by the gun die by the gun.Screen Shot 2017-04-30 at 11.02.50 PM.pngScreen Shot 2017-04-30 at 11.03.50 PM.png

 

 

http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/04/fyre-festival-exumas-bahamas-disaster.html

https://www.fyrefestival.com