“And I know I’m coming off just a little bit conceited”

Wednesday 22/03/17- Day 2

Today I posted my first Instagram story. Now this is quite unusual because I currently intern at a social media agency, my previous internship was at a social media agency and I am the social media manager for a social enterprise called Co-Ground. One would think that I have used Instagram stories before…

You see, I am a Snapchat user. When I heard about all the drama with Instagram introducing the ‘story’ feature, I couldn’t see the point in switching platforms. If I want my picture to last for ten seconds, why can’t it just be on Snapchat? So I’ve been going through my ‘social media-focused’ life quietly avoiding Instagram stories.  Until today.

Today at the aforementioned social media agency, we had a photoshoot for a client that involved a beautiful, jaw-dropping cheese board. I’m talking Brie, Cheddar, Blue cheese, you name it. Paired with some delicious olive-oil flavoured crackers, I felt the photo should be shared to snapchat. Note: I didn’t feel it was an Instagram worthy post. While it was aesthetically pleasing, it didn’t say much about me and I didn’t want it to be permanently on my profile.

After a couple of hours I hadn’t received many views on my Snapchat. People were missing out on being jealous of the amazing cheese platter I would get to devour at the end of interning. So I decided to try Instagram story. What I discovered:

My Snapchat story of the cheese platter got 40 views.

My Instagram story of the same picture got over 70 views. One of them from this person I almost forgot about because I unfollowed them on social media a couple of years ago. Seeing their name in the ‘viewed list’ made me realise two things.

One- my Instagram story was available for all my followers- many of whom I don’t follow back (and for good reason).
And two- that viewing a Snapchat story isn’t a big deal. You don’t know what the people are thinking when they view the Snapchat- if they quickly skip through it or if they re-watch it. Viewers can’t even comment their opinion- or there lack of one.

If you refer to my Day 1 post, I mentioned that I’m not a fan of posting on Facebook because I fear that my posts won’t receive ‘enough’ likes. Snapchat and Instagram stories eliminate that fear due to their lack of audience participation.

After the many views (from the good and the bad) I received on my Instagram story, I feel I would like to post more on my Instagram story in the future. It should be interesting to see if this affects how I use Snapchat.

Title song: “Fergalicious”- Fergie.

 

 

 

 

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“Everything I’m not”

Tuesday 21st- Day 1

The last 24 hours have not been an accurate representation of my usual online and social media antics. Yesterday arvo I wasn’t connected to wifi and due to my tiny, 1.5 gigs of data a month, I was only online to check PTV and Google Maps.

When I woke up I completed my routine of checking Weatherzone, the more accurate weather app in my opinion. On my train journey this morning I scrolled through my Facebook feed. I do this most mornings with the exception of the beginning of the month when I have the whole 1.5 gigs and I feel like splurging on my data. Then I’ll scroll through Instagram too! Treat yourself!

I tend to turn to Facebook because my newsfeed is always updating with new content. While Instagram also updates, I follow more people and pages on Facebook. Facebook also has articles, videos, photos, status’s, memes…a range of interesting content that makes it easy to keep scrolling!

This morning/afternoon I only used the internet to collaborate on a group assignment on a Google Doc. Mind you, I was logged into Facebook in the background, however I would only check my notifications and return back to my work. I hadn’t even spoken to anyone online despite my multiple WhatsApp notifications.
This morning I was more of an observer than an active participator online.

That was true until 5 minutes ago when I became a creator! On Facebook I posted a photo to a group on Facebook called ‘RMIT AD STUDENTS’. It was a photo of a FAQ for Future Lions, a competition that all advertising students have to enter in third year. I added a witty caption that added context to the minimal screenshot.

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I very rarely post statuses and share things on Facebook, usually because I don’t receive many likes or comments on my posts. While it sounds quite shallow that I seek validation from my Facebook peers, I prefer to think that it makes me mysterious.

Title song: “Everything I’m Not”- The Veronicas

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I see you watching me, watching you”

Tagging is an awesome way to join in on a public conversation. Instead of allowing your opinion to be a stand alone post, through tagging it can be added to a larger conversation on a certain topic. Twitter and Facebook are two social media platforms that use tagging effectively, however I want to focus on Instagram.

Instagram allows you to not only hashtag topics, but to also tag people and places. This allows for your photos to reach a larger audience, outside of your current followers.
By tagging people with a ‘@’ sign, they become notified that you have mentioned them in a post, and for those viewing the post, they can click on the person tagged to scroll through their Instagram feed.
Title song: I see you- Rogue Traders

“Find another one ’cause she belongs to me”

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”- Quote by me, Siobhan Joffe.

Copyright laws are designed protect your creations from being used (and abused) by other people. From the second you create a piece of work it is protected by Copyright laws.  The most basic form of Copyright laws entitles the work to belong to the creator for the life of the creator plus 70 years. If another person wants to use their work, they have to credit the original creator.

However, there are other forms of Copyright laws that you can place onto your work provided by Creative Commons. You can apply a license to your work which refines your copyright and streamlines how you give permission for people to use your work, instead of individually approving requests.

The different forms include:
Attribution: 

  • can use work as long as they acknowledge her as the original creator

Non-commercial:

  • no one but the creator can make money from the original/copyrighted work

No derivatives:

  • Creator hasn’t given permission for someone to change their original creation, no adaptations of remixes
  • Users will need to seek permission directly from the creator if they want to redesign or retouch the image.Share alike:
  • new creations that use original work need to carry the same license as the original creation.

Title song: “Steal My Girl”- One Direction

“If you want it, you can have it, but stay woke.”

A blog that I am fond of is Everyday Feminism. I spent some time deliberating whether or not it is classified as a blog or whether it is an online magazine. Based on my previous research on what defines a blog; an online publication that presents posts in a reverse chronicle order, displays time stamps, title names and authors name, I am choosing to classify it as a blog.

Instead of one voice, Everyday Feminism has a collective of writers from various backgrounds. In my opinion, the variety of voices is part of the blog’s major appeal. Topics are written from a progressive, feminist lens and is always sensitive to minority groups. There is a clear audience for the blog… people who don’t ‘believe in Political correctness’ are not it.

I do believe in political correctness and ‘staying woke’, and I like to think that my ethics align with Everyday Feminism. For me, and i’m sure for lots of other subscribers, Everyday Feminism is a source of learning.

I engage with the blog through their Facebook page, receiving updates on my news feed when there are new blog posts/articles.

Title Song: Redbone, Childish Gambino.

What is blog? Baby don’t hurt me

This post will be a display of blog-ception (think: the movie inception but with blogs). I will be determining what a blog is and exploring its history, all the while doing it through my blog, the very medium I am defining. Confused yet?

The first reading by Rettberg detailed the history of blogs and its changing definition. Originally known as Weblogs, blogs developed around the same time as the internet. Blogs were remarkable because they were a platform that allowed for regular people to be publishers. Now people could publish anything that they wanted; reviews, passions, thoughts- whatever tickled their fancy. Blogs varied from short comments in relation to other webpages, to long, opinionated entries engaging with other blogs and materials from the outside world.

Before platforms like Blogger.com existed, people would create their own HTML codes when formatting their blog entries, e.g. manually placing

before and after a paragraph. Since the invention of automated blogging platforms, blogging has become more accessible and easier to use as one doesn’t have to worry about coding in order to publish their blog posts. One can choose a design from a template listed and can customise it to suit the personality of their blog.

Rettberg, Jill Walker. Blogging. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2008. Print. (p. 4, 17-30)

The second reading by Miles discusses the use of blogs in education, specifically in teaching media and communication. Miles defines a blog by its physical characteristics; the short length of text, the publishers name, the timestamp and the posts being displayed in a reverse chronological order.

Miles believes that using blogs as a tool for assessment will mean that students will actively engage with their blogs and not simply abandon it upon its creation. He views blogs as tools for reflection and a way to actively participate in an online community, encouraging students to engage with other student’s blogs through commenting and referencing.

Miles, Adrian. Network Literacy: The New Path to Knowledge [online]. Screen Education, No. 45, 2007: 24-30.

 

Title song inspired: What is love, Haddaway.