Sunday, January 29, 2012

Getting Closer to Celebs

Dear Brad Pitt,

First I'd like to thank Perez Hilton for bringing this to my attention. And second, thank you for joining us. In all honesty, I'm not really sure how I'm going to handle this. By becoming part of the internet world there is this newfound "normal-ness" in you that may take a while to settle in. When will you find time to go on the computer? Don't you have movies to film? Weights to lift? Diapers to change? Oscars to receive? Angelina to stare at? I'm glad you started with Google+ because I don't really know how to work it so won't be able to see your updates all the time life if you were on Twitter. I think I would have a heart attack every time you tweeted so this is definitely safer for my health. It's going to take me a while to get used to the fact that you're sort of a normal person now. We all feel this way, right?

BUUUUT in all seriousness, what do you guys think about celebrities and the use of social networking sites? Twitter has brought fans closer to their favourite stars than ever before. There are thousands of retweets, replies, that take only seconds for the celeb to do but make the day (or life) of the fan. But it works both ways! Celebs can gain a much bigger fan base by being active on their social media profile. It gives people a glimpse into their personality which - hopefully - makes them more likable! I follow over 600 people on Twitter, alot of them being celebrities and my favourite actors and actresses. Their Twitter profile gives me live updates of their day to day tasks, thoughts, promos for new work, allows me to see relationships with them and other celebs -- and for some reason, I'm realllllly into it all! I definitely think social networking sites is good for the entertainment industry, and it's influences can really affect the success/demise of a celeb.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Google Privacy Policy Update

Here is a brief overview of Google's Privacy Policy Update.  The women's voice in this video actually makes this new policy sound as if it could be something good and maybe it will be.  However, it does have me concerned and question how much information they are going to be keeping and storing from people.  Even though they say the information will just be used for the individual's own benefit, I wonder if there might be any other reasons.  Time can only tell as more information comes out about this, as more and more people question it.  

Cartoons

Here are two cartoons I posted on to the Facebook group. That I decided to post here too. The first one is dealing with twitter and the second with Facebook.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

So... what's that about exclusivity?

I remember a scene from David Fincher's 2011's film, "The Social Network," where the Winklevoss twins and their business partner, Divya Narendra, are talking about creating a social networking site that requires all members to be fellow Harvard students. But why Harvard students? Is it because having the 'harvard.edu' email address is one of the most prestigious email addresses in the world? Does it demonstrate that you are apart of a higher class Ivy League education? That you have money and can afford to be paying the $60,000 a year tuition? Yes, well, that's exactly what they want it to mean. Here's how it went down in the film:

Cameron Winklevoss: Well, we have something that we've been working on for a while and we think it's great. It's called the HarvardConnection. You create your own page, interests bios, and friends. 
Tyler Winklevoss: And then people can go online see you bio request to be...
Mark Zuckerberg: Yeah, how is that different from my MySpace or Friendster?
Tyler Winklevoss: Harvard-dot-E-D-U. 
Cameron Winklevoss: Harvard.edu is the most prestigious e-mail address in the country.
Tyler Winklevoss: And the whole site kinds based on the idea that girls uh...
Cameron Winklevoss: Not to put anything indelicately...
Divya Narendra: Girls wanna go with guys who go to Harvard.



So what does all of this mean? That the internet is a place where you can be judged based on social class? In the film, Mark Zuckerberg catches on to the Winklevoss' intentions:
Tyler Winklevoss: The main difference between what we're talking about and MySpace or Friendster or any of those other social networking sites...
Mark Zuckerberg: ...is exclusivity. Right?
Divya Narendra: Right.

So just as Facebook started off as exclusive (at first, only Harvard students were allowed to join, now its expanded to anyone... yup, that's why we have annoying 13 year old cousins adding us, or worse, your parents) a new site has been proposed offering another social networking site for the elite, the rich, "one percent." This week, a website called Toplink will be launched as an invite-only social network to the richest and most powerful people in the world. This article explains it all: 
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2012/01/a-social-network-for-the-1-percent/



What do you guys think? Do you think exclusivity of a social network reflects our real-life society? Do you think it would make a website more or less successful? Do you think they all face the fate of Facebook, and will eventually become open to the public?

(Movie quotes from here





Saturday, January 21, 2012

Social Media Revolution

     This video discusses the social media revolution through the use of platforms such as Facebook and Google layouts.
Many interesting statistics!





-Janine

Friday, January 20, 2012

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