Archive | March, 2012

May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

21 Mar

The Hunger Games and Social Media

This past Christmas, one of the presents I got was the Hunger Games trilogy. I had seen the trailer on television a couple of months earlier, and had to see what all of the buzz was about. I started reading the first one, and could not stop until I had read the last page of “Mockingjay,” the third book. I immediately could not wait to see the movie adaption of the film, which is actually coming out this Friday, March 23.

So what does this little anecdote have to do with social media? In #NewhouseSM4 today, Oliver Starr (@OWStarr) – Chief Evangelist for Pearltrees – was our guest speaker. I was excited because I wanted to learn more about Pearltrees, a social media platform that was new to me and had left me dumbfounded after a couple of uses. To anyone that is unfamiliar with Pearltrees, it is a curation tool that presents “pearled” material in a web-like structure, instead of the linear and boring drop-down bookmark menu.

Anyway, in class,  Oliver had us simultaneously create a Pearltree about the Hunger Games. When he asked our class who knew of the Hunger Games, the majority of girls raised their hands (not surprising). We got to all grab links about the Hunger Games from the internet and work together to organize them. It was a bit glitchy at times – Oliver said this was probably because Pearltrees had never experienced so many users curating information together at the same time. I was glad to be apart 0f a Pearltrees experiment and have the chance to read so many articles about the Hunger Games!

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Facebook Timeline: The Good and the Bad

2 Mar

I am not one of those people who whine every time Facebook changes it’s format. And that’s because I know that with time, you can get used to anything. That’s why I chose to switch over to Facebook timeline before Mark Zuckerberg forced me to. The first thing that I wanted to do was find a suitable cover photo.

Screenshot of a cover photo from Facebook's "About Timeline" page

Yes, the cover photo is a neat idea. It allows you to basically have two, yes I said it, TWO profile pictures. The one thing I don’t like about the cover photo is that you need a photo that specifically caters to that size. A picture with a portrait orientation simply does not work. The way to go is one with a landscape orientation.

The next thing that I noticed was the changes to the Facebook wall. I must say, not a big fan. I do not understand the necessity of two columns of wall posts, picture tags, and apps being used. It all seems a big cluttered to me. But as i said before, I can get used to anything.

The new and improved Facebook wall. Also from Facebook's "About Timeline" page

My asked two of my roommates their thoughts about Facebook timeline. See what other college-aged students think about the change. My one roommate is an Industrial Design major. She enjoys how easy timeline makes it to stalk people. Which is true. You can look back at people’s Facebook posts and pictures by year and month. She also commented that she liked the layout because it’s more dynamic.

My other roommate, a photojournalism student, mainly likes it because of the cover photos. And who wouldn’t when you have a multitude of great photos to make your cover photo.