Coming Full Circle (Final Exam Blog)

Picture This fall has had its ups and down, both my personal life and as a student at Ball State.  If you follow me on Twitter you know some of the stuff going on in my personal life.  However, this blog post is going to concentrate on what I learned and experience in ICOM 101.

Let’s begin with what has gone down at Penn State this fall.  In short former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has been alleged to have sexually molested young boys while at Penn State University.  This has led to the firing of an all-time great coach of any sport, Joe Paterno.

Some of the charges that are being filed are quite graphic.  Many people like Chris Papst, of CBS 21 News, believe the way Penn State handled the situation makes it even worse.  After talking to three Public Relations experts they all said Penn State handled the situation badly.  They also argue that Penn State was not thinking about the kids when the news broke.  Instead they concentrated protecting their brand.

Which leads me to a column by Jason Whitlock for Fox Sports.  At first many people argued that Joe Paterno should not be fired and be allowed to at least coach in his final home game of the season.  I’ll be honest, at first I, myself thought Paterno should get that opportunity.  I believe people are innocent until proven guilty and I felt like the allegations were centered around Sandusky’s actions and the lack of reporting the actions by Mike McQueary.  I feel different now as more things are becoming known.  Whitlock makes the point that Penn State, and many institutions in general are more concerned about how they are valued as institutions than the actual people that are there.  This is very evident with schools that have big time athletic programs.

Where I pointed out how problems like these are bigger within prestigious athletic problems is agreed with in the Miami Herald.  In Fred Grimm’s column makes valid points on how morality is taking a back seat to revenue and college athletics.  He used examples that included a local school in his area not reporting to the police in regards to an underage sex crime.

A different outlook on the situation can be found in a blog written by Black Shoe Diaries.  The writer, Mike Pettigano, argues that many news outlets are now just trying to look for sensational stories.  They make bigger stories out of certain situations for their own profit.  He knew something was going to happen after the Casey Anthony trial was dying down.

PR Newswire is also reporting that many sexual abuse crimes among children are going unreported by the media.  It names many statistics about these types of crimes.  Also I find it quite disturbing how the media doesn’t shed more light on preventing such actions.  This disturbed me not just because of how I don’t feel it is right, but it is the career that I plan on pursuing.

Alright let’s change the mood.  I don’t want to just give the bad news.  I also want to shed some other things that are not so disturbing.  Which I saved for last because it is more likely to be what you guys remember from my post.

In 2010 some trends started to take hold.  In the more digital world that we are living in, text messaging hit the mainstream market.  Text messaging to some people is like a quicker version of email.  You can get on your email, but it is just more convenient to text your message to the recipient.  This texting train is also being boarded by newspapers who are losing money.  Also many companies have started to create apps for people to put on their phone so that they can market themselves in another way.  These apps can list specials, give coupons, and sometimes let their customers place an order.  There is also the Burger King affect, in which you can have it your way.  You are able to create, share, and sell on a much more price efficient level for the average person.  All these are nice additions to the way people live their lives.

Hubspot Blog also listed some marketing trends.  Advertisers are going to spend more money creating mobile advertisements.  In large part this is due to their second trend that smartphones are becoming to dominate the world.  Sure you cannot do everything on all smartphones, like use Flash on an iPhone.  But overall you are given many options on how you can gather information on the go.  Apps that use social networks are also hitting it big.  People spend 1 out of every 6 minutes on a social network now according to the blog.  That is a lot of room to make a lot of advertising dollars.

This should at least make you wonder slightly about the future of advertising.  Is advertising gone.  No it defiantly is not.  But its finding ways to adapt and it will continue to do so.  They used an example of this how by how now their advertisements include coupons.  Where is advertising going is always going to change.  It is going to go where people are.

Another industry that has changed a lot of recent years is the Music Industry.  In just the past decade it has changed radically.  The record companies have to change their model because their model became broken.  This led to a decrease in profits.  In the world of today, money talks.  Just look at the Penn State situation from earlier.  Some companies have even started giving away their music free as a way to try to bring more fans to the shows.  The live performances are where most of the money is made anyway.

Another place where someone is making a big splash is Microsoft with the new Xbox 360 update.  The new update is marketed as an “all-in’one” device for all you entertainment.  Netflix, ESPN, MLB.tv, YouTube, and more are all on this update and will be if not all ready downloadable to consumers.  This is arguably one of Microsoft’s best moves of late to stay with Apple who a lot of people have turned to.

Alright everybody this will probably be my last post on this particular blog.  But follow my other blogs on this site and me on Twitter to find out what I’m up to.  I think next spring is going to be a big semester for me.  I have some cool things lined up.

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Who Wants to Know? (Alternative Viewpoints Research Blog)

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Why Internet Privacy Matters
Nice you made your Facebook status.  What was it?  Oh yeah, it was “Going out of town for a week”.  Also are you really good friends with all your Facebook “friends”?Turns out, no because a guy you knew from high school came and stole all your valuable stuff when you were gone.  How did he know where you lived?  If you guessed from the information tab on you Facebook you are correct.Obviously I just made up that scenario, but that is something that could very well happen by sharing your life story online.  You have to be very careful about what you choose to share online.  For one, you cannot always be certain the person you are talking to online is really the person you think they are.  This is evident from shows like Dateline NBC’s series “To Catch A Predator”.Yet again that may be an extreme where the chances of happening are not likely.  But what if you think you are talking to your girlfriend or boyfriend online and then you say something “saucy” and it turns out to be his/her little brother.  Now that is something very likely.  Little siblings pretending online to be their older sibling happen a lot.

This can spell a lot of trouble if the younger sibling decides to share with your significant other’s parents what you said.  Possible job offers can be affected by how you look online as well.  When it comes down to two different candidates and the person hiring sees these two pictures who do you think they are going to choose?  (Assuming they have comparable resumes).


Yeah, unless you are duct tape company I think you are going to decide on the guy in the suit.  If you are selling duct tape however, I bet the dude on the left has helped your stock prices enough that he is worth a shot.A person having their identities stolen is a huge problem in the world of today.  A person that has their identity stolen can suffer many side effects both financially and emotionally.  A stolen identity can hinder you financially for a long time and can cost a ton of money to fix.I personally like the internet and all it does, but I try not to give up too much information.  I never have my Twitter Geo-location turned on for example.  Facebook has never had my address.  I do not see the point of FourSquare.  I don’t want to be Mayor of something stupid.  I do not find an e-mail address or a Twitter name too private.  Those are my preferred ways of communication online until I get to know somebody better and I give them my phone number personally.

Why Internet Privacy Doesn’t Matter
“Hey don’t call that water cooler stupid!  I like being the Mayor of this water cooler and I worked very hard campaigning.  Also really dude, what are the chances of that stuff happening to me?  It is just so easy, simple, & convenient to keep in touch with my friends.  I like sharing stuff online.”This is how many other people feel too.  Employers understand the changing world, and its not like they don’t have fun doing the same stuff.  I bet most people hiring have at one point had their friends tape them up to a wall too.  I bet they have also done as John Stewart’s character (Kevin Garrity) in Big Daddy did:

It is a changing world and everybody knows it.  The point of acceptability has shifted with technology and time.  Anyway even if that point hasn’t changed nobody really knows everything I put online besides the people I would want to know.  I see no point in sharing my story.

The world is becoming a more “Look at What I Did” place and people want others to know what they have done and everything about them.  There is nothing wrong with this.  Everybody just quit complaining and it is what it is.

Privacy isn’t important anymore.

Or is it?  You decide on Your Own

#ShamelessSelfPromotionButIfIDontDoItWhoWillYaKnow

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La la laaaaaa Music Time!

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In a short film we, as a class, watched former big name in music Moby talk about the state of the music industry.  It was a short video about three minutes long.  Although short, Moby made some good points about the state of the music industry.

  1. The musicians of today are becoming more and more self-reliant.
  2. Record companies won’t be around in 5 years.
  3. The record companies are to blame.

These points each have a great deal of validity to them.  Musicians today are becoming more self-reliant, because musicians are being able to record and publish their works.  Technology today allows musicians to lay down some tracks that are made with good to great quality sound at a minimal price; although definitely not always the greatest of quality in terms of how good the product is.  The exposure may not come right away from posting your stuff online on media sharing hosts, but maybe it can lead you to a major record label if that is your goal.

He made the claim that record companies will not be around in five years.  I personally would like to add “as we currently know them” to the end of that phrase.  Music will still be here, and record companies will still be here.  But when you add what I suggested it becomes very valid.  If you cannot adapt to change, you are going to fall behind and for those record companies that refuse to adapt to change, they will probably crumble.

The record companies are to blame.  This claim is much in fact true.  They settled for mediocrity with fill in tracks and continuing to charge more and more money, when their production costs were going down.  This was very self-destructive because it definitely helped lead to the popularity of Napster and other free music services.


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The second video, How to Save the Music Industry, we watched is about 25 minutes and was directed by Max Tolkoff.  It also made some valid points, although it was corny at times.

  1. The Music Industry was work hard.
  2. It must provide Quality Music.
  3. Radio was the filter, then MTV was, and now there is no filter.
  4. Music must be portable, interactive, and available on demand.
  5. It needs to be more exciting and engaging.

I completely agree with this point.  I believe that if record companies work hard, and figure out to adapt to change they will be fine.  If not at least, you know you went down swinging, which is something I choose to live by.  If you know something is going to be hard, and you could possibly fail, I find it easier to live with myself if I gave it my all.

Record companies must release quality music.  This is very evident with basically releasing a couple good songs on a CD, with a bunch of basically fill-in tracks.  I really like getting a CD that I can pop into my car’s CD player and be able to not have to skip songs because they aren’t very good.  (Shameless promotion of a CD I purchased that fits that description, is “Outlaws Like Me” by Justin Moore.)

Radio was once the filter and then it became the likes of MTV.  But now there is not filter, well there is but not one that the record companies have much say in.  I agree with this, because record companies were able to say hey here are the songs we want played and they were released as singles.  This is where people heard the music.  Nowadays music can be found in countless fashions.  This leads to the next point.

The music industry must make their product portable, interactive, and engaging.  Right now it is becoming more and more portable.  A very recent example of this is, the release of the iCloud, where if you purchase music on one device it syncs up with all your other devices.  Services like Pandora are interactive, but don’t really have much to do with the record companies.  The original form of making music engaging was the radio, and this can be renewed by releasing better music that people want to call in to hear.

The music industry must be more exciting and engaging.  The engaging part I think has to do more with each individual artist, I believe with the likes of Twitter and other social networking sites.  But the part about being exciting is like not sitting back and settling for just being OK.  In order to be great, you need to take some chances and be innovative.

#ShamlessSelfPromotionButIfIDontDoItWhoWillYaKnow?


“You can observe a lot just by watching.” – Yogi Berra (Industry Leaders Blog)

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The Social Learning Theory derived from the works of Albert Bandurastates that people learn from one another, via observation, imitation, and modeling.  This is exemplified when children try to replicate what their roles models do.  This can be be both good and/or bad depending on what you choose to learn from these role models.I am a Journalism/Telecommunications, News Track, student currently at Ball State University.  I want to get into the sports side of this field, but I have many other interests, such as politics and country music radio, that I can get into with this chosen field of study.My main goal is to get into sports journalism/broadcasting, so there are some people in this field that I look up to for different reasons.  These reasons can include things such as: their overall knowledge on a subject, their style, and how they carry themselves.

Some of these people I look up to include Jason Whitlock, Jay Bilas, Peter Gammons, Jayson Stark, and Ken Rosenthal.  Each of these people offer great insight into the field that I hope to join.  Gammons has been enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  Rosenthal is the lead reporter for Major League Baseball on FOX.  Stark is a writer for ESPN.com, and one of the few blogs I regularly follow.  Bilas was named the best analyst in college basketball by Sports Illustrated.  Whitlock graduated from Ball State University in 1990.


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Stark & Gammons together on Oct. 22, 2009
Jayson Stark’s blog posts and tweets are very entertaining to read.  He always has interesting little tidbits about baseball that people would never thank of.  For instance I watched the game, I know the score and what happened.  But if you want to know something a little more in depth he is the place to go, if you do not want to take the time to look up the information yourself.According to TweetStats.com as of the evening of October 25, 2011 Stark is averaging 18.1 tweets per day.  He also has a Klout scoreof 72.  Klout also has him most influential in the topics about baseball, ESPN, and sports.  His highest tweet density is in the early evening.Peter Gammons is one the most highly regarded names in baseball.  In terms of baseball knowledge Gammons is the go-to man.

According to Sporting News Radio President, David Gow, “Peter Gammons is baseball’s top authority, his knowledge, insights and relationships are unparalleled.”

As of October 25, 2011 TweetStats.com said Gammons averages 6.6 tweets per day.  He has a Klout score of 64.  According to Klout his most influential topics are Major League Baseball, Journalism, and Media.  His highest tweet density is in the evening.  If you want baseball knowledge from arguably the most knowledgeable, Gammons is your man.  From reading his tweets you also discover Gammons has a great love of music as well as baseball.

Ken Rosenthal is the guy for live reporting, as opposed to Stark’s interesting facts and the personable side of Gammons.  Rosenthal is the sideline reporter for FOX Saturday Baseball and the MLB Playoffs on FOX.  As things happen in the game such as injuries he updates people on his live TV cut ins and Twitter feed.  You can help learn a lot about live reporting and post game pieces by reading the stories and tweets from Rosenthal.

Rosenthal averages 10.6 tweets per day and has a 70 Klout score.  Klout has him being most influential about sports, baseball, and fantasy baseball.  His highest tweet density is in the afternoon.


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My favorite two from this list are Jason Whitlock and Jay Bilas.  I may not be have the skill they currently have or the positions they hold, but I think I can relate to them the most.  Both are outspoken and say what is on their mind.  Whitlock has in fact lost jobs because of what his outspokenness led him to say.  Bilas has not gotten in trouble by his employers at times like Whitlock has, but when you listen to what he says you can tell he means it and will stand by it.Both Bilas and Whitlock’s Twitter feeds are very humorous at times.

Both know what they are talking about and have just this way of seeing what they say in a convincing way.  They do not back down from their stances and just seem like they talk like me at times.  My mouth has gotten me into trouble like Whitlock and I hold my ground strongly like Bilas.

Bilas tweets on average 13.7 times per day and has a Klout score of 68.  Klout has him being most influential about college, University of North Carolina, and business.  Whitlock tweets 13.3 times per day with a Klout score of 68.  Klout has him being most influential about sports, ESPN, and money.

The Twitter feed of Bilas is filled with great college athletics knowledge.  Whitlock’s is full of great sports knowledge in general, and sometimes from a side most people would not publicize how they feel.  I really take inspiration from how Whitlock and Bilas hold themselves.

No matter how you feel about the future of journalism.  Future journalists can learn a great deal by studying these that I have talked about and many more.

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DC2AA Awards (David Coats II Excellence in Animation Awards)

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Welcome each and every one of you to this very special occasion.  The time you have all been waiting for is is finally here, so no more sleepless nights because here it is.  The DC2AA (Pronounced “D-C-Two-Double A”) Awards are being released and I am your exclusive source for this special occasion!

What is that I hear you mumbling to yourself?  You have never heard of the DC2AA Awards before?  Well let me be the first to tell you, it is the single most prestigious award given out to those displaying excellence in the world of animation by a 21 year old boy in the Midwest without any monetary value!  So yeah if you win it is kind of a big deal.

I will be announcing three winners this year, each in a separate category.  The three categories are as follows:

  1. Excellence in Entertainment
  2. Excellence in Education
  3. Excellence in Marketing/Advertising

Alright here we go!


The Lion King
When The Lion King was originally released in 1994, the film grossed more than $783 million worldwide.  It was the most successful film released in 1994 and currently sits as the 20th highest-grossing feature film ever.  It is a good watch for people of all ages and was created with great animation.

Blue’s Clues
In a short documentary by Jim Forbes titled, Behind the clues: 10 years of Blue , he calls Blue’s Clues “one of the most successful, critically acclaimed, and ground-breaking preschool television series of all time”.  It has also won 9 Emmy Awards, according to Wikipedia.  In my opinion Blue’s Clues was a great use of animation.  Many children, including myself, watched this show daily.  Not only did it teach its viewers, but it made it fun and entertaining for their demographic.

Old Spice’s “OldSpice Guy” commercials starring Isiah Mustafa
These commercials have millions of views on YouTube.  These commercials are greatly entertaining to the point that people go online to look up commercials to watch.  That’s a far cry from somebody changing the channel during commercials.  The Old Spice guy commercials had animation in them to make Mustafa do odd and funny things.  These commercials created a great stir amongst viewers to have people searching their product up essentially.

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The Race Is On (Midterm)

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You want to know how fast technology changes?  I am currently writing this October 12, 2011.  The new iPhone, the iPhone 4S, is being released in two days, on October 14th.  That excites some iPhone fans, but leaves others disappointed because they anticipated an iPhone 5 release.

But let’s just say you get one when it comes out, or during the upcoming Holiday season.  How long are you going to have the newest iPhone on the market?  According to Bill Palmer, Editor in Chief of Beatweek Magazine, maybe not for long.  In an article released today, he could see it being released as early as JANUARY 2012!

More likely, an iPhone 5 release is likely to happen in  the summer or fall of 2012.  That means your fancy new toy, that is listed at $199 on the Apple Store, might only be the newest thing for less than a year.

That is just one example of how fast things are changing in the digital world.  Technology builds upon technology and with that, technology is getting better and better at a much faster pace than anytime in our history.


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It is more than just the products themselves that have changed.  We as a society have greatly changed just over the last decade.  It can be as simple as not looking in the phone book for a phone number, when you can easily Google it on your phone.  It can also be as large as someone buying a car off their phone without ever seeing it in person.  Because all you have to do is go to Craigslist and check out the pictures.  Then a buyer might just decide they want it, and give the seller a call (Side Note:  I would NEVER recommend buying a car without at least test driving it first).

Our daily lives are also stored as diaries on the likes of Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Just think about all the information Facebook has on you personally.  Maybe your birthday, who your in a relationship with, your phone number, address,  maybe even your grades if you post stuff like “Yeeeeehawww! I got a B+ on my History 150 test :)”.

Not only does Facebook have this information on you.  It also uses that information.  If you don’t believe me, check the side area on your Facebook wall to see the advertisements.  There is a good chance somehow those advertisements somehow relate to you.  That is not a coincidence.  Somewhere in your likes and/or posts Facebook has found advertisements that it thinks would be relevant to each of its users.  For example, I will probably not get a advertisement on my wall saying, “Meet Cute Boys in the Rake, Iowa area”.  I might however get something like “Purchase gear of your favorite team”.

This helps make Facebook money as well.  Advertisements get more clicks when they are relevant to users.  So if Facebook can find a way to selectively choose advertisements the advertising people are more likely to spill out more cash to post these ads.

To further expand on this idea Nick Bilton, New York Times, reported back in April, 2011 that Facebook was hiring Nicholas Felton and Ryan Case.  Felton and Case are the creators of a website named DAYTUM.  The picture below says exactly what Daytum does.  Not only does Daytum know what you do, but it knows how much of it you do as well.


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Screen Shot Excert of Daytum.com by: David Coats II
According to Bilton, Felton and Case would be joining the Facebook product design team.  A designer, that doesn’t sound like much a big deal does it?  What if I mention a Facebook designer studying our relationships to a point where he can tell us when we are most likely to break up and possible reasons why?  Because that is exactly what a recent addition to the design team named Lee Byron did.

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Outside of privacy issues, Facebook is actually quite a useful tool for networking and keeping in touch with friends.  Also according in an article by Anna Mehler Papern, The Glove and Mail, researchers are finding that social networks can make our social lives richer.  In fact since 2008, the number of Americans who say they frequently use social networking sites has grown from 26% to 47% in 2010.  Internet users are known to be more trusting than non-internet users as well, this can be stated because of how much the majority of internet users share, usually without raising a brow with each other.

Sometimes though you can start to feel left out by what your friends share. This is evident in Jenna Wortham’s New York Times article Feel Like a Wallflower? Maybe It’s Your Facebook Wall.  In this article Wortham starts a story by setting the scene of her sitting down to watch a movie on a rainy night.  She was satisfied and at peace, until her smart phone starting lighting up and notifying her what her friends were doing.  After reading the updates of her friends’ nights she started to feel unsettled.  Then her peaceful night turned into a night of confusion and indecision.  She could not decide if she wanted to go join her friends or stay at home.  She went on to describe the feelings she felt with the name of FOMO, which stands for “Fear of Missing Out”.  FOMO does not only describe nightlife activities, but it also can just make you feel inadequate about where you stand in life.  For instance your other friends have children and a mortgage while you may only be in an apartment with threes roommates.


Speaking of people’s feelings according to Nick Bilton, New York Times, you can track the national mood on Twitter.  A group of researchers at Northeastern University did just that.  Their research project was named Pulse of the Nation: U.S. Mood Throughout the Day Inferred From Twitter and it took place from September 2006 to August 2009.  Some trends they found during this research includes:

  1. People are happier during the early mornings and evenings.
  2. People are happier during the weekends.
  3. People on the West Coast seemed to portray their happiness in a very similar pattern as those on the east coast, just three hours later.
  4. The most negative parts of the country also appeared to be in the middle of the country.
  5. The unhappiest moments are usually on Thursday evenings.

In another article by Bilton in March 2011, he went on to explain how people congregate on Twitter based on mood.  His major source is a research project led by Johan Bollen, Indiana University.  In his research, Bollen found that people on Twitter tend to congregate not just by age and their interests but by their moods.  For instance loners tended to interact with other people who felt similarly.

Jenna Wortham, New York Times, has also published another interesting piece similar to Bilton’s two previously mentioned.  In hers named Using Twitter as a Collective Mood Ring, she cites the research of two statisticians, Peter Sheridan Dodds and Christopher M. Danforth.  In their research they were trying to test how people felt on given topics.  Their results proved that Twitter is a reflection of what people, as a whole, care about right now.

Twitter is a very simple looking social network at first glance.  You do not add friends, you do not put in a ton of personal information at first, and you only have 140 characters per update.  You can say whatever you want and  choose your own style of how you want your profile to be viewed by people.  But really it can be used in much more depth as evidence of the mood research above.  So what else can Twitter do?

Well for one it can help someone become elected President of the United States of America.  I do not know about all of you, but that is kind of a big deal to me.  Li Evans, Search Marketing Gurus, in November of 2008, following the election of Barack Obama, published the article Barack Obama The First Social Media President?  In this article, Evans describes ways in which Obama harnessed the power of social media and how he used it to get to the White House.  The Obama campaign reached into places that prior elections had never utilized, at least nowhere near as deeply as a whole.  He had accounts on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, and a blog.  This excited the young vote and made his face more easily remembered when people went to the polls.

Big name brands are also digging themselves deeper into social media.  They have changed their advertisement model to one where they are Promoting Products on Social Media.  They are doing so because according to Google only 1 in 1,000 people click on advertisements that will take them away from their current page.  Also they have found the chances of someone looking at your advertisement goes up to 35 out of 1,000 when it keeps you on your current page and you just “Learn More”.  The “Learn More” phrase also seems less in your face to the consumer.  Also best of all, if you post your stuff on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter which are free to use so you can save money.  This allows you to put more money into creating your advertisements rather than spending so much to find a spot for them like a more traditional model.

A good example of this new style of advertisement is in this article from Azam Khan.  In this article for SocialTimes.com Khan talks about a deal between McDonalds and Zynga.  Zynga are in control of the popular Facebook game, Farmville.  McDonalds is getting their brand out to people without taking them off the website they were already as you can see below.  Just from this one screen shot you find out McDonalds currently has brought back the Monopoly game, and you get to see their logo a few times.

It is an exciting time to be growing up in this generation.  We are seeing things and being involved in their development from since we were little.  Specifically my generation in our late-teens to early-20s are being effected.  I personally believe it is my generation that is in large part changing the way we think about things and how we do things.  I will not make a prediction on where we will be in 10 years, because 10 years ago I would not have been able to predict where we are as a population today.  But one thing is for sure, I think it is going to be a fun ride.

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What I learned About Google+ from Lynda.com

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What is Google+?
Google+ is the first full blown attempt at social networking by Google Inc.  It was released June 2011 as an invite-only project meant to rival that of the social network giant, Facebook.  During the invite-only stage it was a like a running test to work out any problems that may arrive.  This invite-only phase lasted until September 20, 2011 when it was released to all users 18 and up, and those who want to lie about their age.According to the Lynda.com video, it only took Google+ 90 days to be one-third the size of Twitter.  It also only took Google+ four WEEKS, to reach the same amount of users as it took Twitter to gain in its first four YEARS.  Google+ has also incorporated Facebook and Twitter into its interface for users to sync all together.


Some Google+ Features:
Google+’s home page is relatively easy to understand, kind of like how Facebook’s used to be in my opinion.  In the upper part of the screen you can go to other Google services like Gmail, Calender, Reader, YouTube, Documents, and more.  It’s kind of like one-stop shopping everything since many already use the other Google services.But then when you scroll down you see the Google+ icon and to its right, five buttons that do different things.  The first button, going left to right, is the Home page which takes you to your own personal Google+ homepage.  It shows recent updates by the people in your circles.  To your right you can select which stream you choose to see on your homepage, for example Friends, Family, etc.

The next button is the Photos button.  You can select this button to view shared photos by your friends, if they share them with you, and your own photos.  The third button is the Profile button, which when pressed takes you to your own profile page where you can see your posts, information you share, etc.

The fourth button is the Circles button where you go to see the people you have added to circles, and which circles they are located in.  The fifth button is the Games button.  You press that if you want to play games, simple enough right?  Also, yes for you Angry Birds fans you can play that game on Google+.

Those five buttons stay there as you navigate Google+ just like the previously mentioned part about other Google services.  But you can also start things called Hangouts, which are essentially group chats where you can share videos, webcams, and other neat stuff.

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How Google+ compares to Other Social Media Outlets:
Google+ is very similar to Facebook in many ways and would be its closest relative; in terms of which other social media it compares best too.You can still share things, and talk amongst friends like the other social media sites, but some of the differences include:

  1. Google+ does not have a 140 character limit-its limit is 2,000 words.
  2. Nobody can follow the circles that you create like you can with Twitter lists.
  3. Google+ also allows you to move your information much easier than Facebook does.
  4. Google+ users use their real names as opposed to @LoMoMarlins and the likes.
  5. You are supposed to have a much easier time exporting the data from Google+ that you have submitted than Facebook, although I have not tried doing it on Google+ yet…But I did try to on Facebook and its been about a week since I got a message saying they would email me when my data was ready to export.  I do not think I did the process wrong, but if I did it just shows how difficult it can be to export information from Facebook.

Summary:
Google+ appears like it is going to stick around for awhile as of right now.  It has its positives, and its negatives which really aren’t much different from the other social media sites.  It definately has potential in my case.  As of right now I cannot really do a whole lot on Google+ because my friends have not migrated there.  But once more of them go there I can defiantly see it becoming more fun for me personally.  I would recommend this tutorial to people who want to learn more about Google+.  It was quite easy to comprehend and not overwhelming in terms of time.  If you want to see more about Google+ in more detail I am attaching a PDF of my notes I took as well as screenshots below.  Also there are many sites out on there you can find with good legit information concerning Google+.

Google+ Notes I took From Lynda.com

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