Archive for the ‘Social Networking’ category

Pentagon uses Facebook and Twitter

May 1, 2009

The Artcle:;_ylt=AgkMDdffM7Yp1KJ4kot0fF8jtBAF

Summary: Top military officials are now utilizing social networking tools to reach out to possible recruits, as well as answer questions about current military operations, saying these resources are a way to “reach tomorrow’s soldiers.” Jumping on the trend of online communication and networking, the army established an online and social media division earlier this year as well as a Facbeook page and Twitter account.

My Two Cents: I guess, but what really gets me is using social sites like Facebook to recruit soldiers. I guess it’s no different from going to a carnival and having military recruiters handing out pamphlets, it’s just troubling to see the government infiltrate and use this social tool for its own advancement. But then, again, that’s what the government does best!


Scary, Scary Facebook: Don’t Friend Too Fast

April 29, 2009

Swiss woman called in sick to work, claiming serious migraine. Her company discovered her using facebook and fired her, with the reasoning that if she was well enough to facebook, she was well enough to work. 

The company claims a coworker discovered her on facebook, but the woman asserts that the company created a fictitious person to track her online activity, a claim she justifies by the disappearance of the friend after she was fired. 

Ominous news for facebook users.

Online Forums Express Most Anger about A.I.G. Bonuses

March 17, 2009

The Article:

Summary: Ok, so you don’t need a summary of the AIG bonus scandal. What is new is that the most passionate outcry against AIG executives is coming from the Internet, in forums and blogs across teh country. Comments are posted in response to articles but also just independent posts. From Saturday to Tuesday, the NYT reported that 7000 AIG-related  comments were posted in response to the issue, making it among the top issues to garner such volume of responses since the NYT opened readers’ comments to articles in 2007.

My Two Cents: Online forums and posts, despite all their flaws, are valuable for one thing: testing the pulse of the American people. Sure, we were all outraged about the AIG bonuses, but how else (besides Letters to the Editors and maybe call in shows) could this anger be expressed? The Internet community really stepped up here to express their opinion, one that was largely united and together. That’s refreshing.

Could Facebook increase social capital?

March 9, 2009

“When Everyone’s A Friend, Is Anything Private?” talks about the blurring between the personal and the private, mentioning that for a lot of people, a friend is anybody who wants to be your friend. 

I wonder: will lowering privacy levels and people’s increased comfort with sharing personal details make people feel more aware of other people and less isolated? Could Facebook, as a virtual social community, increase social capital overall? 

Source: NYTimes

Should Representatives Twitter?

March 3, 2009

The Clip: A video clip of the Daily Show last night:


My Two Cents:

– Why do the Congresspeople find it necessary to Twitter at all?

– Is there a security risk in Twittering? (i.e. a Tweet that says, “lol the metal detector at the whitehouse is broken- bring ur guns!!!)

– Isn’t it rude to Twitter whilst the President of the United States is address the joint chambers of Congress?

– Are the 140 characters people are allowed really going to convey meaningful information?

I’ll admit it though- it’s kinda cool to see my senator (Claire McCaskill, D-MO) on Twitter. I’m totally following her, and this was her post in response to the Daily Show and Twitter critics:

Those naysayers bout twitter don’t get it. It’s all about communication. Communication is always a good thing especially in my job. (about 3pm EST today)

Try to tweet 3-4 times a day. Combo of policy, personal,schedule,politics. Want to be candid and give a real glimpse of my life and job. (about 9am EST yesterday)

Kris,Love being able to communicate directly,no filter or editing 🙂 Began during the inaugural at urging of my kids. (about 9am EST yesterday, as response)

She seems a little defensive, but I can definitely understand where she is coming from. Twitter provides an unfiltered access to communication between the Senator and her constituents. This access is essential to a healthy representative democracy. It provides a forum for ideas and feedback for the Senator without a news agency or big media filtering it. With this direct communication, Senator McCaskill is held more accountable. And she appears to really be keeping up with it, making it a valuable tool. While there are those of us who only Tweet when we have something funny or clever to say, Senator McCaskill’s Tweets are about her votes in Congress, policy decisions, opinions on appointments, and more. She doesn’t shy away from personal details either, and provides her followers with some insight into her personal life, which is nice, and it makes me feel more connected to her.

Conclusion: Keep up the Twittering, oh honorable Senator from Missouri! I love getting the insight into politics and you! I just ask you don’t Twitter when the president is speaking and don’t disclose any state secrets…
For more representatives in Congress who Tweet, see:

How Social Networking Will Change the World

March 1, 2009

The Article:

My Two Cents: It’s no secret that social networking is taking over the way we think about everything. But this article is optimistic about the change, which is nice. The challenge is  really to rethink about the way we rethink about everything. Sure, we can follow the president on Twitter, but can’t we also do something productive? I think that’s what’s trying to happen here, and that’s very promising.

Facebook: An Example of Democracy?

March 1, 2009

The Article: The article was here, but the link is down. So…. um, google it?

My Two Cents: Basically what happened was Facebook enacted some really unpopular changes in its policy and users staged a revolt, forcing Facebook to change to more favorable policies. So… democracy worked? Or, is it just that because the policies were made public enough and they were so insulting to users (had to do with privacy settings) that they just got offended? If there were other, smaller and less publicized changes, I have no doubt the facebook community wouldn’t really care. So this shows that only if the issue is extreme and public enough can we have an impact? Sure…