Thanksgiving Social Media

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38,454

What’s this number represent you ask? It’s the amount of people who mentioned stuffing on social media this Thanksgiving. Something even more interesting, turkey was mentioned most on Friday– not Thursday. Very interesting.

If you’re like me, you were wondering what other people ate for Thanksgiving. And if you’re like me, you were also adding social media to your list of things to be thankful for because it answered your question about other people’s dinner.

Check out this awesome infographic about turkey day and social media. (source)

 

A Cooler Myspace? Yes, Please

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Today, I was on my favorite website, buzzfeed.com, and I saw this article about Myspace. I don’t know about anyone else, but Myspace was my first social network and I really loved it. and then Facebook came along and I moved on from Myspace, but I may be returning to Myspace. Watch this video and tell me you are not intrigued and I will show you a liar.

The New Myspace

So it looks like a combination of many things. It has the music that Myspace is really know for now. The layout reminds me of Pinterest, it looks like streaming music will be easier than before, more like Spotify. It also looks like you can watch music videos on Myspace.

All I know is I am visiting new.myspace.com and signing up to be notified when it releases. Hopefully this relaunch will be successful!

Much love,

Michaela

Twitter Chat

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So one of my assignments for class was participate in a Twitter Chat, and let me tell you it is not as easy as you would think.

First you have to figure what a Twitter Chat is. Apparently, a Twitter Chat is tweeting about the same subject using hashtags (#), which are already kind of confusing. After you figure what a Twitter Chat is you have to find one. Luckily for my class we had several twitter chats that we could participate in. Of course, I forgot or was busy during the chats. Nevertheless Alan provided the class with a Twitter Chat Schedule and a website that ‘hosted’ Twitter Chats.

I used the last website to find my chat ‘room.’ I choose to chat about Mad Men, which is my new favorite show, because I loved the show and wanted to talk about the new episode from last Sunday. It was a challenge, to say the least.

The thing is I still haven’t gotten used to Twitter. I really like it and I’m super glad I have one. It’s a great way for me to have instant updates on the news (by following @nytimes and @huffingtonPost), social media type information (@mashable), to just plain old stalking. BUT I’m still shaky on how to use it.

This Twitter Chat helped some. I now have a better idea of what the hashtag does and how to use it. Ultimately I realized that I have to work a little harder if I want to put Twitter down as skills on my résumé.

Follow me on Twitter at @MichaelaW1123

Michaela! 🙂

What Happens to Our Social Media Accounts When We Die?

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I have never thought of this question until I saw this video.

In today’s society, where everything is online from our personal emails, to our tweets and post on Twitter and Facebook. We no longer live in one world, we now live in at least two different worlds.

Like people do with their physical assets, people are placing sections in their will about their digital assets. “11 percent of Britons say they have  included, or plan to include, their internet passwords in their wills” [source]

So Why Would We Want To Delete Out Online Lives?

Well, digital assets could be used ‘in an inappropriate and unexpected way’ if they were not looked after. Your Facebook account could be used to taunt family members, or your bank account could be drained before being settled by the state.

To guard against this happening “Always check site terms and conditions for details of how your content will be used and don’t wait for the state to introduce protective legislation,” said Sarah Needham, media and data protection lawyer at law firm Taylor Wessing. ‘Legislation will always be the tortoise to technology’s hare.’

Legislation is attempting to catch up, though. In the US, Nebraska state senator John Wightman wants to introduce a law that would allow the executor of a will to use the deceased’s social media accounts to either close them or leave them as a memorial.

A similar law was introduced in the state of Oklahoma in 2010. Mr Wightman said: ‘The law must keep up with technology. At this point, it has not.’ And Ms Needham acknowledged the issue was not going to go away. ‘Dealing with death in a digital world is an important issue that all countries are going to have to legislate for eventually,’ she said.

For Further protection check the Terms and Conditions 

Twitter: They will delete an account after receiving the death certificate from a family member.

Facebook: Will memorialize the profile, this means the user’s privacy settings are altered to allow only their friends to see the profile. Facebook will remove the account if the family request it and provides a death certificate. 

Yahoo!: Will permanently delete all your accounts and their contents, preventing access by anyone other than you, upon receipt of a copy of your death certificate.

Google: Automatically deletes any account that has been inactive for more than nine months––including e-mail accounts––but does not take this action specifically because a user has died.

YouTube: Allow heirs with legal power of attorney to gain control of a user’s account and its content.

There are even website like, Legacy Locker, DataInHerit, and Entrustet , that will keep all of your passwords and online information for you and only give that information to a ‘guardian’ when you pass.

Social media has such an impact on out lives today, it’s crazy. It’s interesting to me to see how much social media has effected our lives. To the point where we have to include a section about it in our wills. This just solidifies the idea of my working with social media. It’s becoming the way of life, if you aren’t online then you are behind.

Side Note: Encyclopedia Britannica will no longer be in print.

Just food for thought,

Michaela

Sources

http://www.techlicious.com/how-to/what-happens-to-your-online-accounts-when-you-die/

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/newsfocus/892795-what-happens-to-your-online-life-after-you-die