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Weekly #11- Obama’s my friend on Facebook: the irony of engagement

Well, it’s happened.

We’re approaching the end of the semester. Thought I’d do a brief recap of all that I’ve learned, but figured I could sum it up in one word.

A lot.

(That’s two words… crazy!)

Verbose or not, as challenging as this semester was, I can say hands down, I’ve learned more in these 12-18 weeks-ish than I have in any combination of past classes. Even given personal and professional time commitments, there is not a doubt that I was more engaged, interested, and excited, for lack of a better word, than I have been during my tenure at Georgetown.

Great segway… engagement.

Doesn’t always being with a ring (I’m one to talk) but online, specifically it began with this blog. For me, I have been, perhaps not always timely, but considerably dedicated to writing, and posting.

Why?

Perhaps it’s because this format is new to me and interesting. Or maybe because once I post it, I do feel a cetain awareness and accountability for my writing in a different way. Likely, it’s impacted by the fact that not only can my classmates and friends ready what I write, they can write back, too.

And, it’s fun.

I believe that much like with the Obama, the future of engagement (which the more I write this, becomes like a brick to the face compeltely ironic that I really did get engaged this semester) really begins with understanding and/or accepting the fact that your audiences are talking about you when you’re not part of the conversation.

In the Edelman case study on Obama’s Social Pulpit, there is a brief chart that uses the pedestrian abilities (crawl, walk, run) to analyze social media strategy and estabilish credibility.  I think this platform is what will get politicians, namely Presidents votes.

There has to be a clear strategy, what I argue many companies, corporations and non profits lack in social media, is the ability to answer the question, why are we doing this? What’s the point of using twitter, why should we use facebook? What are we trying to accomplish?

In Garrett’s piece on Obama, the President said, “I think my instincts are good.”

From what I’ve learned in this class- that’s only half the battle. You have to learn the strategics to win the war.

So, go get engaged.

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Weekly #3: Questioning Authentic Friendship and a Bill of (Social) Rights

Technically, you only need a Bill of Rights if you’re being governed.

And, you need something that restricts your rights in order to need protection of your rights. That is, something that would infringe upon those rights in order to necessitate protection.

Ergo, the question to answer is: Social Media – facebook, twitter, blogspot– are these rights or privileges?

I argue it’s not a right, it’s a privilege.

You are not granted life, liberty and the pursuit of Internet Explorer Version 8. Against what Smarr, Canter and Scoble would argue, I believe that information  posted, disseminated and/or maintained on the internet is fair game. Everytime I log onto my Bank of America (LOVE THEM) online accounts, I risk any form or fraction of identity theft. On the other end of the spectrum, even my snapfish account could be smeared, smacked or otherwise defamed. My point is, ownership, control and freedom are great principles for a code, but I don’t believe that they work in practice.

Really, how many facebook friends do you have?

I’ve adopted a new knack of deleting a friend each time I add or accept a new one. Seems ludicrous, but I bet many of you (admit it) have accepted friend requests from time to time, and have no clue who those people are.

Scoble will argue that in fact, Facebook has metrics to tell you who your closest friends are, and even if they are authentic.

Oh really?

Here’s what Facebook can’t answer- you can trick the system. Robert Scoble’s videos are interesting looks at what makes a “friend” according to facebook. He lists 7 identifying properties that determine how close of a “friend” you really are. Location, events, wall posts, other friends, etc. However, through all of this determining, there is a common factor not taken into account. People lie. They falsely identify themselves, over project personalities and “connect” with people they don’t know. Aside from the more obvious friend accepting that we talked about, on the whole, I believe the pragmatics behind the reasoning just don’t add up.

My friend number, however, does remain at a constant 660 or so.

For what it’s worth.

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