The Future of Social “Interaction”

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Since the internet was fully launched back in 1994 social interaction began to evolve. First we had message boards, then MySpace, to Facebook and Twitter. Today, Google+ hangouts and Skype allow us to connect with anyone practically anywhere. What’s next? Teleporting like in Star Trek? Time Travel; a la Back to the Future?

 

 

 

To think about what social interaction used to be only about 20-25 years ago is so much different than it is now. Between cellphones, texting, FaceTime or email social interaction has gone from face-to-face, to device-to-device. We longer connect at coffee shops anymore, we connect on 4Square, and I think that is sad.

 

 

 

I think it is scary to think about what else people will come up with so that we don’t have to interact with each other anymore. Someone could talk to 10 people in a day and never see one, they could not even type the message…they could just use Siri! Is this what social interaction has truly be DEVOLED to? I truly hope not.

 

Not That Worried

Honestly, I’m not that worried about internet security. My passwords are basically all the same, I give money to Nigerian Princes and struggling governments all the time! After class and listening to the podcast I will admit I will be more alert to the things going on in the world, but I will admit I won’t change many of my internet ways.

The one thing that I do want to comment on a little bit is Ashley Payne. This story is absolutely ridiculous. For anyone to think a twenty something year old person doesn’t have a life outside of being a teacher or whatever they do for a living, is ignorant and rude! I think it is absolutely terrible that this happened to her. As a former teacher and coach I am invested heavily in an incident like this. She is only a teacher for 40 hours in the week. The rest of the time (as long as it doesn’t affect her teaching) she should be allowed to be and do what ever she likes. 

Do You Have Klout?

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Right now employers are combing through the complex algorithms of Klout to find employees who could be influential to their company. Companies are now looking for people who can influential in their industry for one big reason. TO SELL!

So what does that mean for us as students about to graduate and enter the “real world”? Am I going to be passed over by someone with a better Klout score? Should I start putting my Klout score on a resume? Pretty much everyone says no for a variety of reasons, but the main one is people may not even know what you are talking about. So as of today, the answer is no. But what about in six months or a year? With the accelerated trends produced by the internet, what’s to say Klout won’t become the next big thing? At that point in time if you are looking for a marketing or social media job, wouldn’t you be foolish not to tell a potential employer your score? 

The Boston Bombings and Twitter

Since the launch of Twitter in 2006 there have been 17 reported acts of Terrorism on U.S. soil. Many go unnoticed in our day to day lives, but one stands out. Following the events of The Boston Marathon Bombings last April the Twittervese exploded. With over 12 million tweets in 12 hours with the word “Boston” the nation, and even the world, were glue not to the TV for news and updates, but Twitter.

On April 15th the Nation was shaken by senseless violence. Violence that the United States hasn’t seen in about 12 years. Two young Chechen brothers plotted and executed a terrorist act in Boston that left 3 dead. 264 injured and an entire nation shattered. Hendometer.com gauges the “happiness”of Twitter on a day to day basis. April 15th, 2013 stands out as the saddest day in 5 years.

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When it comes to the good and bad of this event dealing with Twitter there isn’t much grey. With millions following the action and tweeting as well, lots of information was flying around. Within that information was numerous tweets with misinformation on a number of subjects. While everything posted could sound authentic and seem plausible, nearly nothing was proven or verified.

Three days later the Tsarnaev brothers led Boston P.D. on a chase that read from a Tarantino film. Again, the world was hooked. I was on of the millions who was fixated on the movements of the Police and the suspects and that night one this stood out to me. TV was no longer a viable resource for up to the second news and information that we as a society craves. Broadcasts were consistently 10-20 minutes behind what I already knew. Obviously there are hoops to jump through from that media, but for a culture that thrives on the “NOW”, this was a massive revelation for many.

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This tweet my Matt Roller sums up the situation beautifully. So much of what was being relayed to the general public was fantastic information, but sifting through what is true and what is not can be difficult sometimes. Being informed is one thing, being involved is another. To be irresponsible is wrong.