Wikipedia post

I must say I am sad that my days of browsing wedding blogs for homework are over.  Never did I think that I could turn a leisurely pastime of mine into a class project!

With that said, I just wanted to show everyone what came up as my first hit under my google search of “Wedding Blogs”:

Thats right- one of the blogs I followed, “Style Me Pretty”!

Posting on Wikipedia was a little difficult for me.  For whatever reason, editing is now allowed under the “blog” wikipedia page.  I guess there are various levels of protection on Wikipedia, something I didn’t know about.  I just assumed that it was 100% peer edited, but I guess I am wrong!

Because I couldn’t edit the blog page, I tried to see if there was a “wedding blog” page, and as I figured there is not.  So, I decided to create a new topic under the blog page, titled “diversity of blogs”.  This is acutally an interesting feature in wikipedia, and is something I didnt know of before.  When searching “blog”, instead of viewing teh article page, you can click on the discussion tab at teh top left.  This page is where visitors can post suggestions to what should be added to the “locked” blog article, and list improvements they have. I happend to be number 25… So I suppose there is some work to be done on the blog article!

List of suggestions made by Wikipedia visitors to the "Blog" article

While I am a little sad I couldn’t actually post something into an actual article, it would be neat if my suggestion for a new topic, “Diversity of Blogs” actually made it through!


Amazon Review Wiki

So the original wiki for amazon reviews looked like this:

When I added my input, it looked a little something exactly like this:

Catch the difference? No? Well, maybe you should get better glasses, because I added a whole sentence. “If a review is given enough “helpful” hits, it appears on the front page of the product.” Brilliant stuff. I also changed “an optional Badging option” to “a Badging option” because an optional option is repetitive (I don’t think “Badging” is a word, but what eves).

I had thought about adding something about the unfair way “helpful” hits are often appalied to high star rated reviews, but it would be too hard to explain and it may just be my opinion of it. So yeah, there you go. I hope this has been a learning experience for all of you who read my blog posts.

Second Life Wikipedia

I have never added to a Wikepedia page before so this was very much a learning experience for me. I went back and forth about what I wanted to post about and finally decided to edit the Popular Culture portion of the Wikipedia page for Second Life. When I clicked edit I was immediately brought to a different page. The page gave very few instructions but there was a text box and different buttons that I could click to help with my page. However, on the top of the page there was a yellow box that I read very carefully. The picture is below.

I was nervous about the part that said “you IP address with be recording publicly in this page’s edit history.” I was unaware of what that meant but the first thing that popped into my head was my own privacy. I was unsure if that information meant that Wikipedia would have access to stuff on my computer. I figured that since we are doing this for a class all of my thoughts were probably wrong. So I went ahead and created my contribution to the page.

Above is my contribution in the editing stage. I was able to add a link.

I pressed “save page” and after a minute the page restarted and I had to do one more step before the page could be fully posted.

I had to type out the word “tubertends.” I was surprised that there was not an “enter” button on the page and I just had to press “enter” on my computer’s keyboard. Finally the editing portion was completed and my contribution was on the page.

My contribution says: “The series True Life did an episode that involved Second Life. The episode called “True Life: I Have Another Life on the Web,” aired in 2008 and followed three people who have alter egos online that greatly differ from who they are in reality. Amy used Second Life and she had two avatars, or alter egos. The first is named Keiko, an avatar that resembles her, and her second alter ego is Mama Shepard, a 38 year old widow, who owns and operates a virtual bakery. Amy was completely involved in her virtual world. Ben Rosen, the producer of this True Life episode, explained that Second Life houses a lot of people obsessed with their “other lives” in this virtual world ( With its own currency, job opportunities, and shopping options, Second Life allows for endless possibilities for avatars and endless opportunities for the people playing on Second Life.”

The URL is not in the post because I was able to imbed the citation. My citation is number 117.

This is the URL for the Pop Culture portion of the page:

The Last Hurrah

For my last blog post, I wanted to try and do something new on each of the three social networking sites that I have been exploring throughout the semester.

First I went to Google +. I have found this site the most enjoyable to use because I am most familiar with the layout. It is most similar to Facebook, which I use everyday, so most of the features I intuitively know how to use. I am impressed, however, with the outside connections that Google + provides with other Google services. Using your Google + account, you are automatically connected to searches, photos, calendar, and my new favorite, Goggle Docs. I decided to use Google Docs with my water polo team to see how it would work out. We used Google Docs as an order form to place an order for apparel. It worked out so well. Everyone was able to access the document and go back and change their order if they wanted to. I would highly suggest this to use for other sports teams or group projects.













I then went to LinkedIn. I really like the idea of LinkedIn as a way to connect with other people in a professional way and search for jobs. However, I found the site a little intimidating to use. I think that the boundaries of social networking and professional life are a little blurry and I was not sure exactly how to proceed. Even though it is in a completely professional way, I still felt strange making certain connections. For example it felt awkward to make a connection with a co-worker that I do not really talk to very much at work. For my latest visit, I decided that as a graduating senior in the spring I should look into job opportunities. I narrowed my search to specify what I was looking for in a job and was surprised how many results came up. …but then I got overwhelmed and started freaking out a little bit about the real world so I had to get outta there. I will definitely be utilizing LinkedIn more in the future though.














Finally, I revisited the most unique social networking site that I have been exploring this semester, 43 things. This site has an excellent concept I think. I really like the positive and supportive atmosphere that the site provides. I like the way that you can cheers other people and keep track of your progress on your goals. It gives a place for people to tell their life’s dreams and actually try and make them happen. The absolute best part about the site is the cheer feature. I decided that I would give out all the remaining cheers I had to give out as a little parting gift. I cheered on people that had goals like skydiving, going on a roadtrip with no predetermined destination, and my favorite, taste 100 types of chocolate. nom.












Basically I had an excellent experience with exploring different social networking sites…but the main part about them is that they need to be popular and utilized by other people too, which is why Facebook still has the upperhand in my book.



















Adding to Pinterest’s Wikipedia Page

I found a fact from in an article titled, “The Rise of Pinterest and the Shift from Searching  to Discovering. Here is a link to what I added (for some reason it went under the references part) This is what I added, “Pinterest’s user growth rate is what Facebook’s was five years ago. Earlier in 2011, it was valued through venture financing at$40m and, most recently, just a few months later, at around $200m.” I included this fact because I thought it was really interesting to see that Pinterest’s growth is what Facebook’s was 5 years ago and we all know how huge Facebook has become. Is this Pinterest’s fate? I hope so!


Online Communities and… Cliques?

Discussion boards are an asynchronous computer-mediated communication, as participation on such forums follows a message-and-reply model for which users needn’t be in the same place at the same time in order to share ideas and opinions with one another. However, as several Bravo TV discussion boards host an upwards of 2,000+ comments, some posts get lost among the rest and, as a result, not all messages on this particular medium receive equal attention. While social hierarchies are not to blame for these disparities in visibility, hierarchies can be seen functioning in other ways across the forum.

Members of Bravo TV’s discussion board forum are most commonly and immediately identified by their frequency of participation – by participation “status” to the number of times posted. Participation statuses range from:  1) “just got here” –> “warming up,” 2) “cable-ready” –> “occasional viewer,” 3) “regular viewer” –> “loyal viewer,” 4) “televisual savant” –> “totally plugged in,” and 5) “bravo afficionado.” (I am now known as a “cable-ready” user with just over 40 posts and am yet to receive any replies to my posts.) These titles are, in effect, “awarded” to users as their participation on the forum increases, with the highest “prize” being the “bravo afficionado” label.  Users with the most prominent “statuses” typically dominate these discussion boards and monopolize the conversation had across them. In some ways, their comments are valued more than are posts by users with less prominent statuses, a “loyal viewer” or “televisual savant” for example. These comments seem to be more respected as well, as they yield the most responses. However, these replies are usually written by other very avid users, and these prominent users are known to engage with each other quite frequently/regularly. Such behavior resembles that of a clique. The discussion board forum (i.e. an online community) essentially hosts a number of smaller communities, in which the “popular” people stick together and new or less active users are, more or less, deemed “outsiders.” Such “discrimination” carries potentially negative implications for members of Bravo TV’s discussion board forum who participate in the medium with the hopes of feeling connected.

For example, I have one friend on the Bravo TV discussion board site (whom added me and could do so without my acceptance), and perhaps this person associates a large amount of friends with feelings of connectedness (thus, he/she friended me without having chatted or exchanged messages with me before). The potentail lack of interaction between this user and others could also negatively affect that user’s desire for or feeling of belonging.