By Karla Judy
An Egyptian man names daughter “Facebook!” Twitter usage exceeds 250,000 during the Ukrainian protests. People all around the world are using social media for more than personal networking. These days a simple tweet can start a revolution. From Arab coups, to Occupy Wall Street or the tea party movement, individuals are finding their voices and spreading information through these free tools. In the Ukraine, citizens used social media to organize protests. Ironically, police used the same media to protect the public when things became violent. Greg Satell at forbes.com. says “the playing field has been leveled”. Before social media, large conglomerates or governments controlled communications. Now the populace has the ability to author and control more information and Governments are paying attention.
Not only can social media can be used as super power; it can be used to tell a joke, make people jealous about your hair or your decadent dessert. Literally, in our hands is a tool to start a revolution or empower a woman to leave an abusive relationship. You can share a recipe, or crowd source a new business. We can complain about our day or ask for a prayer, and everyone who follows you, will (hopefully) show you compassion.
What does this all mean for us? Well, we may have all seen the bumper stickers about not trusting the liberal media, but the truth is, most media outlets are for profit, and have an agenda. Ergo, the Social Media explosion! We can send out into the ether any question or comment and in minutes, sometimes seconds, we can have hundreds of responses. Not that they are all trustworthy or even nice. We all have our own opinions and differing perspectives. Everything should be scrutinized critically. We don’t have to trust just one news source, or the news from your country, you can check out numerous web sites. Sometimes we want more than a sound bite. With the Internet, we can delve deeper into almost any story. We can verify the validity of the facts. We are able to check and double-check everything.
We have heard people complain that we don’t talk to each other any more, that we are disconnected from one another by technology, but I feel the opposite is true. We are more in touch with each other. We are more connected in ways that were not conceivable just a short time ago. It is amazing and awesome. Is that a tweet or what?
By Spencer Curry & Kegan Ham
How much do you pay for gas? It’s outrageous, right? Wouldn’t you love a solution that saves you money? Well, as cost-conscious student, we have found one at MAPCO. We are sure you’ve heard about them, but you might not realize the benefits they offer. We hope that this post will enlighten you on the subject.
By Bobby Smith & Kevin Keenan
Let’s just take a minute and think about the countless times we use the internet each day. The reason may differ: paying bill, social media, shopping, or reading the news. As we do those things, we leave information about ourselves in the cyber world, this is known as a digital footprint. If you are not aware of your digital foot, you should be.
By Magen Bain & Sarah Murphy
Have you ever thought about how much you really walk during the day versus how much you just sit around? Right now, a wearable device called the Fitbit is a great way to monitor your activity level! The Fitbit allows you to track how far you have walked and how many calories you burn. Not only does it track your activity during the day, but your calorie intake, weight, and sleep patterns as well. It also syncs automatically and wirelessly to your Apple, Android, or Windows phone. You can even keep up with your progress online or on your phone using your Fitbit app!
By Jessica Reynolds & Georgiana Lamar
Do you have the Facebook app? Most people do. Have you noticed that you can’t get messages through your app anymore? Well, there is a reason for that. Facebook is now requiring that everyone download the Facebook Messenger app which is causing quite an uproar. Huffington Post wrote an article about the app, its terms of service, and how it requests a lot of personal information. The article mentioned that the app could; send text messages, call people, record audio through the microphone, take pictures and videos, and read data about your contacts – all without your knowledge.