To check out a comment we left on one of our class member’s pages!
To check out a comment we left on one of our class member’s pages!
Please download the application Instagram from your application store. ( The following instructions have been tested on an iPhone, if you do not have this device the instructions may vary slightly).
1. Click Sign In.
Then click sign in on the top right hand corner.
2. Welcome to your ‘news feed’ where photos from people you are following are posted. Scroll down and see what the people you are following have posted today. At the bottom of the screen there is a menu with a range of symbols. This news feed is symbolised by a ‘home’.
3. Double clicking on the image ‘likes’ the image. Clicking the comment button allows you to comment on the image.
4. Clicking the image of a ‘star’ allows you to search for users and hashtags that interest you. Simply click on the search box on the top, select category ‘users’ or ‘hashtags’ and type whatever subject interests you.
5. The camera button in the middle of the menu allows you to take photos instantly to upload to your Instagram. Take the photo by clicking the round button of a camera. Choose your filters, click next, caption accordingly and then click share.
6. The ‘love heart surrounded by a speech bubble’ allows you to see instant actions that others have taken in regards to your Instagram account. You can see who is following you and who liked your photos and videos.
7. The far right button that looks like a ‘postcard’ is your profile. Scrolling down you can see all posts that we have made. If you click on the photo you are able to see what we have captioned the photo along with any has tags. The photos that have a video symbol on the top right hand corner are videos and will play once you have clicked on them.
8. The profile will allow you to also see what people are following us and who we are following, just click on the followers and following button the the top of the homepage.
9. To return to your ‘news feed’ press the home button.
10. Feel free to look around!
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION. Please visit the website. Please keep in mind that some features are yet to be developed on the website, because Instagram is predominately used on the phones. For example, hash tagging is not available, uploading instant images/videos on the Desktop.
1. Go to http://www.instagram.com
2. Click Log in.
3. When you initially log in, you will see a stream of images. This is effectively the same concept as Facebook. Scroll down and see what images your followers have posted.
4. Double clicking on a image ‘likes’ the photo and you can also comment on the photo. The square box on the right hand side of the photograph posted is the name of the user along with their own default user picture.
5. Click on the top right hand side where there is a picture of the Instagram logo. Then click view profile. This will take you to the Instagram account that we have created. This will allow you to see how many posts we have made, our followers and who is following us.
6. Click on each photo to see what we have captioned and tagged the photo.
7. The photos that have a play symbol on the top right hand corner are videos and will play once you have clicked on the image.
8. The top right hand side allows you to click on ‘followers’ and ‘following’ to see who we are following and who is following us.
9. To return back to the ‘news feed’ click the picture of the house on the top left hand side.
10. Feel free to look around the site.
Further to Week 9′s discussion on slacktivism, the following photo is an example of such conduct.
As you can see 12,378 people shared this image with their friends on Facebook. Does the action of ‘sharing’ create change? Perhaps it will foster into physical action and maybe even a protest. It could also be that the user simply wants to share their interest in a political issue and make others aware.
It would be naive to think that information we voluntarily upload to the internet is private. Although privacy can be arranged on social media websites through settings and blocking certain content against third parties, social media websites still have access to your information. It is troubling to think such websites are using our information as a marketing tool.
For example, Facebook’s social ads state on their website:
‘Behind the scenes, we’ve instituted a system that tailors ads to you and your interests, which should make ads more appealing. Advertisers never have access to who is seeing their ads, personal information about you, or even what social actions accompany their ads. In other words, all of this completely respects your privacy, while providing you with a better Facebook experience.’
Although Facebook believes that more relevant and interesting advertisements are a good thing, as a consumer of Facebook, I personally find it quite manipulative. As an example, the photo below demonstrates how advertisements are customised to our own interests. The photo is taken from my personal Facebook and the advertisements relate to fashion sales and dogs, which are two of my interests.
Whether we can expect privacy from our social media websites is a question up for debate. Although we can limit the information we give out or hide information from certain people, I do not think we can expect privacy. In my experience, I have a lot of professional contacts on my Facebook, so posting photos from a big Saturday is not desirable. Although I do not choose to hide these people, I do have my Facebook profile on private so that only my ‘friends’ can view my profile and not the public.
I also make use of a mechanism on Facebook that allows me to review photos or videos that I have been tagged in before they are posted on my wall.
There could also be certain instances whereby information or photographs go viral as seen through memes. More recently, the emergence of 7 -15 second videos on social media websites appear to be the new trend. These videos are generally within different groups that draw upon references of pop culture, common experiences or humor. The people involved in these short videos, often referred to as ‘vines’ have become popular just like Scumbag Steve or the Overly Attached girlfriend.
As defined by Wikipedia:
“Vine is a mobile app owned by Twitter that enables its users to create and post short video clips. The service was introduced with a maximum clip length of six seconds and can be shared or embedded on social networking services such as Twitter (which acquired the app in October 2012) and Facebook.”
Below is a video of multiple 7 second videos to demonstrate this concept.
Although people expect privacy from the internet and in particular from social media websites, it would be wise for users to take precautionary measures. Once something has been uploaded it has the potential to get into the hands of somebody you least expected and worst case scenario perhaps go viral. Therefore it is within the power of the user to ensure privacy settings are tailored to their liking and to more importantly think about the information uploaded.
The word narcissists came from the Greek myth of Narcissus. Long story short Narcissus stopped by a lake to get a drink of water; he saw his reflection in the water and was astonished by the beauty he saw; he became entranced by the reflection of himself. He could not obtain the object of his desire though, and he died at the banks of the river or lake from his sorrow.
In today’s society you can say we are becoming ‘digital narcissists’ in the way we portray ourselves in the social media. One of the most known ways we idolise ourselves is in taking ‘selfies’ where we take photos of ourselves with a camera in hand. When taking ‘selfies’ most of these images are then used and uploaded to Face book or other social media sites to portray ourselves to others. Although before uploading many people like to edit their photos using different filters and effects which can be achieved by using programmes such as instagram to enhance our photos to make them look even better than before.
an image of Narcissus from Greek mythology
an image of ‘how to take selfies’,
How to you manage your online identity?
Personally, I do have Face book like many other people out there it never occurs to me about what I post up online actually says about me. Firstly I have my account on private so that when people add me I have to confirm first if I want to be on their friends list. I also remember a few years ago when my aunty (who is a police officer) added me on Face book (which I accepted, unlike some people who don’t like to add relatives because they will see into their personal life, but then if they can’t see it, isn’t it too personal for others to see it?) she told me to put my birthday year as private because she was concerned with how much information I was giving about myself so that others don’t steal my identity. And like mentioned above I have been known to take a couple of selfies but I’m not too over the top about them and yes I do like to edit them too.
To be an original consists of unique work, image, film, writing, or the like, as opposed to any copy or imitation. I believe a remix can be creative as the original content but in its own way. Also when something is being remixed that it should credit where the idea came from.
An example of an audio/visual remix can be seen where the cheerleaders of the Miami Dolphins took Carly Rae Jepson’s song ‘call me maybe’ and made their own video clip to that song. They didn’t make the clip to make money off it, they made it just because they had extra time and felt like making it. Although they have used Carly Rae Jepson’s song the video clip is entirely different, their video has been seen over 15 million times in the last 5 months on YouTube. No, the song isn’t original but the video clip is, so it is basically 50% original with the song yet 50% unoriginal with the video clip. Now because of the Miami Dolphins clip, recently U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan had a little extra time to recreate their own version, matching the cheerleaders move for move. So again this cheerleader’s remix has been remixed again by the U.S. troops.
Call Me Maybe – Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders vs US Military
This image below has been remixed using the original image of Marilyn Monroe from the film The Seven Year Itch where she stood above a subway grating which blew up her dress (a scene which has become one of the iconic images of the 20th century). It has been replicated many times where people dress up as her wearing that white dress to costume parties, the film ‘the house bunny (2008)’ copies where the main actress stands above a vent on purpose to lift up her dress and again in this image below where a photographer has replicated the scene using a little boy and girl.
Web 2.0 is a recent version of technology which goes beyond the static pages of previous web sites. It suggests an updated version of the World Wide Web and the cumulative changes in the way people make and use web pages. Since its coining, there has been great discussion as to whether this new and improved version of the web is user empowering or user exploiting. Web 2.0 provides opportunities that have never been available before, for both individuals as well as organisations. These include social networking, search engines, gaming, blogging and further opportunity for social interaction. It allows users to interact and collaborate with each other providing for user empowerment. However, there are also negative aspects which have been said to exploit users. It provides further opportunity for fake ID’s as well as spammers and hackers. Although many users would be unaware that the information people are so freely providing about themselves, can be viewed and used by organisations for marketing purposes. Although it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of these opportunities, there is no obligation for people to use these sites so openly. It is important people are cautious about the information they provide on Web 2.0 and the possibilities and availability of that information being exploited and used for other purposes. Undeniably Web 2.0 provides great opportunities that were never previously available, however we must stay cautious in this day and age.
The internet has created a vast range of social networking sites (SNS), which have developed and changed throughout the years.
For example, social networking sites such as Six Degrees was created in 1997 and failed due to the lack of things that users could do on the site. After creating a profile and adding friends, the website was restricted in options available to users and eventually they got bored.
Social networking sites can change over time due to cultural popularity. For example, MySpace was extremely popular in the mid 2000’s until Facebook converted many users. The rise of Facebook grew substantially and is now one of the most popular SNS. Different age groups can also determine which SNS are used. For example, a lot of young people now use ‘instagram’ instead of Facebook, because they believe Facebook is for older people.
It is interesting to note that SNS such as MySpace and even personalised websites that were used in the late 90’s, enabled users to tailor their own websites. Users could modify the background colour, structure and even add music etc. Facebook limits these functions and has a set standard view which does not allow for such creativity. However Facebook is still very popular.
My first experience with social networking sites began at a very early age. In 1999, I remember using websites such as:
I no longer use any of these SNS, partially because I don’t have a purpose to connect with random people around the world. When the internet first came out, it was exciting to talk to another person around the world just because you could. Nowadays you wouldn’t really contact someone around the world for no reason. Funkysexycool.com has similarities to that of facebook, where you upload photos and people ‘like or comment’ however this is not so much for friends to connect but more about rating someone on their appearance. Finally, neopets is a great concept however it is for younger people and I no longer use the program.
The reason for the failure of some of these sites would be the lack of reasoning to go on them. For example, onchat, which no longer exists, uses cartoon characters to socialise randomly. With sites such as facebook you can be your own person and connect with your friends. The technology has also expanded since then and the graphics and functions are out dated on these old SNS. Neopets however appears to still be running and has updated their features and graphics.
The photo below is an example of the virtual pets used on the SNS neopets.
This photo below is the characters you would use on the website onchat to talk to other users.
Social media networking involves the means of interactions between people and the way which they exchange information via virtual communities and networks. The technology continues to evolve and change the way we communicate. It wasn’t so long ago that mobile phones were limited to the functions of calling and text messaging. Over the last few years there has been a dramatic shift towards the smart phone, this is a clear example of how social media technology is evolving right in front of our eyes. More recently, there has been an increasing use of social media networking sites, which are now accessible on the smart phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Although these sites provide further opportunities for interaction, they have also received criticism in that these sites are changing human social tendencies. Social media networking sites allow for online communication and allow people to follow what other people are doing with their day to day life without having to physically contact them. This reduces the need for people to catch up and encounter healthy physical interaction. Furthermore, it is now generally accepted to have your mobile phone out while out for dinner or at a social event, whereas ten or so years ago this would be considered as quite rude. It must be acknowledged that these sites are providing opportunity for social interaction and if used appropriately can reflect human social tendencies. However it is important to be aware of these continuous changes to allow us to have partial control as to how we use these opportunities.