How are you defining “Smart”?

 

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After reading a handful of articles this week, I finally found one that peeked my interest.  Does Social Media Make us Smarter?, written by Monica Nickelburg talks about how social media has impacted our society and could the effects of having unlimited access to different social media platforms really be making us smarter.  This new study suggests that social media can actual improve verbal, research, and critical-think skills.  In the article is talks about students and how over the years there are still the same amount of grammar errors made today as were made in 1917.  Another point the article made was that they saw students who’ve been struggling in the past to put even a few sentences together were now able to compose a well researched and painstakingly long paper on their favorite video game.  They also talked about past research that had been conducted on social media and that it might render us mean, unhappy, and antisocial.

I have created a video and attached it expressing my opinion on this topic.

As I stated in my video, one of the reason I think social media isn’t making us smarter is because people have a tendency to be lazy nowadays and they want to save valuable  time by using short hand or slang.  Great, awesome but here’s the thing not everyone knows text message short hand, I know I don’t.  When ever someone messages me some short hand that isn’t lol or OMG I have to message back asking them What?? and if people have to ask you to repeat yourself and explain what it is your saying it’s doesn’t make them look dumb it makes you look dumb.  Also too, if you get in the habit of using short hand it will start to seep into other areas of your life that you may not want it too because it would be embarrassing if you created a work document that everyone was going to read and you accidently used slang or short hand that’s not business appropriate how smart are you going to feel then. So personally, Lunsford can call it a myth all she wants but I guarantee you before she posted her research she went over and over it again making sure there were no error in her work.

I challenge all to join my debate.  I would love to hear what’s your opinion regarding social media and is it really making us smarter??

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Thinking Outside the Box – Top Ten ways Social Media has been used.

Social media is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as “a websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.”  However, people are pushing the boundaries, going outside the norm and getting creative in how they use certain social media platforms.  Here’s my Top Ten creative and slightly unorthodox uses of social media platforms.

1. The Hashtag Killer

2. Twitter Heart Monitors

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This device will not only measure your pulse but it will also tweet your friends and family who are about you. Click here to read the full article.

3. Twitter used for Saving Lives.

A group went out skiing in the Alps and two of them went missing.  By using Twitter and Google Maps the two missing skiers were found by search and rescue.  Click here to see the link.

4.  Social Media Diets

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If you have an account with Twitter you can access and start your own food diary.  Their slogan is Tweet What You Eat to Lose Weight Through Social Media Pressure.  If you want to read more click here.

5. Twittering Surgeons

Surgeons at Henry Ford Hospital are using Twitter to teach teaches and share step-by-step with students.  If you want to read more and watch a video about these savvy surgeons click here.

6. Cops use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube to catch perps

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We all remember the riot after the Stanley Cup and it was thanks to social media that some of these perpetrators who were involved in this heinous crime were brought to justice.  The best part is, is that some of these perpetrators have such low self esteem and want to belong that they themselves took this incriminating videos or photos of themselves and posting them.  Here is a link to an article from NBC News that’s talks more about it.

7. Facebook House Swap

Now people can use Facebook to Rent or Trade Vacation Homes.  If you want to read more about this click here.

8.  Using Twitter and Facebook as an Early Warning System

Watch this video here to learn more.

9. Presidential Campaigns

It’s not enough anymore to shake a few hands, kiss a baby and run a few ads on TV anymore.  Today if you want to win you need to turn to social media and start engaging with some of your younger voter demographic.  Here a link to an article on how Obama won using social media.

10. Fighting Wildfires

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A company by the name of Gnip worked with VisionLink to track a wildfire in Boulder,  Colorado. They tracked tweets and posted photos in real-time to see what areas  were cut off and see where the evacuation routes were. Click here if you would like to read more.

Well thanks for reading my post, that was my Top Ten creatively uses of social media.  Do you know any other creative ways that social media has been used???

Can you take interactions on Social Media sites and turn it into something more….

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After reading probably a dozen articles for this weeks assignment, I finally came across one that interest me and submitted it to Digg.  Submitting an article to Digg was fairly easy, but trying to find the article later so I could ” digg it” prove to be a challenge because I was unable to find it anywhere.  I can understand the benefits of using a sit like Digg but unless you know how to use it properly, I would not suggest it and advise to stick with other social media platforms that your more familiar with.

I found this article “Can Social Media Save NASA – And the Rest of the Science World?” on readwrite that was written by Selena Larson.  The article states that after celebrating it’s 55th anniversary on October 1st of this year, that NASA is being shutdown by the government.  They feel that NASA isn’t an essential service and therefore will not spend money to keep it operational.  Even though NASA was shutting down it’s doors and remains shut till today they were smart to use social media to reach out to other communities for help.

NASA has 5 million followers on Twitter and they posted this announcement when they knew they were getting shutdown.  “Sorry, but we won’t be tweeting/responding to replies during the government shutdown. Be back as soon as possible. http://notice.USA.gov ”  This was posted October 1, 2013 at 5:24am and since then this post has been Retweeted 3,172 and 386 favorites.  This was fantastic because not only is NASA using Social Media to it’s benefit but increasing awareness, branding and also loyalty.  It’s NASA’s way of showing Washington that science is essential and just maybe,  they can turn these interaction on social media platform into action offline.  Wouldn’t that have been something to bare witness too.