Archive for January, 2012

“Is Twitter for Everybody?” Response

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Perhaps one of the greatest questions in social networking, is Twitter for everybody? As Mark Schaefer learned, Twitter is not exactly for everyone. From personal experience, I have had my Twitter page since 2009. When I was first starting out, I was learning as I went along with it. At one point I was what Schaefer called, a “Twitter Quitter.”

After a while, I got back into the Twitter game and have gotten hooked. I use Twitter primarily on my phone, and since I have been in the game for a while, I have used a few different apps. I currently use “Tweetcaster” for all my Tweeting and Facebook posts.

I know Schaefer’s feeling when his customer refuses to join Twitter. I have some friends that absolutely REFUSE to have anything to do with Twitter. They seem like the perfect candidates, but they shut the idea down.

I think Twitter is a great tool for businesses to utilize. I currently follow Niagara (@NiagaraUniv) and the page often tweets events happening around campus.

Being a sports fan, I follow MANY athletes and other people associated with them. Certain times of the year, I learn of some trades in the NHL before the news is actually published online.

Twitter makes getting news easier, I follow just about every Buffalo news outlet and I get constant updates of what is happening in or around Buffalo.

I think, from experience, if you give Twitter a chance and learn the ropes, just about anyone could use it.



Newspaper Story Put into Web Form

Monday, January 30th, 2012

“Tavares leads Bandits to first place” – Story from 22 Jan

The Buffalo Bandits defeated the Rochester Knighthawks, 12-9, in Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night. Buffalo is off to a 2-0 start, with wins over Toronto and Rochester, and is also in the lead in the National Lacrosse League’s East Division.

Both sides of the turf were on even terms for close to three quarters, and the Bandits offense exploded in the last 20 minutes to win the decision.

John Tavares contributed with four goals, half of them coming at the start of the fourth quarter. His goals were part of a 6-1 run that changed the course of the game for good.

Other scorers included Chad Culp with two goals, Roger Vyse with two, Mark Steenhuis and Luke Wiles each with two goals.

Defense and goalie Mike Thompson shut down the Rochester offense for lengths of the second half.

Both sides had plenty of shots in which the goalies seemed to just stand there and simply let the ball hit them. Just when it looked like the goalies were going to stop virtually everything in the first half, all of a sudden they couldn’t stop anything. Both sides combined to score four goals in 57 seconds.

Early in the third quarter, the Bandits finally had a two-goal lead, but Rochester tied it up at the 5:10 mark. Rochester later took a one-goal lead.

Tavares came to the Bandits rescue, scoring the tying goal. The Bandits then went on the 6 goal scoring tear and won the game 12-9.


Argh! Fox News!

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

The website for Fox News, well, I’ll start on what I LIKE about it. I like that the site is up to date with around-the-clock updates.

That pretty much sums up what I like about it.

What I don’t like is how last year, when Osama Bin Laden was found and killed, EVERY media outlet spelled his name as OSAMA. Fox News and their infinite wisdom spelled his name as USAMA.

What the H is up with that?!

Another thing I don’t like is their ability to post some real ridiculous stories. Over the summer, I actually read a story published by Fox News talking about how aliens are going to invade Earth and wipe out the human race to protect the environment.

Here’s that article

That just about covers what I despise about Fox News.


“Why Curation Is Important” Review

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

The title tells you what the article is about, why curation of news is important. I had to search in a dictionary for what exactly curation is. According to Google, curation is; “The act of organizing and maintaining a collection of artworks or artifacts.”

After reading the definition, understanding what a news curator is and does was extraordinarily easy. When I think about it, in a way, we are all news curators on our social networking sites; like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and even in blogs here on WordPress. Whenever there is some news story, we either retweet it or post it on our Facebook statuses. As a Twitter and Facebook user, I often post news about sports or other stories I find weird or interesting. I am so surrounded by news curators, I often get my news from them. If the news sounds far-fetched, I’ll double check it’s truth and when it is, I repost.

The best part about being a curator is that it is similar to being a news editor, but curators have much more freedom. “Even though curators share certain characteristics of editors, they don’t enjoy the exact same role. When a curator gathers information for their community, the content is something they are passionate about. Reporters, as we’re taught, are not supposed to be passionate and interject opinion into their story.”



Writing For The Web

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

I’m taking this class because it sounded interesting and something that people do everyday in the “real world.” As a Communications major, in this day and age, learning to effectively write anything for the web is critical, which is another reason I’m taking this class.