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Parental Monitoring vs. Spying

By Caitlin Wahlers I was recently speaking to a friend of mine who is the father of two teenagers. Initially, he was recounting a few tales of their most recent antics, but then the conversation turned towards internet safety and parental monitoring. As a former Health Educator for adolescents, I have observed in real-time the evolving relationship between teenagers and…read more
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Memes: Evolutionary Genetics and Centuries of Culture

by Drew Hanson All pervasive and ever-present, memes are a cornerstone of current popular culture. But how do these ideas take root and spread? Beginning with understanding the similarity between evolutionary genetics and memetic spread and the significance memes have played throughout history can help us appreciate the potential for meme virality.   @memecrashes Although most familiar in its graphic with…read more
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Have You Analyzed Your Social Networks, Lately?

By Shelley Smith Network Literacy is becoming an increasingly needed skill in our highly connected age. NetSciEd released an infographic-type brochure that “provides and initial step toward facilitating the development of network literacy.”  This got me thinking about my own social network use, information silos and critical thinking. As a self-proclaimed “Social Justice Warrior” I have curated my social media…read more
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Anatomy of a Movement: the power behind the #MeToo collective experience

By Kristin Schlotterbeck After reading through the Pew Research Center’s mapping of Twitter topic networks, I was curious to compare a few other network maps and was shocked at what I found.  NodeXL, the same mapping application used by the Pew Research Center, maintains an ongoing open-source graph gallery, filled with maps of all sorts of data sets users have…read more
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Twitter Management Group 2: March 14, 2019: Fatemeh Fakhraie

By: Siena Di Roma, Meghan Schroeder, Joie Ryan, Madison Seagraves, Austin Banks On Thursday, March 14th, our class had the privilege to listen to guest speaker, Fatemeh Fakhraie, a Digital Content Strategist at Northwest Community Credit Union. We were very excited to learn from her experiences with digital content strategists and apply them to our school work. https://twitter.com/SienaRoma/status/1105990033666826240 https://twitter.com/maddyseagraves1/status/1106300833094787072 https://twitter.com/joieryan23/status/1106058128062201856…read more
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Social Strategy for Brand Management

by Oleene Perera For our final lecture, we had guest speaker Fatemah Fakhraie, Digital Content at Northwest Community Credit Union. She spoke to consumer engagement and developing a voice for the credit union’s newstream. Many of us wondered why a credit union would need a voice. From a brand’s standpoint, any brand needs some measure of control over their news…read more
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How To: Making your tweets stand out

By Mary Osborne Everyone wants to have a Twitter account that features original content, engages followers, and gives their brand a distinct voice. But how do you actually achieve all that?  After hours spent on Twitter (strictly for research purposes, of course) I’ve identified three elements that contribute to having a dynamic Twitter presence and creating engaging content. Below are…read more
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There is nothing new under the sun: Is originality important in social media content creation?

By: Brian J. Gaudette Content theft, especially joke theft, is rampant online.  If something is clever and funny you can bet that it will get rewritten and retweeted hundreds if not thousands of times.  On a day to day basis when we tell jokes or use some clever but regurgitated turn of phrase in our verbal speech, it is socially…read more