Hello Ello

Hello Ello February 25, 2015 Data mining. According to Nautilus Systems, whom I grabbed this lovely model from, data mining can be defined as follows: Data Mining differs from traditional data analysis in that it discovers patterns that were previously overlooked, as opposed to queries or statistical methods which require the analyst to make an assumption. It seems as if almost everyone is doing it… governments, Facebook, Twitter… but not Ello. Unlike the aforementioned, Ello has pledged to never make money from ads or from the sale of our data, forever. That sounds like a dream social networking platform, doesn’t it?! I think so. While we want to interact with our friends–and make new ones–on social networking platforms, we have also agreed to allow them to gather and sell our data. It is a tradeoff. But, Ello is offering us the best of both worlds because not only can we interact with our friends but they are also providing us with a space where we do not have to worry about the company spying on our every like and friend request just to sell that information off to other entities. The only problem is that Ello is by invitation only. So, we have the opportunity to participate–but not really at the same time. The consequence for doing this is that Ello may not have a long lived digital life. You cannot advertise a service that you believe can change the ethical landscape and then prevent “outsiders” from participating. Those individuals may decide that they no longer wish to participate since they were unable to sign up having not received...

Trust is the glue of life

“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It is the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” – Stephen Covey January 21, 2015 The topic of discussion in my Social Media Ethics class this week is trust. Why do we trust certain people? Social media has definitely made trust rather interesting because we seemingly trust strangers if they display certain qualities. Our assignment this week is to focus on an individual that we trust on social media and explain why. In my opinion, the number of followers a person has does not identify that a person is or is not to be trusted. It is of complete irrelevance. I will be the first to admit that it is hard to picture a man who not only led the Black Parade but brought to life one of my most favorite albums of all time, as a down to earth daddy and fan chatter-upper. But, it is true. Gerard Way, former frontman of My Chemical Romance, has become one of the most interesting people to follow on the net. The above videos show the evolution of Gerard’s appearance. At first glance, one may be quick to dismiss Gerard as trustworthy based on looks alone because he is known to have been very theatrical in his My Chem days with all kinds of makeup and still sports bright red hair to this very day. Does someone’s outward appearance make us subconsciously decide if someone is trustworthy or not? In class this week, I outlined that what I believe makes an individual trustworthy are the following qualities:...

Amplify the tiny print!

Amplify the tiny print! January 14, 2015 I’m going to admit that I do not read the Terms & Conditions for most things. I am also going to assume that most of my friends do not either. Why?! Terms & Conditions seem to be the last little step that you have to get through in order to participate on a social networking site or the last thing in an office that is holding you up from completing your purchase. It’s torture. It’s like dangling a treat in front of a dog and fully expecting the dog to sit there patiently until you give it to them. Maybe some dogs can do that, but smart dogs know that they can have that treat if they just jump up and take it. Case in point, having patience is a virtue that many of us do not practice enough when it comes to reading over what we are agreeing to. But, is what we are agreeing to always ethical? That’s a hard question to answer–depending on which side you are standing on. Jumping up and grabbing that treat probably is not always the smartest thing. I’m going to use Vine as an example. Below I will list different pieces of information taken straight from Vine’s Terms & Conditions page and then attempt to translate them or explain my thoughts on them. Highlights: * You are responsible for any consequences that arise due to something you have posted. This seems standard. You are responsible for what you post, so you are being held accountable. * “The Services that Vine provides are always evolving...