Final Project topic: online dating

I recent article by NPR:

takes a positive slant on a booming 21st century phenomenon: online dating.

Social media is having an increasing cut in the world of online dating. Apps such as Tinder attract a great amount of attention and research to provide you with solid material for a final project.

Here is some ready-to-go information on the topic:

How can you tie it up to global issues?

Consider this: in some societies (e.g. India, Pakistan), pre-arranged marriages are still part of the social fabric. They are traditional social behavior, which goes back centuries and suggests traditionalism, maybe even backwardness. However, there are news from those countries that more and more parents are using online dating apps to arrange the marriage. Can you make a comparison between such “online dating” and the online dating you are familiar with?

selfies good or bad

Instagrammers are sucking the life and soul out of travel

Week 2 directions

Welcome to our second week of class.

Before we move toward the readings, discussions, and assignments for week 2, let’s overview quickly our week 1 activities.

Last week, we covered the class documents, such as the syllabus and the adjacent documents explaining the class workflow. According to those documents and most of your responses to the question “Why are we here,” we seek in this class to move out from our comfort zone.
If your comfort zone is “Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram etc,” namely tools for personal social media, in this class, we seek to expand our horizons and learn the potential for the professional use of social media.

In that sense, I strongly encourage you to go carefully again over the D2L content topic “LIB 290 Social media tools” in the very first module of the D2L Content:

And consider testing and driving the social media tools listed. If you have experience with any of those tools, great; do share your impressions in the FB group discussion (it will count toward your weekly discussions). If you never used any of those tools and test them, great: share your impressions and it will count toward your weekly discussions. If you want to ask questions and further discuss the proc and cons of any of those tools, great; it will count toward your weekly discussions.


As shared multiple times, each week increments, including the past week 1 and the upcoming week 2 will move in the following fashion:

  1. Read your articles, research and contribute with your own readings, if possible. Wed-Thursday.
    Discuss your findings in Facebook (brainstorming), Twitter (microblogging). Thursday-Friday. Respond, provide feedback to your peers. Friday-Saturday
    If you have hesitations to start a discussion in Facebook, you shouldn’t. There is a lot going on in the world, so finding a global issue to discuss should not be a problem.
    IN addition, I offer you the #SundayScoop, where our class can generate our list of “hot topics.” In addition, on a daily basis, I am offering you global issues, most of them in the realm of social media and you are most welcome to share your opinions about them.
    “Lurking” is acceptable in social media, but it will not bring you points in this class. A FB “like” is a good sign about you reading the posting, but not sufficient to indicate discussion. You have to take the poles under the FB postings and respond in a meaningful and well though-out way to earn discussion points. Your best bet to acquire your weekly points will remain your ability to engage your peers into discussions related to the main topics of this class.
  2. Complete the short class and home assignments in Evernote. Saturday-Sunday
  3. Post your mini paper in the D2L Discussion and provide feedback to your peers’ mini papers. Sunday-Monday.
  4. Explore your Educause blog and expand your knowledge on blog maintenance and its connectivity to the mainstream social media, such as our Facebook Group, our Twitter thread (#SCSULIB290) and your personal social media.
  5. Work toward your final project: creating a social media strategy regarding a global issue


If you are behind on any of those activities, especially discussions, make sure to catch up as quickly as you can, since the rest of the class will be focusing on the discussions for the next week and might not be able to focus on discussions

This coming week 2, we will be making sure that we understand the technology behind social media. We want to make sure that the entire class is on the same page when we talk about hardware and software. When we try to figure out the difference between software and applications. We want to understand the “cloud” and why it is so important for social media. Bonus points for those, who dive into Boyd and Ellison article and discuss with the rest of the class the issues raised in this article, since they are paramount to understanding social media.

This coming week 2, we will start our own blogs. Directions to the SCSU Edublog system are posted in your Evernote documents for week 2:

Now, I understand that “blog” does not sound nearly as sexy as Yo, or Kik (please share your impressions of those SM apps), but you are missing the foundational role of blogs in the SM world. Blogs are actually the places were your company’s real and solid information will be presented and shared with your customers. The difference from the old-fashioned Web 1.0 company web page is in the dynamic of update, which a blog provides. The difference from the social media apps such as Facebook is the more structured way to present your information. You probably are already understanding the microblogging disadvantage of Twitter compared to a blog.
How do you organize your blog activities with your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Flickr, etc activities can have decisive impact on your institution, being that a corporate company, private business, or non-profit. This is why, we want to move as quickly as possible to the details of the blog maintenance and sometimes by March be able to build our own SM strategy, including our blogs and the rest of the social media we intend to use.

The rest of week 2 is the same as week 1: discuss, share your mini paper, complete the two short Evernote assignments and work toward your final project.


I encourage you to seek class support, which will help us work as a team. However, if you decide to turn directly to me, please use this Doodle link to seek a personal, live communication with me via Adobe Connect or old-fashioned phone call (320 308 3072).  I will do my best to help you success in this class


your final project

Your Final Project

#FriendlyReminder #FinalProjectdraft is due in a week.
In the past two weeks, you have worked on the proofreading and redrafting the version, you need to submit on April 5. Pls post any questions, issues, suggestions, you might have.
Have you thought about using your #blog as a vehicle for improving your produce?
You can post on your blog each next [improved] version of your final project and letting a
SCSU’s Write Place person help you with your improvements, by elevating the SCSU’s Write Place person to an “editor,” thus demonstrating also your ability to creatively take advantage of #SocialMedia.

Edpuzzle for bonus points

Folks, playing with #EdPuzzle will bring you an opportunity to dig deeper in the abilities #SocialMedia where you can create easily interactivity by superimposing relevant questions on video sources (e.g. YouTube).
It also can bring you points to improve your
If you would like to experiment with engaging social media for your purposes, please consider creating an account in EDpuzzle and test this #socialmedia quiz:
the code is : sorbidl
Would you like to create your own interactive video? Please share your link in this FB post and/or on your blog
Need help? pls email me day/time and I will meet you on Adobe Connect or similar to help you

Social Media Metrics

Folks, after about a month of learning and contemplating our #socialmediastrategy, you now have build your little social media empire (consisting mainly of your blog and Facebook tools). You used wisely #hashtags to promote your content.
It is time now to learn and apply metrics and analytics and use them to fine-tune the use of your social media strategy.
Attached is an article on the #Facebook and #Twitter use of #socialmediametrics.
study in details Agius’ ten options to monitor #socialmediametrics and, respectively, consider improving your #socialmediastrategy based on your analysis of your findings.
Consider the link on the bottom of this blog entry, which can lead you to resources and help you further your understanding and utilization of #socialmediametrics.
Do not hesitate to use this blog entry as the thread, where you can post questions, share your observations and insert your findings and recommendations



since most of you will not return to the D2L M6 Discussion, available here:…/e…/grade_item_edit.d2l… , I will open for discussion again this thread, since it is #important, even if #boring to understand folksonomy.
Below is the exchange between Elizabeth Scheel and Zach Raeker, and, respectively, my addition.
Elizabeth Scheel (maybe righfully) is raiding her concern about the deterioration of taxonomy by surrendering it to the folks. While it is a strong notion by our generation; a generation growing in the world of specialist, the 2005 #wikipediavsencyclopediabritannica controversy ( proved that folksonomy actually is a trend in a need to be considered.
But then Zach is asking a very legitimate questions, placing his finger on the main weakness of the new trend of folksonomy: how do we determine the best keywords, or tags, or hashtags?

Here is my reply and I urge to NOT agree with me, but share openly your thoughts and hesitations about folksonomy…

An excellent outline in SlideShare:
As per Slide 12 in that presentation: “The value in this external tagging is derived from people using their own vocabulary and adding explicit meaning which may come from meaning, inferred understanding of the information/ object. People are not so much categorizing, as providing a means to connect items (placing hooks) to provide their meaning in their own understanding.”


that can be viewed as the weakens of outsourcing taxonomy to the folks, AKA folksonomy: 1. the lack of standardization and 2. the failure to assign the correct keyword.

How one can redeem it: in Twitter terms, you seek out the “#influencers.” Those are the pundits, who, arguably, use the best hashtags in their discipline, which, in reality are the best keywords

<<< Replied to post below >>>
Authored by: Zachary Raeker
Authored on: Feb 20, 2017 11:21 AM
Subject: Tagging

Not knowing the right keywords is very critical in having an effective search on twitter or Facebook, I agree. Do you have any suggestions on how to teach people effective ways to search for keywords or even use hashtags and tagging effectively?

<<< Replied to post below >>>
Authored by: Elizabeth Scheel-Keita
Authored on: Feb 19, 2017 10:01 PM
Subject: Tagging

Folksonomy, or the taxonomy of internet sources by average people, is our new reality.

sharing bibliography with refworks

Folks, I am reading your due #assignments on the #SemesterResearchProjects and I like the ingenuity used by Chelsea to share her online dbases research. Chelsea Bauman is using a snapshot of her #Refworks collection.
Please have a more sophisticated approach to share your compiled #bibliography with your peers [and myself]:

Please do consider that this option of #Refworks places the application in the realm of social networking cites. It will be helpful also to know that besides the SCSU purchased RefWorks, there might be more useful options for you, such as Mendeley and Zotero
Please let me know, if you find the #videotutorial useful and if you need more

Quality of writing your D2L discussions

Folks, here some tips to improve your writing (and grade), considering the #D2LDiscussionRubric shared with you in the beginning of this class:
also available here:
Until this point, we focused on the format. Now, that we all are comfortable with the assignments (and how to do them), we need to focus on the quality of the content. Being an academic institution, we need to honor academic writing.
In this sense, I strongly suggest that you start observing vigorously the following issues:
– stop using words such as : “get,” “put,” “staff,” and “thing.” The English language presides over 120K words and you must seek a suitable word to precisely express your thoughts.
– Cannot end a sentence with a verb (sentence structure).
– Commas are used for a reason, please do not abandon them.
– Do go through three drafts before you post on D2L discussion
Need more help?
– This blog has infographics, which can prove helpful, use “proofreading” as a keyword and search:
SCSU’s Write Place can be reached online: