Monday, October 20, 2014

Social Media News Roundup 10/20/2014

Grab your coffee and get all the social media news that's fit to tweet (or blog, or Vine, or Instagram...).

Google changes 'to fight piracy' by highlighting legal sites--BBC news
Legal music sites such as Pandora, Vevo,  and Spotify can now pay Google money to show ads at the top of search results. The companies hope that this will take attention away from illegal downloading sites. The BPI (or British Phonographic Industry), which believes that companies should not have to pay for these search result listings, has made 43.3 million requests for Google to take down copyright-violating content.  The RIAA (or Recording Industry Association of America ) has made 31.6 million similar requests.
You can get more information from the following report: How Google fights piracy.

Facebook unfriends federal drug agency -- USA Today
(via The Associated Press)
Facebook sends a letter to the Drug Enforcement Agency warning them that Facebook does not allow fake profiles, whether they are created by individuals, companies, or government agencies.

Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users --The Guardian
Some of The Guardian's findings include the following:
  • Some Whisper users monitored even after opting out of geolocation services
  • Company shares some information with US Department of Defense
  • User data collated and indefinitely stored in searchable database

creative commons licensed (BY-SA) flickr photo by Infomastern:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ebola, Race, and Class on Twitter

Monday, September 29, 2014

10 Must-Have Items at a Blogging Conference

We just arrived back to our university and we are attempting to remember as much information as possible about the conference.

1 - A Tablet or Smart Phone

2 - A Wireless Keyboard (we had a wireless apple keyboard and a Anker keyboard)

3 - A Lightweight Computer
4 - A USB Charger (we had an Anker charger and a generic company promo charger)

5 - Bottles of Water

6 - Kleenex/Tissues
7 - Snacks! You never know when you will have to consume a snack (or two) to sustain your appetite

8 - Charging Cords/a surge protector (You do not want to be known as the person who keeps his/her telephone plugged to the wall all day without being courteous to others.)

9 - Business Cards - During the conference, the students were exposed to various types of business cards (thick, thin, matte, and also business cards created from recycled materials). <- This was exceptionally neat for the environmentally conscious!

10 - A great (professional, high quality camera)

Bonus - A Positive Attitude and a Professional Demeanor - The conference is not a research conference, but positive, professionalism is always desired by all (especially if you are networking with other bloggers and/or brands).

What are other must-have items that you would add to @TSMRI's list?



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Living the "Blog Elevated" Experience: Moving from "Cowboy" Time (Stephenville) to "Island" Time (Galveston)

This weekend, we (Victoria, Diana, Amanda, Dr. Tony Edwards and I (Dr. Jennifer Edwards) attended the Blog Elevated conference in Galveston, Texas.

Stephenville, TX to Galveston, TX" was an exceptionally long drive, but it was definitely worth it. Here is the schedule for this year's conference...

We signed up to volunteer at the conference and it proved to be a VERY rewarding opportunity! We were able to network with the Blog Elevated staff and they definitely included us as one of the team. We exchanged business cards with the Blog Elevated attendees and now we follow many of them on Twitter.

Also, we were able to network with the different brands present at the conference to see how they connect with bloggers through Brand Ambassador programs (and other neat, creative engagement opportunities). This is potentially another applied research topic focused on social presence via influential bloggers. The Social Media Coaches (undergraduate and graduate students) actually left the conference with clarified research interests and a few internal collaboration opportunities.

I was very excited for the students to meet Kami Huyse (@KamiChat) from Houston, TX. She is definitely a top-notch blogger who embraces networking and connections via social media. Kami is definitely one of my aspirant bloggers.

Next year, we would love to be asked to speak/volunteer at the Blog Elevated conference (or a similar conference). This was definitely a great opportunity for the students and also for the board members who attended the conference.

We cannot wait until next year! THANKS Blog Elevated!



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

9 Reasons to Attend the 2014 Texas Social Media Conference!

Do you enjoy social media?

Do you enjoy networking and professional development?

Imagine confidently managing social media accounts and achieving your goals.

By attending the Texas Social Media Conference, you can make your dream come true.

1. Actionable Content

Implement what you learn at the social media conference.  You will leave the Texas Social Media Conference with tools you can apply immediate to improve your social media presence.

2. Invaluable Networking

Network with attendees in many fields, business, higher education, K-12 education, and non-profit management.  You are likely to meet someone working in a similar field.  In addition, attendees benefit from networking with people in different fields that are trying the learn to use the same social networks more effectively.

3. Meet Industry Experts

Learn from the success stories of speakers and other attendees.  Find out what's working and how to take your social networking skills to the next level.

4. Testimonials

Discover what last year's attendees said about the Texas Social Media Conference!

Click play to hear what people thought about the 2013 Texas Social Media Conference.

5. Influential Organizations Represented

Previous attendees represented organizations including: Hillcrest Health System, Killeen Daily Herald, Fish Technologies, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, University of Central Arkansas, University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman's University, University of Minnesota, East Carolina University, University of North Texas, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, McLennan Community College, University of Oregon, Texas Wesleyan University, Abilene Christian University, and Tarrant County College District.

6. Texas Conference with National Influence

Our location makes the Texas Social Media Conference an economical and convenient choice for Texas and out of state attendees.  Many Texas attendees can only attend in-state conferences for professional development.  Roughly an hour from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, our location is also convenient for attendees who travel by air from other cities and states.

7. Fort Worth, Texas

Approximately 40 minutes from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Fort Worth is an ideal location if you plan to fly to attend the conference.  Fort Worth is also accessible by several major expressways, including I.H. 30, I.H. 20, and I.H. 35W.  With average temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees during October and November, the Texas Social Media Conference is a great excuse to escape colder climates.

8.  Location: Tarleton State University Southwest Metroplex Center

Tarleton State University Southwest Metroplex Center
Tarleton State University Southwest Metroplex Center
Photo by Dr. Anthony Edwards

Located at 6777 Camp Bowie Boulevard, the Tarleton State University Southwest Metroplex Center in Fort Worth is easily accessible from Interstate Highway 20 and Interstate Highway 30.  The location is roughly 45 minutes from Dallas, approximately 4 hours from San Antonio, approximately 4 hours from Houston, approximately 50 minutes from Denton, roughly 3 hours from Oklahoma City, 4.5 hours from Lubbock, and roughly 2 hours from Abilene.

9. Ideal location for Vacation or Stay-cation

The Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex includes great travel attractions including Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor, the Fort Worth Stockyards, the Gaylord Texan Resort, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Fort Worth Museum of Nature and Science, Fort Worth Zoo, Dallas World Aquarium, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, LegoLand Discovery Center, and the Grapevine Opry

Click here to register for the Texas Social Media Conference now!