The No Makeup Selfie – Clicktivism via Social Media Networks

Internet communication is not revolutionary anymore. What’s evolving is how we use/manage these digital communication tools to create social networks and what causes or purposes we can form communities around. How many articles or presentations still start with a version of this sentence: “The Internet is changing the way we communicate in ways that were never possible before.” In discussing this with my Mom, she said: “But the Internet has been…

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Participate in a Book Trailer Survey

Have you ever watched a book trailer? Have you thought, hey this is a great idea? Or hmmm do people really watch these? Well now’s the time to find out! As a graduate student at the University of Alberta in the Master of Arts in Communications and Technology program, I am working with Professor Jessica Laccetti on a research project about book trailers. I want to know, do readers like…

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Guest blogging to build social capital

A recent article by Matt Cutts titled “The Decay and Fall of Guest Blogging for SEO” has sparked some readers/bloggers to ask if guest blogging should cease completely. As Matt clarified in his post, he was speaking specifically to those who were using “guest blogging” as a way to increase SEO and ‘cheat’ Google’s PageRank. For niche bloggers, multi-author blogs, monetized blogs and even novice bloggers, guest blogging can be…

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‘Big Brother’ is online – Be aware and share

This blog post was written for the course “Communications 506 – Using/Managing Communication networks” in partial fulfillment my Master of Arts in Communications and Technology at the University of Alberta. Internet control and surveillance isn’t a topic most people talk about. Cyberbullying is one example of harassment occurring on the Internet, but parents, children and other users need to be aware of what else is happening online. Everyone agrees to the “Terms…

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