# 5—Curating your information: Tweetdeck

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This week we were given the option to explore the uses of the tools “Tweetdeck” or “Hootsuit” and Link our Twitter accounts to the application and examine the difference in the curation of information and the more popular options we have online like Google. As far as presentation and usability goes Tweetdeck is a fabulous option for avid twitter users. It acts as a modern dashboard, constantly updating you with the latest information and allows you to see what people are doing online along with managing your own online interactions. You can use Tweetdeck to post on your behalf . If I were to compare Tweetdeck with another search engine like Google, I would say that the biggest difference is that Tweetdeck offers a much narrower scope of information with much more modern/ updated results. This can be an listed as an  advantage AND a disadvantage; Although it might give you more specific results, it isolates broader inputs that may also be of interest/ highly related; ultimately adding to your information and results. As far as a system filtering, managing, and uploading online content goes; applications like Tweetdeck are far superior to Google and I would highly recommend its use to company’s looking to curate their social media/ content or even a daily user. For me however, I’m stick to google for now—mostly because its already of second nature to me. 

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#4—Privacy and Security: Learning from Lightbeam

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This week we were asked to download Firefox web browser and use their add-on called Lightbeam to track out third party interaction online. This is a review on my experience.

Lightbeam is a add-on designed for Firefox web browser. The purpose of Lightbeam is to help internet users visualize third party sites and cookies that emerge through sites we use. Cookies are snippets of code embedded in your browser. The purpose of some cookies is for identification of the user and safety, however they are also used by third party sites to track your movement across the web and therefore target you with specific ad content. Third party sites use the information that these cookies provide in order to further developed their market and target you with related advertisements to the content being used on the internet.

The Lightbeam interface provides a data visualization of the content you have explored online and what third party sites track your cookies. After using Lightbeam for the first time I found it  could be a bit confusing, I found the graph option to be the easiest to interact with. However the list and Clock are great visual aids as well, it just depends one how you interpret data. 

The graphs can be a little bit confusing to read at first but I quickly figured out that the purple lines represented the cookies and which lead to third party use. I was able to make the connection between social media buttons on sites. These social media buttons left a third party cookie trail to the social media sites.

One thing that I wasn’t surprised to see was that google was providing the most third party involvement. There was googleadservice, googlevideo, googlesyndication, googleanalytics, ajax.googleapis, gstatistics, googleusercontent, and more. Another interesting point was sites that I accessed through their main URL often had similar sites like the Google example, that acted as third parties. For example while using Facebook.com I was linked to fbcdn.net and with Vimeo.com I was linked to vimeocdn.com and so on.

Overall I found this add-on very interesting to use and really exposed me to the vastness of my digital footprint. When see certain add on my side-bar I am no longer surprised at the results I used to think to myself: “ what relation does online shopping have  when I am searching for results in a sociology course?” It turns out that the internet know what I want to see better than I do, which I can’t say I’m all too comfortable with. 

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#3—Project Proposal

Group: Jessica Plume & Danica Smiljanic 

Title: Digital Footprint

Video proposal:

Proposal: 

Today we will discuss: 

The issue of how it will benefit Toronto high school students who are accustomed to using social media but they do not know how to get the most out of it, nor do they know about many of the challenges or security issues that we have learned about in class.

Today we will teach: 

We will teach them how to have a “Digital Footprint” in a professional manner and ways for them to still use social media for personal use.

 Questions to ask: 

  • How do I create a Digital Footprint?
  • What comes up when searching there name?
  • What they want professionals to view them as?
  • Would you want an employer or teacher to see that?
  • What do you want it to show and say?
  • How can I promote myself?

How we will present: 

We will do this through a video showing the steps though a high school students journey leaving high school and entering there University or job field by showing what there digital footprint looks like.