Facebook, Twitter, and Blogs...Oh My! Advising Conference February 3, 2010 2:30 p.m.
TTLY LOL OMG KNIM 404 RUOK TLK2UL8R GL BBIAM AFAIK SNF Quick Quiz
HDUD? • TTLY- Talk to you later • LOL- Laugh Out Loud • OMG- Oh My God • KWIM – Know What I Mean? • 404 – I Don’t Know • RUOK – Are You OK?
HDUD? • TLK2UL8R – Talk To You Later • GL – Good Luck • BBIAM – Be Back in A Minute • AFAIK – As Far as I Know • SNF – So Not Fair
What’s Out There?: Web 2.0 • Myspace/Facebook • Text Messaging • Instant Messaging • Blogging • Twitter/CoTweet • Podcasting • Wikis • Second Life • Social Bookmarking
Agenda • What’s out there? • Demonstration • Good, Bad, & Ugly • What Can We Do? • FSU online
How are students using this technology? • Communication • Express themselves • Connect with old friends/new friends • Convenience • “Everyone else is doing it!” • Grew up on it • Addicted
Millennials In Action • Defined as: Special, Sheltered, Confident, Conventional, Team-Oriented, Achieving, Pressured • 20% of current college students began using computers between the ages of 5-8 years (Jones, 2002)
How They Grew Up • The World Wide Web was invented in 1990... This year’s freshman class wasn’t born yet. • E-mail has always been a part of these students lives – from the early days of “Prodigy”
Making “Friends” & keeping in touch • Personal whiteboards or “walls” • Joining “Groups” and their message boards • Advertising Parties / “Events” • Viewing the Campus and college “Pulse” • Private messaging • Uploading & Sharing an unlimited amount of pictures What’s the deal with Facebook?
Short Messages • Twitter/IM/Text Messaging • 140 characters • Blogging • Web Logs >> Blogs • Random versus Real Thoughts • ESPN_CollegeFB: “FSU team to watch today - http://tinyurl.com/yhymvlk • Chloegynne: “Gonna go buy me a cherry coke ;D” • ddsnorth: Haiti: Four ships managed to dock at the capital's earthquake-damaged port, the promise of a new avenue for getting aid
Collaborations • Second Life • Online World • Connect with people at a distance • Create identity/ “Fly” to meet people and talk • Social Bookmarking • Wikis • Create reality online • Share information/Collaborate
Dangers • Forum for bragging about illegal activity • Drinking • Drugs • Theft • Sexually Explicit Language • Stalking (online and off) • “At best, Facebook is a stalking service. It’s taboo to talk about it, but everyone uses it” (Johnson, 2005). • Inaccurate representation • Identity Theft • Everything posted becomes public…forever
Addiction & Self Withdrawal • “Sometimes I’ll sign-off Facebook and just stare at the login screen like a cocaine addict looking at the edge of his coffee table, thinking to myself, ‘Well, I’ve really got nothing better to do right now,’ and then I sign right back on” (Benner, 2005) • “True addiction includes people who view class as merely an obstacle that keeps them from Facebook, and who constantly check their friends’ recently updated profiles, trying to figure out exactly what has changed” (Benner, 2005). • “To tell you the truth, I am on it all the time…the first thing I do the second I step in my [dorm] room is Facebook. When I had to write my 10-page paper last night, I literally checked it maybe every 15 minutes.” (Toomey, 2005). • “I was one of those people who thought, ‘What do I need this for?’ but now it’s addictive. I check it at least twice a day” (Toomey, 2005).
Benefits • Advertise to the vast majority of campus for programs and services on campus • Rallying force in times of crisis (Haiti Vigil) • Allows students to express themselves • Opportunities for learning and engage our students ‘on their terms’ and talk to them on a level they can completely understand and relate to. • What groups are students creating? How are they using Facebook in general? • How do they feel about campus decisions, policies, etc. • What pictures are they uploading • What behavior are they participating in? • Excellent networking opportunity • For students • For professionals • Keep in touch with students, alumni and/or peers who have graduated or are at other institutions
What Can We Do • Stay up on the technology • Learn about what students are using so you can talk to them on their terms • Look for students who are withdrawing from the community • Educate students on the dangers and consequences of posting personal information in a public domain (Tips)
Whose Watching • Future employers: 25-35% of employers look on Myspace and Facebook • Media • Google • 40,000 sexual predators are online at any given minute • Parents, family & friends
Why do we care? It’s part of who they are
Get Online • Examples of FSU on Web 2.0 • Admissions ($$ Campaign) • DSA • College of Education • Oglesby Union • FSU Island • You!