What is SMS doing to language? Personally, I think SMS is doing many things to the language. For starters, I think it is taking away from children, adolescence in particular, in their ability to use proper and correct grammar. Myself, I text so often that while I am writing a paper for school, I sometimes type, i instead of I or u instead of you. I see it and correct it right away but for younger children who are just learning the fundamentals of grammar, this may be a more difficult transition and distinction for the them to absorb in their ever so spongful, moldable brains. I have also noticed the younger generation speaking as if they were texting. For example,the abbriviation OMG, to actually saying the letters, O-M-G. With this, it is changing the way in which people, younger people, speak. This is a minor example, but it is still a…

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How to Use Twitter What is Twitter How to Make Sense of Twitter with Chalene Johnson – YouTube

How to Use Twitter What is Twitter How to Make Sense of Twitter with Chalene Johnson – YouTube.

I was going to make a video like this, but Chalene does a wonderful job of explaining that Twitter doesn’t make a lot of sense until you use with the HootSuite, Tweet Deck, or another 3rd party app that gives you a much better view of the action.  So get techie X2 this week: try out Hootsuite (my tool of choice) or Tweet Deck.



Thunderclap is a new (to me) social media tool for bringing attention to your cause, event, film, etc..  I haven’t figured out exactly why or how it works, although the interface does allow a user to set a goal (e.g. 100 supporters or 500 supporters) and that  goal-setting might drive people to participate.  The site allows easy intergration with Facebook and Twitter, but not Google+ or other networks. Pinterest would seem to be a good fit.

Here is what the “About” page says: “The beauty of Thunderclap is that it sets the goalposts—one message, one number, one date. It’s a common threshold you and your supporters work toward together. It’s a tangible way to measure awareness”

I love the “Thunderclap” imagery because in James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake, a Thunderclap meant a cultural transformation, and Marshall McLuhan employs thunderclaps (via Joyce) in War and Peace in the Global Village.

via Thunderclap.

No week 8 video (yet), just a detailed schedule

I don’t think my video introductions have been very effective; I had to cajole folks into watching week 6, and last week’s videos received only 3 views.  The videos have been a bit redundant, tending to elaborate on the schedule, so I am just going to let the week 8 schedule speak for itself.  If you would like to request a video, and request specific elements, I’d be happy to try and produce a more effective and audience-appropriate video later in the week.  If my videos have been helpful, I’d love to hear that too.

Instructions and Tips for Transferring Your WordPress Blog to GoDaddy

I went through this process myself recently when I transferred the WordPress blog I created when I took this class as an undergraduate to GoDaddy. It did take some time, but I enjoyed learning something new. At some points, it took 24-48 hours of waiting for one step to complete. Be sure to give yourselves a few days to complete this task. It is not something you can do in an hour or two. The cost of purchasing the services required to complete this task were approximately as follows:

$4.74/month for WordPress hosting on GoDaddy = $56.88 for 12 months
$12.99 for a .com domain name OR $9.99 for a .net domain name = $12.99 OR $9.99 for 12 months
Total Approximate Cost: $69.87 for a .com domain name and webhosting service OR $66.87 for a .net domain name and webhosting service

Here are the instructions for completing the process:

  • Purchase a domain name and WordPress hosting from GoDaddy. The video below shows you how to do it. The video also shows how to install WordPress on your new domain. That is another step you will have to complete. In the video, the GoDaddy site might look a little different from the way it currently looks, but you should be able to find all of the buttons you will need to click on. It looks pretty similar to the steps I completed when I signed up for GoDaddy.
    • Begin watching the video at :56. Before that is just an introduction to a video series that this video is a part of. It really isn’t relevant to this class.
    • At approximately 9:11, the person in the video begins talking about how a page looking like a WordPress blog should appear when you type your domain name into the address bar of a web browser. When I typed my domain name into the address bar of a web browser, my website did not look like a WordPress blog. It showed up looking like a website template. I believe it said something like “My Site,” if I remember correctly. If your site does not show up looking like a WordPress blog, you will need to complete the following steps:
    • If you had to complete those steps for deleting the instant page, after waiting the 48 hours or so (I believe it took about 24 hours when I completed the steps above), type in your domain name into the address bar of a web browser. Your website should look like a WordPress blog now.
  • The next step is to make your new website look like your WordPress.com blog. To do this, you will need to export the information from your WordPress.com blog and import it into your new GoDaddy hosted WordPress site. Begin by watching the video again at approximately 9:38. The person in the video discusses how to log into the admin part of your new website. You will need to know how to do this.
  • Your GoDaddy hosted WordPress blog should have all of your information from your WordPress.com blog now. You may need to change your theme and fix some of the elements that were not imported. Here is what I had to do: My theme changed, and the tagline from the title of the blog was missing. The widgets on the right column of my blog were also missing. Everything else appeared to be there. There are a limited number of themes available in the GoDaddy hosted WordPress blog. The theme I had in my WordPress.com blog was not one of the available themes, so I had to change it. I also had to upload the custom header image I had in my theme, change the font color and background color, and add the tagline back in the header. In addition, there were a number of widgets missing on the right sidebar. I added back in the ones that were available, but there were some that weren’t available.
  • You may have to re-upload all of your images and videos to your new GoDaddy hosted blog and replace the images and videos that are currently there because they will be linked to your old WordPress.com blog. While they are still visible, if you even disable or delete your WordPress.com blog, your images and videos may be inaccessible in your new GoDaddy hosted blog. While it appears that all of my images and videos transferred, they were indeed linked to my old WordPress.com blog. I did have to make this change. I just went into each post that contained a picture or video, deleted the media, uploaded it again from my computer, then reinserted it and updated the post.
  • Congratulations! You now have your very own Website – a WordPress blog hosted on GoDaddy.


If you would like to see an example of a WordPress.com blog that has been transferred to a GoDaddy hosted WordPress blog, here are the links to my blogs (please note that I have not changed any information from when I used it for Electronic Communication as an undergraduate):

A Game Aims to Draw Attention to Women’s Issues – NYTimes.com

A Game Aims to Draw Attention to Women’s Issues – NYTimes.com.

Starting March 4th, I’d like everyone to check out Half the Sky Movement: The Game,  a Facebook game that is being described as “one of the most ambitious efforts yet to entice a mass audience to social media games with the goal of social change.”  The Half the Sky Movement refers to efforts headed by Nicholas Kristoff and Cheryl WuDunn to raise awareness and inspire action that might change the global inequities for women.

Brock Azure

The group I decided to look at when I was analyzing non-profit in Fargo’s social media strategies, was American Gold’s Giving Hearts Day 2013 video. The video, which was very short (1:00 long) showed children of all ages having fun, smiling, and doing gymnastics.

This video is fine, because it shows exactly what American Gold Gymnastics is all about, but other than that, you didn’t get to see much about American Gold or Giving Hearts Day. I have to criticize their social media approach, because on their YouTube video, they didn’t have a link to their Facebook page, and they don’t own a Twitter page.

I don’t think that them not owning a Twitter page is a terribly bad thing, but it wouldn’t hurt to have one. Their Facebook page is where I believe they shine for social media. They had multiple posts about Giving Hearts Day which made it…

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