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Twitter Security Strikes Out!

Again,

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It seems that Twitter is having problems with the security of the site. As stated in the article, “Get ready for more media hacks, Twitter warns,” by Meghan Kelly, “hackers broke into and tweeted from the Twitter accounts of CBS, NPR, and the Associated Press. The hackers posted messages that accused the U.S. government of “being in bed” with terrorists, and in the Associated Press’ case, faked an explosion at the White House.”

Firstly, are we still not at a point where we can prevent huge security breaches like this from happening among major social media sites? Those hackers must really be something. Twitter (as well as other social media sites) put in lots of effort to keep their sites secure. Most sites are beginning to have you verify your email once you make an account, they attempt to let you know what’s considered a strong password and what’s considered a weak password, and some sites even make reminder notes on different places of the sites to ensure people won’t give away their passwords and emails. It seems that all of these efforts are going to waste because people’s accounts are still being hacked.

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Might I suggest hiring a few hackers to find out how people are hacking into your sites? It offers up jobs for people, and could be of some use! Just saying…

In the article, Twitter says, “Twitter urges companies not to share their passwords in email or over the Internet and to limit the amount of people who have access to the account.” Sorry, Twitter. I somehow doubt that’s what the companies are doing.

On another note, this kind of situation makes me wonder. When we give our information to sites, even big, well-known sites like Twitter and Facebook, and they say things like “No one will see this information, it’s strictly for the site’s purposes,” or something along those lines – is our information really all that safe? They can’t even really keep a hold on our entire account, let alone our little bits of personal information that we have on tucked into them.

I’d like to even go a bit broader and mention sites where we’d like to purchase items? Can we even really trust our information (i.e. credit card accounts) when we are only entering it momentarily for purchasing an item? How do we decide which information is too much information to be online at anyone’s disposal? Well, I mean, technically it is. I know my Twitter information could be.

Maybe this can even be linked to identity theft? But then again, I’m probably just going off on a rant now.

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There’s no safe way to shop

In today’s society, it is becoming more and more popular to use a credit card instead of cash. With our high speed of life and wanting things done right away, it is not a shock to me that most people pay with credit. Since I am a waitress I am not “most people” and after reading the article called “How Companies Learn Your Secrets” by Dihigg, I am counting my blessings that I still use cash.

In the article, he says that companies what to learn and know everything they can about their customers. Now, some people may find this to be a positive thing. I, however, believe this to be something awful. Yes, if that company knows everything about your life, they will be able to give you everything you are looking for with just one visit to one store. But my question is who wants a complete stranger to know everything about their life? I am not just talking about little things, I’m talking about your…

  • age
  • whether you have kids

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  • whether you are married
  • where you live in town
  • your salary
  • what credit cards you carry
  • divorce
  • where you went to college
  • what topics you talk/research online
  • political views
  • what you read
  • # of cars you own

If it wasn’t bad enough to just have someone know all this about you, they also have people analyzing these parts of your life. It completely freaks me out that a complete stranger can learn and “analyze” every move you make in life just from shopping with a credit card, or filling out a survey, or opening an email from them, or calling their help line. I definitely think there is a danger when it comes to having a complete stranger know everything about your life.

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Don’t Google Yourself.

If you haven’t already Googled yourself, you might not want too.  That is because what you see you may or may not like.  When I Googled myself on the web search I saw some articles from when I played sports in high school, which were fine because I  know I signed a media release.  However when I clicked images, my twitter and Facebook picture popped up.

googltNow this is odd because I don’t remember signing a release for those pictures, and I thought all my pictures were on private? This could get confusing.  Just like Gaylor’s video, “RiP! A Remix Manifesto” about copyright. Should our pictures on social media sites be protected? I think yes but sadly once you post something on the internet it is on there forever.  There is no going back.  It’s kind of scary to think that I’m going on my private Facebook, my pictures are blocked and there I am on Google.

I feel that our pictures should be copyrighted on the internet.  That is because they are our own personal pictures.   When I post a picture on my social media sites I do it with intention that only my friends will be able to see it.   But once my picture is on Google anyone anywhere can access them and do whatever they want to do with them, and I don’t know how I feel about that.  Well actually I do, scared.  People have their work copyrighted but our own pictures are not? Anyone around the world can just take them for their own personal use.  That doesn’t sit right with me. I know you can watch what you post online and try not to put such personal photos, but isn’t that the point of social media sites to share with your friends. In my opinion our photos should be protected.  For real. Yeah they are supposed to be protected on Facebook but then how come I come up on Google? googlw

Here’s what I got when I Googled myself.  The top one is me playing soccer in high school and the second row there is my Twitter and Facebook picture.

Here is Baylor’s video!

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I’m Bringing Myspace Back

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No, no don’t worry! I’m not actually trying to bring Myspace back.  Although I do miss having a profile song, decorating my “about me”, and having a top 8! unfortunately those are long gone and past now.  Some kids these days probably have no idea what I would even be talking about, like my favorite shows, All That, Guts, and Legends of the Hidden Temple, but that’s a different topic for a different blog.  Anyways, back on track, Myspace is gone from our computer’s history but not from our hearts and soon I might be saying the same thing about Facebook.  However, I don’t think that will happen just yet, because it is used by millions of people across the world, including me.  Our assignment was to take a week off of Facebook and see how it goes.  At first I really didn’t mind because I honestly can’t remember when I posted a status but as time went on I grew uneasy.  As much as I dofacebook-thumb1-300x239n’t think I use Facebook, I really use it a lot.  Even though it’s not the first thing I open every morning, I open the app on my phone many other times during the day.  I never realized that any time that I am waiting around or I’m bored, I’m on Facebook.  I will always just be scrolling through not posting, just reading what other people have to say.  I guess you can say that’s creepy but I look at the funny pictures and stories that are shared everyday.  So when Professor Wolff asked us to stay off from Facebook for a week I had a little bit of a hard time.  I would often forget about the assignment and click on the phone app as force of habit. So I guess you can say I couldn’t really go through with the assignment for the full week. But that’s okay, the assignment has taught me something, in the time when I’m scrolling through Facebook I could be enjoying life around me.  Sometimes when your so consumed with your phone, and social media sites you tend to miss what’s going on right in front of your eyes. So next time your bored and want to open an app don’t, there’s so much more important things in life.

Oh and NOSTALGIA!!!!!! Your Welcome 🙂

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Teaching Hero

Vicki Davis, known to her students as the Wikinator, seems to do it all.  She is a Best Teacher blog winner, a co-founder of @flatclassroom, an author, and a mother.  I know your probably asking how I found out all this information.  Believe it or not it was all on her Twitter account.  The assignment for class was to follow people in our professions.  Davis was on a website for the top educators to follow on Twitter.  After reading some of her tweets it was clear as to why she was on that list.  Vicki Davis is an educator and most of the people she is following are educators as well. A lot of her tweets are geared directly towards education. She posts many enlightening links about teaching and most of her own tweets are inspirational quotes about being a teacher.  She once tweeted, “Teaching is like breathing for me, it gives me life.” So I tweeted at her and said, “That is why I can’t wait to be a teacher!”  I couldn’t believe that she replied to me and said, “just make it through the first few years. Those are tough- it gets better. :-)”  After she replied to me she followed me.  I was thrilled that she replied back to me because any feedback about being an educator is great feedback.   She also confirmed why I can’t wait to be a teacher.  I can’t wait to see that spark in a child’s eye after they understand something I’ve taught them.  Seeing them grow as individuals is something that I look forward too.  Davis knew that I wanted to be a teacher.   I feel that she follows people related to her profession and that is important to do especially on social media sites. The more people I follow in my profession the more advice and tips I will obtain.  After analyzing her followers and tweets it seems as though she is very dedicated to teaching and she loves what she does.  The world needs more teachers like her, that are dedicated to their job.   Although I don’t know her personally, just some of the positive things she says about being a teacher has me looking forward to attaining my goal of being an inspirational leader to children.  I plan on following her and others like her through my professional career.   Hopefully I will become a successful teacher,  just like Vicki Davis. super_20teacher

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What it means to be literate.

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English: QWERTY keyboard, on 2007 Sony Vaio laptop computer. Français : Le clavier QWERTY d’un ordinateur portable Sony Vaio de 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What Technological Literacy?

Before we discuss what technological literacy is, I must ask, what is literacy? To some, it is the skill of reading and writing. To others, it is having a specific knowledge of a specific area. From my past schooling experience, I always associated my belief of literacy with a combination of both statements. I always thought that if you had a complete understanding of a specified area, that meant that you could read about it and write about it. But that is not true for all things someone can be literate at. There is music, dancing, athletic sporting events, sigh language, and many more things that people can be literate at, but they do not need to read or write about those things.

So what is technological literacy?

In the words of Cynthia Selfe, technological literacy involves computer skills and the ability to use computers and other technology to improve the learning of individuals, the productivity of their technology use, and their overall performance. When someone has technological literacy, which means that that individual has probably taken computer classes in the past.

In schools these days, they have classes designed to help children learn the correct way to use particular sites on the internet and how to become literate using the qwerty keyboard, but in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools around me, they offer no classes in how to protect yourself online and how to be safe, while being literate. I think that is one step that is vitally important not

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Educators in Twitter

For the past three weeks, I have been learning to use twitter as not only part of my class and homework assignments, but also as a way to make connections to people who are already established in the field of teaching (which is the field I’m hoping to go into).

One person out of the many that I have been following is Vicki Davis. She is a teacher blog winner and co-founder of the flat classroom.

After looking at her list of people she follows, a few things were clear to me about her. It seems to me that many students look to her for guidance, for she has many college students hoping to get into the teaching field following her, as well as following

  • motivational quotes
  • a Pastor and Christian groups
  • other educators
    • teachers
    • principals
    • writers
    • and the list keeps going.

Just from looking at her list of people she follows, it was very clear to me that she is a very well- rounded person and is extremely educated. That is a very important thing in my eyes when it comes to being an educator. When you are a well-rounded person, it helps you understand children who are different. The reason I believe that is because you are more likely to be able to see things for others’ points of view if you have experience with many diverse people.