I think that having Spotify affiliate ads would work the best for my personal blog. Since I feature Spotify playlists and embed the Spotify player in each of my posts, it makes sense that I should earn profit every time someone clicks on a song in the Spotify player or opens up the application on their computer or Spotify web player. Essentially, my blog will help increase Spotify’s traffic by offering a more personalized feel of Spotify – helping users narrow down their search for new music. In addition, these users may be more likely to become Spotify premium users which increases Spotify’s profit and Spotify itself will profit from more viewers that listen to or click on the ads they display on the application itself. All in all, my personal blog could be very helpful in advertising Spotify so a partnership with Spotify would be beneficial for my blog and the company itself.
When a blogger writes anonymously, it affects the way I read the blog because to me, what they’re writing seems more honest. If someone were to blog about something but not put their identity on it, it seems to me as if they want to share every raw detail of their experiences or thoughts without having to face any repercussions or judgments from friends and family. So with that being said, I am more likely to read the posts and take into consideration what they are saying. Personally, I have a private blog that is password protected where I write about things that I’ve experienced and any thoughts or feelings I have and I think that blogging anonymously is almost equivalent. In essence, having an anonymous identity is kind of like password protecting the blog. Either way, the blogger is trying to protect himself or herself but with blogging anonymously, there is an added benefit of hearing others share their thoughts and opinions or their own experiences. All in all, I would probably be more attentive when reading an anonymous blog than an ordinary blog because with an anonymous blog, it seems like there’s something so important being said that the person can’t reveal their identity.
Bilton, Nick. “Meet Facebook’s Mr. Nice.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 22 Oct. 2014. Web. 16 Nov. 2014.
Although my past few annotated bibs have been depressing (as they highlight examples of the terrible effects of cyberbullying), there is still hope. Arturo Bejar works at Facebook and has the responsibility of creating new ways for people to report a post that they feel uncomfortable with or harassed by. Bejar’s goal is to get users to express their emotions about a post that they want removed from Facebook. In this way, he attempts to eliminate those posts and get users to speak out in situations where they feel bullied or harassed. This is important because often times, people who are bullied feel alone and that they have no one to reach out to and they feel hopeless. Bejar helps limit these feelings of loneliness and hopelessness by continually tweaking Facebook.
O’Reilly, Alison. “‘Sorry to Hear You Tried to Kill Urself… next Time Finish It’: One Young Woman’s Harrowing Account of How Cyber-bullies Pushed Her to Breaking Point.” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 29 Sept. 2012. Web. 16 Nov. 2014.
The internet continues to expand everyday, with new sites that all attempt to garner as many users as possible to profit off the site. These new sites includes Bebo, a social networking site that gives the user a variety of things to do – blog, post pictures/videos, chat with friends and more. Unfortunately, the freedom that comes with this site enables users to abuse their privileges. Throughout her teen years, Ciara Pugsley was harassed to the point where she attempted suicide multiple times. Fortunately she lived through those attempts but unfortunately, she committed suicide in the end. What is scary about Ciara’s situation is that after the people who were bullying her found out that she had attempted suicide and failed, they continued to harass her even more saying “sorry to hear you tried to kill urself… next time finish it ;)”. Most of the time we think that if teens see the consequences of their actions, they rethink their actions. However, the girls harassing Ciara didn’t learn from the possible consequences and kept up their malevolent behavior.
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We think that the bloggers should mention whether they received a product for free or not, as long as that is not the main focus of the article. Readers deserve to know if the person found this “great product” on their own or if it was provided for them to advertise. Readers tend to look at blogs to get information from real users of the product, and if that basic prerequisite is falsified, then the blogger is in many way lying to her readers. Additionally, paying for something, such as $50 for a foundation, gives you a slightly more critical perspective of the item’s quality than getting the same thing for free. We think there is nothing wrong with advertisement, as long as the writer is honest about it. The blogger at 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic uses a good system of images at the bottom of her posts showing whether the items discussed were bought, sent for review, or sponsored.
We also think that bloggers should be held responsible for fact checking, but not to the rigorous level that journalists are held. This is as much for the reputation of the blogger as for the need to have truthful information available online. Readers who see that a blog they follow has posted obviously falsified information, they will stop following that blog and readership will be lost. Having a reputation as a reliable source for information is both powerful for a blogger, but it’s also a delicate reputation to uphold, and one incorrect or poorly checked fact could break that.
I think that joining a blogging network would be really beneficial for my blog. I think there are so many music blogs out there that are similar yet different from my own blog. They may be similar in blog style or in taste of music but these same blogs could also be more focused on different types of music within the same ‘taste’ of music. There is a lot to discover and becoming part of a music blog network would enable readers to experience all these different types of blogs in one place – allowing them to discover many different artists. I think that if I were to join a music blog network, it would increase my readership because through just one network, they are able to discover so many varieties of blogs and a very general music type that they enjoy. Within the network, bloggers would be able to promote each other either by mentioning the other blogs or linking to the blog directly. This could be very beneficial because readers are able to access all the different blogs through the network and the bloggers themselves would be able to learn more about other types of music or blog styles and what elements garner the most views or largest audience.
It is easy to become a blogger, anyone can just log on to WordPress or Tumblr and create an account, write a post and it’s considered blogging. Some people blog because it is a hobby and they enjoy it but it’s the real world and who wouldn’t want to make money off of doing something they enjoy? In “How Bleacher Report Made Crap Journalism Pay”, Eskenazi comments on how Bleacher Report (a site with reader produced content) become so successful.
Bleacher Report was started by 4 friends who were huge sports fans and wanted to connect with other sports fans. The site quickly rose to popularity because it operated based on the idea of quantity over quality. But as time went on, the founders of Bleacher Report realized that valuing quantity over quality would not help them make their site into a profiting business. With that being said, Kaufman and many others were hired to spark up the site and enhance the quality of the posts.
One of the reasons Bleacher Report has such a huge fan audience is probably because “Bleacher Report employs an entire analytics team to comb through reams of data, determining who wants to read what, and when, at an almost granular level. In this way, the site can determine the ideal times to post certain types of stories—thus meeting a demand that doesn’t yet exist, but will.” In this way, Bleacher Report focuses on what’s going to be popular to garner the most visits on their page, which is what advertisers pay for when they post their ads on the site. The editors of the site come up with headlines which are then given to readers who will generate content for those headlines. Essentially, Bleacher Report publishes what they predict people are going to search for.
In the case of Bleacher Report, it seems as if it is impossible to create a profitable journalism site that maintains the quality and integrity of journalism. By creating headlines to cater to what will interest the most people, Bleacher Report essentially limits what fans are able to write about even though their original motto was a sports site created by the fans, for the fans.
In addition, Bleacher Report provides tips for their writers when publishing posts which include: key on a keyword, create hyperbolic headlines, cater to the masses and bet against the mainstream. These are just a few tips which all have one goal in common – to garner the most views and responses from the audience.
Unfortunately, many sites operate as Bleacher Report does – simply writing to get views. But in a world where everything is becoming digital and technology has become such a huge part of everyday life and virtual popularity can translate into actual money… people are more motivated to operate as Bleacher Report does. I guess in the end, Bleacher Report is simply doing what they have to do to survive and thrive. Even though the quality of the posts isn’t that great (but continuing to improve), people will still continue to visit the page daily and write for the site.
Lerner, Natasha. “The Problem With Ask.fm.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 23 Oct. 2013. Web. 03 Nov. 2014.
With more and more social media sites being constantly created, it is hard for teens to avoid getting accounts for these sites. It has become a huge part of a teen’s social life to help connect with friends but unfortunately, it has also become a platform for cyberbullying. One of the sites recently created was Ask.fm which is a site where individuals can submit anonymous questions or comments on a person’s profile. It has introduced another outlet in which teens can hide behind a screen and say mean things about others without having the face any social or legal punishment because it is posted anonymously. Unfortunately, the rise of these sites are what drive more and more teens to become depressed and commit suicide in society today.
We have decided to create a dessert company in which we will make different assortments of cake pops. In general, we will focus on using Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter. For each social media site, there is a different goal.
On Facebook, we want to convince customers to stop by our store by advertising special deals and seasonal items. In addition, it will be easy to find logistic information such as our address, store hours, prices so that customers have no problems getting to our store and knowing what to expect.
Instagram will help to entice customers with appealing pictures of our products. We will also encourage our customers to post Instagram pictures of our products hashtagging our business name.
On Pinterest we will share customers’ recipes and ideas in addition to their people’s pictures of our products. For an interactive component, we will post pictures of our products along with recipes so that people can try to make their own desserts at home. This will help to facilitate a positive relationship between our business and customers because they will feel like our business values their thoughts, ideas and creations.
Twitter will enable us to reach out to our customers and be more personal with them. With Twitter, we will use it to address customer concerns or answer questions. It would also be very much like our Facebook website in the sense that we are consistently posting live updates regarding special deals or seasonal items so that customers are up to date with our products.
An example of a seasonal product for the upcoming holiday:
Throughout the social media sites, we will have a consistent symbol that can be easily located and identified as our business logo. In general when we speak to our audience we want to be as friendly as possible so that consumers feel like they are in a casual relationship with us. We want them to feel like they can reach out to us and voice their ideas and opinions and form a unique bond with us over the art of baking.
Schneider, Mike, and Jennifer Kay. “Rebecca Ann Sedwick Suicide: Two Girls Arrested For ‘Terrorizing’ Bullied Victim.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 15 Oct. 2013. Web. 26 Oct. 2014.
Rebecca Ann Sedwick was a 12 year old girl who jumped to her death after being bullied by as many as 15 girls at her middle school. Rebecca was called nasty names, consistently harassed online (through Facebook) and even physically bullied. She had become suicidal, cutting her wrists many times because of the bullying that continued even after changing schools many times. Unfortunately, it is hard to charge individuals with driving others to commit suicide because of free speech laws.