I’ve activated three plugins on my blog! This is exciting.

The lucky plugins that were added and why:

GD Star Rating: This plugin allows me to have a rating system for my posts. Did I spell something wrong or use improper grammar? Give me a thumbs down! Go wild. It was very easy to activate this plugin — all I had to do was press “activate” on the plugin menu and then I could go into this plugin’s settings menu and play around with certain things.

Slideshare: This plugin helps with embedding slides into your blog. This will be helpful when I get to the point of making a slideshow! You activate the plugin and then there are instruction on how to embed the slides once you are ready to do so.

Word Twit: This plugin posts updates to my Twitter when I create a new post on my blog. Again, this was very easy to activate. I just pressed “activate” on the plugin menu and then went to this specific plugin’s setting to sign in through my Twitter account. When you sign into Twitter through the settings of Word Twit it sets it up so that new posts will be tweeted from your Twitter username.

(See! You can rate this post.)

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Look, they’re on Facebook! As much as I am a champion of free speech and privacy rights, the thought of the Air Force creating fake accounts doesn’t bother me that much. Of course, there is free speech and people are allowed to say whatever they want (with some exception) on their social media pages, people in the Air Force, or any other branch of the military, make a commitment and need to be responsible for whatever actions they make known to their social network. This article makes me think of a friend who was married to someone in the service. They were separated, but he was refusing to get an actual divorce because he would get paid less if he was not married. Of course, my friend eventually could go to the service and explain what is going on — but then you have the investigation process and so on. With the help of Facebook in these instances it could help regarding martial issue that, without a doubt, surface rather frequently.

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This is a really cool map portrayal of online communities in 2007. Click here to check out the map for 2010. It is a funny, in a ha-ha way and an interesting way, to check out how much things can change in just a few  years.
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Overall, in a very general sense I think that using social media in a time of disaster is a good thing. Referring to examples that were provided in the inforgraphic, people look to social media outlets, such as Twitter, for constant updates. Even if you are a news junkie there are times when you aren’t able able to be watching the news or listening to the radio. But, you can find out what is going on by the news organization tweeting, or even from people who are right in the action. Also, more people are on social media Web sites and it is a surefire way to get information to people. Some people never open a newspaper or turn on CNN, but does that mean that they don’t deserve to be informed? I don’t think so.

Concerning the girls who used Facebook instead of using their cell phones to call 911, or anyone, for help I have to admit that that might be pushing it a bit. Of course, the Mashable piece didn’t get into much more detail about the girls. Perhaps for some reason the call function wasn’t working or they didn’t have reception, but could access Facebook…whatever the case may be it is important to know that the first step should be dialing 9-1-1. Then, we can be happy that we have other outlets incase that call for help cannot be made.

I say Tweet away, but if applicable please call 9-1-1 first…

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I have just added Site Meter to my blog! You can find it on the right side with the other widgets.

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Check out this pieces posted on the New York Times home page: A Year at War: Staying in Touch with Home, for Better or Worse.

Soldiers have the ability to be on Facebook, video chat with their families and send text messages. But, the question is: Is this a good thing? Soldiers before could tune out the problems going on at home and now they are in their face. Is this problematic to the mindset of an overseas soldier? What do you think?

(photo: New York Times online)

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When thinking about what widgets to add to my blog I first thought about what kind of widgets I appreciate when reading a blog. I decided that adding a search bar, a calendar of posts, an area where my most recent posts are show, blogroll links and a RSS feed.

Adding the widgets is made very simple by WordPress. All you have to do is access the “widgets” on the left sidebar on your dashboard. There you are given a list of possible widgets that you can easily drag over to the right part of the screen. Once they are in the box on the right that means that they have been applied to your blog. Here is where you can customize titles and decide in what order you would like the widgets to appear on your blog.

Search bar: I put my search bar first because often time the search bar is a heavily used tool and it needs to be easily located on a Web site. A user should not have to sift through each and every post to find what they need — the search bar is there to make the blog more accessible.

Calendar of posts: This tool is beneficial for organizational purposes. I find it helpful to me to keep track of when I am doing my work.

Recent posts: This widget is helpful to have docked on the side of the blog because if you get to searching through a blog and find yourself deep in past posts, you will have a reference of what the the author is talking about currently in comparison to in past blog posts.

Blogroll: I think this is a fun widget that gives the author a chance to show a little about themselves in another medium than just a blog post.

RSS feed: Lastly, much like the blogroll, the RSS feed shows a bit about the author. I have The New York Times RSS feed on my blog because I feel like it is vital that people are informed and commit themselves to reading a world-class newspaper in an effort to stay current.

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I have to chuckle to myself a bit when I read something that suggests that a human should act human. And it is true, we need to remind ourselves of this sometimes. I am a journalism major and have too often witnessed fellow journalists who lose all sense of what they are doing and act like they people that they are talking to are only there to spew out information so that you can in turn spew out their information for them.

It doesn’t work like that. If you yourself act like a person you are going to so much more from the person who is already acting human. As this is true in journalism where face time with strangers is crucial, this is also true for marketing. Acting like a robot can things done on paper, but when you need other people to help you success acting like a droid is going to seriously set you back. It really is who you know and how will you know anyone if you can’t maintain relationships and hold conversations? In this digital age we can all hide behind a computer, but remember we can all ignore e-communication just as easy.

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Hi there. My name’s Samantha Krotzer. I am a journalism major with a focus in the magazine sequence. I am a journalism major because I have always loved to write and was curious about writing for a mass audience. In high school I tried out writing for the school paper and wrote a feature on a student with a mullet. I mean, how cool is that? Apparently pretty cool because I won an award for it and now here I am a few months away from getting a degree in journalism. I am a total social media advocate. So much so that I volunteered to be in charge of the social media pages of the business where I work out. I kind of know what I am doing, but not really. This is where this class steps in.

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