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Hey Communicators

Well, it’s been a long 5 week wait, but we can get to talk Social Media!

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, tumblr, Snapchat, Linkdin, Spotify the list goes on. And with most of us having the Apps for these sites on our Smartphones, it’s quite incredible how we manage to look up at people during the day. Or get much work done.

By now most of us are us some sort of Social Media moguls. If you’re like me you can hardly make it through the day without checking at least one of your Social Media pages. Maybe not even every hour.

We were asked to create a survey to analyse people’s Social Media habits, the results of my survey are as follows.

An overwhelming 85% of respondents still list Facebook as their preferred Social Media site, with most of them listing it as a great way to keep in touch with family and friends, but it still wasn’t their preferred method of keeping in touch with loved ones.

When asked how frequently they check their pages almost 40% of respondents said up to 7-10 times a day.

Only 40% of respondents have met friends/partners through Social Media sites

If you’d like to partake in the survey for fun:






As I mentioned in last week’s blog,  I use my phone A LOT. Followed closely by my laptop and television.

The reason I got a laptop was because I needed one for Uni, so it was mostly for convenience sake. Another reason was because it made internet access in my house a lot easier, rather than having to wait for someone else to finish up on the home PC, I could start it up in the loungeroom in front of the T.V. and browse it to my heart’s content. I probably use my phone and laptop for much the same reasons, such logging on to my social media accounts, but I  use my laptop more for browsing the web because I find the mobile versions of most websites annoying.

I got my first Smartphone nearly 2 years ago. I was a little bit later than some people to venture into the Smartphone market but it wasn’t a hard choice. The reason I ended up going with Android was because my parents and a couple of my friends were users of it’s technology and that’s what swayed my decision. Plus everyone else had iPhones and I’m anti-establishment. I use my phone most because I text or message my friends via Facebook constantly and every once in a while I’ll call someone too.

Lastly I watch television quite a bit because it’s still where I get most of my news information from. And having Foxtel feeds my uncontrollable sports addiction, as well as my penchant for trashy reality T.V. (Real Housewives, I’m looking at you).

The issue of Privacy is an interesting one. I’d like to think I’m really vigilant when it comes to disclosing information to companies, but the truth is that they know a lot more about me than I care to acknowledge. I recently found this out when I noticed that the images for ads of asos dresses that were showing on my Facebook Newsfeed were the same I’d been looking at on the actual asos website. To say I was a little freaked out by this is an understatement.

Having joined the ranks of Tweeters a few months ago I’ve some to realise that, apart from 3 people I now have about 60 or so followers whom I’ve never met in person. I know, or have met, all of the people I know on Facebook and Instagram. I think that Twitter is a lot more specialised in that way, most of the people I follow, or who follow me, are people who are fellow sports enthusiasts. My privacy settings on Twitter aren’t as stringent as the ones I place on Facebook or Instagram. I guess the most important reason for that is because I would like to reach a bigger audience on Twitter so I don’t restrict myself as much. Whereas I regard Facebook and Instagram as a much more personal space, so I put a higher price on them.

That’s week two done!


Hey Communicators, welcome to Week 2.

This week we explored through some of the key inventions and landmarks in Communication history.

A key concept which was produced in the lecture this week was that there is a common link shared through words such as Communicate, communion and Commonwealth. The lecture slide read,

“They are all based on the conjunction of the Latin words com(with, together) and un (one), and show the intimate connection between the community of language and the community of politics. The interesting question is how the profusion of languages (computer, technoslang, pidgin, patois) will affect the emerging global politics and the kind of lives we lead.

It’s interesting to know that a lot of the key industries which have flourished during the 20th Century, such as Journalism, Advertising, Cyber and Web Studies, are part of the Communication umbrella.

I had a close look at a website called Topsy, a website that analyses all things trending around the web. I chose to analyse Twitter, and more specifically, tweets about the Australian Federal election. It shows that there have been over 1 million tweets about the Election over the past month, a lot of them talking about asking people to register, but most just giving the Politicians a hard time. I also looked at the “Social Analytics” page on the site and it showed that there were over 3 million tweets a day about Starbucks, Coca-Cola and Pepsi over the past month. Starbucks came in first with over 2.7 million, Pepsi came in second (rather surprisingly) with over 620 000 and Coke in third, with just under 500 000.

Also included in Pt 1 of Week 2 is this cute video I saw on YouTube that documents the History of Communication. I chose this particular video because it is engaging, both visually and with its content. It doesn’t contain any vocabulary, but has an emotive track for its soundtrack and also has figures in it, rather than actual people. Also, it only goes for just under 2 minutes, so you don’t have to make a particularly big investment in it in terms of time.

I hope you enjoy it, I found it really beautiful to watch.

Week 2, Pt 1 done! Stay tuned for Pt. 2



I’ll start by saying that this is my first attempt at serious blogging action, well kind of. I’ve set up a blog before and have yet to write anything substantial on it. Well anything full stop really, but people keep telling me it’s the thought that counts, so I will continue to believe that.

I’m a First Year at Griffith University, studying a Bachelor of Communication, and I eventually want to become a Sports Journalist. In a nutshell. The other subjects I’m doing are Journalism, Intro to Marketing and Intro to PR. I find it a nice cohesive subject choice this semester, all the subjects seem to be really closely linked, which is good.

Since this is subject is New Technology, I guess it would only be appropriate to mention the types of technologies I use, and like. First and foremost, I’m an Android girl. I refuse to be a slave to Apple corporation, although I would lose the will to live if I lost my iPod, but that’s the only slice of Apple (see what I did there) I own. On the subject of phones, I have come to realise that I have a completely unnatural obsession with mine, something that became apparent to me when I recently had to have it reset by the (Ph)one (D)octors at the Telstra shop, or as I like to call them, the PhD’s. That’s because I, like most of us today, have pretty much I whole lives stored on these devices and the thought of losing them is completely terrifying. Yes people, you’re reading correctly. I am talking about a technological device and not a family member.

My social media habits include Facebook, Twitter (I’m a skeptic turned advocate for Tweeting (if only some people would do so for climate change) and, more recently Instagram. It’s kind of sad to admit, but I usually check at least one of these pages before I get out of bed in the morning. Frightening.

There are some interesting topics to be covered this semester so hopefully some of you will find this blog entertaining!

That’s it for now.




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