How Active People Are on Social Media

Due to the recent global pandemic of the coronavirus many people have had so much free time other hands. Even though we have other things to keep us busy like spending time with family and doing school work social media seems to be a lot of peoples go to so obviously like the title of the article “Best Times to Post on Social Media Right Now”. Personally I noticed an increase of likes on my pictures and also throughout all of the people that I follow, not much to post though while in quarantine. According to the article “Activity on Facebook is now consistently high throughout every weekday. Previously, activity peaked on Wednesday from 11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m,, making that the best time to post on Facebook.”. Facebook is not an app I usually use but what interested me most is what they had to say about Instagram which was “Instagram’s activity is now much more concentrated in the work day, Previously, Wednesday at 11 a.m. and Friday from 10 a.m.–11 a.m. were identified as the best times to post. Now there’s less early morning activity, as well as a sharp drop-off after 6pm. Therefore, mid-afternoon has been identified as an ideal time to post. Specifically – Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 11 a.m. and Tuesday at 2 p.m. are the best times to post on Instagram.Another interesting shift when it comes to Instagram activity is that weekends, especially Sundays, were traditionally the worst times to post.” All of this information is really interesting how they can tell when people are on the apps and how active most people are. It also intrigued me how there’s a trend on when most people go on to social media.

https://www.searchenginejournal.com/best-times-to-post-on-social-media-right-now/365504/#close

Will the Internet Break?

Due to everyone self quarantining, as in doing everything form home and not leaving their homes, people rely so much more on the internet than usually. There is a lot of evidence to support that internet usage has gone up. For example, in the article “Will the coronavirus break the internet” it states “Internet usage is up fifty percent in some parts of the world as more aspects of our daily lives have moved online”. Which is very true for me personally I feel like my whole day consist on being on the internet from my classes online and homework to connecting with my friends to entertainment like social media and Netflix. Everything I do basically uses the internet and it is probably the same for a lot of people all around the world. The concern in the article is stated when the writer informs us that “Some remote-work platforms and services have struggled to keep up with increased demand.” I agree that it may be a huge change in internet usage but I do not think that it will break the internet like at all. I am glad that we have the internet to help us all cope with this pandemic. It helps a lot staying in contact with friends and family that I can not see as often as I usually do especially my friends that I am used to seeing everyday.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/will-coronavirus-break-the-internet/

False Information About the Coronavirus

Currently there is a pandemic around the world caused by the coronavirus. It has caused an uproar all over the world and it is extremely contagious causing people to have to self quarantine. Recently basically every college has been sent home for the rest of the spring semester and schools and jobs have been sent home indefinitely. This leads to working from home and college students and many other students k-12 doing school from online. With increased internet use caused by boredom of staying home people have been o social media a lot so that’s where many people tend to see their information but not all of it may be true. In the article “Social Media Fuels Spread of Covid-19 Information and Misinformation” it informs us that “Dredze’s team recently launched a website, Social Media for public Health, which aims to combat misinformation, support messaging from public health organizations, and track information about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.” This is very helpful because many people like myself want to look more into the virus but there are so many different articles out there currently that it is hard to keep track of. Social media has played many roles to the pandemic like a way to connect with friends and family still, a source of entertainment, and much more. In the article it says “The covid-19 pandemic is at scale that we have never seeing these of social media. And it is critical to use social media to understand what kind of information is being shared and what people believe in order to ensure effective policy.” This basically mean there has ever been something like the Coronavirus that has such a huge effect on the whole world during the age where social media is so popular. Social media is not only doing bead it is also doing a lot of good during this pandemic.

https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/03/27/mark-dredze-social-media-misinformation/

Internet helping people through quarantine

Due to the Coronavirus, creating a pandemic across the world many schools and universities have cancelled in person classes and converted to online classes for the remainder of the spring semester. Most are concerned they will not get the full learning experience and are also worried they will not be able to fully learn the material though online classes. In addition this virus is spreading rapidly and it is highly encouraged to STAY HOME and avoid going in public at all cost. It is also encouraged to social distance which is to stay a good six feet away from people. This has all caused people to have to switch and use technology more often to be able to stay in contact with people and to just stay entertained. In the article “From Netflix Party to Zoom: The internet apps getting us through quarantine” it talks about new innovations designed to help people during the pandemic. In the article Aja Romano states “Group virtual movie nights have always been a thing, but now they are vital forms of social activity. Among the wide array of apps being used to organize and assemble group movie nights, two tentpoles seem to have emerged: Discord and Netflix Party.” Netflix Party is used to be able to watch tv or movies with people but vitally and Discord is a way players can chat while playing video games. This leads us to Zoom, which is basically like a huge Group FaceTime with Teachers use now to be able to teach their class. They have the ability to still use a form of clicker questions, mute student or have them unmuted so they are still able to participate, see them through the web cam to see them engaging with the material , and many other functions. Thanks to these apps people are able to coupe a little better during this whole pandemic.

https://www.vox.com/2020/3/21/21185750/how-to-group-chat-watch-movies-games-netflix-discord-zoom-coronavirus-internet

Essential Technology

Ever since everyone has started to self quarantine almost everyone uses the internet and their devices more from doing school and work from home to just using the internet and devices as a source of entertainment. This has made people more aware in the technology that is actually essential to us. In the article “The Virus Revealed Our Essential Tech (and Weeded out the Excess) it state our “few basic items and service”, which are “computing devices with access to work tools and a browser, communication tools to stay connected with our loved ones and colleges, entertainment to keep us from losing our minds, and an internet connection to let us do all of the above”. As a person in this world affected like the rest of the world in self quarantine I have noticed I have been relying heavily on these basic internet and technologies to help stay sane and connected. In this article it breaks down the importance of these few basic items and service. First the article talks about a strong internet connection and explains how we should invest in good wifi because its very helpful in the long run. Many people including have outdated wifi and they do not realize. After reading this I think mine might be outdated because I have noticed how slow it is, gotta talk to my mom about it. Next the article goes more into depth about communication tools which are obviously essential because almost everyone own a cell phone but also communication tools help us keep in contact with friends and family while we are isolated at home. Another topic that the article goes in depth about is entertainment. As sources of entertainment many people stream Netflix, youtube, etc., and also uses many apps to stay entertained. Lastly, it is essential to have “a computing=g device to do work” as stated in the article. Aside from all that this article talks about all the excess technology that we really do not need but many people have.

The Coronavirus Disrupting Social Media

Recently the has been a horrible outbreak called the coronavirus, causing a pandemic around the world. This is also affecting social media. Recently on due to the pandemic FaceBook has taken down and restricted the ability to share links. According to the article “Legitimate new outlet and website, including The Atlantic, USA Today, the Times of Israel, and BuzzFeed, among many other, were being taken down en masse for reportedly violating FaceBook’s spam rule. The problem impacted People’s ability to share news articles and information about the developing coronavirus pandemic.” said the staff writer. People are angered by this and find it unreasonable for FaceBook to be able to do this. Due to the pandemic most people are self quarantining themselves in their house hold which leads them to Turing to social media as one of the primary ways to stay updated on the pandemic and stay in contact with friends and family. With majority of schools being sent home to prevent spread of the virus many companies and jobs have been sending their workers home too. This includes FaceBook having to send their workers home. According to the article it states “Facebook and other tech companies have also sent home their content moderators, who serve as their first line of defense against the horrors of the internet. Their works often difficult, if not impossible to do from home. Without their labor, the internet might become a less free and more frightening place.” Therefore this causes Facebook to try its best with other methods like the automated spam filter. Even though the content moderators are sent home and probably can not continue to do their work Facebook will continue to pay their workers. These problems will are also likely to happen to Youtube and Twitter because they announced tp seed their workers home and switch to automated tools.

https://www.wired.com/story/coronavirus-social-media-automated-content-moderation/

Virtual College Tours

Due to the coronavirus pandemic causing an uproar across the world many ways of our daily lifestyle has had to adjust to what the world has to do to overcome this pandemic. Everyone is advised to social distance and self quarantine. With this students are not able to go to school of all grade including colleges especially, people are not able to go to work, vacation or do normal things that they usually could do. It is impacting so many people which is crazy to think. Ever since we all started school we knew we would be going to graduate, if that was your path but due to this pandemic seniors of class of 2020, high school and college probably will not have a regular graduation. Also the seniors can not even visit colleges that they are deciding on. Therefore, colleges have began offering virtual tours for their incoming students. In this article it states “On-campus college tours in San Diego have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though schools decisions to dos are in line with stay-at-home orders, they mean prospective students and incoming freshman are unable to visit their top school choices in person”. This took a toll on many seniors that still have yet to visit or re visit their top schools. Thankfully with this technology they can get a sense of what each school is like.

Colleges begin offering virtual tours for incoming students

Coronavirus and Social Media

When you see an article do you read the whole thing or do you just read the title and skim through it? Recently there has been a lot of attention drawn to the coronavirus also known as COVID-19. The coronavirus according to dictionary.com is any group of RNA viruses that cause a variety of diseases in humans and other animals. The coronavirus has recently had outbreaks thought the world and now made its way to the United States. The symptoms are very similar to a common cold. In this article it states how people are so eager to share articles that they do not even read but just read the title and skim through it. For this reason the author suggests not to read the articles about the coronavirus. He points out in the article that people read news articles on electronic devices and “the articles are often short due to a lack of attention span from users”. Since writers tend to make articles shorter this does not allow people getting all the information to correctly and fully inform them. Lamoureux, the researcher, noticed that based on the increasing spread and awareness of the coronavirus advertisers try and use this towards their advantage. Lamoureux states “some advertisers are trying to profit off anxiety associated with the illness”. This encourages websites to ban ads that promote things involving the coronavirus. It is recommended to steer clear from websites that are not official and try to get your information from government websites.

https://turnto10.com/news/local/coronavirus-and-social-media-be-careful-what-you-click-on

Underestimating the Digital Divide

It is pretty obvious that there is a digital divide between our country. A digital divide, according to Whatis.com, “is a term that refers to the gap between demographics and regions that have access to modern information and communications technology, and those that do not or have restricted access”. It is mostly common for the digital divide occur between people in cities and people in rural areas. In the article it points out how poor people in rural areas are more likely to no be connected. These people do not have access to high speed internet. There have been things that try to help advocate for these people like local funding, use of federal dollars, research, and other methods. In the article it states that “the FCC approved a 20.4 billion dollar Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to narrow America’s digital gap”. There are many benefits to having a more dependable and better connection. The examples given in the article consist of “better job opportunities for working rural poor, more competition among farmers and the option for kids to have a better education”. There is a risk that if the calculations by the FCC are off that the funding will also be affected.

https://www.citylab.com/equity/2020/02/internet-access-rural-broadband-digital-divide-map-fcc-data/606424/

Our Social Media When We Die

Have you ever wondered what happens to your social media after you die. I always thought that it just stayed on the Internet forever unless a family member decided to delete  it or if the type of social media was removed your account would just go with it. Turns out there are alternate ways to protect you identity after you die. For example, Facebook there is a legacy feature. According to Facebook the legacy feature means you can assign someone in settings as your legacy contact. Defined by Facebook a legacy contact is “someone you choose to look after your account if it is memorialized. If you choose to add a legacy contact, that person will be able to make decisions about your account once it is memorialized.” Some other things that your legacy contact will have access to do is accept or decline friend requests, choose who can post tributes, change your profile and cover pictures, and a few other things. With that there are also limits. Some limits include that they will not be able to fully log into your account, read your messages, or remove any of your existing friends. It is pretty simple to set up this feature. As stated in the article, first you have to go to settings and then choose memorialization settings, then press edit which is where you can choose your legacy contact. After all of that the person that you chose will will get an email about how the process works. There is also an option in the memorialization setting to delete your account after you pass away. Another app that has a similar feature is instagram which is owned by facebook. This app does not have the option to choose a legacy contact but you can personally leave instructions for your loved ones to delete or have you account memorialized.

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/what-happens-to-your-social-media-accounts-when-you-die