Social Media Stress Disorder….haha
May 6, 2011

Haha I saw this on Twitter!  It’s an article from Social Media Today that mocks the Social Media OBSESSED…I found it funny because…well I have the “SYMPTOMS” yikes!

“In a recent issue of Psychology Tomorrow Afternoon, Dr. Tweety McTweeterson, explains, “It starts out innocently enough.  A person gets a Facebook account and reconnects with a few friends from college.  They enjoy the daily updates, but soon find that they need more.  Facebook is a gateway social media tool.  When Facebook no longer feeds their social media buzz, they turn to Twitter (the crack of social media).  At first, it is confusing, but soon they have 40 or 50 followers and are getting to know their new friends.  After a few months, they find themselves spending more and more time on Twitter, until one day they discover TweetDeck.  It is all downhill from there.  The addict is tweeting at all hours, often carrying on three or four conversations at once.  They are hooked.”

Warning signs:

  1. Do you check your twitter stream the moment you wake, worried you might have missed something?
  2. Does it hurt your feelings when friends and family look at you with a combination of pity and concern, when you excitedly told them you now had 1,000 followers?
  3. Have you retweeted a celebrity tweet with delusions that they give a damn?

If any of these sound familiar, you may be vulnerable to SMSD.  The attacks can be brutal, leading to feelings of nerdiness with light bouts of geekiness.  Under no circumstance should you try to talk about it with your family or friends, as you will be mocked, making the situation worse. “

Portfolio
May 4, 2011

It’s that time of year again!  I am fixing up my portfolio for my Communications class, I haven’t done much to it since last semester.  I added a few things to the experience section, added a new video, and still having trouble uploading my slide show presentations.  Feel free to check it out!

Fake Tweetz
May 4, 2011

Originally I was planning on doing the “Beautiful Social” final…however in my procrastination I spent 4 hours online “window shopping”.  I came up with the idea to turn this into my final project.

I came up with the twitter handle “SH0PAH0LIK”, I based on the “girly” side of my personality and just had fun with it.  I tweeted a lot of links to cute clothes for all types of budgets, I also interacted with fashion blogs, and tweeted style/fashion articles.  This is a quick snap shot of my twitter:

I tweeted things such as Kleinfeld’s knock-off of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress that will be available this summer.  I also tried to start some conversations such as “summer is almost here- where’s your favorite summer shop spot?” and “What’s your take on maxi skirts- love ’em or hate ’em?”

I wish that I had went with this idea earlier because I would have loved to see what could really happen and how far it could go!  I started this twitter about 24 hours ago…

Last night when I went to bed I only had 11 followers….but I continued to tweet and engage my audience.  For the duration of this endeavor- I’ve tweeted 30 times and have about 30 followers.  This really SHOCKED me – my followers t.r.i.p.l.e.d. over night.  I can’t imagine what would have happened in the long run!

I think I may keep up with this twitter…not AS intense…(a.k.a. I won’t tweet EVERY hour) but I think it will be fun to keep up with it a little bit!!  Just to keep the experiment going!  Anyway if you want to check it out – @SH0PAH0LIK

Ginger talk
April 3, 2011

For my TEDGINGERtalk, I will explain how the rise of social media had changed the way we read and react to the news.

    

Trending now: Brigid Slattery gives a talk about the revolution social media has led to in the “news” industry.  Listen as Brigid explains how this wide-spread uncontrolled forum has changed the way we hear about the news.   The rise of consumer-driven content has gotten rid of the gate keepers; letting you decide what is “newsworthy”.

Inspired ginger…
April 1, 2011

I have been so busy this past month…being in Policy while looking for a job is so time and mind consuming! 

Wednesday I got the chance to meet with Stanford Thompson again- this time I got to watch the kids of Tune Up Philly play their instruments.  It was so incredible to see how fast the children could learn something new- for example I saw the 2nd grade violinists who at the beginning of the class could not play the scale backwards – 30 minutes later they could play the scale backwards with ease. 

I have been so inspired working with Stanford Thompson and learning about Tune Up Philly.  The two most amazing things to me about this whole thing is that

  1. These kids picked up their first instrument in October and they play beautifully

2. Stanford Thompson is only 24 years old!

This whole experience has inspired me and as I was driving back through West Philadelphia to get back to school I thought of something I can do.

In one of my classes we began talking about “urban food deserts” which is an urban area where it is hard to find fresh foods.  Instead of supermarkets there is a surplus of fast-food establishments.  In 1996, a British Low Income Project Team defined food deserts as “areas of relative exclusion where people experience physical and economic barriers to accessing healthy foods” (Reising and Hobbiss, 2000). 

I came up with this idea of opening up cooking classes in these “food deserts” to teach people how to cook low-cost healthy meals that they can provide to their family.  I don;t know if anyone has started a program similar to this but I wish I went to culinary school or something of that sort because I think this would be such a great program!  I spoke with my roommate about it because she is in food marketing and I think we may look into it in a few years after we’ve gotten more experience!  We shall see….

a ginger’s first blog
September 3, 2010

Julie & Julia

Image via Wikipedia


This is my first blog…I don’t really know what to say here it’s been a very long day! I looked at a few other blogs to get some ideas and spent an hour looking at themes.  I’m trying this theme out now…I  don’t even remember what it’s called.  My next challenge is figuring out what I should dedicate my blog to.  I was thinking something along the lines of “Julie and Julia” where I try to conquer something new every day…well maybe not every day…once a week?  Or I was thinking of rediscovering an old passion to spark my creativity such as photography or painting…we’ll see where it takes me!