Using social media/tech for educational purposes
- Play Checkbook app teaches children financial literacy
- Not just for kids - opportunities to teach adults as well
- Is it a few years too late? Some people speculate that Facebook is past its prime, especially with younger age groups. Perhaps this would have been more popular a few years ago.
- Facebook Home aims to centralize your phone to Facebook - is this even welcome?
- Issue of privacy concerns raised yet again
"People are still making things" - Buffalo Small Press Book Fair
On March 20th, Social Media Club Buffalo teamed up with young professional organization Buffalo Niagara 360 for a dynamic Social Media Mixer at the Saturn Club. Tables were lead by SMC members as attendees discussed social media related issues in their professional fields. Prizes were awarded to attendees who visited all six tables, such as tickets to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Shea's Performing Arts Center, and LA Fitness.
The tables were lead by:
Christine Kemp: Social Media Basics
Christina Singh: Social Media for Business
Nicole Schuman: Organizing and Streamlining Social Media
Erin Reedy: All About Blogging
Beth Weinberg: Professional Ethics in Social Media
Andy Morin: Video for Social Media
A huge thanks to Buffalo Niagara 360 and the Saturn Club for hosting us! View photos from the event on Buffalo.com.
1. New Facebook Newsfeed design
- Better design than previous versions
- Higher weight on videos in algorithm, videos & photos will be displayed bigger
- There are ways to get it early before Facebook gives it to you
2. Facebook Graph Search
- Split between creepy v. cool technology
- You may want to go through and see what you’ve liked in the past and unlike anything you don’t want to be searched for
- Previously, if you wanted to buy an ad you can select people to see it who have liked certain things – now you can see who those people actually are
- As always, questions about privacy concerns are raise
* Similar to push for “open source” government data – making public record data freely available to push for tech solutions to social problems
3. YouTube updates
- Wants more streamlined/professional reputation, provides professional production capability to their top producers
- Time Warner Cable limits 1080p streaming on their internet service
1. Facebook Gifts
- Can be sent directly from Facebook to a user – Starbucks gift cards, etc. Free (no user fees) and easy to use.
2. Facebook Charging for Messages
- Facebook is experimenting with a feature that will charge users to send messages to people they’re not friends with. Cost will vary depending on how big that person’s social network is (i.e. it costs $100 to send Mark Zuckerberg a message)
- Why might this be so? – To avoid spammers, or as an opportunity to make more money after going public?
3. Every Signal
- Service advertised on google search page – searches social media posts for certain key words (e.g. “vacation” “new car”) and then directly sends those users emails about the products they are marketing. Intent is to “reach consumers right at the moment they’re willing to make a purchase”
- General consensus: seems pretty annoying/a little creepy – how would you be able to opt in or out?
4. Chrome Laptop
Thanks to everyone who attended Taco Vino III! We had a lot of familiar faces and many new faces, too! Once again, Lloyd's Taco Truck served up their famous duck tacos and we had the perfect setting at Just Vino. Our VIP hour ensured VIP guests didn't have to wait in line for wine and tacos. This year we saw lots of new raffle prizes with donations from Wegmans and Anna Grace, to name a few, and from our sponsor of the evening, Tops. Guests had fun writing their answers to "I tweet because..." and "My favorite part of the holiday season is..." on whiteboards, which we took pictures of and posted to the Instagram account (@smcbuffalo)! The club was also collecting donations for the Food Bank of WNY.