All about TWITTER

Twitter (direct link to

Twitter – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

7 Twitter Marketing Campaigns to Learn From

Twitter’s New Advertising API

8 Keys to a Successful Twitter Marketing Campaign

When Did Twitter Grow Up?

Twitter Turns Seven

Social Media and the Arab Spring

Video: Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. collaboration <— this video is from 2005, the year Twitter was born, and years before social media would be used to demonstrate the power of collaboration in political change (as was the case with the Arab Spring, and [to a point] Occupy Wall Street.

[Twitter <– PowerPoint file, click to download]


Cyberbullying follow up: Steubenville Rape Trial

This story involves many of the issues we talked about in class, including cyberbullying over social media, victim blaming/shaming, reluctance to report abuse and how social media documented the whole thing. Even Anonymous got involved! These links below will orient you to the issues of the case (in chronological order).

Here are some links to check out:


We Wouldn’t Know About the Steubenville Rape Case If It Wasn’t for the Blogger Who ‘Complicated’ Things

Anonymous Outs Members of Alleged Steubenville High School ‘Rape Crew’

Anonymous Leaks Horrifying Video of Steubenville High Schoolers Joking About Raping a Teenager ‘Deader than Trayvon Martin’

Text messages key evidence in Steubenville rape trial

Instagram, YouTube-Fueled High School Rape Trial Begins Today


In Steubenville rape trial, social media call out injustice, CNN


CNN’s Steubenville Rape Coverage Draws Petition Demanding 


Two Girls Arrested for Online Threats Against Steubenville Rape 


You will complete three two more projects during the term. At least one  must be was an essay as described below; the other two can be “new technology essays” using media other than text. Each student is urged to select projects that appeal to their own interests and career goals, but each project must be approved by the instructor prior to beginning work.

Projects: Round 2 projects due: 4/16

Written Essay

Traditional 5-6 page research-based paper. MLA style.


Create a blog ( or any free blogging service) and make at least three entries of 400-500 words. Post a link to MyCourses so others can find it. Respond to comments, and separately turn in a one-page summary reflecting on the experience.


Set up a Facebook group relating to a technology and collect relevant photos, links, wall posts. Invite lots of friends to comment. This project will require you to do some active promotion to get people to interact with your page!


Find a Wikipedia article on a topic with which you are familiar or would like to research, and modify the article by adding or revising content. Your modifications should be substantial (at least 1,000 words) and you will be required to follow up to observe the way your contributions are accepted (or rejected) by the Wikipedia community. You should (to the best of your ability) contribute to Wikipedia thoughtfully, and not attempt to post incorrect information. The idea is to contribute – not try to get rejected.


Script, create, and publish on YouTube a short (4-6 minutes) video clip, either illustrating technical proficiency in YouTube (creative use of annotations, for example) and/or on the topic of a new media technology/issue.


Become a Podcaster

Create three podcasts of 1-2 minutes each, addressing a different facet of another project topic (i.e. Facebook, Flickr, Wikipedia). Publish the feed to iTunes. REQUIRES HAVING YOUR OWN SERVER SPACE ON THE WEB. will serve some space for free…

Photostream your Ideas

Create a Flickr photostream (using your own photos or illustrations) illustrating new technologies, specifically showing people interacting with them. The collection should include at least 50 tagged and described photos.



Interact with other users of a Multi-User Virtual Environment to accomplish a task that demonstrates one or more course concepts and share the experience in a written narrative. You may use a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) such as World of Warcraft or a non-gaming MUVE such as Second Life.

Machine Assisted Public Presentation

Research and create a 15-20 minute presentation utilizing Powerpoint, digital video, animations, sound, Smart Board technology, and/or Skype. The presentation must relate to new technology and its uses, and must be given in class.


In this project you will “live tweet” an event as it’s happening. The event should be one that would typically be covered by traditional media (newspapers,radio) and should be an event greater than 2 hours in length (though, you may chronicle an event much longer — even over a few days — if you wish).

A successful Twitter project should incorporate many descriptive tweets, generating a feeling of “being there” for their followers.

Accompanying this project should be a 2-3 page (typed) critical thought expression on how tweeting is similar to and differs from traditional print journalism, and reflect on the experience.