INFO 331 – Week 4 Discussion

INFO 331 – Week 4 Discussion
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Week 4 Forum

Social Media and Web 2.0

Class, I appreciate your participation in this discussion! For this assignment, you must post your original post addressing the topics below, prior to 11:55 PM ET on Wednesday. Continue to follow your classmates’ posts for the remainder of the week and post at least two follow-up messages to your classmates’ posts prior to 11:55 ET on Sunday. Your follow-up posts can add additional insight to a classmate’s opinions or can challenge their opinions. Use examples from the readings, or from your own research, to support your views, as appropriate. Be sure to read the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification. By the way, include the name of the person’s post you are replying to. Thanks!

Questions: 

1) Visit the websites of several social media sites (MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter). What differences do you notice between these various sites? Are you a member of any of these services? Why or why not?

2) In 2011, Google introduced Google+ as a Facebook competitor. Read this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/technology/29google.html?pagewanted=all Then conduct some research on your own about Google+. How do you think Google+ compares to Facebook? Have you tried using Google+? Why or why not? Do you think Google has a chance at successfully competing against Facebook? Why or why not?

3) Find an article online about an incident where an employee was fired for social media use. Summarize and critique the article in your own words. Do you think the termination of the employee was justified? Why or why not? Could the employer have done anything to prevent this incident? Be sure to include the URL of your article.

4) Come up with three concrete recommendations for improving your chosen information system. Make sure you do not just identify the problems, but that you also make very specific recommendations for how you would correct those problems. This is going to be a very important part of your Analysis Essay 2, so make sure you come up with three original, concrete recommendations for improving your system and that you explain how you would implement each one.  It is NOT an option to say, “My system can’t be improved.”  Information systems can always be enhanced and made better, and it is your job in this class to to come up with three good concrete recommendations for improving your information system.

Forum Rubric:  

Rubric for Learner PostsPoints
Synthesis of concepts in a substantive manner (critical to class performance)30
Applications of personal experience20
Writing standards10
Response to two or more students in a substantive manner40
Timeliness: (deduction) Optional10

 

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Initial Post Due: Wednesday, by 11:55 PM, ET

Responses Due: Sunday, by 11:55 PM, ET

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