Final Portfolio ADV 401


Meet My Family -COM346

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    With every challenge to a stereotype comes the creation of a new 1D stereotype. Will they ever be completely removed? #meetmyfam346
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    @slough44 I think the problem is that if only these traditional roles are shown, people who don’t fit feel “wrong” #meetmyfam346
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    True, there are many stereotypes that the “traditional” family represents, but what are the negative aspects of this practice? #meetmyfam346
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    We always use Modern Family as an example of breaking stereotypes – even this show still conforms to traditional gender roles #meetmyfam346
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    At what age do women fall into their domesticated role? Those outside the established schemas are considered outliers #meetmyfam346
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    I like the idea of a blog – young people starting a family can interact to find new ideas, etc. #meetmyfam346
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    Very interesting theory as to show how comodification affects the son and daughter of every family portrayed in media. #meetmyfam346
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    Seems as though men are grooming their sons to continue the domination of genders as they get older. #meetmyfam346
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    Typically the father has low involvement in the tv fam, but he’s the strongest authority in the house #meetmyfam346 #com346
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    Is modern family considered more modern than most families? Even if the mom is strict and the dad is fun. #meetmyfam346
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    There’s a slew of schemas and stereotypes that make up our definition of family #meetmyfam346 #com346
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    Excited to have modern family writer and @NewhouseSU alum @DannyZuker deliver the keynote address this year!
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    Being Chinese. Or maybe I’m Korean? Filipino? Vietnamese? – Michelle talks about her identity as an Asian…
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    Visit us on our Facebook page, Meet My Family!
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    An extended family. – Rebecca Townsend talks about her “extended” family. I was raised in a blended family…
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    Photo: Is this what your family looks like? I highly doubt it. Don’t let the media ever tell you what your…
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    Being Indian. – Simran Adnani gives shows a slice of her life as a part of an Indian family living in the…
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    Massive characteristics & crazy characteristics. – Clair Kozik talks about her family dynamics. My family is…
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    Not so typical lifestyle. – An mini biography told by Alison Neufang about her “not so typical lifestyle.”…
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    We all have a unique family dynamic that makes us who we are. This is a haven where you share&learn about your unique family. #MeetMyFamily

Crowdsourcing: A Joint Effort

For our COM400 “Social Media U Need 2 Know” class, myself and three other classmates, Timothy Killian, Leigh Ortman, and Charlotte Schaefer teamed up to research and present our findings about crowdsourcing. The first obstacle we faced was picking a topic that appealed to each of us, something that we could all get excited about and engage with. We found that crowdsourcing was the perfect answer for our group. After our initial research, we found that while everyone might not be familiar with the term ‘crowdsourcing’, once defined, almost everyone recognized that they had participated in crowdsourcing at some point in their life. The term was coined by Jeff Howe (@crowdsourcing) in his 2006 article in Wired Magazine (, “Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a job traditionally preformed by a designated agent (usually an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in the form of an open call.” Once we had a starting point, we assumed the rest would be easy, we were wrong.

The biggest advantage of using multiple social media sources is that once the information or connections on one site appear to be exhausted, another platform comes to the rescue. Using twitter proved to be our most effective tool and although we made an attempt at exploiting Google+ ,we didn’t seem to get the results that everyone else did. What we did find helpful was organizing social media tools such as pearltrees (as seen below), Google docs and Google hangout. Although these tools didn’t help us gain more information, it helped us do something equally important, share information with our group members in real time and in an organized fashion.

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After our presentation, storify helped share our findings and classmate responses as well.

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In the end our biggest learning came from our frustrations. We had trouble getting experts to respond to us and help out with interview questions. After much disappointment we found that it was easiest to get the best results from certain sources, ie/ asking people who were speakers at Crowdconf opposed to article writers or CEOs. I think that our exposure to social media and networking sites forced us to become more comfortable using the tools in a natural way. We relied on curating and sharing information because our research depended on it and we became invested in crowdsourcing more than we were with the #NewhouseSM4 tag. It was fun to watch our group’s progress as we each gained a better understanding of both social media and crowdsourcing, a transformation that couldn’t have happened without group participation. In the end we got 18,000+ impressions, a feat so impressive hashtracking even retweeted Leigh!


An Online Journey: Engaging in the Social World

I can remember logging into Facebook for the first time, my sophomore year of high school. I had just come back from a formal with my friends and decided to make the transition from MySpace. While all of my friends hadn’t jumped on the Facebook bandwagon yet, I decided to explore. A little over one thousand friends later, I look back on those first few months on Facebook with nostalgia. It was filled with countless albums, photo comments and status updates. I had so much fun participating in an online community that was organized, efficient and engaging. Since then I have widened my social media network to include a Twitter account, Linkedin profile, G+ account and more. The powerful affects of such real time interaction weren’t immediately obvious to me. Not until I went away to college did I realize the importance and benefits of being able to talk with other people in the online community to share ideas, experiences and opportunities. In the future, I see the growing value of websites such as Twitter and Linkedin as aiding those engaged in the job-hunting process. I believe my presence on the aforementioned sites will only continue to grow as the benefit of my interactions becomes increasingly pertinent to my career success after I graduate from Syracuse University. Using networking sites in job hunting and hiring is becoming more and more popular; however, I believe that if marketers and customers haven’t already noticed, there is just as valuable a space for consumers in the online world. Social media allows companies to engage with their customers and audience on a more intimate and immediate level. If that isn’t a social engagement benefit that will continue to grow, I don’t know what is.

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