It’s not Goodbye but See you later..

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Prior to this module, all my online platforms were nothing close to professional, needless to say, owning the ones I’ve recently created. Previously, it was purely for interaction with friends and keeping myself updated with their lives.

Through the 5 different topics, I’ve learned more insights about the Internet, its pros and cons, as well as building on my online professional ‘image’. The Internet became somewhere I can develop and earn a future.

In my opinion, I find that the Internet today is an essential platform for people whom are seeking for job opportunities and other business purposes.

The ‘self-test’ have set a guideline for myself to see how much I’ve grew in a short period of 3-weeks.
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As I’ve always mentioned in my posts, one’s online presence is made up of what he/she publishes. Furthermore, potential employers would be interested in them. Thus, these social platforms should be consistent, professional and authentic!

 

Below are the several online platforms I’ve owned.

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Twitter:
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Twitter have given me the opportunity to easily find information of first-hand news through #hash-tagging. It also helps in connecting with people, as well as seeing tweets by successful companies or entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson from Virgin. I’ll continue twitting and exposing myself to other companies and interacts with them.

 

WordPress:
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Previously, I’ve never had a blog to share my thoughts and learning (commenting) with others online. I’ve realised that by blogging might find you a job too. Needless to say the power of blogging is inevitable. With the current number of people hitting my page (702 as of 18/11/2015) in just 3-weeks. I’ll definitely be continuing blogging in the future, who knows I might get myself a job through blogging.

 

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I’ve mentioned in Topic 3 that I don’t agree for graduates to use Linkedin in finding for a job. However, I believe with my soon-to-come internship I look more attractive in my profile. Adding on, I’ve also added a short summary to stand myself out from the other graduates, as recommended by Peter Bowes.

 

Pathbrite:
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Personally, Pathbrite was a better choice for fresh graduates. I’ve created an account and will continue updating my online portfolio.

Besides the above professional online platforms, I’d like my co-workers to know more about me too. Below are two social platforms to get to know THE ‘REAL’ ME!

Instagram:

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Where I’m most active in. Pictures speak a thousand words don’t they?

 

Facebook:
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It serves as the oldest and yet most information stored platform of me. Whatever you want to know about me for the past 10 years are probably all there. But now, I’m following source to know more about the business world.

Building an online platform isn’t instantaneous but instead I’ve learned why I need a professional profile and how to fully utilise one. With the different platforms such as Linkedin and Twitter specifically, I plan to connect with companies associated to marketing and ask about the soon-to-come internship.

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I’ve downloaded social application on my mobile so that I’ll get instant notifications of followers and comments. Above that, I may scroll through new, interesting accounts at my convenience anytime, anywhere. As a result, growing my personality, originality, authenticity and lastly, my knowledge of the web.

Using the tools developed in this module, I attempt to continue and work my life on the web. So do connect with me there!

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(551 words)

Reference:
How blogging can help you get a job (TheEmployable)
http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/10/28/blogging-can-help-get-job/

Job hunting: How to promote yourself online – BBC News 
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-25217962

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Reflection: Topic 5 – Open Access

Having taken for granted on open access, I was totally unaware of its advantages and disadvantages. I’ve spent more than half my life studying, getting resources off the Internet and even downloading them. Like many others, I’ve encountered numerous ‘restricted zones’, limiting access only if I pay a price. It’s really frustrating especially after reading part of the context.

Through Vanna’s post, I’ve got to see open access from 3 different perspectives – the student’s, business’s and author’s. Standing on different position will lead one to understand and see things differently. For example, students might have benefited from OER to having free or low educational cost but in contrast, businesses such as libraries will be forced to close down in the long run. However it is, either one of the 3 groups would receive a disadvantage. Upon commenting, I’ve thought of something that might have a solution to the problem. Which is that producers/authors may require users to register as to allow access to view the content. As business receives these information, they can then translate it to valuable data to allow them to personalise content better for their target group.

Additionally, problems such as “how do we know if what we’re paying for is relevant?” have risen. Audrey’s blog, comes a great example whereby Adobe Photoshop allows a trial period for users to assess if the software is useful to one.

Within my blog, I’ve also extended the discussion to open access within the music industry. In Jue Yin’s post on artist such as Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift, I couldn’t agree more that the music industry had suffered the most. But I don’t think it’s the biggest set back for the artists themselves as money comes from a number of other sources such as concert tickets, sponsorships and most importantly staying in the limelight.

Overall, this topic have allowed me to realise that educational journals is becoming increasingly accessible whilst music online is becoming more restricted.

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Blogs i’ve commented on:
1. Vanna’s
2. Jue Yin’s

What happens when this ‘free’ and ‘open’ side of the Internet isn’t so free and open?

“..That’s why I’m laying out a plan to keep the Internet free and open. That why I’m urging the Federal Communications Commission to do everything they can to protect net neutrality for everyone..” – Barack Obama, President of the United States

The Internet used to be a place where we gain information and resources for free, but things are changing. Increasing amount of resources are becoming available only if people are willing to pay a price. This caused students to be against paywalls and often demand for easy access to these articles for research and projects.

As a consumer, the Internet should definitely be free to legal content, such as videos, music and social networks. Open Education Resources (OER) enables free access to education materials. It supports self-study and enhances learning at a reduced cost. This allows people whom are less privileged to have the opportunity to learn. Knowledge should be free! It’s the motivation that drives one in willingness to study that should bother, not money/wealth. I understand that education institutions need to earn, but what about those that can’t afford them? Does it mean that their future will be ruined? Probably not anymore, given the access to OER.

Gaining knowledge grant people the power to innovate, promote economic growth and create jobs opportunities. Thus, knowledge should not be kept behind paywalls and expensive publication. Instead, we should promote the spread of knowledge online.

People living in this generation are the main drivers of consumer sovereignty, we demand for convenience of access to when and what we want. An example would be Spotify, a commercial music streaming application that provides consumer with the advantage of having free online contents. Additionally, the application also connects to PlayStation™ and social media such as Facebook. However, if users don’t pay to upgrade their application to ‘Premium’, they will be listening to lower quality music with advertisements played in between songs.

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Producers of these music materials may disagree to what Spotify is doing. On 30/03/2015, Jay-Z along with other A-list artists re-launched Tidal, another music streaming platform that allows users to access music content… but at a cost! The main difference between Spotify and Tidal (claimed by Tidal), other than the price, is the 1411kbps HiFi CD-quality streaming and artist-owned. However, only with a decent sound system, then you’ll be able to listen to the differences.

Thus, which will you prefer? Free Spotify with 320kbps quality or Paying Tidal for a CD-quality?

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Source: NewsINC (focus on ONLY Spotify and Tidal)

Another example against free online content would be the newspaper industry, with most requiring readers to pay a subscription fee.

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Whilst I agree that publishers and producers should receive some form of compensation for their work, there’s also downside to adding a price. Like what I’ve mention in Topic4, people will always find ways around boundaries. Which results to pirate downloading of music or students searching for PDF files online illegally.

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Reference: 

A Guide to the Open Internet (The Open Internet: A Case for Net Neutrality)
http://www.theopeninter.net/

ERIC – Dramatically Bringing down the Cost of Education with OER: How Open Education Resources Unlock the Door to Free Learning, Center for American Progress, 2012-Feb
http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED535639

Everything you need to know about Tidal — in 90 seconds | Mashable (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87op5DEtZq4

Litttle records: Advantages and Disadvantages of Open Access Journals 
http://monlywhite.blogspot.sg/2013/02/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-open.html

President Obama’s Statement on Keeping the Internet Open and Free (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKcjQPVwfDk

Should online content be free or should we pay a fee? 
https://nicoleodofin.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/should-online-content-be-free-or-should-we-pay-a-fee/

Spotify vs Tidal vs Apple Music (Spotify vs Tidal vs Apple Music)
http://www.stuff.tv/sg/features/spotify-vs-tidal-vs-apple-music

Tidal: 10 things you need to know
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/apr/05/tidal-10-things-you-need-to-know-jay-z-madonna-music-streaming

US Senator Brian Schatz on Open Access and Turning Breakthroughs into Businesses (- Open Access Week)
http://openaccessweek.org/video/us-senator-brian-schatz-on-open-access-and-turning-breakthroughs

90% of online content to be held behind paywalls in three years media company survey suggests by: Lepitak, Stephen.
http://www.thedrum.com/news/2013/04/12/90-online-content-be-held-behind-paywalls-three-years-media-company-survey-suggests

Reflection: Topic 4 – Internet Censorship

Topic 4 was rather broad in the question asked. It took me quite sometime to decide on one ethical issue among the hundreds of it. Initially, I thought of the issue on ‘Freedom of Speech’, whereby I believe that it is one of the best and worst thing on the Internet/social media. Because of ‘Freedom of Speech’ people are constantly experiencing problems such as cyber-bullying, but it does have a good side as well, for example economic blogs that helps us business students to gain more insights. While researching on it, I thought to myself, are there more pros or cons to it? How to prevent cons from ‘Freedom of Speech’? And there comes my solution to Internet censorship.

After reviewing the numerous issues brought up by my classmates, indeed some of the issues are what I have not thought about. One example would be Yi Xin’s blog post on ‘false’ perception of beauty. The different issues lead me to think of the Internet as a scary, dangerous and unreliable platform. It is as though the Internet is a silent platform for predators. I guess it’s really down to people who are the scary ones making up stories, blackmailing, stealing and so on. After all, as mentioned on my Topic 4 post, the Internet is only a tool in transmitting people’s message. Most of these problems raised have yet to find a resolution to it. From my perspective, the internet/social media can only fixed when people truly understand the meaning of morality and/or humanity.

I’ve learned through this topic that Internet censorship is there to help protect us. But many are against it, including myself. This is because we’ve yet to experiences problems such as identity theft or cyber bullying. Until then, perhaps we might find it unethical to us. I think that people should always think of both side of a flip coin. And why do we have the existence of Internet censorship instead of being against it.

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Blogs i’ve commented on:
1. Yi Xin’s
2. Edward’s

Will your information published be censored?

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Have you ever encountered a page error like this while serving on the Internet? It may be a censored webpage.

Censorship of information on the Internet can also mean the consistent actions of monitoring, filtering and web blocking by government and/or private companies. They secretly spy on you through information stored in the Cookie and monitor your actions accordingly. After all, the Internet isn’t as free and open as one might think.

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Internet censorship has become a much-publicised debate that currently has no resolution. There is a huge controversy to whether or not censorship is necessary in maintaining a particular moral standard of people. Even if so, then to what extend that people should have information access to?

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It seems as if the key argument is “freedom of speech”. If one considers the Internet as a transparent marketplace, he/she may upload anything. People are the product of what they read and facts they’ve gained. The U.S. enforces The First Amendment for Freedom of Speech. Hence, people would have to respect what others are saying even if they disagree. However, the First Amendment, according to The Supreme Court, does not cover Obscenity. Adding on, Freedom of Speech has resulted in problems such as losing jobs for tweeting, marketers tapping upon tragedy for advertising promotion, and the list goes on.

Internet censorship has its good and bad. Below are some of it, however there’s many others too.

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Some example of real-life Internet censorship will be countries such as China, Iran and the well-known North Korea. Because China is so democratic, they fight for their human rights and keep population protected, resulting to huge Internet censorship. Iran, in contrast isolates its people as they regard the Internet as software for serving foreign enemy interest. Needless to say, North Korean censored the whole Internet to the population. Making information on the Internet as not even an option.

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Source: The Guardian

I would personally disagree for Internet censorship to be legal. However, to a small extend. People should have the freedom of speech on the Internet. Why is some government being so protective of its citizen? Just imagine if people were controlled, they will try to push the boundaries. Same goes to Internet censorship, because the Internet is so wide to be regulated thus, people will always find ways around censorship. However, judging from the advantages of censorship, it can really help reduce problems such as identity theft and cyber bullying. In conclusion, the Internet is not the issue. Instead, people are the ones. Internet only serves as a tool to transmit their messages.

Lastly, as marketers, will our advertisements be transmitted successfully to the online population?

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References:

Access Denied: Internet censorship around the world (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJmS8MAB8s8

Debating Matters: Global Uncertainties | Opinion | The internet is not the problem
http://www.debatingmatters.com/globaluncertainties/opinion/the_internet_is_not_the_problem/

Does the Internet need censorship? 
http://www.debate.org/opinions/does-the-internet-need-censorship

Google Restores Links To Some News Articles After Outcry (The Huffington Post)
By: Mirkinson, Jack.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/04/google-restores-guardian-links_n_5556598.html

Herdict : Home (Herdict : Home)
http://www.herdict.org/ 

History and Debate of Internet Censorship (Internet Censorship Debate)
http://www.debate.org/internet-censorship/

How Internet Censorship Works (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfS_2oXVch0

The Internet Censorship Controversy (The Internet Censorship Controversy)
http://courses.cs.vt.edu/professionalism/Censorship/notes.html#6

WMD: Internet Censorship Around the World (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7J2wD-eLQk

Topic 3: Reflective Summary of “developing online professional profile”

Topic 3 took me a little longer to gather my thoughts. There weren’t things I find debatable as the question was pretty straightforward. In addition, I’ve found tons of articles and facts about ways to develop an authentic online professional profile. However, after reading those articles for some time, I realised that it will not be the way I’m going to write my article. Instead of finding way to develop a professional profile, I want my readers to understand why is there a NEED in developing it. Thus, I went on researching through the Internet for information and evidence on having unethical online behaviors and alternatives to creating a LinkedIn profile. Personally, I don’t find LinkedIn beneficial to graduates like me but more for the near future.

Upon reading my classmate’s articles, I came to realise that there’s plenty of ways to create an authentic online CV. I would definitely go for creating a video CV, its authentic, creative and entertaining! However, in a recruiter point of view, having a video CV has its critiques too. People looking for a job will obviously state information at their advantages. Thus, it’s difficult for employers to evaluate on a potential candidate. As a result, effectiveness on recruitment might be a long-tern problem for companies. A video CV will only capture the attention of employers. Ultimately, potential employers are keener in looking into the qualifications and past experiences. Hence, linking up all your online profiles will be critical in developing a well-rounded professional profile.

I’ve learned that professionalism depends on the industry one is in, as well as individual potential employer. For example, some might deduced that hiring a male marketing executive with a Mohawk haircut as being unprofessional, but another would think otherwise, stating that he looks fun, friendly and is someone whom is filled with creative ideas. Hence, the degree of professionalism weighs largely on individual or the kind of business they are in.

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Blogs I’ve Commented on:

1. Jun Wai’s

2. Crystal’s

Pay attention to my profile, PLEASE!!

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As we all get older, entrance into the ‘Real World’ is drawing closer. Which means our social media habits have to be changed, adapted and reflected. Instead of bombing our Facebook newsfeed with Friday’s party pictures, we start to dedicate time in maintaining our LinkedIn profiles. Profiles can be easily created, but the question is how can we make our online profiles stand out amongst the billions of people on the web?

“Your personal online branding is very important. Employers will look at what groups you’re part of, the photographs you’ve been tagged in, and comments you’ve made on other people’s blogs; negative feedback you’ve left can really go against you.” – Julie Bishop 

Nowadays, people, brand and social activities are blending together. Thus to have a developed professional profile, you’ll need to first market yourself and not just jump into applying for the job.

In the BBC video, Peter Bowes mentioned one common mistake seen in LinkedIn’s profiles – long and lengthy summary. He points out that people should be concise with the message they want to get through. A naggy summary will only put potential employers off. Therefore, we should be aware of the objectives and think in the position of the employer.

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Since we’re in the digital-tech era, social recruitment is becoming more common. According to Jobvite in 2014, 73% of employers plan to increase investments in social recruitment. Thus, individuals seeking for jobs should make use of the Internet to get noticed. This would mean to create multiple social platforms for organizations to spot for you easily. However, be aware of professionalism and things you’re publishing. Linking back to Topic 2, I still think that having a single identity is better. By having multiple social platforms doesn’t mean to have multiple identities. It just simply means that I am using one identity across these different social medias. After all, you’ll want to have consistency for employers to identify you.

“Sometimes, things need to reach a brutal nadir before people see sense.”-Jon Ronson

Definitely, the Internet is beneficial to many, but it can also cause one to be destroyed. There are numerous cases like Justine Sacco’s happening everyday. Here’s another story of how social media affects employment. As a result, I think people should be more aware of the things they are sharing online.

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Honestly, the first thing that pops into my mind on Topic 3 was LinkedIn. However, I don’t think it really helped me. Upon creating my LinkedIn profile, I’ve realized that there isn’t much I can add to my profile, other than qualifications and temporary job experiences. Thus, LinkedIn might not be the best solution to having my profile stand out as a graduate. Instead, we can start a professional blog. Blogging helps employers to discover passion, creativity and motivation. On the other hand, blogging makes you stand out better in being different/special. Blogging encourages interaction by leaving comments for desired employers too.

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Lastly, I would like to end off with a video.


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Reference:
How blogging can help you get a job (TheEmployable)
http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/10/28/blogging-can-help-get-job/

Perfect Your Authentic Online Leadership Profile on Social (RSS)
http://www.bethkanter.org/leader-profile/

Students – use this summer for a social media clean-up (The Telegraph)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/student-life/10214359/Students-use-this-summer-for-a-social-media-clean-up.html

7 Ways to Get Someone’s Attention With Social Media (Inc.com)
http://www.inc.com/steve-tobak/7-ways-to-get-someones-attention-with-social-media.html

8 Alternatives to LinkedIn for All Your Professional Networking Needs – Search Engine Journal (Search Engine Journal)
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/8-alternatives-linkedin-professional-networking-needs/71263/

12 Ways to Make Your Online Profile Work for You (PCWorld)
http://www.pcworld.com/article/250858/12_ways_to_make_your_online_profile_work_for_you.html