Website Designs Changing with Times

As we continually deal with changes and advances in technology, it can only mean that all things we know now must keep with the times as well, such as the way people view their news and social media sites.

As we have talked about responsive designs this week, I found it surprising that the most used social media site, Facebook, has still not indulged itself in every format for its users.

According to Mike Isaac in his article on All Things D, Facebook is looking to transform its site with a more newspaper-like feel, and making the layout similar to its mobile app.

Image from Bo-Yi Wu at

I find that responsive design is an extremely smart choice for organizations. It’s easy, simple and works well with all platforms! It’s honestly a piece of design I have never given much thought to until it just simply happened, and I agree we will be seeing it a lot more in the near future.

A Story of Nelson Mandela

Learning from Mistakes, Ethically

Ethics have always been a major part of the journalism world. As most know, when you are just starting out in such a career, or any career, mistakes can happen, but it’s best to do them while at school and learning the ropes.

This doesn’t always mean you are perfect and ready-to-go after college however. In a post by Deborah Potter on Advancing the Story, her article Ethics made simple talks about a recent ethical case by CBS New program 60 Minutes.

Reporter Lara Logan and producer Max McClellan were ordered to take a leave of absence after a story they were investigating was “deficient in several respects;” all due to a information from a source whom which they should have doubted.

The point that Potter brings up is if this happens in the “real-world” jobs today, how are journalism students suppose to avoid mistakes like this as well?

Her advice to students is to never be afraid to ask a professor for help if you are unsure about something while on assignment, as well as listen to the advice they give you.

You are never too old or too smart to ask a question.

I know that people are not perfect and we can only grow from mistakes we have seen and take into consideration, as well as done ourselves. That’s why learning all the rules and paying attention now, can be affective for your future.


Top Google Searches of 2012

As we’re nearing the end of the 2013 year, and talking about search engine optimization, this article from 2012 caught my eye.

I am curious to find out what the top Google searches of 2013 will be, but I was also surprised at some of the top ten contenders.

10. Games

I find myself looking for fun things to do myself.

9. Mail

This is the quickest way to a user’s mailbox…I did not know that.

8. Yahoo

I found it so odd and surprising that this was a top ten search word. However, it goes to show that Google is the preferred search tool.

7. You

Were they looking for me specifically? I mean, I am interested in a job after college in the right field! Sadly, it wasn’t me specifically, but just the word you. It makes me want to see what they were looking for.

6. Hotmail

I have never used this and I don’t know if I ever will.


5. Download

I have found myself only looking up this when I had to convert some sort of file and needed software, or a new browser because mine was slow, so therefore, makes sense to me.

4. Free

Who doesn’t love free?

3. Google

I found this one surprising as well, I mean, it is wonder-some – especially at number three!

2. Youtube

and finally,

1. Facebook

Both Youtube and Facebook go to show the mixing of social media sites and uses of them online. They are all gaining off each other and linking to one another. Both I believe are good for their growths.

Overall, I’m excited to see what this year will bring to us!

A message from the Google Search Box.



Keeping the Comments Going

Not only are we just talking about ways to monitor comments, but it really does happen in the “real world.”

YouTube has recently updated its commenting system. It integrates a few different types of comment moderation including voting on comments and user enforced.

Part of the new comment system reminds me of the Facebook commenting, as you have to be logged into their system or Google+ to be able to utilize the functions.


People are having both positive and negative reactions. They have made the system easier to understand and follow as people have their close friends, popular celebrities and video creators at the top of the comment feed, as well as having different buttons to view most recent comments.

Many users are also displeased with the new update. Several people have commented in saying that it was “a downgrade” or “it’s worse than ever.”

But, with most technology, you will always have mixed reactions. Sometimes people just don’t want to try and change to the new ways. From my standpoint, I feel that the upgrade was a success. With every new change, there will always be things that need fixing, however, at least it’s a start!




Facebook Competing with Snapchat

The amount of users on social media sites generally resemble the popularity of such a site, like Facebook. But what happens when sites like Facebook start competing against people’s use of a more private means of communicating, such as Snapchat?

Well, Facebook figured they would just buy them out. Facebook recently offered the non-income company a $3 billion acquisition which Snapchat…turned down.

As generations grow older, sites like Facebook must figure out new ways to hold onto users. As we have seen, the youngest generation is already growing tired of Facebook.

So, Facebook is looking for new ways to gain the public’s interest with the most recent phenomenon Snapchat.

According to Snapchat, users are sharing at least 350 million pictures a day. With numbers almost exactly similar to Facebook, you wonder why this billion-dollar company is trying to take out its competition.

This is a similar trend when Facebook bought Instagram last year for a $1 billion.

Facebook does have one advantage over the Snapchat app, which is the ability to look back on photos (memories). Snapchat does not have that feature, and tried a new little add-on called “Snapchat Stories,” however it still only lasts for a certain amount of time.

The big question to me is, will Facebook just be able to keep buying-out the companies that are popular at the time? Yes, it will keep Facebook on the social networking map, but it makes you wonder just how long it will be until the next big social media site comes into play.

Newspaper Audience Online

As we have talked about several ways and options you should use and keep in mind when targeting an online audience, many people who still have their minds in “newspaper-mode” need to start re-evaluating their take on gaining an online audience.

According to an article in Newsosaur, newspapers’ online focus on targeting audience members who already subscribe to online or print news. Most of the consumers today don’t subscribe to either or, so focusing on the smaller audience limits their potential growth.

Therefore, newspapers need to rethink their ways. As mentioned in the commentary of class, John Paton, CEO of Digital First, believes that the transformation of newspapers to online is critical and will only begin when the journalism industry “stop listening to the newspaper people.”

As Newsosaur argues, newspaper people are set in their way, not all, but many. They need to redefine their goals on how to capture an audience as the demographics are completely different from that of print. One: because the age of audience for print is continuously declining as the majority of print readers get older. Two: because of the variety of choices online users have access to, and three: because of the decline in newspaper subscribers.

People in the newspaper business have to ask themselves new questions if they are going to survive the shift from print to web in gaining and maintaining their audience.

It’s All About the Money

With the increase in online journalism and the amount of time and effort businesses are putting into their online content, a new factor has risen about how to properly assess the amount online journalists (or employees) should be paid.

It’s a hard topic to debate, although it is hard to really measure the amount of money that should be given towards any amount of work. Overall, everything is related to money.

This also brings about the possibility that more journalists are going to be writing for “statistics” and “measurements,” rather than just writing for a story.

Many journalism sites have their own basis for how to pay an online journalists, as “the time of one size fits all is ending,” 10,000 Words Coates Batemanthe executive director of digital programming strategy at Forbes Media says.

Many sites use analytic measurements about unique visitors as a main number management about paying online employees.

I agree with the use of this measurement to pay employees because with the high amount of unique visitors, the more views your site gets and the more traffic overall you could potentially receive. It also means that you have good, reliable content if you have a high amount of unique visitors. With that, you will gain a reliable audience, and the journalist who brought them to your site should be paid more.

Tweet, Tweet, and Delete

There has consistently been a debate in the social media world about the dilemma of using sites for personal use verse professional use because of the ability to obtain information so easily from all people. This debate is mostly construed with the idea that people’s professional careers can be ruined from personal accounts on sites like Facebook and Twitter.

That is why many feel it is appropriate to have two separate accounts, a professional one and a personal one, on social media sites. Bradshaw, a writer for Online Journalism Blog, now advises journalists against having two separate accounts on sites like Twitter.

Bradshaw says that even if there are separate accounts, all “strangers [who] may be judging our credibility as reporters; the harsh truth is that we will be judged unfairly against a standard we never anticipated.”

With that, he says that there is no such thing as a personal account in social media.

The world is just too big, and with all this technology in almost anyone’s hands, it’s too easy to have your career compromised from the use of personal accounts on social media sites.

Bradshaw recommends deleting personal accounts and making one account respectable from a professional standpoint.

Online Success

If you want to be successful, you have to do the right things.


Online businesses and websites follow the same rules, and learning is the only way to get there!

Photo by Brent Payne

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey (as well as the CEO and founder of Square) recently gave a few “Do’s and Don’ts” when it comes to business success. His list comprises of his personal values and beliefs, not all relating to an actual advice list, but a generality of important aspects in life.

Dorsey’s “Do’s” included a few points that are very important in managing online audiences, such as staying present, being vulnerable, saying hello to everyone and mediating on the list.

By staying present online, you are giving your audience access to you and your information. The more present you are, the better updated a site will be and audience members will be more likely to keep coming back.

Being vulnerable allows your audience to to feel welcome, and that they are able to ask questions or put their input into a story, mostly seen in blogs.

Saying hello to everyone, in an online sense, includes interacting with comments or direct tweets. Involving your audience in your site can increase your likability and let’s them know that they’re not just talking to a blank wall. It’s always nice to be able to communicate with “someone on the other side,” as in the writer of the story. We learn most when interacting with others and by making an effort to recognize audience members will increase your audience management.

The final “Do” that I found to be important for success was mediating on the list. You are always capable of improving, and with constantly changing times, you can’t just stick to a set-in-stone list.

The “Don’ts” I thought to be relevant include not being late and not setting expectations you can’t meet. Not being late includes being able to update your site constantly to keep your audience members coming back. And not setting expectations you can’t meet, pretty much speaks for itself. If you say something and don’t follow through, audience members will view you as unreliable, and in the end results in less viewers.

The rest of Dorsey’s list includes personal health-related goals, which your health affects you and your performance in your life and work.

There are several different sites for learning about how to be successful online. It’s as simple as going to Google and typing it in. Here is one that I found gives a general basis of success tips online.