Teachers: To post a naked picture or have students as Facebook friends?

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See the below article for information on this particular incident.

Maine football coach resigns after accidentally posting naked photo of himself on Facebook | Prep Rally – Yahoo! Sports.

So the school district will likely look into their Social Media Policy and have the may have a conservative reaction: Teachers cannot be friends with their students (they now allow it at the moment).

What do teachers think about this?   There is certainly a value to engaging with youth via social media as you can share with them key articles to supplement their education or motivate them to keep working hard.  However, you cannot post a naked picture of yourself because it may get you into trouble.

Okay, maybe that is a little obvious.  But consider your personal life on Facebook. If you post about your wild weekend with friends, should your students know that about you?

Whats your policy?  Do you remove yourself from Facebook all together? Do you stay away from your students and refuse to engage with them online?

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Facebook vs. the Social Media World: Are we peasants caught between dictators?

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Facebook is not too comfortable in their high class status with the fickle loyalty of their users in our instant gratification prone society.  Most people enjoy using Facebook for a variety of reasons, some even making a living in teaching others how to use it.  Though I enjoy some of the recent upgrades, I am beginning to feel like a peasant torn between two dictators.  I personally do not use Google + as all my clients find their target base on Facebook. However, the recent upgrades in Friend Lists, privacy settings and the reborn subscribe feature in Facebook seeks to keep their users from defecting.

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Find Solace in Social Media During Natural Disasters

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A portion of my work is done at home.  At the specific time of the Earthquake this past week, I felt a minor shake, thinking it was my upstairs neighbors moving stuff around.   I thought nothing of it until I went on Twitter and Facebook and noticed that EVERYONE on my list was commenting about it.  Most expressed where they were during the shake while some shared they did not feel a thing (Frankly I think some of those folks were a little bitter about it since the comments generally came with some sarcastic response to those who did feel it).

To give you an idea of how twitter played a part in keeping us informed:

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Top 5 Things People should know about Texting.

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Great for Exercising your Thumbs.

The generation gap on technology is clearly being closed by the not so new art of mobile text messages.  ComScore MobiLens, released data discussing American use of mobile devices.  One number that jumped out is that in a 3 month period ending in June 2011, 234 million Americans ages 13 and older used mobile phones.  I know for a fact that I have 3 cousins ages 9-11 that use mobile phones so that number is likely a bit higher.  Point is, most Americans have a cell phone and 68% of mobile activity is sending text messages.

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Warren Buffett and Social Media: Can the London Riots be our future?

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Picture on Left is Warren Buffet. Picture on Riot is from Irish Examiner.

In an opinion piece by one of the most successful investors in the world, Warren Buffett in the New York Times suggested that Congress stop “Coddling the Super-Rich”, saying that in the 80s and 90s there were more job creation with high tax rates over the last decade where the tax rates decreased and so did jobs.    Regardless of your politics, one aspect of this story that will no doubt cause a stir in the blogosphere, opinion news, tweets and Facebook sharing (and Google Plus) outlets is this:

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Facebook: Why are you on here?

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Okay, so Facebook is the big man on campus (though google+ is looking to change that).  However, why do we use it?  Why do people log on and tell us about their day, share favorite quotes or send a picture with their camera phone in the shot.  I use it to administer my clients fan pages (Paterson Education and T.J.Best). and connecting with other people who are doing cool things with Facebook like Paterson advocate Dave Gilmore and business developer extraordinaire Millennium Consulting Services of America.  However, not everyone uses it for this reason and it’s absolutely alright!   Here are some of the reasons people use Facebook.

1. To Socialize
2. Finding & being in touch with old friends & family
3. Just because everyone is talking about it
4. Bored
5. Promotion/Advertising Business/Organization
6. Getting visitors to blogs/sites
7. Get referrals/customers
8. For fun

There is definitely research on this, but I want to hear from you.

Why do you use Facebook? How is it going for you?

What other social media profile do you prefer to use?

Or why DONT you use Facebook?

Can Social Media help or hinder Faith?

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Picture on Left Found at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Website Image Credit: Daniel Marsula/Post-Gazette

All topics are open for discussion on Social Media. However, one that stands beyond “just discussion” is Faith. It stands beyond because Faith moves people.  They move to congregate, to pray together and serve others together (this manifest itself differently in different religions, but that is another discussion).  I often advocate for anyone to use Social Media to communicate, organizing and mobilize.  But can it help or hinder the growth of a Faith?

Those who subscribe to a church enjoy the opportunity to be with others that share their faith, to reinforce their faith and spread their faith.   Often this occurs on Mass on Sunday or during prayer meetings and bible study.  They congregate at a specific church, mosque and synagogue.  With Social Media,  this location exists online.   Through video chat rooms and blogs, people can receive weekly prayers from their Pastor and church elders.  They can print and/or replay these prayers and carry them through the week. Children that leave to college can still log-in to stay connected with their faith.  Personal crisis can be answered through inbox messaging. A great example of a faith-based group having an online presence is Ask a Catholic Nun on Facebook.

However, the intimacy that comes with sharing ones faith (and crisis of faith) can be lost without face to face interaction that Social Media fails to offer (except with video chat applications like oovoo.com). Another issue pointed out by Professor Stephen O’Leary of the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California in a conversation hosted by pbs.org, is that “In many cases, members of the congregation are acting as media producers and are functioning independently of their own local church. So the authorities from the church—pastor up the line to the denominational heads—no longer have the kind of control that they once did.” So one can assume that the message that a church leader expresses can be undermined and/or misrepresented by their followers.

What do you think?

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