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eGo: using the web safely & confidently to promote yourself through networking
Transcript of eGo: using the web safely & confidently to promote yourself through networking
We're constantly being reminded that the internet is a dangerous place - we live in fear of being robbed, stalked or infected with a virus! But what do we need to do to keep ourselves safe? Read on...
Get Safe Online gives free, expert advice around issues such as protecting your computer, identity theft and avioding online rip-offs. The site has been developed in partnership between the UK Government, HSBC and Microsoft among others.
Facebook Privacy Settings...
'Facing the Consequences'...
don't let this happen to you!
If you're using Facebook or any other social networking site where you are submitting personal details, make sure you've taken all the necessary precautions to keep your identity safe from fraudsters - and use a bit of common sense when it comes to uploading photos and/ or videos. Potential lecturers, employers, lovers, friends and/or family could look you up ...would they be impressed with what they see?
When you initially sign up to Facebook the default privacy settings are public - your profile, photos, videos, status updates... are open and available to anyone in the world - they don't even have to be registered with Facebook themselves!
To change them log in and go to 'settings' at the top of the page and then select 'privacy settings'.
The 'This Is Me' project, developed at the University of Reading, aims to help people learn more about what makes up their digital identity and ways to develop and enhance it.
"Digital identity is made up of multiple parts - it isn't just what we have published about ourselves on the web, but also what others have published about us."
This site has several fun games and exercises to help raise awareness around the various issues surrounding digital identity, inviting you to play detective to search for people and evaluate what you find. You can also download free workbooks to help you understand more about your digital identity.
We are all being made aware about our carbon footprints but have you ever thought about your 'digital footprints' - the trail you leave online? They can either be 'active' - personal data that you've put online yourself, or 'passive' - data about you on corporate databases and public records...
Being a good 'digital citizen'...
Copyright & IPR...
Copyright & Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is a complex area. If you're a Plymouth University student contact Mr Graham Titley, Copyright Adviser (http://www5.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/graham-titley)
The JISC Web2Rights Project gives detailed information about copyright and IPR specifically around Web 2.0 technologies (Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, etc...). You can download free factsheets, checklists and templates from the website.
Libel & Slander...
Libel - when you write something that is untrue about
Slander - when you say something that is untrue about
For more advice see Free Speech & Freedom of Information: Advice for Bloggers from webdesignerdepot.com
As a Plymouth University student, you have access to your own e-Portfolio (PebblePad) account. Go to http://e-portfolio.plymouth.ac.uk and log in with your usual username and password. Alternatively you can access it directly from the Student Portal under myEdesk (check)
Useful free tools...
Free cool stuff...
Your e-Portfolio is completely private to you and can be used to plan, record and reflect on your thoughts and experiences while you're here through using a range of tools. You can also share stuff with others both in and external to the University and easily create your own website (webfolio).
Trello is a free web-based project management app that enables you to collaborate with others through assigning tasks and setting deadlines. You can add pictures, checklists and link to documents on Google Drive and Dropbox. An Actvity Feed is displayed for each 'board' so that you can quickly see who has done what.
Social Bookmarking is an easy way of saving and sharing content on the web that you find interesting. The video demonstrates Delicious, which is free to use and allows you to access your bookmarks from any computer. There's also Diigo, which does the same thing but also allows you to highlight text and add sticky notes to webpages, as well as bookmark pictures. Go to http://www.diigo.com to get started.
Twitter provides a means of communicating with others (in short sentences - you're limited to 140 characters!) through 'following' people who have similar interests to you. It can be incredibly useful for keeping up with news, sharing content and getting help. See the Twitter Guidebook to get you started - http://mashable.com/guidebook/twitter/
You can also organise multiple streams of 'tweets' by using an aggregator such as TweetDeck. Go to http://www.tweetdeck.com to set this up.
Dropbox enables you to share files, pictures, videos, etc... between computers without having to email yourself or save them back to a memory stick. It's particularly useful when you're collaborating on a project as you can share a folder with other Dropbox users. Go to http://www.dropbox.com/ to get started.
LinkedIn is the professional network which connects people from all over the world. It's a good place to find work, get recommendations from people you have worked with and also keep up to date with news in your area through joining specialist interest groups.
Google+ is a new free social networking service, a bit like Facebook. You can organise contacts into circles, so sharing stuff is easier. You can also have a video chat (hangout) with 10 people.
BeFunky - photo effects
FloorPlanner - design your own room
RateMyDrawings - draw online, enter competitions & pick up tips
Toonlet - create your own cartoon strips
Xtranormal - text to movie creator
You can gain alot through online communication both socially and academically, through finding out more about a subject, asking for help, or contributing to discussions and giving help yourself. Communicating online with others is an important skill. However, as you will encounter multiple points of view, there will undoubtedly be some posts that you won’t agree with. As you can’t read facial expressions or body language when you’re communicating with others online, you need to take special care and attention about how you express yourself. Here are some tips...
Respect others and be polite...
Thank, acknowledge and support others’ posts so that they know they are contributing to the conversation
Acknowledge a post before differing so that the correspondent can see that you understand their point of view. Ask for clarification if you need it.
Back up your statements with reliable sources
Speak from your own perspective - IMHO is often used as an abbreviation for ‘In My Humble Opinion’
Think before you post - once it’s on the Internet, you can’t take it back.
Avoid ‘flaming spirals’. This is when somebody takes offence from someone else’s post and responds angrily, therefore starting a spiral of abuse. If you find yourself in this situation, explain that you did not mean to offend.
Be careful with sarcasm and humour as they can easily be misinterpreted! Use emoticons (smileys) to indicate a joke. They look like this :) or :-) or if you’re sad :(
USING CAPITALS INDICATES YOU ARE SHOUTING and may be considered offensive or intimidating!
Don’t post if you’re angry - take a break and cool down first
Keep messages short and concise
If you are copying something written by someone else, put it in quotation marks and give them credit. E-mail is generally considered private and should not be quoted without permission.
Before posting a comment, ask yourself whether you would say this to the person’s face. There are cases when someone sues for libel when they’ve been offended by something someone else has written about them
These tips are from a Communications Guide, prepared by Gary Alexander for use on various Open University courses.
eGo: using the web safely & confidently to support your studies and promote yourself through networking.