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9 Oct

It’s Columbus Day, and just like our friend Christopher who embarked on his journey to the New World 520 years ago, the University of Tennessee is embarking on their Fall Break. It is a crisp 52 degrees in Knoxville making it officially feel like Fall. To celebrate all the festivities of this wonderful day it’s time for a Monday Mash-up: your official guide to social media and other cool stuff.

Angry Birds Star Wars is set to be released on November 8. Now when you are avoiding the gruesome task of paying attention in class, you can at least feel like Han Solo as you attempt to take down Darth Pig (or whatever they’re choosing to call it).

Facebook is offering a $20 million dollar settlement in accordance to their “Sponsored Stories” advertisements. Apparently every time someone clicked “like” on a page, that company was able to use that persons photo and name as a personal testimony endorsing their product. Facebook users had no ability to opt out of this feature and are now receiving $10 each for their endorsement. So much for privacy!

Ever had a fridge stocked full of groceries but you could never find something to eat? What about having to resist posting a tweet in class because your cell phone battery is at 3%? How about that time you wanted to subscribe to my blog but you were just to lazy to enter in your email address? These are First World Problems, and this Public Service Announcement is asking you to suck it up and subscribe to my blog stop complaining. I know it may be hard for you to not post a tweet on your iPhone 5 about still being hungry after scarfing down a bag of Doritos, but find solace in knowing that no one really cares about your binge eating anyways.

It’s October so it’s time to pick out a costume, go to a haunted house, and put on a scary flick because Halloween is approaching. For those of you who are less adventurous, you could always go to a corn maze or carve a pumpkin. Either way, this is the only time of year where scarfing candy is acceptable and you can get away with pretending that you’re someone else to cover up an embarrassing moment you want everyone to forget. (You know who you are).

If none of those previous suggestions tickle your fancy, you could always go watch this movie. I know I will. Until next time!


Is Privacy a Fallacy?

5 Sep

Talking about privacy in social networks today in class really got me to start considering my online “brand.” Given this predicament I did what came most naturally when searching for online sources, I Googled myself. As excited as I was to see how my social status ranked among others, I was disappointed to find that I wasn’t as special as I had hoped. Although, I think that turned out to be a good thing…

The first result that popped up was Linked in, I was humbled to find out that there are 16 other Shannon Drew’s out there who utilize this resource. As I delved further, I found myself to be the 10th name down (topping 6 others was a minor success… I really need to update that thing). The second result was a Facebook profile (a GREAT success to know it wasn’t me).

This is where it gets creepy. Have you ever visited the site Spokeo? I was more than appalled at the discovery, myself. Long story short, you type in a name and it provides you with all the states that have “said person” living there. You click on the state you reside in, and BOOM there’s your address along with a Google map of your home. Charming, right? I then later found that my privacy can also be sold at a low price of $4.95. What does this price include, you ask? You can get my email address, phone number, family member information, and marital/employment status. I can definitely sleep tight tonight knowing that deviants everywhere can now stalk me at a creeper level status.

After calming my nerves, I continued down on the Google page and stumbled across the person who snatched the @ShannonDrew twitter handle and silently cursed the person in my head (not bitter). After scrolling down the first page I was quite ecstatic to know that I wasn’t included, I wasn’t even on the 4th page (after that my over-zealousness fizzed out and I was done creeping).

As mildly disappointing as it is to find out that I haven’t reached a celebrity status or lived up to my apparently popular name, I’m actually quite pleased. It’s nice to know that I still maintain some form of privacy, for now at least.  I eventually aim to reach a point in my life where I am successful enough to parade my name around like an American flag, but I can hold off for now.

So to answer my fist question, is privacy a fallacy? It’s definitely becoming the case, however, right now I am celebrating the small successes of my privacy. By that I mean my MySpace account didn’t pop up on the first page of Google because I created it under false email and now can’t delete it. Such is life.

These images of my Google search were quite entertaining…


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