Crowdsourcing Challenge – Bonus Image

5 Dec

Bonus picture was:

Clements Mountain from Logan Pass Visitor’s Center in Glacier National Park.

We were able to identify this mountainface through several methods.

Our first step was to put the image up on Facebook.

While we were waiting for feedback there, Tom chatted with a friend over Gmail, who used TinEye software to identify that it was taken from the vantage point at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park. It looks like the picture was taken from the Logan Pass Visitor’s Center.

Another friend used Google Reverse Image Search to give us the same result. From there, we looked at the different Google Image results, which confirmed that.

We did a little more searching to confirm our guess and narrow it down to the Visitor’s Center at Logan Pass.

And that is how we figured it out! That’s right, we are awesome.


Crowdsourcing Challenge

5 Dec

Our picture was:

München Hauptbahnhof or Munich Central Station in Munich, Germany.
The GPS coordinates are 48.0827°N 11.3318°E.

The biggest details we noticed in the picture were that it was a train station, the GRUNDIG advertisement and the signage in a foreign language.

We started by having google translate the wording and found it was in German.

We then looked up train stations in Germany on google image to try and find one that looked similar.

We followed that picture to the original site it got posted on and found that the blogger said it was the München Hauptbahnhof.

We then google searched images of that particular train station so we could get some verification of what the blogger said.

After verifying with those images, we were pretty confident that we had figured it out. We then decided to verify with other sources such as facebook friends and Craig’s wife who is from Germany.

We posted on facebook and got several responses that confirmed our guess.

We talked to Craig’s wife and she confirmed as well.

So that is how we figured out where this picture was taken!

Weekly update

13 Nov

A few interesting things popped up on the radar this week, including Social Media Success in 40 Seconds or Less.
This article is shares a few simple tips on how to make social media work for you. Mostly, the author argues, that’s knowing who you are and what you have to offer. She says, “before you can make social media work for you, you’ve got to figure out who you are and what you have to offer that is special. Once you do that, the rest is mechanics, terminology, etiquette and some basic principles. That part is fairly easy to learn.”
Another thing she mentioned that I thought was worthwhile is this: “money cans no longer buy you love. You’ve got to earn it.” In other words, with social media, you have to be an appealing person. People have to like you before they’ll interact with you or your product.

Another article, Social Media Studies: Race, Gender, Class, and Teens’ Online Behavior is about a study that looked at the behavioral trends among teens on social media sites.
The study found that, “Teens who engage in ‘mean behavior’ toward others online are more likely to come from working class, lower-middle class, or African-American households” and that teenage girls are 7 percent more likely to report their behavior on these sites as mean.

And finally, Social Media for Social Good is an article encouraging people to use social media for good causes, specifically non-profits.

Tomcast: Team Tom’s podcast – Facebook in a grown up world.

9 Nov

In this episode, we talked about how Facebook users are getting older and more baby boomers are taking using the site. According to Pew, social networking use among internet users ages 50-64 grew by 88%–from 25% to 47% between 2009 and 2010. Because of their buying power over generation x and y, we are trying to connect with business to help them better communicate with consumers over social media.
In the podcast we talked to James Booth, who is a social medial marketer for Samsung. He has also done marketing for Dodge, Toyota and Dell Computers. We referenced two articles, one from Pew and another from The Guardian. James shared with us how business can use the different demographics to increase sales.

Listen to it and vote here.

Weekly Update

4 Nov

The event is getting closer and we are seeing more buzz around the upcoming event! There has been a lot of tweets coming out of different UVU groups and our own Twitter team.

We’ve been sending some articles to the other teams this week in hopes of increasing content resources for them. We found a really interesting article here about some awards Dell just received in the area of social media. We thought this was really appropriate because our speaker for our UVUsocial event is the director of social media from Dell, and it just points to the good work they are doing with social media and customer service.

Data Challenge

31 Oct

Looking at the data from WordPress we found that we had most of our hits when we first set up the blog in September. We figured this is because we were trying to figure out the formatting and visited the blog often.

Here are some screen shots of the data from WordPress.

Weekly Update

28 Oct

This week we have continued to provide the Blog, Facebook, and Twitter Teams with articles. Google Alerts lead us to find some great content about Utah and social media. As for web monitoring and what was being said about UVUSOCIAL, there were a couple of UVU PRSSA students that mentioned the event but other than that nothing else was being said.