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Liz Ditzel: Post Filter App Overview

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Our app is called Post-Filter. It connects to other apps to keep you from posting anything that could get you in trouble with future bosses, current bosses, friends, teachers, etc. You open the app and it gives you filter options for different apps; you largely wouldn’t use the app’s home page itself. It’s entirely run through Web 2.0 apps.
Basically, what happens is you can toggle certain filter functions for your social media accounts. There would be a multitude of app-specific options depending on what sites you have accounts for, and how “public” those profiles are.
poster filter 2post filter 4Some examples of filters would be marking red cups and alcoholic beverages in photos, spelling and grammar checks, blocking posts with swear words or other keywords that you set yourself, and turning off texting or messaging, and calling for certain phone numbers or social media profiles.

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When activated, these filters reduce the risk that you’ll screw up on your social media accounts.
Once you set your filters, the app will be able to send you notifications and warnings whenever one of the rules is breached.

post filter 5      You’ll always know when a post is blocked by a filter, and can turn these filters on and off at any point, so that everything is clear and accessible. The user will always have full control over the app and its effects.
Say a post doesn’t make it through a filter. You’ll be notified with this pop-up, as well as the reasoning behind the notification. After tapping on the pop-up, you can go back and edit or delete the post.

Sammi Sugarman: How Post Filter works in conjunction with Facebook

Post- Filter will have the ability to detect the filters shown in the previous slide, such as red cups, swear words and many of the other filters on any social media site, such as Facebook, before being posted for everyone to see.

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For example, when on Facebook, if you attempt to post a photo with you and your friends holding red cups; Post-Filter will automatically detect the filter and stop you from making a big mistake.

“Post- Filter” will show up in your apps section on Facebook and you can set it Now that everyone is on social media, employers are able to see what we post and this can give us a disadvantage in getting the job.

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Electronic communication is now becoming more popular and influential than ever. Its so easy to have the world at your fingertips, and post anything you want, whether it may affect you positively or negatively. “The printed word is part of a vestigial orders that we are moving away from- by choice and by societal compulsion… This shift is happening throughout our culture, away from patterns and habits of the printed page and toward a new world distinguished by its reliance on electronic communication” (Botler 5).

Another thing that people do not realize when posting on social media sites, such as Facebook, is the delivery of the message and who there audience is. Every message is now delivered electronically to a wide range of audiences; and this can be dangerous, especially for college students trying to land a job after graduation.”

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According to DeVoss and Porter in their article, “… ill- understood view of writing as weaving digital media for distribution across networked spaces for various audiences engaged in different types of reading” (DeVoss & Porter 2). We all interpret and read messages differently, and depending on who our audience is, the outcome can be positive or negative.

Laura Stilts: How Post Filter works in conjunction with Twitter

Bolter quotes Priest Follo in a passage that Victor Hugo wrote in 1482 where he says “human thought would change its mode of expression that the principal idea of each generation would no longer write itself with the same material in the same way”. Just as books changed the way generations then expressed themselves, the internet has changed the way in which generations express themselves in the 21st century.

The number one way the younger generation expresses themselves today is through social media, especially Twitter. For this reason alone, we felt that an app like Post Filter was needed.

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When one posts a tweet to twitter everyone that uses Twitter can see that tweet including bosses, parents, and peers exc. Just as DeVoss and Porter point out “Writing is no longer just alphabetic text: And writing is also hypertext and the delivery of multimedia content via the Internet”. Text is now delivered via social media, and Post Filter will make sure user are thinking logically before they post.

Often, when tweeting users just tweet what pops into their mind without taking into consideration that their posts can be seen by the whole world. Post Filter will save users from posting text, pictures, or hypertext that could get them in a lot of trouble. Post Filter connected with Twitter will be able to pick up on red cups in Twit pic, curse words, racial slurs, sexual content, grammar errors and so on.

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The app takes into consideration that things that happen in the digital world have real life effects on internet users. This fact is proven in the virtual rape in cyberspace Dibbell writes about. Users weren’t actually raped but the notion of playing a game where a creepy person raped their avatar freaked the users out. The point of the app is to avoid things like this happening, so that no user will get offended by the tweets that users post.

The point of connecting the app with Twitter is to allow the tweeter to express his or her thoughts and feelings through 21st century writing without offending anyone or getting themselves in trouble. Younger teens may not think about the negative affect posting profane tweets or pictures could have on getting into a school or getting a job and Post Filter is there to remind them what is and is not socially acceptable.

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Twitter and other social media apps and websites are great ways for young and experienced writers to get their thoughts and ideas heard and receive feedback. Post Filter is an app that ensures that writers tweets or any other writing they post via social media will never get them in trouble.

Lindsey Romoff: How Post Filter works in conjunction with Instagram:

On the popular social media app Instagram, our app Post-Filter would work with it to filter out inappropriate posts. After installing Post-Filter, it will appear in the Instagram options page as demonstrated.

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Bolter speaks of how digital media refashioned the printed book. Our app, post filter takes this another step in realizing how new digital media requires new measures in security & censoring.

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For example, in this sketch  you have a picture about to be posted to Instagram for all your followers to see, including red cups, middle fingers, and a girl puking in the background. For obvious reasons, this is not an appropriate picture to post. With our app Post-Filter, it will not allow you to post the picture.

Another thing that has become popular on Instagram is screenshotting a text post on either on Tumblr or twitter and posting it as an Instagram photo.

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In this example, it included offensive language and although it is text in a photo, the advanced technology of post-filter will still read it and block it. In Devoss & Porter, they refer to file sharing as a practice having to do with the impact of the computer revolution on digital delivery and publishing.

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I believe this to be true for picture sharing as well, because publishing a reputation damaging photo to social media has affected the computer revolution in the same way. In Axelrod & Cooper, they discuss how important it is to read critically meaning not just comprehending passively but remembering what you read and making thoughtful judgements about what you’re reading. This being said, on cities its not always the photo that is offensive but the caption of the photo.

Works Cited:

1. Dibbell, J. (Dec 1993). A rape in cyberspace; Or, how an evil clown, a Haitian trickster spirit, two wizzards, and a cast of dozens turned a database into a society. Village Voice.

2. Bolter, J.D. (2001). Writing as technology. Writing space: Computers, hypertext, and the remediation of print. Mahwah, NJ: LEA. 14 – 26. [pdf]

3. DeVoss, D.N., and Porter, J.E. (2006). Why Napster matters to writing: Filesharing as a new ethic of digital delivery. Computers & Composition, 23, 178 – 210.

4. Alexrod & Cooper. (2006). Strategies for Reading Critically

When I was growing up, in the 90s, no one owned a cellphone. To use the internet we had to use dial-up which required that no one be using the land line phone. So we never were allowed to use the internet for long periods of time because what if someone needed to get in touch with a member of our family? They couldn’t.

Now, in 2014, EVERYONE, starting from infancy (no joke), owns either an Iphone, Ipad, Android, Tablet, or some sort of electronic device that allows users to connect to the internet. Where did this constant need to be in front of a cellphone screen at all times come from? Almost every other day there are stories in the news about fatal car accidents caused by one of the drivers involved texting and driving. In the 90s, there was no txting, if we had something to say to a person we simply walked on over to his or her house and had a face to face conversation ( I know that concept seems far fetched).

In an article titled “Becoming Screen Literate” that I read for my Introduction to Writing Arts class the author Kevin Kelly makes a very good point when he says “When technology shifts, it bends the culture”. Children who are raised today in this “Web 2.0” era are raised on Ipads and Iphones. Twenty years ago when I was a toddler it was down right socially unacceptable for babies to play with anything that wasn’t a teething ring or plastic baby toy. Does having an Ipad plopped in front of you at such a young age have an affect on the way you will grow up? Of course it does.

Technology has and is taking over every component of the world, therefore our culture is simply shifting. One of my colleagues, Jared Hussey, tweeted a very amusing article the other day that I think any person obsessed with their cell phone needs to take a look at. The article is called ” The NoPhone” written by The NoPhone Team.

This article is essientally a sales pitch for the teams product which they named the NoPhone. They describe the phone as a”technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact that allows you to stay connected with the real world”. (Pictured Below)

This “phone” is basically a piece of plastic that gives the illusion of holding a phone, but has no connection to the internet. It is encouraging people to put down their cellphones for once in their life and get back to reality and the real people standing all around. In the testimonials section of this article Whitney R states that “”With the NoPhone, my eye contact skills have improved 73%.”

The NoPhone article is a spoof, but it sends a real message. Technology is great, it has help us as a culture progress in the right direction, but there is a point where too much of anything becomes unhealthy,Children should be encouraged to get out and play with the children that live in their neighborhoods not to sit in a dark room and play games on their Ipad. People should feel comfortable having face to face conversations without having to look down at their phone every five seconds to see if they have received a text. As technology advances, generations with change, and who’s telling how cultures will continue to shift. In the video below Gary Turk explains perfectly the negative affect the constant use of cellphones is having on society as a whole.

One of the hardest things for writers to do is revise and critique their own work. Starting in elementary school teachers teach their students to peer review each others work because it’s always better to get someone else’s opinion before finalizing the product. Why is it so hard for writers to revise their own work? They are so used to their writing style that he or she will never see anything wrong with his or her work because that’s how he or she has always wrote, their way of writing is perfect. I know we often think that we can just whip up an essay in an hour and not get it revised, but that’s where we’re wrong because we all have writing tics.

The other day one of my colleagues,DeAngeline Sebastian, tweeted an article she found on Dana Murphy’s Word press Website. The article is titled ” What’s Your Writing Tic”. Some of the writing tics the article mentions are using the word “literally” too often and out of context, the over use of colons, and the over use of food metaphors in writing.

As soon as I read the article I automatically thought about how I over use commas in my writing. I don’t know why I just loved putting commas in between, every, single, word, but it’s a problem. It’s my writing tic. Dana Murphy states” The tics are what gives my writing voice and style”. Are writing tics a problem or something that gives writers voice and style? I never saw my love for commas as a problem, but a lot of professors have.

Social media plays such a huge role in 21st century writer’s lives. When writers are composing a tweet they aren’t thinking about  proper grammar , he or she is just throwing his or her thought into 140 words. That’s where writing tics come into play. That informal way of writing that we are so used  to using everyday gets carried over into our formal writing pieces where using the word literally in every other sentence is not acceptable.

In an article I read in my Introduction to Writing Arts class titled ” How Twitter Will Change The Way We Live” Evan Williams and Biz Stone explain how ” Twitter is developing into a powerful form of communication”, Writers are tweeting way more often then they’re typing essays these days because that’s where all the readers eyes are looking  these days. If one wants to reach out to the public he or she is way more likely to be heard by tweeting than writing a blog, because more people use Twitter than blogging websites.

So many people love using Twitter as a form of communication because there are no rules on Twitter. You may lose a lot of followers, but if one wants to tweet about food all the time or use the word literally 10 times in one tweet it’s acceptable. Writing Tics are what make writers, writers, if we all wrote  in the same cookie cutter style I don’t think people would enjoy reading and writing as much as they do.

After reading an article for my Introduction to Writing Arts class titled “the difference between thin and thick tweets” written by David Silver that was about tweeting more in depth, meaningful tweets, I looked into the many ways Twitter users use Twitter. In David Silver’s article he talks about how he taught his students about “thick tweets” and “thin tweets”. He defines thin tweets as ”  posts that convey one layer of information” and thick tweets as ” convey two or more, often with help from a hyperlink”.

Just as about 99% of Twitter users I almost always only use Twitter to write “thin tweets”. I never thought about using twitter to share articles or pictures because I really never have seen anyone use Twitter for any other reason than to display thin tweets such as ” I’m bored”.

After my Writing Arts professor introduced me to apps like “ZIte” that allow users to share articles they may find interesting with their followers via Twitter my eyes opened up to a whole new world. While skimming though articles on the Zite app I have on my Iphone I came across an article titled “Eight ways that Twitter drives sales” so I automatically retweeted it.

Not only are people using twitter for sharing articles and links to their blogs , but are using it as a way to drive sales ! In the article the author ,Gordon MacMillan,states that “A new study by@Nielsen found that 56% of Twitter mobile users say they are influenced by content on Twitter when they are buying a product or service”. As an adamant online shopper myself, I can agree with this statement one hundred percent. Before shopping from an unheard of online shopping boutique I always check with their frequent shoppers have to say about their company via Twitter or Instagram.

If I see good reviews like the one above  about good customer service and product quality I get right to shopping!

I honestly never realized how much Twitter has to offer because I always thought of it as a place where people go to just write their random thoughts down for his or her followers to read. There are so many social media apps and websites these days that users aren’t taking full advantage of all the great features they have to offer because there’s just so many of them. I will always love Twitter as a place to go to read funny jokes my friends tweet at me, but now I look at it in a whole new light.

Ginger Page is a free writing app available for iOS, Windows, Chrome and Android . It is a portable word processor that offers many features to help one correct and enhance his or her writing. Some of the features Ginger Page offers are auto-correct, a word enhancer that gives suggestions on how to better phrase what you are trying to say, and the option to share your text via email, text message, or social media.


Some of the other tools available through Ginger Page are a translator which allows one to type text in one language and translate to another, a dictionary, and a synonym search engine to help find synonyms to any word one types in the search engine.


Bolter discusses the future of digital writing in his Introduction: Writing in the Late Age of Print which is what this app promotes, digital writing. It allows anyone who has access to apps to write for any purpose whether it be a small novel or an email to their supervisor. The app was designed to help people enhance their writing before publishing it on the internet. This is just a new type of “writing space” as Bolter puts it.

One of the most important reasons why one should want to protect their “webutation” is to make sure that his or her real life relationships aren’t affected by whats on the internet about him or her. I came across an interesting article via ZITE that was published by The Huff Post labeled “This Is How Technology Is Affecting Your Relationship”.

Now I’ve heard of relationships ending because one person in the relationship was caught messaging someone they were cheating on the other with via Facebook, but this article tells and extreme horror story when it comes to ones relationship being effected by technology. According to the article a 32 year old newly weds marriage ended because his wife fell in love with a person you met on “Mafia Wars”, a game played through Facebook. When I read this I was in utter shock, how could this be a real story? How could a newly married woman fall in love with a computer avatar and leave her husband? This man thought his wife was playing a harmless Facebook game, but really she was going on virtual dates every time she logged into “Mafia Wars”. Im sure the newlywed wife didn’t sign up to play the game to seek out a new husband, but the point is that it did. In this situation technology took the wheel and tore a part  a new marriage, something that used to be thought of as a sacred, unbreakable bond.

In another section of the article a mental health counselor, Bea Arthur, states that  “I see people delaying meeting in person for as long as possible, although we know better.” when speaking on the topic of online dating. From this statement, it leads me to believe people are falling in love with figments of their imagination, whatever they can find on the internet about their potential boyfriend or girlfriend is what they believe to be true about that person.

Protecting your webutation is so important for this reason, how can one ever online date  if every time anyone types your name in the Google search engine nothing but negativity pops up? Not only is technology effecting our romantic relationships , but it’s effecting our professional ones too. Every time one submits a resume to any company, that company looks up his or her name on the internet. If that company finds anything they deem to be inappropriate they automatically move onto the next application/ resume. Companies don’t want any employs that could possibly represent their company in a negative light and technology has made it much easier for them to easily weed out the bad seeds. Technology has given anyone with access to the internet access to everyone’s webutations.

When I think of the many issues humans face with computers and the internet being so prominent in today’s society I automatically think of safety and relationships. I think of these two things automatically because those are two areas of my life that have been so greatly affected by the internet.  As all other humans, I never stopped to think that computers and the internet have affected other people in many different ways.

After reading an essay that was assigned to me which was titled,  “A Rape in Cyberspace, or How an Evil Clown, a Haitian Trickster Spirit,  Two Wizards, and a Cast of Dozens Turned a Database into a Society”, my eyes were opened to a whole new world I’ve never been exposed too. I am often ashamed to admit this, but my geeky older brother is sadly a frequent player of the online game World of Warcraft which I couldn’t even begin to explain the purpose of.  Watching my brother go from a social member of our society who used to go out with his friends and have bonfires on Friday nights, to a zombie who eats and stays up to all hours of the night to play a computer game broke my heart. Reading Dibbell’s essay about an online world where college kids log in every day to role play their fictional characters confused me , why are college students doing this when they could go to the student center and live out their fictional game.  I have no idea what type of quirky action plays out in my brother’s virtual community, but in Dibbell’s essay she explains a rape that happens in an online house called LambdaMOO. If I thought being so submerged in an online game was unhealthy before, I was right.

Not only do these online games promote people to alienate themselves from reality, but they are filled with creepy dark minded people. It scares me to think that my future children could end up addicted to an online game that contains creepy men who are just trying to get a rise out of harming others. In the essay Dibbell interviews one of the women whose online character gets raped by the voodoo doll. In this interview “Legba”, the lady whose character gets raped admitted to actually crying about the situation.  If an online game is projecting mental distress onto its players the game is obviously poisonous and unhealthy.  In a book Jay David Bolter wrote titled Writing space: Computers, hypertext, and the remediation of print he states that novelist E. Annie Proulx stated that “no one is going to read a novel on a twitchy little screen. Ever” in 1994. I bet she would have never imagined that people would transfer not only their books to digital copies but also their relationships. It’s one thing to use social media apps like Facebook and Instagram to connect with friends who one has met through the course of their social life, but to use the internet to create those relationships is just unhealthy in so many ways. Humans need actual human interaction to stay sane, and these cyber world games are doing the complete opposite.