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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

In today’s day and age, getting hired for a job requires much more than passing a background check and nailing an interview. People who are looking to hire will search your name on google and see what comes up. There are companies such as Reputation Changer and Big Blue Robot that charge the big bucks to hide your google-able dirty laundry. However, in the article I read, 6 Steps To Managing Your Online Reputation, the author compiles a list of 6 things that the heads of many of these reputation-saver websites agreed are important to reputation success.

The first tip the article gives is “search yourself” which I realized was something I hadn’t done in a while so I did. The first two results that came up are my LinkedIn and my Pinterest accounts. Also, my profile pictures for both of these accounts appeared in google images. The fourth tip the article gave was one that surprised me and was “join social networks.” Linkedin is a social network that is specifically designed for employers to connect with you. However, other social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter I would think would be damaging to someone trying to land a job. The article requests that you are somewhat active on social network accounts.

The last tip is, in my opinion, the most important and reads “keep things private, while assuming nothing is truly private.” There are many helpful privacy settings on all social media, specifically Facebook. However, with enough digging, employers may be able to find that embarrassing photo of you from the Christmas party. If someone tags you in a photo that you don’t want to appear on your account, untag yourself immediately. There is also a useful privacy setting on Facebook that makes it so you must approve something before you get tagged in it which I love.

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.