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I’m in my final 2 semesters at Georgetown grad, and am currently enrolled in a Global Communications class. The focus is on social media, and we study a new country every week. It’s been quite a journey, and we finish with a blast in London for a week starting August 14.

So, despite what you may have been thinking, I HAVE still been writing! Just not on my personal blog. Visit the class blog to read all mine (and my classmates’) blogs. More specifically:

This is the group blog for the Georgetown University Global Communications class taking place over the Summer semester in 2010.  The format of the class is to focus on a different region of the world every week and the students research and share insights from their research into interesting and unique ways that social media is being used in each country.

Thanks for visiting our blog and please leave a comment if something sparks a thought from one of our posts!

Thanks!

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Who is Sheri?

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If you’ve read my first few blog posts, you’ve probably wondered who was behind the words and ideas. My name is Sheri and I am a first-year graduate student at Georgetown University. I am majoring in PR/Corporate Communications, which has so far proved to be very challenging and interesting! I am taking two courses, and this blog was originated as an ongoing assignment for my Social Media class. However, I fully intend on keeping this blog going long after the class is over. I will try to post on a (semi-)regular basis with an interesting tidbit or two 🙂 Here’s just a few of my main interests, and some background:

Writing

I always remember keeping a journal. I was never consistent, but technology has made it easier than ever. I started writing poetry 18 years ago, and published some of my works online as early as 2001. I am now using a more convenient method of expressing myself not only to better understand myself, but for the world to experience. I hope to publish my own book of poetry in the near future.

I’ve been a professional Technical Writer since I graduated from UMBC four years ago; it is tough adhering to so many rules when my inner creative juice wants to flow! But I’ve learned a LOT.

Yoga, Running, and Fitness

While I was an athletic child (swim team and soccer), I found myself being less and less active towards the end of high school. After college, I started picking goals for myself such as 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathon (13.1 miles) races – it was the only way I could keep myself in consistent shape. I finally gathered the courage to run the Marine Corps Marathon (26.2 miles) in October 2008. It was one of the most amazing (and painful) experiences of my life! I picked up Yoga to keep myself flexible and injury-free.

Fitness is a huge part of my life because it keeps me sane, focused, and boosts my confidence levels out the roof 😉

Beauty/Fashion

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This is definitely one of my “girlier” interests. While my knowledge on the subject of fashion is limited to reality shows like Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model, I have such a deep love and appreciation for hair, skin, makeup, and wardrobe.

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Raised on classical piano instruction, I’ve always had an emotional connection with music in more ways that my peers did. Today, my taste ranges from Drum and Bass to Classic Rock to Jazz to Metal to Hip Hop. I listen to what suits my mood. I support local artists by going to DC area shows on a regular basis.

Travel

Having grazed the East and West Coasts, parts of Europe and the Middle East, and Mexico – I continually hunger for more exploration. If I had to list all of the places I’d want to visit, we’d be here a while. Don’t get me wrong, my hometowns of Philly and DC are wonderful. I just really appreciate culture and adventurous life experiences.

Politics

I never though I’d admit this, but politics is my guilty pleasure. Again, my knowledge to this area is somewhat limited but I find it all so captivating, and makes my life not seem so dramatic 😉

A Bill of Rights for the Social Web?

Should social web sites adhere to certain codes of conduct in the best interest of their users? I, for one, believe that this is a great idea, but one that would be quite challenging to uphold.

On September 5, 2007, Marc Canter (founder of Broadband Mechanics) and Joseph Smarr (head techie at Plaxo) teamed together to publish a “Bill of Rights for Users of the Social Web.” In it, they lay out user “rights” specifically pertaining to ownership, control, and freedom of personal information. What I like best about this technological declaration is that they did not just sit down one day and carve these rules into stone; they presented the information in a blog-like format and opened it up for discussion, welcoming comments and suggestions.

With the dramatic expansion of social networking sites such Facebook and Myspace, it seems inevitable that someone would eventually come out and stand up for user rights. Besides, it would seem only natural that individuals who chose to present personal information about themselves would automatically expect a certain level of privacy, right?

Wrong.

Just last weekend, Facebook challenged these rights by publicly stating an adjustment in their terms of service. This caused quite a bit of commotion in the blogosphere. While it is uncertain how long this clause will last, this action has, in a way, opened up a can of worms. It is very likely that other networking sites will follow Facebook’s lead and take ownership of the data that is posted by their users. With the growing complexity and diversity of social networking sites, a part of me truly believes that this will be unavoidable.

People have debated the question of whether or not customer data belongs to the supplier, agency, or customer. While I agree with most that the customer should have full access rights to their own data, I am also a firm believer that the customer should take full responsibility of what they choose to post publicly. I came across these very useful tips (specifically for Facebook users) that allows the users to take matters into their own hands. While this does not completely stop Facebook from caching all your data, it enables the user to take better control of what is publicly viewable and what is kept private.

So, while a “Bill of Rights” can be useful, it would need to undergo constant evaluation since social networking sites are expanding at increasingly higher rates. Ultimately, it comes down to the users’ personal decisions.

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