Lady Gaga on Twitter, haters and change

US school librarian Gwyneth Jones has written an outstanding blog post looking at how Lady Gaga uses social media for good, rather than evil…

Lady Gaga says “I truly believe I have so many followers on Twitter just cause I write nice stuff! …I don’t whine, I don’t make fun of anybody. I’m just happy to be here!

That’s a philosophy that I believe we all should adopt. Read the whole post here.

A student’s take on selfies

Last week The Age and Sydney Morning Herald published an article by a year 11 student Olympia Nelson on the practice of teenage girls uploading sexy self portraits to social media. She explains:

If social media only caused narcissism, it wouldn’t be the worst thing. Instagram and Facebook are social networks that not only breed narcissistic tendencies but transform relations into a sexual rat race.

On these ubiquitous portals, the popularity of girls is hotly contested over one big deal: how sexy can I appear and bring it off with everyone’s admiration?

A common adult reaction to social media is to restrict things, as if that could ever be possible. You can’t force kids to be nice. The real problem isn’t something tangible like sexting or bullying, which adults focus on in patronising and unimaginative ways. The real problem relates to conformity. Kids are compelled to act the stereotype, because those who opt out commit themselves to social leprosy. Social media doesn’t need adult control. What we need is some good taste.

Read the whole article here.

How Gen Y feels about online privacy

Earlier this year, a group of gen y panelists shared their thoughts about online privacy. The six panelists explained how they now modify their online behaviour as

“We live in public.”

Darius was keenly aware that everything he shares on Twitter or other social media platforms is “out there,” which has made him extremely conscious about what he posts. “I would expect people to be more conscious,” he said.

“I have to filter myself,” Jordan said, explaining that she was concerned that some photos or check-ins she was tagged in on Facebook would send the wrong message to employers and colleagues.

Tess was shocked to find out that she curses more than 90 percent of other people on the social network, and the information has changed her behavior.

It’s great to see young adults in charge of their social media accounts, taking into account the fact that they will be judged by what they post.

Read the whole post here.

How teenagers actually use the internet

Buzzfeed has a very brief post and a graphic about how teenagers are using social media.

They have also published a teenager’s view on the hot (and not so hot) social media sites as well as linking to survey results on the same topic.

In a nutshell, Facebook’s appeal seems to be waning for teenagers at least, while Instagram are Snapchat are hot.

Another high profile social media faux pas

Yet again another well known Australian has made a mess of their standing in the community via social media.

Australian cricketer David Warner took to Twitter to argue with journalists over the weekend. The argument wasn’t the issue so much, but how Warner worded his responses. Swearing and put downs were the order of the day from someone who represents his country and was sure to have had social media lessons from Cricket Australia.

Interestingly, as of Monday 20 May, the tweets had not been deleted. Warner is set to be sanctioned by Cricket Australia.

The perils of our past

Recently Simon Finch published a piece on Digital citizenship and the perils of our past. You may have heard of Paris Brown, who was appointed as the first Youth Crime Commissioner in the UK. Not long after her appointment, Paris was attacked for her less than salubrious tweets and was eventually forced to stand down from her new role.

It’s a healthy reminder that our digital footprint will follow us around for our entire lives and affect many aspects of our lives. It’s up to us to ensure that our digital footprint is a good one that adds to our relationships and work, rather than detract from them. We can use social media to build ourselves a culture of trust and respect. Or not.