Monday, 23 January 2012

Facebook Page

Today in our lab section we created Facebook pages. Now I already have Facebook, but what I have is a profile (which is far from something I want professionals in my desired field to see), not a page. This page is a business card and resume all rolled into one. Potential clients or employers can see my page, most likely the result of a quick Google search, and get a quick glance at my professional life. It allows for a filter on Facebook. This is a quick glance at my page:

It really is a work of digital information with an emphasis on my academic achievements. I'll link it here:

It contains resume information as well as my career goals and interests. It's my skills and experience bundled together neatly and it takes no more than a glance to form a general impression of me (good or bad). My classmates all made excellent Facebook pages, I really liked the work that my classmate Rima did. I can search for her on Facebook and find out that she is an experienced Nutrition and Food Science study at the University of Alberta.

This is why social media is the best thing to happen to the internet since the death of dial-up. Our lab today reminded me of an article we briefly covered in class today. It basically explains the friction-free motion and functioning of Twitter due to options like searching, commenting, tagging and linking.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Introductory Post

 My name is Elyse Semchuk and I am in my second year of the Animal Health program in the ALES faculty at the University of Alberta. I already use Facebook to stretch my communication muscles in a social group for the University of Alberta Pre-Vet/Animal Health Club. I frequently use Facebook to post pictures and send messages to a family that I adopted a dog from. My fourteen year-old Miniature Eskimo, Monty, is a regular presence on my wall and my friends' news feed. This picture was was taken by me and uploaded from my my Facebook albums.

Facebook is an excellent way for me to communicate with the people I adopted him from, as well as a means for them to contact me if they need to place another rescue dog in my home.

 I signed up for a Twitter account on the first day of ALES 204 class. I instantly knew I wanted to follow people and pages on Twitter that I was interested in. The first person I began to follow on Twitter was my man, Cesar Millan. His Dog Whisperer Twitter page has updates about his show and the dogs that are featured on it. Twitter is an excellent method for communication between Dog Whisperer enthusiasts.

In class we discussed the use of blogs in the world of science journalism. I have used research databases and followed forums in the past, so when I read our class blog's entry: ALES 204 Blog Science Journalism Post it seemed very familiar. I was not surprised to find that the science journalism blog sites were well structured and complete with updated blog entry listings and sidebars that contained other blog entries with similar topics. I met a Nutrition and Food Science student on the second day of class and I am very impressed with Rima's student blog.

My goal is to have my future E-Portfolio reflect my enthusiasm about my surrounding online environment which will become increasingly important for the  my future employment, education and animal adoptions.