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*Peer Response* My Guilty Pleasure…

In Uncategorized on December 9, 2009 at 6:09 pm

This is a peer response for Jania post on her guilty pleasure of watching reality TV. I feel now that Im in the plans to buy my first house Im obsessed with watching  networks like HGTV, DIY, TLC and Style. These shows have way of getting me hooked and going to Home Depot or Loews to find out how I can make it myself to save money since the bad economy and to be responsible.

My favorite shows are all on HGTV,  Divine Design, Color Splash and Property Virgins ( good for first time home buyers)! They all give me something diifferent which I can incorporate into my new home.

With Divine Design, the designer, Candice shows how to tackle challenging home design dilemmas. Her team give ways to redesign spaces that are sophisticated and stylish by adding small accents that make it a 180 degree transformation. This is great for home owners who need help making their homes full of Divine Design!

Color Splash is a fun and entertaining show that does exactly what the title says adds a Color Splash to boring and bland homes. It really demonstartes how color can make a room in a home become alive. I went to a relatives house the other day and noticed how they incorporated simply tips from the show to make a huge difference to their living room by adding accent pilliow, artwork and a new wall color. All these samll touches make a memorible mark to anyone who enters a room or even a warm feeling to the home owner.

Property Virgins is the fast pace guide of house hunting through the eyes of first-time buyers. I was able to get another point of view on exactly how much goes into buying a new property. The mixture of practical take-home advice from the host Sandra Rinomato (part realtor, part therapist, friend and financial advisor) makes it easy for new buyers to see the the hard reality of what it takes to find the right property.


Response #12 2012 Election!

In Uncategorized on December 9, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Imagine a world where everything is at your finger tips. You can order food, buy clothes, and choose our next president! Now open your eyes and notice you are in the year 2012. In the next few years, techonology will continue to evolve to make things easier for the public to make decisions. After studying the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, its evident that his use of grassroots and social media was a leading factor of why he was elected as the 44th President. Not only did his team use various social media platforms correctly, such as facebook, blogs, youtube, etc. they made it easy for people to know about Barack Obama and why he was the better candidate.

As discussed in The First Campaign, the 2008 election was the first campaign that used technology to engage a tech-savvy younger generation which communicates via many social mediums. Now that future presidential candidates understand the impact the youth play in winning an election they will need to find ways to attract them as supporters, brand ambassadors and volunteers to cause a buzz on and offline.

After reviewing the Edelman Obama Write-up I was impressed how well organized the Obama Team was inorder to pull off such an impressive  social media campaign. Below are the 10 key learning taken from the campaign which could be useful to other organizations to better engage and activate supporters.

10 Lessons from Obama’s Social Media Campaign

1. Laddering support through tiers of engagement

2. Empowering super users

3. Providing source materials for user-generated content

4. Going where the people are

5. Using tools people are familiar with

6. Ensuring that people can find your content

7. Mobilizing supporters through mobile devices

8. Harnessing analytics to constantly improve engagement activities

9. Building the online operation to scale

10. Choosing the right team




I believe the key to winning the 2012 election online is going to be a mixture of the 10 key learnings above and a organic fresh campaign with a sticky message. As we have seen Obama’s campaign set the bar high for the use of techonolgy to get the public’s attention. For the 2012 election there will be a need to follow that formula and create a solid movement on startegically chosen platforms in order to reach your goal number of votes to become president.

*Peer Response* My New Years Resolution {SAVE MONEY}

In Uncategorized on December 8, 2009 at 8:48 pm


After reading Ryan’s Post for Getting a Leg up I started thinking what’s going to be my new years resolution this year. I usually go with the regular resolutions like losing weight or being more active. But due to the economy this year I believe I need to really start saving money for the future. I’m terrified when I saw how many people have signed up for unemployment in the past two years. Every month when I see my Wachovia Bank statement, I cringe to think of how much money I spend on non-important items like clothes, dining out and buying things I don’t need.

This past Saturday I coordinated a charity event and noticed that many people were actually spending money in this economy as well. Many of my friends doubted the event was going to be a success but surprisingly people came ready to donate or to buy artwork for the cause. After the event, I asked an attendee who had purchased multiple items how they were surviving in this economy and he said “he plans ahead“. He tries to save every buck so that when important events come around he will be able to splurge a little. He also told me that he bought discounted advanced tickets for the event and only bid on art work which he believed to be a deal since all the art work was tax deductible since it was going to charity.

After thinking about different ways to save a buck here and there, I realized that it wouldn’t even be that hard to sacrifice a little to reap the reward of not being broke or in debt. I guess now companies will need to take some advise from Chris Anderson and understand the value of niche markets and learn how selling less of more items might help in this bad economy.

Response #11 Yeman is my Playground

In Uncategorized on December 4, 2009 at 1:21 am

While checking out Global Voices Online, I noticed they do a good job of getting local bloggers from all around the worlds perceptive on whats going on in their countries. The country I chose for this week’s post was Yemen, not only was it the only country that started with “Y”, it also had a variety of compelling blog posts about living there.

I noticed that the most recent blog entry was from August 19th, 2009, which made me think that either there arent that many bloggers in Yemen or they just dont blog as often as people in the U.S. I did see something discussing the freedom of speech in Yemen, which might be another factor in why there werent frequent writers.

Due to the ongoing war between Saudia Arabia & Yemen, I would expect many of the entries from Yemen bloggers would be discussing their opinions on the matter or new updates there were in the conflict. But to my surprise there was a lack of interest on the war. In one entry, the blogger writes, “The ongoing war in Yemen certainly warrants coverage on Global Voices Online, but I was really shocked when I realized that there weren’t many bloggers interested in the conflict.”

After reading a few other entries, I realized that many of the bloggers write about news updates such as people killed in natural disastersU.S. Embassy attacks and

I checked the Google Trends for Yemen and noticed the sparatic updates as well and very similar topics to what I found on Global Voices Online. After fully exploring Yemen’s blogosphere I believe that due to their lack of internet resources due to their internet being monopolised by the Yemen Communications Company (Tel Yemen), owned jointly by the government and British company Cable and Wireless.

Even though Yemen was one of the first Gulf states to introduce the internet, it will be a few years until the access will be enough for the demand. Hopefully it will happen soon so they will be able to get their voices heard!


In Uncategorized on December 1, 2009 at 7:23 am

I know AIDS isnt the happiest thing to talk about, but today is the day to celebrate the progress we have made in search for a cure and the journery we still have til no more innocent people will die over the life-threatening disease.

Today hundreds of organizations, are coming together in a mission to have people learn, act and give in the name of AIDS! One event that I will be attending is this Saturday, with Artists for Charity! 

Did you know that Washington, D.C. – home to one of the largest Ethiopian populations in the country – has one of the highest HIV infection rates, per capita, in the United States?

For the past three years a group called Artists for Charity (AFC) has challenged people to think about this and related issues in an annual holiday event in conjunction with World AIDS week. The non-profit organization, which also runs a group home for HIV positive children in Addis Ababa, uses the occasion to raise funds for its Ethiopia project.

This year’s theme for the holiday benefit is “A Taste of Ethiopia,” offering silent and live art auctions of artwork from painters and photographers including artwork by the AFC Children, live performances, authentic Ethiopian cuisine, and cocktails, showcasing the rich culture and beauty of Ethiopia.

In addition to raising funds to support the Children’s Home in Ethiopia, AFC’s 3rd- annual benefit will seek to raise awareness on the HIV/AIDS crisis here at home, in the D.C. area.

Hope you can spread the word and make a difference by donating!


Response #10 Wikipedia & Artists for Charity…

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2009 at 6:49 am

For my wikipedia report assignment I decided to make a new entry about a non-profit called Artist for Charity (AFC). They have been doing alot of great things to raise awareness and funds for Ethiopian (where I am originally from) orphaned children living with HIV/ AIDS. I was surprised they didnt have a page since they have been becoming so popular in such a short time frame.

The overall wikpedia experience was not that bad. After going through the tutorial and looking at other entries it wasnt that hard to edit or make a new Wikipedia entry. It was much easier than I imagined since many of my classmates kept on asking me on the status of my report all week long.

After realizing the work that goes in to Wikipedia, I honestly think I will begin to contribute more to the community and ask others to do the same, especially women. After making the page for the Artist for Charity, I sent it to one of my friends who volunteers for the organization in Ethiopia and the organizers were very happy to be on the map and noticed it  would help by having it as one of the top searches when looking for Artists for Charity.

This changed my perspective on the project and wikipedia, because I never knew how much wikipedia helped with google rankings for organizations, subjects, popular items, etc. In class, I remember discussing how wikipedia links will show up high in the search, but to have someone from the organization recognize it first made me feel as though I helped the AFC to get a little more exposure.

I learned alot from the assignment and feel as though I was accepted by the wikipedia community. I even had a a cleaner user, named woohookitty  edit the entry. So I guess my page is inviting others to edit the page to make it the best it can be. Overall the assignment was easier than I thought it would be.