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 noun ˈker-ˌtā-kər

 : a person who gives physical or emotional care to someone (such as a child, an old person, or someone who is sick)


  Today we saw the video about teamwork. I think we should have seen it on our first lesson, because it was really helpful and gave us clearer idea how to separate tasks. Anyway, our next exercise was to talk with each other within the team and see if we are following the ‘teamwork’ steps. And after we had finished deciding who is going to do what, we discussed it with the whole group. It turned out that our group is not feeling very comfortable as everyone was like: “Yeah, we had 2 meetings with the NGO, 1 meeting with Nancy, did that and that and that…”, and we were like: “We have a…plan?” We are currently trying to fix that, we’ve already divided tasks and put a deadline. We will meet more frequently and build up a friendship environment, and I think at the end we’ll have great results!

  Now…let’s talk about the post title. It’s supposed to be something that expresses me and the content of my post. My title is “caretaker” – a word with different meanings, but as you see I’m focused on one specific. That’s because I really, really want to help our NGO, so in that way they can help the children of Mexico. My group is working on the social media part. They only use Facebook and Twitter. I did some research on Twitter to see if that is their best option, or they need another social platform. They don’t really update their account, and their last post was one month ago:

Going through other NGOs twitter’s accounts, you will see that it’s actually one good social platform for NGOs. Of course if you know some valuable tips how to write posts, what catches people’s eye, how to gain more followers, etc. The same goes for Facebook, too. Basically, when you open Children of Mexico’s Facebook page, you can’t actually understand what it is about right away, and for that it doesn’t really provoke sympathy. Let’s check UNICEF Facebook page:

You are able to understand what they stand for at the very moment, without reading a single word. And now let’s check Children of Mexico’s Facebook page:

It’s not the same, is it?

  I realize that it’s an organization and there are a lot of things to be done. But at the end, I hope we DO help them, not just aim at passing the course.

Best regards,



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Posted in Community, Group 12, Students
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Tinsy's Blog


Hello Everyone!

As time is passing everything is becoming clearer and clearer. And our group had their first meeting with the NGO. Our NGO has had no experience with crowdfunding or crowdsourcing so they are happy to get ideas from us which also allows us to come p with any idea. 

The last class was all about networks, our own individual networks and of our NGOs. In the case of the networks I have, i’m more of an individual person I don’t really express myself or reveal my identity easily. I prefer staying ‘in a closed Facebook group’. I also hesitate posting any photos of myself online. I join online fan-based groups on Facebook, Line and whatsapp but i never post because interacting with people i don’t know is not my thing even if I have a lot of similarities with the people in the group. That’s because I believe that a person is not as he or she seems online and when I asked my mother what she thinks about this she said:

"You can’t facially express yourself through chat messages, so don’t trust anyone because people are not how they seem online" By Mom

Do you agree?

*Everyone has different preferences when it comes to interacting with other people*

Furthermore, we discussed in class the Me,We and Many networks. Me networks are basically more related to one’s own individual self, one’s own personal identity. For instance, personal diary or journals. We networks are community bounded networks such as groups on Facebook. On the other hand, the Many networks would be for example Facebook or Twitter. Later we discussed these networks in terms of our NGO and we came up with this:   


This chart shows the Me,We and Many networks of the NGO

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Gabriela told us something very useful, that we have to come up with networks for the NGO that’ll work both online and offline and can be beneficial for them. Create something efficient for them with the resources they have!

Lastly, we are going to meet with our NGO next week where we will offer them with ideas of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. 

An advice for the other teams is that it is the fourth week already we should really get cracking!



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Posted in Community, Group 11, Students
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: Check This Out

Shouting as loud as you can

There is not a big difference between the real interactions and those of the web. You can find big similarities in the way you talk with other people in the world and our “Me, We, Networks” model. While in your life you can modulate the tone of your voice in the internet environment you can change network, while you can choose where and in which geographical and social context you can speak in the internet environment you change your community and your tools to define the audience (my loved and passionate relationship with hashtags is an example). Let me explain this better.

We can imagine our web uses and informations sharing as a normal dialogue in real life: we can whisper with one person because we are talking behind someone’s back (do not do the “goody-goody”, I know you did it about that annoying and overwhelming person that continues to bother you each single day in your existence), we can mumble loudly alone and if someone else hears us even better or we can take a soap box and start a tirade on the deviant costumes of our years (that was the favourite way of latin people but, be careful, Cicero was beheaded).

Our model follows this sequence, “me" is when we put online informations  without a direct reader (or listener, it depends on your network) but we know that we can be "read" by someone or we don’t really matter. That can be a good way to reflect, writing let us organise our ideas and let us remember them because they are saved on the web, on the other hand people can anyway help us, answering to our posts even if that is not really needed.

We" is built with all the interactions we make with people we know or that is working with us. It is like speaking with a person we know but nobody else is supposed to hear us. It is about organisation of activities, sharing infos or feelings we don’t want to give to others (or we don’t need to) or building relationships. It is a weird mix of works and feelings but that is probably the weird nature of the “human groups”.

The Network is completely different, it is not about human individual nature like the previous two, it is about the human behavior and how we can as individuals affect it. With networks we share ideas, we share thoughts and we want that everyone knows them, we want that people agree with us or give us suggestions to improve our ideas, to make them stronger. An ideal network would be able to build a common human idea by sharing and modifying a previous one. Obviously that is not possible, the essence of the mankind is the man, the individual, the one and her/his different values, we can link people with same values but we can’t create a unique common values set able to regulate our whole knowledge, we can’t create a unique common consciousness (the ones who tried to actually developed the worst errors in our history).

The tools of me, we and network can be similar, however the use and the usefulness can provide a grade for each tool in each “category" (that’s a good way to define them). Let me make an example, Facebook’s notes are a good way to reflect as "me" but Tumblr will let me store all my thoughts in  one page and people that share my same interests can help me to improve my reflections.

On the other hand Facebook is the best and the fastest mean for the “group” category, I can easily share everything with a limited group of people, or with one people through the chat, I don’t think there is a better way to quickly share our status to our whole friends.

However Facebook is terrible as a network, I can make people know my ideals with FB, the hashtags system is something still unknown even if now I can use them (that is really stupid considered the normal privacy settings we have). Facebook gather too many private informations, they can’t be shared by reasonable people. Twitter, I will repeat it till my death, Twitter is the best way to share infos to a huge audience.

That can be broaden using hashtags (specialists audience uses hashtags to immediately see what they need). I mean, every category can be broaden using hashtags, even the “me” (but not Facebook, I tried to use them, they don’t work, it is just weird!!!). Tumblr can easily switch from “me” to network using these and other systems.

Our NGO in particular should shift from the exclusive use of Facebook to the use of real network’s means: Twitter, Tumblr with pictures and a personal regional website! Participating at events around Florida with flyers for example is a good “real way” to increase awareness! Let’s leave FB for group meetings and internal, private stuff!

Now, I have a lot more to say and to tell but I think my teachers wouldn’t appreciate, probably they are feeling really sleepy at the moment so, it is better to stop here. Stay connected and wait for the next post if this one didn’t bore you to death! Bye!

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Posted in Community, Group 1, Students
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: A road to the plain

The man is a social animal

This title is a short answer to the question about my online technology skills. I am not able to use complex technologies or codes to deeply manage my online world. I have never studied Computer Sciences and I grew up in what I call the “Bridge generation”, the generation that saw the rising of Internet but that was not born in an Internet environment. I can notice it with my younger brother: he is able to replicate my moves when using technological objects, I learned to do these “moves” in many years.

However I have different skills, maybe not technical skills but still useful. I have a good knowledge of social networking, I know how to make people read my posts using hashtags and I know how to connect and use different social networks. That could seem actually stupid, I know, but even if anyone can post on Facebook, it’s difficult to make people really read what you posted.

I have to admit that FB is a great communication tool between people you really know but it’s not the best advertising way for NGOs or organisations in general. I definitively prefer Twitter, you can spam your thoughts and everybody can read them, using the right hashtag you will spread your ideas easily. Tumblr is a good mean but with a different purpose, it is perfect if you want to share pictures or complex “orations” or music. Another important tool is Instagram, it is completely useless alone but, if linked with Twitter it will give you the pictures’ strength like Tumblr and the spam rate.

I think that personal preferences are only partially involved in choosing an online tool. Let me make an example, if in my work team someone suggests a different idea we just have to choose the one that is best suitable for the situation and it is very difficult that they can be considered both valuable in the same way. If we are working for a political party and we have to spread their values, well, Twitter! You can also use Facebook and whatever you want but you need to use Twitter as main network. If you have to sponsor an artist you have to use Tumblr! That’s what I think about social networks, actually for me is really difficult to think about other more complex ideas like “create a web platform/hub”, etc.. because I really don’t know how to create or how to manage them.

About the so called Technology Stewardship, well, it is difficult. First, I am not a technology steward, as you can read above I can be a communicator, an “advertising agent” but not a technology stewart, I am not skilled enough. With our NGO this is a problem, we have to try to provide great solutions that we are not able to build like a “web platform” or we just need to use what we know? What is their technological level? These are important questions we will ask them. I don’t really know yet where we should “stop” with technological solutions or where we should explore new ways.

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Posted in Community, Group 1, Students
This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: A road to the plain

Twitter vs Zombies: Join in a live web/twitter based story activity

It may sound strange, but running from September 13-15 is a live web/twitter based story activity that could help ProjComm students learn more about connections, networking, and working/playing in real time.

You will get to be part of a fictional outbreak of zombie attacks, and try to develop survival strategies… in Twitter vs Zombies v3:

Welcome to the third round of Twitter Vs. Zombies. Part flash-mob. Part Hunger-Games. Part Twitter-pocalypse. Part digital feeding frenzy. Part micro-MOOC. Part giant game of Twitter tag. This iteration of the game was built to serve, in part, as a networked icebreaker for the participants of Open Online Experience 2013 — but the game is open to anyone on the Internet.
Twitter vs. Zombies, or #TvsZ, is a game played on Twitter designed to demonstrate virtual community and teach new media literacy. For the three days of the game, you will have a built-in community on Twitter ready to answer your questions and construct a narrative with you. The game is made by all of our contributions, small and large.

Learn more, and get a sense of the experience in the trailer video…

And learn some of the strategies for survival

It may sound strange, but this offers an interesting experiential activity to see how informal networks work (or don’t).

And there is no risk of danger, it is all in your mind.

Learn more and signup at

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This post was originally published at the Project Community blog: CogDogging It (Alan Levine ProjComm 2013)