My Comments

These are comments I have made on other students blogs:

Posted on James Kicklighter’s post – Fourquare and the Future: I enjoyed this post because it clearly defined what foursquare is and how how it is used by both social media practitioners and by businesses. I was not familiar with what fourquare was, but now that I know it’s a game and after reading this post, I can see how it can be entertaining for users, as well as beneficial to businesses that get on board. I found the your comments about privacy concerns very interesting.

The sentence “Not many people want everyone to know where they’re at every hour of the day, so when people “check-in” to Foursquare, everyone could potentially know where they’re at,” puts this into clear perspective. I do agree that some people might not feel safe releasing where they are all the time, but I feel that there are some users, that do, or might use this tool in the future, that like for people to know where they are at.

It will be interesting to see how foursquare develops in the future and what kind of responses and utilization both companies and users have.

Posted on Marie Walker’s post – Sin Tax on Sodas?: Wow, this certainly would be something if it passes. I found this very interesting because I previously had no idea that it was being proposed. I try not to drink a lot of beverages with high sugar content, but this is ridiculous and I hope it does not pass. With Philadelphia already having one of the highest sales taxes in Pennsylvania, I would be livid if I lived in that city. I believe that there are so many other products (like alcohol and cigarettes) that can be taxed and should be taxed before sugary drinks. Another thing to keep in mind with this matter is the effect that it will have on the beverage companies. I would certainly like to see what the big time soda companies (coke, pepsi, etc.) have to say about this proposal.

Posted on Mashae Hankerson’s post – Let’s Play Foursquare!: Hey Meshae, I enjoyed your thoughts on Foursquare. I agree with everything you said. I think that the benefits that this can have on businesses are obvious, as it will provide a “competition” between friends and in turn gain business for companies. However, I agree that it could prove to be a dangerous social technology when it comes to the general public.

There are a lot of creepy people out there and I don’t know if I would feel comfortable sharing my locations with some people. For example, it could be dangerous for people to “broadcast” where they are or where they are going to be. After all we never truly know who is reading these posts. With other social networking sites, like Facebook and Twitter, you have the choice of whether or not you want people to know where you are, but the whole point of Foursquare is to track where you are. It will be interesting to see where this site goes and the growth it gets.

I especially liked your embedded video with one of the co-founders of Foursquare. It’s always nice to see and hear from the people behind these social networking sites.

Posted on Meg Tidmore’s post – Sea World Tragedy: I actually wrote about this as well. It certainly is a terrible tragedy, but what I find almost more interesting is how Sea World is dealing with this disaster. At the time I wrote my post, SeaWorld had halted Shamu shows at the Orlando theme park and at sister parks in San Antonio and San Diego while it reviews the death. In an article I found that was related to this tragedy, written by member of the Associated Press, steps are listed of possible actions Sea World can make in order to counteract this disater.

Sea World officials stummbled in the first press conference after the incident saying that Brancheau had drowned and was not killed by one of the wales. They later spoke again, correcting themselves and saying how Brancheau had been drugged down into the water by her ponytail after Tilikum grabbed her. One interesting point I read in this AP story was that was brought up was that this incident may in fact help attendance, when it comes to the younger demographic. If you would like to read the article I linked in my post click here.

Posted on Makenzie Stratton’s post – Toyota Cleaning Up the Mess: Hey Mackenzie, hope all is well with you. I actually wrote a similar post on my blog about Toyota. Personally I’m not sure how I feel about Toyota’s response to the problems and recalls they have recently underwent. The marketing campaign they have developed recently, called Toyota Stories, seems a little corny and cheesy to me. There is no way to tell if the people in these commercials are actual Toyota owners and supporters, or if they are simply paid actors that are will to say all the positive things in the world about the auto company for a price.

Personally, I feel that Toyota should focus more on fixing the problems that they are having with their vehicles, rather than airing these types of commercials. I think people are more likely to believe news reports and news articles about how Toyota has corrected all the problems than they are to believe these cliche commercials. Also, I liked how you related this crisis to the one that Domino’s dealt with. I was in Mrs. Nixon’s Intro to PR class last spring and we discussed that and how Domino’s went about dealing with it.

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