Personally I use social media a lot and I have experienced user-generated content on just about all of it. I use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and LinkedIn; of those LinkedIn is the only on I do not use heavily. I do not use Pinterest AT ALL! Freshman year of college I really learned what Pinterest was how all of my friends would waste hour pinning useless crap that they would never do or use and I had enough things that wasted my time, I didn’t need another—which relates to the question “where do people find the time” in the Cognitive Surplus reading. I like the idea of Pinterest but I find it kind of stupid. I digress. Some websites I uses that aren’t really social media but have still experienced user-generated content are Google, Slacker Radio, and many other websites with advertisements posted on the side. I have noticed there is a difference between generally websites and social media sites in the user-generated content. Sometimes when I do online shopping or searches for certain products I notice that those products pop up as ads on other sites. For example in my oral communications class I gave a persuasive speech on why you should not to anti-bacterial hand soap because it aids in the creation on super bugs. I Googled Soft Soap hand soap because they have non-anti-bacterial hand soaps and I need more information on the product. The next day when I was listening to slacker radio and a picture of the soap was in the margins as an advisement. Also, three weeks ago I was buying shoes online at payless and a few days later I was reading some random article and a picture of the shoes I was looking at was at the bottom of the page.
Social media is a whole other ball game. The number one culprit of user-generated content is Facebook, they have fine-tuned some type of super algorithm that just blows my mind! Fb suggests friend based on friends we have in common, it also suggests people that go to the same schools as you do or work at the same place. I suggests pages to ‘like’ based on my pervious ‘likes,’ if a friend ‘liked’ it, or other people who are not in common with me but ‘liked’ the same set of pages. It also notifies me of close friends or family member’s birthdays and it determines whether or not to notify my based on the amount of interaction I have had with that person. No of that really bothers me but the one thing that is getting on my nerves is that my newsfeed is 50% one of my friends post. She just recently had an adorable baby and I ‘like’ just about all the pictures she puts up of him so Fb decided to make my newsfeed filled with her statuses and updates. I find this annoying because it doesn’t even give me a chance to look at my other friend’s posts as much.
The second social media outlet that I get a lot of user-generated content on is twitter. Twitter suggest people for me to follow based on a lot of the same stuff Facebook does. One think that has been happening more recently (probably with a new update) is I have been getting little notifications at the top of my phone saying @user and @user2 are talking about this, or @user, @user2 and 3 other of your followers have retweeted this. If I click that notification it will take me to twitter and show me that some of my followers are doing retweeting to see if I might want to retweet it.
Over all I find some of the user-generated content helpful and convenient but on some levels it really creeps me out once I start to think about it too hard. My last example for user-generated content doesn’t have to do with the internet but I think you will find it interesting and freaky all in one swoop. I was taking a Business Ethics class last year with Dr. Kline and he gave an example in class of how Target monitors recent purchases by individuals and noticed that this girl was making similar purchases to pregnant women so they started to send her baby related ads, well this girl was still in high school and her parents of the advertisements. Turns out the girl didn’t know she was pregnant yet and Target ousted her to her parents!