Module 9 CodeAcademy



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I really enjoyed my experience with CodeAcademy and i’m definitely going to keep using it.

Module #5 TweetDeck

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TweetDeck is an app that allows you to filter and track real time streams of twitter posts, stories and photos. Its a great tool to have to keep really feel like you’re following the topics you care about the most and its also an amazing tool for marketers and business owners to track the information they need to care about. This kind of information however is vastly different than the kind of results you’d expect from more traditional search engines such as Google. Heres a a few key differences .

1) Real-Time : Unlike google which goes through a number of different calculations based on popularity relevancy and date to give you your search result, TweetDeck shows the real time search results as you watch. This means you get the last information as soon as someone posts it on twitter.

2) Search Filters: Since Google hasa much larger pool to sift through in order to bring you where you need to be, the results are usually more tailored and take a lot of information based on your location, search history and phrasing in order to get results. Tweetdeck only uses the words and shows the direct results as they are being posted.

3) Twitter Based Content : Tweetdeck is limited to information that is being shared and posted on twitter, which means that due to the low character count and general nature of twitter, the information is more likely to short and to the point. Also google search engines still have access to information from Twitter albeit not as succinctly.

4) Responsive/interactive. TweetDeck gives you the opportunity to contribute to the results/conversations you are shown by adding tweets and posts to the same feed that other users can see. Google is very a much passive service in that you have to be one to initiate searches and get specific results while tweet deck gives you the opportunity to feel a part of the results and witness the flow of information as it happens.

There you have it, just a few of the differences between the two. Give TweetDeck a try!



Module #1 How to keep your social media professional

In this day and age, modern technology has resulted in dozens of new ways for people to communicate. The latest and most prominent in recent history have been social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, etc. While these sites allow you to communicate much in the same way as email or other messenger systems they differ in that they allow you to share more of yourself online than ever before. This is a genuinely incredible achievement of the 21st century however this capability can also represent great risk of damaging your reputation and future job opportunities. Here are two basic rules that I’ve come up with to help keep your social media reputation as professional as possible.

1) Don’t post when you’re angry.

Have you ever heard of the write an angry letter and don’t send it technique? Social media might be a good time to start. Consider your posts as letters, once they’re online, they’re fair game. Yes, you can delete them but you might not be able to take back calling your boss an asshole after 500 of your friends/coworkers see it for 10 minutes in their newsfeed.

2) Don’t post photos of yourself drinking or doing any kind of illegal or questionable activity.

We’ve reached a point in modern life, that police, employers and government organizations have access to and consider social media a serious source of data about an individual. Take your Facebook as seriously as you take your own reputation because it could mean the difference between getting a job or getting a fine. Here is a women who lost her job because she posted photos of herself drinking while on vacation

Module #2 Google Search Tips

  1. How would you search for an exact word or phrase

To get exact word or phrase searches, all you need to do is enclose the search in quotations. ]

Example: If I was looking for the song Afraid of Everyone by The National. I could search that phrase and probably eventually find the song however my search would be filled with links that also include combinations of the words. If I search “Afraid of Everyone by The National” I get the exact phrase.

  1. How would you search for something on a specific site?

In order to find something on a specific, you need to make sure that there is a website included after the search.

Example: Ps3

  1. How would you correctly search for a definition?

To find a definition for a word, all you need to do is include “define:” before the word.

Example: Define:tedious

  1. How would you search for a specific product?

First you type in the product you want to search for, then type in the price range separated by two perods

Example: Iphone 6 Case $10..$40

  1. How would you search for a specific filetype?

First type in your search query then include filetype: followed by the file type of your choosing

Example: Eid100 course syllabus filetype:PDF

  1. How would you include or ignore words in your search?

To make sure a word is ignored from a search, all you had to do is a add a dash/minus sign in front of the word you want ignored.

Example: Apple Computers -Windows

  1. How would you find sites/pages similar to an existing one?

First put the word related, add a colon and then write the name of the website.


  1. How would you confirm the exact form of a quote even if you were missing some of the words?

You need to include a * as a replacement for the words that you are missing.

Example: All * are created equal

  1. How would search for pages containing two connected words?

You need to use a hyphen between the two words.

Example: Coke-Doritos

  1. How would you search for social media content containing a specific tag?

Use an @ symbol or # symbol.


Module #4 LightBeam Experiment

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The above photo presents a 25 minute browsing period.

Lately in the news, it seems like internet and online anonymity is becoming more and more a hot topic. Whether its the NSA reading our emails, ISP recording our ip addresses, online predators chatting with our children or even mundane everyday creeps like targeted ads that seem to read our minds and follow us wherever we go on the internet, online privacy seems like a thing of the past. On the evening of February 7th I decided to try an app called LightBeam. This app, which is designed for Firefox, claims to shed light on who watches while we surf and what kind of digital trail we actually leave behind. Now while it is a genuine accomplishment in the pursuit of web transparency, the results were certainly a bit discomforting. In the 25 minute span I spent surfing the net, i visited 12 sites but connected with 136! To put it in perspective, while i was enjoying a casual update on my usual frequents, unbeknownst to me, I was connecting with a site every 11 seconds. This kind of eye opening data really demonstrates just how easy it is for a sites to track your movements. While I trust the sites I visited, despite the fact some of the sites that connected with me had suspiciously generic names like one called that had me a bit worried), I now lack a feeling of control of my digital experience that I am not accustomed to. I decided to do something about it. While there are many things a person can do to help cloak themselves online, I have since subscribed to a VPN provider. For those who need a bit background knowledge a VPN is a virtual private network which allows a user to send and receive data from the internet via a shared network (aka the VPN) thus allowing a user to access the internet while being provided the security and anonymity that the VPN provider offers. Its incredibly affordable and it helped regain my confidence in my online security.

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