Digital Storytelling – The SXSW Interactive 2015 Full Report

With a little time to cool off from Austin, I am bringing you a comprehensive report of SXSW Interactive 2015. During this year’s conference, storytelling was adapted to the digital age, and new technologies enhanced and challenged how we view our evolving society. This recap gives an overview of the major themes, Austin lingo, standout … Continued

SXStyle: The Marriage of Retail and Tech at SXSW 2015

As I was boarding the plane for Austin, I couldn’t help but notice that I was among both the trendiest and most high-tech group of flyers I had ever seen. While this realization happened before my SXSW experience officially began, it was symbolic of my trip as a whole. One of my favorite aspects of … Continued

3 Data Visualization Tools for Students

Starting off my last semester of college I was ready for a low-stress class load full of Beer and Wine appreciation and Zumba Step. However, one of my friends shared how excited she was to be taking a Data Visualization class, so I decided to tag along. I registered for NEW300 as part of the Digital Media 3 … Continued

Digital Pet Therapy: The ‘Photo Doggies for Anthony’ Story

We hear all day that millennials are glued to their phones; always posting on Instagram, sending pictures on Snapchat, and scrolling through Facebook. Perceptions such as this one, normally accompanied by an eye roll, have garnered Web2.0 quite the negative reputation. Yet, every now and then, a refreshing story reminds us that social media can be used … Continued

Snapcash for Peer-to-Peer Payment: The Evolution of Snapchat

Things you want to disappear: embarrassing pictures of yourself with four chins. Things you don’t want to disappear: your money. In the midst of the mobile payment craze, Venmo and Google Wallet have a new competitor. Last week, the popular mobile photo-messaging app Snapchat introduced “Snapcash.” The launch of this new feature allows users to send … Continued

Twitter Trying New Reporting Tool to Reduce Online Harassment

If you’ve been on the Syracuse University campus anytime recently, you’ve see an outpouring of support for campaigns against sexual harassment and sexual assault. The Girl Code Movement was started by three SU students, and is a college-focused, anti-sexual assault organization. As well, “Yes Means Yes” is a campus-wide campaign advocating against sexual assault and providing helpful resources for those … Continued

Facebook Rooms: A Revival of Chat Rooms?

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and remember AOL chat rooms. I was probably only in middle school when this anonymous form of communication was at it’s peak; but somehow I was still a part of this online social space. This prime example of Web 1.0 was used to connect people with similar interests, and overall … Continued

What Facebook Atlas Means For Advertisers (and You)

Everyone has an opinion about data: some people support the aggregation of data for research, some people are so scared about the collection of personal data that they have sworn off the internet, and some people just like to talk about data. In 2013, Facebook acquired Atlas from Microsoft for nearly $100 million and nobody really … Continued

Slack: A Collaboration Tool You Should Know About

Take a look at your email inbox. Does it make your head hurt? How would you feel if you could cut that clutter in half? Well, Stewart Butterfield definitely had a headache from his mail app, so he created Slack. (He also created photo-sharing social network Flickr many years back) httpv:// How It Works This collaboration tool is meant to … Continued