3 Interesting Frogpants podcasts for people to listen to…

So everybody in class knows I’m a bit of a podcast nut so i decided with this assignments to recommend 3 of what I consider to be of the more interesting podcasts in the frogpants network. Enjoy!

Ladies of Leet: If your tired of gaming podcasts only being done with the men, the ladies have you covered as Nicole (@nicolespag) , Kim (@JustKimolly), and Stephanie (@xiaxian1) talk about the latest in gaming and geek news!

Film Sack: Join Scott (@scottjohnson) , Brian (@missiondeep) , Brian (@coverville) , and Randy (@randydeluxe)  as they delve into the darkness depths of Netflix streaming and review for your entertainment and pleasure!

Critical Hit: Join the Stephen (@majorspoilers) and crew over at Major Spoilers as they delve into a live Dungeons & Dragons campaign!

Case Study #1: “The Frogpants Network: How a small community can change the whole of the Internet” by Adam Mickelsen

Back in June of 2001 Scott Johnson a programmer and web-cartoonist on the side decided to make his place in the Internet by creative the web-comic “Extralife”. Little did he know the giant snowball this tiny decision would make as 2 years later he joined the podcasting movement with his first podcast “Extralife Radio” with fellow web-cartoonists and then created podcast after podcast with incredible amounts of entertainment for geeks of all walks of life. 

The greatest advantage that came to Johnson is the fact that while he was starting out he had a small community of dedicated fans which grew as he met new web celebrities such CNET’s Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont which in turn brought their fans to him and also brought the idea of even more podcasts with said web celebrities.

 After making enough of a living that he could quit his day job and focus solely on his other work Scott then founded “Frogpants Studios” ,and then in turn had many of his podcasting buddies contribute to the cause by offering up their podcasts to become part of what would later be called “The Frogpants Network”. What Scott didn’t realize is the network of fans that supported him from the beginning would become one the greatest assets to him but to the Internet as a whole as well.

Through social networking and Web 2.0 the Frogpants Community has earned it’s own hallmark for being one of the safest and family-friendly environments on the internet, all while its creator was simply out to have a good time. All major frogpants talent have used social networking in some form, while some mostly stick to their Twitter and Facebook feeds others have taken on mediums such as Instagram to tease upcoming web-comics or Vine to let the community in during the holidays. It is because of social networking that Frogpants has become what it has and also has become one of the rarest concepts online where it is mostly a free environment of such internet problems as online trolling.

 

Web 2.0 has helped the Frogpants Network as a whole to connect with their fans in a way that I think is sorely missing from mainstream media outlets and they do it simply because they want to. Whether it be using Facebook to organize their yearly World of Warcraft event the running of the bull-people, to actually utilizing specific social media forms for contests and recognition of outstanding members of their community specifically by rewarding them on Twitter for speaking nicely of the Frogpants network or helping out the community as a whole. By doing these it actually makes it so trolls that do try and come into this network to cause problems are quickly set apart and criticized and kicked out for their behavior, but are also more than welcome to return if their willing to behave. 

In conclusion I believe this community to be one of the strongest assets the Internet has especially with so many critics of online content, the way to strengthen it would be to have communities like this form up around other talent which would in turn inspire all of us to behave better in a medium that allows so many ways for us to misbehave.

Social Media and Terms of Service: Facebook

By Angela Ang

Facebook uses user information in the following ways:

  • To keep Facebook products, services and rights safe
  • To provide users with location services
  • To do ad marketing
  • To make suggestions for other friends, apps and services
  • To troubleshoot, test and research
  • In response to a legal request

Facebook agrees to resolve disputes through TRUSTe as part of their participating with the Safe Harbor program; Facebook does not have seem to have a policy stating what they will do in case of a security breach. However, they have been known to freeze accounts or notify users by email that their account information has been compromised and what remedial steps to take.

Case Study #1: Canine Companions for Independence

By Angela Ang

Canine Companions for Independence is a nonprofit organization that improves the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with highly trained assistance dogs, i.e. service, hearing, skilled companion and facility dogs.

They have a consistent and active presence on the web, starting in December 1996, picking up at the end of mid-2002, and showing strong activity in 2006-07 and 2009.

Their website at www.cci.org is fairly clean and modern-looking. It’s almost mobile-friendly; the feature slider does not size down correctly and the bottom widgets, which are good highlights, disappear completely when the screen resolution is decreased. However, the navigation menu is concise and relevant and there is a large feature slider on the home page with calls to action inviting people to get involved: to sign a petition, to become a volunteer puppy-raiser, to make a donation and to register for a charity walk. There is also a prominent sign-up widget for their newsletter.

They have social media icons, albeit a little too small and located too discretely in the footer, for their blog, Facebook, Flckr, Twitter and YouTube pages. Their blog is clean and simple. Their Facebook page is active and has many likes and participants talking about it. Their Flickr page is a little sparse and could use more photos. They have many followers on Twitter and regularly post tweets. They regularly upload videos on YouTube.

Their blog and YouTube pages are focused on personal, one-on-one stories. Their Facebook page covers everything, from personal stories to news and events. Their Twitter page covers mostly events and announcements. Their Flickr page seems disconnected from the rest.

There is no information on their website about their marketing or technical staff.

My first recommendation would be to fix their website, especially the feature slider, and make it mobile-friendly. I like their home page; however, the sliding supporting donors/partners near the bottom are distracting, unnecessary on the home page and should be moved to a different page.

My second recommendation would be to increase the visibility and use of their slogan, “Help is a four-legged word,” and not just limit it to their About page and blog.

Although their Facebook page seems cluttered with personal stories, news, events, I think it’s kind of a convenient stopping point for people to get involved, participate in discussions and stay up-to-date with the organization. However, their YouTube page is cluttered. The videos can be better organized according to topics and particular events. As of now, “Favorite Videos”, “My Top Videos” and “My Vlog” are the only defining categories.

Skype – Terms of Service

The policy says that they collect personal information with the purpose of providing a more efficient and safer experience for customers. They collect and use, and sometimes they even have a third party company acting on their behalf to collect and use personal information about clients for various reasons. To avoid fraud is one of them. It also states that they don’t sell or trade any personal information unless they are obligated to do so by law to competent authorizes.  They might also use personal information from customers in the event that they may need to defend themselves against a lawsuit.  I didn’t really find anything about the actions that they will take in case of a breach in security might take place.  They do however assure the customers that they sometimes use “automated scanning within Instant Messages and SMS” to be able to identify possible spam or identify URL’s that have been flagged as spam or fraud, with the intention to protect their customers. NG

Twitter ToS

Twitter Terms of Service

Twitter Privacy Policy

“When using any of our Services you consent to the collection, transfer, manipulation, storage, disclosure and other uses of your information.”

The nuts and bolts of your agreement with Twitter is that when you sign up for an account, you are agreeing to have your tweets disseminated worldwide, at Twitter’s discretion.

Personal information key to identifying you as a Twitter user, such as user name and your public Tweets, is considered public information.  However, certain personal information about you that is not part of  Tweeting is protected.  In cases where the information is required by law, personal information may be released to law enforcement officials.

Twitter essentially has a “use at your own risk” policy and claims no liability for any harm that may come to you or your technology as a result of using their service.

I did not find anything in the ToS that refers to their policies about what they do if there is a security breach.

BH