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Thing 5 - Diversity

Today the topic of focus was diverse representation online through the use of emojis. Until reading the articles I was unaware that there were issues surrounding the new emojis released. However, I completely understand both sides of the argument. In my personal opinion, I think it's a good idea to have emojis to represent diversity and equality and its excellent to see that companies are trying to include this in the digital world! It seems that some people can interpret positive ideas into negativity, but then again is that not the reality of every idea? Someone will always have something negative to say. But hey, you can't please everyone!

Bitimoji is a wonderful tool to interpret a character "selfie" like state of how you are feeling/reacting to something in an image format. There are so many designs to choose from! I was introduced to Bitomoji a while back but I always forget to use it. So while I have the chance here's one I made to say hello to you all.
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Thing 4 - Digital Security

This week Digital Security was the topic surrounding "Thing 4". After reading the Smartphone Security Information
provided by the Information Commissioner’s Office, I'd say I'm quite secure when using phones as I use pin protected passwords and on a regular basis, I would uninstall any applications which I don't need or haven't used in a while. When downloading apps I always read reviews and ensure they are from trusted sources. I took a look through the permissions of apps on my phone. This was due a clean up, but I was quite shocked at the amount of apps that had access to my location. I would be worried about what other services have access to my data and what they are doing with it.
I did notice some permissions which I'm not too sure/happy about but most of them are needed to use the functionality they provide in app, so how do we work around that? I do admit, there have been occasions when I let apps have access to certain permissions just so I can ga…

Thing 3 - Digital Footprint

Hi everyone, I'm back with Thing 3 to cover Digital Footprint, which is basically described as the print(information) we leave behind in the digital world. Apparently, the first and best place to start is by Googling yourself, so that's what I did! 


When I searched for my name, I didn't find too much, but that was expected given most of my social media accounts are private. At least I know that they are doing their job! 👍


My LinkedIn account did appear in the search results though! It's good to know that if employers were to search for my name that my professional profile is displayed to them. However, this got me thinking, why did my Twitter profile not appear in the results? (I have this set to public as I use it mostly for work) I searched for the username I use for the account "ShannonBoyce036" which showed results from my Twitter feed and blog entries from the ALTNI website. That's all for now, I'm off to sign up to the Digital Footprint MOOC to l…

Thing 1 & 2 - Introduction

Hi all, this is my first ever blog post and it's quite exciting! I came across this really cool course on Twitter called 23 Things for Digital Knowledge by University of Edinburgh and just had to check it out. What makes it even better is that its absolutely free! So here I am writing my first post to cover the task in Thing 2 and share my thoughts with you all. 

What do you hope to gain out of the 23 Things programme?
I hope to gain new skills as well as expand my current skill set and knowledge on a range of digital tools. I hope to be able to explore a new Thing and integrate it into my daily routine, which by writing this post the learning has already begun!

Were you aware of the University’s Social Media Guidelines for Staff and Researchers or the student Social Media Student Handbook? What do you think of the guidelines?
I am not a member of the University, however, as a staff member in a College the same sort of rules apply in terms of the Social Media policy. Yes I am aware of…