Virtual life has something mysterious about it. You never know who is hiding on the other side of the screen. This is what I would like to draw attention to.

Everyone knows American reality-based TV show ‘Catfish’. I have watched it several times and it does look quite scripted and unnatural. However, from my own experience I can assure that these things actually happen.

I finished high-school in 2011 and back then, I had no idea what is online privacy. Being social, outgoing and young, but too naive I got myself catfished. I did not even know, that things like that exist. Meeting online, talking on daily bases, exchanging pictures, current location and etc. All of this sounds incredibly silly and to be honest, stupid.

The whole thing lasted way too long. The drama, teenage tears and much more. The suspicion started when I was ready to meet face to face. Something would always come up and I refused to face the fact that I am looking for someone who does not exist.

It took me over one year to eradicate that weed out of the garden. I willingly chose to share my private life with someone who I do not know. To be honest, I think this thing will haunt me for the rest of my life. Secrets, photos or my emails will find its way into a daylight. If that person wants to.

It is my pure stupidity and my own future. I just wonder who is that person? I still have no idea.. And in the bottom of my heart I hope I never will.




That was the first thing that came to mind. Tidal is a ‘high fidelity music streaming’ company. Launched by well-known businessman Jay Z and joined by many celebrities such as Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Coldplay and Ms Carter herself.

#TIDALforALL was circulating around the social media platforms and shared by celebrities. But is it actually for all? Shockingly – it is not. Lossless High Fidelity sound quality for only £20 per month.

“When Jay-Z first introduced Tidal, he touted the service as being more pro-music artists than any other by not offering a free, ad-supported tier, and making sure artists are reaping the monetary rewards of their music.”

The monthly charge is definitely a help for a music business, but who is it really benefiting? I truly understand where this idea is coming from. However, isn’t quite egoistic? By that I mean, if you do not pay monthly fee, you would not be able to listen to Formation. Of course, before someone will leak it on youtube.

I choose to believe that artist get their cash even if they music is not on Tidal. And I believe that they would not face the financial crisis. “A Creative Commons license  is used when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have create.”

I guess this is not what artists, who we worship, wants?



I have lost the count in my accounts…

Online visibility and your privacy settings, most likely, are not at the top of your head. At least, before someone points that out. Unconsciously, we do share quite a lot information abous us. Our private life events, pictures and location are out there.

I am visible online. I do have accounts on Facebook, WordPress, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube, Skype, Periscope and online shopping like Ebay or Not On The High Street websites. And probably many more, that I have forgotten about. Nowadays, any action that we do online require some sort of information about us. For instance, if you want to buy something or experimenting with a newly launched app, it always require a sing in information like name/user name, email, telephone number and so on. The other option is to link one profile to another.

Most of the information about me is accessible to my friends, family and people who I know. People, who are close to me, are overseas so I choose to share my life with them in the way to interact and keep them updated. And visa versa. There is some information that is set privately and only accessible to me. At least I would like to think that way.  Rhetorical question: why is it uploaded if only I can see it? Just in case I will forget my date of birth?

I do believe that information about us is under our control. The main question is how responsible we are with our private life?



Online community is defined as the group of people who share, interact and work together to reach a common goal. “Online communities are no longer primitive forums”. Now it is all about connection via social media, ‘life hacks’, common interests and most importantly – interaction with other people.

Most of you probably heard about MUMSNET, even if you do not have multiple children. Yet.  This online mother community has a quite diverse reputation. Some people see it as active judgmental feministic movement and some see it as a simple story sharing website. Before you start being all passive, I would like to underline that it is not all about the breastfeeding or variety of trolleys. Even though you can find like a billion examples of it. But it is not relevant to any of you. Yet. There are broad sections about traveling and cooking, saving and working.

In my defence, I think it is a positive example of online community. Every member, must benefit from their participation, otherwise they would not be a part of it. I think there are no limitations for this particular online society. Every child is different and every mother see the situation from a different perspective.

Would you say this online community is positive example or just a bunch of outraging feminist?

“We want to be free”

I believe that there are many online videos that have been shaped by the society. The influential videos are a trend on the social media. Most of the news that been shaped by their audience are about the relevant problems such as race, war, heath and many others.

While doing my research for this blog, I remembered the video that was shared many times on the social media by my friends. Ukrainian girl, who was talking about the Crimea’s invasion, and expressing her concerns of her own country’s future, touched the bottom of my heart. My dad is from Ukraine and so are my roots. I do believe that this video was made to address the people from all over the world and to make them aware of what was actually happening.

I know most of the people do have knowledge of this Crimea’s occupation and most of the people know who are the ‘bad guys’. This video was addressing the society.

Society’s participation via social media could be extremely important. Don’t forget, we are talking about conflicted governments and  distorted accuracy in media. The brave image of this young women showed us how young people can change your abstract opinion and how this was as an example of many countries talking and listening at the same time.


When social media reports faster than the journalists

Twitter is a social networking website that brings people together from all over the world. It was launched only 10 years ago and since then gained hundreds of millions users.

Social media is now working alongside reporters. More often than not, reporters are breaking news on twitter as the social factor allows these stories to spread rapidly. People can share relevant stories that come across one particular hashtag.

I think Twitter is the perfect example of media convergence. It is a place where society comes together and speaks out their mind. Most trending topics can cause, so called, Twitter storms, that break the news on certain occasions. Many media outlets also use conversations on twitter as a basis of their headlines.

Stories like the Royal Wedding announcement (2010), Woolwich murder (2013) or the Osama Bin Laden raid (2011) were broken on Twitter. Posts about the Earthquake in Beijing (2008) were trending on Twitter before any media outlets had a chance to report it.

According to Amy Bell “Twitter is already a far more effective tool for reporting, discovery, dissemination and collaboration than anything the BBC will ever produce.”

Any thoughts?

Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 10.45.20.pngScreen Shot 2016-02-16 at 10.46.39.pngScreen Shot 2016-02-16 at 10.47.32.png

Instant mind map

In the journalism course we are constantly reminded that checking facts and looking at different media sources is crucial. Network Society and the Media is a broad module and I think I’ve got the right tool that will help your brainstorming sessions. You can thank me later.

While doing my research for this blog, I came across many different search engines, online journals and many other great innovative online tools. The one that really stood out and caught my attention was instaGrok.




instaGrok is a search engine that generates web related key facts, videos, images, articles and any other related content based on your query. Using only a keyword it draws a mind map and makes it extremely easy to use.

instaGrok is a perfect educational search engine that will make researching topics much easier. It is literally the simplest way to combine different media sources and opportunity to explore your chosen topic in more depth.

I would highly recommend to sign up and give a test run. I am sure this will be added to your tool base.