I would like to microgift Danielle by devoting my first blog entry for the semester to her. This blog entry will also be helpful to our community because each of us will remember something different about her presentation, therefore compiling all of our reflections on Blogs@Baruch will probably reinforce what each of us learned yesterday. The reason I prefer to use Blogs@Baruch is that sharing with people who are not registered in one particular class takes no effort on my part. We actually had students from four different classes present: four of my honors students; two of my CIS 9467 students from last semester; two of my Saturday afternoon spreadsheet applications class students and my current CIS 9467 students. All of us can interact in the Blogs@Baruch space whereas adding so many guests to BlackBoard is doable but certainly tiresome.
Danielle urged you to approach her about internships and also stated that L2 will be hiring in the near future. If you think that working for her would be helpful to your purposes please follow up.
If you cannot write a lot in terms of microgifting Danielle the very least would be to tweet that you enjoyed her presentation using our course hashtag #cis67. The second least time consuming microgift would be to write a comment to this blog post. The third type of microgift would be to write a Blogs@Baruch post of your own. I will set up a survey to collect the URLs of your blogs and post them on BlackBoard later today.
Danielle explained that Instagram is a pictorial social media and that people have been relating to one another through pictures for millions of years whereas speaking and writing came much later in our evolution as a species. Her description of the Instagram’s growth in popularity was fascinating. The fact that younger people are fleeing Facebook as the likelihood that their parents would have an account rises seemed intuitively logical but was still surprising as I had until yesterday considered FaceBook to be the most formidable social media platform.
Danielle had two large files that she receive daily form Instagram that contain API data. Together we sorted several columns of this data trying to figure out what we could discern about trends and patterns.
I learned a lot yesterday and also came away with many questions…perhaps you will answer some of my questions in your comments.
Can I obtain API data as a private citizen? I’d love to obtain one of the Excel files Danielle used yesterday.
Her presentation really demonstrates the power of Pivot tables. I plan to present PowerPivot, a new Office 2013 application later in the semester. Danielle did not hide the fact that she uses Excel on her Mac so she may not even have access to PowerPivot. One cannot even do Pivot Table Slicers on a Mac so I wonder what other important Excel functionality is lost because she is using a Mac.
Will post more later this afternoon….forgot about daylight savings….