DGTL12002 Week 6 – Social Graph

Personal comment about the advantages and risks involved in social graph technologies.

With the emergence and popularisation of social media, the term social graph was created to illustrate the relationship of social media users and their contacts.  The success, engagement and enjoyment of social network sites is all made possible through the use of the Social Graph.

Owyang (2007) explains that the Social Graph is the representation of our relationships and these relationships are defined by our personal, family, or business communities on social websites. Social network applications, such as Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, other online communities, collaboration networks and telecommunication networks, have become extremely popular for sharing information (2014). However, there are issues which are being encountered through the use of Social Graphs.  Ownership over project and data, privacy concerns and multiple security issues that users face when engaging in social media (2012).  In order to protect the privacy of users against different types of attacks, graphs should be anonymized before they are published (2014).

Personally, I don’t allow all my social media interactivity to be public. My Facebook account can’t be searched for on Google and my profile is not public.  However, I do have a blog, SoundCloud and Vimeo profiles that must remain public for university study purposes.  I publish works on these sites purely for study and not personal.

Unfortunately, not all users are well informed of security and privacy issues and often unwittingly make judgement errors which can have undesired consequences.


Owyang, J 2007, Jerimiah Owyang: Explaining what the Social Graph is to your Executives, viewed 18 August 2016,http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/2007/11/10/what-is-social-graph-executives/.

Wang, S, Tsai, Z, Ting, I, & Hong, T 2014, ‘K-anonymous path privacy on social graphs’, Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 1191-1199. Available from: 10.3233/IFS-130805.

Youtube 2012, Manu Sporny: What is linked data, viewed 18 August 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x_xzT5eF5Q&feature=youtu.be.




DGTL12002 Week 5

Research and find out some information on what the Google Maps API is and then explain this in your blog post (referencing your sources by linking to them).

Create and publish a blog post showing a site of significance to you via Google Maps. Do not publish your home address. If you are adventurous you could even document a trail of some sort. Embed the map in your blog or a post a link to a Google map for your week 5 blog post. There is information on how to do this in the week 5 tutorial instructions.


For users wanting to create or view a map with key features, “The Google Maps JavaScript API is a powerful, popular mapping API. It’s simple to use to add maps to your website, or web or mobile application, and provides a wide range of services and utilities for data visualization, map manipulation, directions, and more” (2016).

My Google Maps post:

The map details Green Point in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2010, my husband and I spent three weeks in South Africa and it has been, by far, our most memorable and favourite holiday destination. The route tracks where we stayed in Cape Town and a restaurant we visited.  We had a great time at this restaurant as we were celebrating our first wedding anniversary that night.



Google Maps 2016, viewed 9 August 2016, https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/tutorials/






DGTL12002 Week 4

Referring either to one of Aaron Koblin’s projects from exercise 4.1 above, the “one frame of fame” website linked below, or another you know of that employs crowdsourcing, briefly discuss whether or not you think it is innovative in terms of social media, produsage and crowdsourcing. Refer to concepts introduced this week in the text book, the lecture and course resources. Be sure to provide a link to the site you are writing about in your blog. Also make use of an image if possible. With screen captures, make sure you note the URL where you sourced the image and, the date viewed, as part of your caption.


The Johnny Cash Project by Aaron Koblin is a creative and innovative project that allows users to contribute to a Johnny Cash music video through artistic scene creation.  Bruns (cited in Holmes 2014) explains that key characteristic of produsage allows “fluid movement of produsers between roles as leaders, participants, and users of content – such produsers may have backgrounds ranging from professional to amateur”.  This a great description of how Kobin’s site works; it allows users (not matter their ability) to create slides for the video.  The social media and crowdsourcing aspect of the site comes in to play as users are the key contributors and are able to interact due to a shared artistic interest.  Holmes (2014) confirms that crowdsourcing allows “organisations to take advantage of the talent of the public through broadbased calls to submit ideas, solutions or content.  It is seen as a variant of the notion of outsourcing to sub-contractors and may or may not promise financial reward, more often relying on the motivations of reputation and notoriety”.  The Johnny Cash Project is beautifully relaxing product and offers a visually stunning result.

Here is my contribution to the project: http://www.thejohnnycashproject.com/#/my-contributions

Johnny Cash project



Holmes, A 2014, DGTL12002 Working with Social Media: study guide week 3, CQUniversity, Rockhampton.

The Johnny Cash Project, viewed 3 August 2016, http://www.thejohnnycashproject.com/#