Friday, November 18, 2016

Extension Activity: Review of my social brand

My social brand is something that I have not been very concerned or even aware about until recently. I have a few different social media accounts, twitter, facebook, instagram, etc. I had never been very conscious of what my digital image was and I never considered my digital image to be very important or to have any sort of large affect on me but that is not the case. Your social brand is much more than you may realize, I'd like to think that now that I am more aware of how important my social brand really is, my social brand has improved because of it. I've come to realize that sometimes all you need to improve your social brand is to think about it. Now, when I am about to post something I will think to myself, "Would this be good for my social brand?" or "Would I want everyone to see this?" it is simple questions like those that can really be the big difference between a good and bad social brand. It is not a hard thing to do to keep up a good social brand if you just be smart about being online and always put the best possible you forward through the internet and elsewhere.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

My review of the chrome extension RatherNice

Rather Nice:

This is a simple program that can be helpful to you in unexpected ways. There are so many apps and extensions that are only work related, something to make your day just a little bit better is something we could all use. This program is simple, all you do is open up a new tab in chrome and it will pop up on your screen with a nice message for you. An example of one of these messages is “Your eyes are like beautiful oceans” or “I don’t need a vacation with you around”. This may seem a bit strange and in some ways maybe it is, but if you are ever feeling down it could become more useful than you might think. If you are having a stressful day with work or school then you could just take a moment and open up one of these “Rather nice” messages and it just may brighten up your day a bit. One major highlight for this extension is how simple it is to use, all you have to do is open a new tab and there it is. The only lowlight with this extension would be that the picture does not change and it really is very simple which in some case could be perceived as boring for some people depending on the person and what they tend to prefer. Overall, this is a nice extension that will indeed "change your day, a tab at a time" just as it claims to.

The chart below is what I used to give Rather Nice a rating with stars.

Appeal looks and sounds: 2 out of 4 stars. This is because although it is a good extension I would not say that it goes above and beyond in its looks. It only really has one screen in which only the words change, the picture is always the same. It is an extension that is more about the words than making the picture oftly exciting but the water glass is cute so that is a plus!
Engagement/ Motivation: 2.5 out of 4 stars. This rating is because I am engaged for the beginning of when I open one of these messages but after a while you do get a little bit bored because the picture is the same the entire time. On the other hand though it is something that keeps you wanting to open more messages if you like your previous message, it truly is something that just has to do with a person's preferences.
User friendly directions and instructions: 3.5 out of 4 stars. This is a very easy extension to use, it is simple which is something that is very much appreciated. However, no direct directions were specifically given out, it just told me where to click if I want to open the extension and that is it, although, it is not really an extension that you should need directions for because it is not something for you to use so much as it is just something there to help you and brighten your day so directions are arguably unnecessary.
Performance/ Ease of Use: 4 out of 4 stars. This is because I have never had this extension buffer or have any sort of issues while I have used it. I would also say that it does perform well and it is very reliable.
Differentiation in Learning: 1 out of 4 stars. This is because firstly there is no customization which I believe would be a very beneficial thing to add to this program. This is also because in following this star rubric there is no level of difficultly so to speak because it is just words to motivate you it is not really anything that challenges you to complete any sort of task.

Overall I gave this program 13 out of 20 stars which is a good rating according to this chart. I gave this rating because I do think that this is a good extension however it is a little bit boring. Some customization would really make this extension better. On the other hand though I do think that it is an excellent program for helping someone feel better when they are down and it is very nice to get a nice message whenever you open a new tab.