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Role of Social Media in presidential election

31 Oct

socialFor the first time in history of Azerbaijani social media played a significant role in covering presidential elections intensively. In October 2013 people planned and organized protests on Facebook. 

During the pre-election campaign social networks served as theonly alternativesource of information. Opposition party members were actively using social media, mostly Facebook, to provoke people’s protest.While the government strictly controls traditional media, social networks are the only ways for opposition to share their visions to Azerbaijani citizens.

On 14 May the government did some preventing to limit the activity on social media. Parliamentary adopted special amendments to the law N147 and N148 of the Criminal Code of establishing legal punishment of up to six month imprisonment for the users of the social networks who will try to violate the rules.

New amendments are primarily targeted to the Facebook activists who have been enjoying freedom to criticize Azerbaijani government. At the same time some popular page Xilas” and “Istefa” of Azerbaijani opposition suddenly disappeared. There were claims that it was done by pro-governmental people.

There are 1.3 million social networks users in Azerbaijan and they are actively following the updates especially before Election Day. A day prior the elections pro-oppositional online MEYDAN TV shared information about new initiative from the Central Election Commission (CEC).
On October 8, a scandal erupted over the new IOS and Android application that Azerbaijan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) planned to launch for voters to follow the presidential election vote count on their mobile phones on Election Day, October 9. But Meydan TV published a screenshot of the application one day before presidential election which showing the outcome of the election in the 58th election constituency Hacigabul-Kurdamir under the caption “Initial Results of Elections.” The results awarded 72.76 percent (11337 votes) for incumbent President IlhamAliyev, 7.4 percent (1153 votes) for the single opposition candidate JamilHasanli, and other opposition candidate 5.24 percent (817 votes) for GudratHasanguliyev.
After this scandal opposition candidate claimed it was the proof of expected falsification. A few hours later, the developer of the application, VusalIsayev, was claimed in social media that it was as test and we want do test new program also all this information is previous election result.
Though the initiativewas discussed for a long time.Because in previous election main opposition candidate CamilHasnliwas not candidate to presidential election. The same time it was one of the most leading not only local but also international media. The Al Jazeera, CNBC, Reuters and other international media write article about this scandal.
International media, international organizations used videos, photos spread through social media. Social media was the only source of information from the eyewitnesses, which gave transparent picture about the presidential elections in Azerbaijan.

On October 2 NatigMamadov, the secretary of the Central Election Commission in Azerbaijan, stated that if election-related propaganda, massive campaigns in social networks impact the election results, it should be prevented.
However, National Consul candidateand social activists continued using social networks actively. For instance MehmanHuseynov, the well-known pro-democracy blogger shot, video,which got over 17,000 views since October 1.Huseynov was imprisoned on October 2, shortly after the video was uploaded on YouTube. He was released after three hours. Many social network users shared this video and the video become more popular in Azerbaijan than it was before presidential elections and before his imprisonment.
Directorof Information Technology, Internet and Media Organization (ITIM),AzerNazarov, said that this time the pro-governmental decided to prepare agitation video for social networks, not for TV channel.
“They used all advantages of social networks. They made a good quality video and uploaded it on YouTube, shared it on Facebook and Twitter intensively,” he said. Nazarov compared opposition’s campaign in social media to the powerful governmental propaganda – “The results show that pro-governmental forcesworked much more effectively, were much more managed and organized, – he said.
“Opposition gave preference to Twitter. Twitter is still a battlefield of hash tag dominance between opposition and pro-governmental forces”, – Nazarovstated.  According to Nazarov during the campaigns social media was used by politicians to humiliate and abuse each other.
According to “Social bakers analytics” during last month the fastest-growing popularity on Facebook in Azerbaijan had opposition candidate CamilHasanli’s official page. IlhamAliyev came right after him.

Voters supporting eather opposition or ruling party candidate published their ballot photos on Facebook. From 8:00 am numerous videos with cases of violations were posted on Facebook and YouTube.In one video a person was throwing six ballotsinto the box it was first scandal video on Election Day in Azerbaijan. As soon asthe video appearedon Facebook pro-governmental forces tried to proveit was fake.
Presidential elections in Azerbaijan were held on October 9. The total number of voters around Azerbaijan was 5.145.643 though only 3.720.643 of them (72.31%) took part in voting process.
Social Media activism had so far no impact on the results of the elections. The head of Central Election Commission,MazahirPanahov, announced IlhamAliyevwinning the elections with 84.54% of votes, while the main opposition candidate CamilHanasli got only 5.53 %.


Can social media get you fired?

27 Jun


We’ve all been there. Scanning one of your social media profiles, you notice a photo posted by a respected colleague in a less-than-professional situation. Maybe you cringed a bit, knowing the photo didn’t match the professional persona you know your colleague wants to convey.

Increasingly, as personal and professional lives become more enmeshed, even talented professionals run the risk of getting fired or not getting a new position because of what they post on social networks.

Laws in different countries are still evolving in terms of what employers can and cannot do with what they find via social media sites. But it is not uncommon for both candidates and employees, especially in the United States, to be asked to hand over their personal passwords so supervisors or human resources can access their profiles. A recent ruling in the US protected some speech on social networks from retaliation by employers, but it doesn’t cover everything.

Even so, there is little doubt — whether found accidentally or purposefully — that what you post online can impact your career. One in 10 job seekers between the ages of 16 and 34 have been rejected for a job because of something posted on their profiles, according to a recent survey from London-based mobile research firm On Device Research. That figure is expected to grow. Two-thirds of the 6,000 jobseekers in the US, the United Kingdom, China, Nigeria, Brazil and India who were polled for the survey said that they were not concerned that their current use of social media could harm their career prospects.

But now more than ever, it is important for the career-minded to retain tight control over their social media profiles.

One in 10 job seekers between the ages of 16 and 34 have been rejected for a job because of something posted on their profiles.

What is acceptable?

What passes for acceptable to one person may not be to others who scan a profile. While most people realize a professional network like LinkedIn is not the right place to post about a wild party, not everyone recognizes the danger of doing so on sites like Facebook or Habbo.

“Whether it’s their views about religion and politics to personal feelings, some people don’t understand what’s appropriate and inappropriate to post on social media,” said Heather R Huhman, founder and president of Washington, DC-based consulting firm Come Recommended.

One gauge: ask yourself if you would want your grandmother to see the information, said Kathleen Brady, a New York City-based career management coach and author of GET A JOB! 10 Steps to Career Success. If not, refrain from posting.

Complaining about a boss or your job on any social media website is almost always a mistake. Many people think their employer will never see such posts, but you never know when someone will forward something you have posted or simply repost it elsewhere. Such behaviour on Twitter or Facebook could end up costing you a job, said Huhman.

Among the casualties: recently, a Taco Bell employee in California was fired after a photo of him licking a stack of taco shells made its way to the company’s official Facebook page. And a government employee in New Zealand was fired a few years ago after a Facebook posting about her role as a “very expensive paperweight” and described the time she wasted and stationary she stole from the office. Even social media editors are not immune — a Bloomberg social media editor lost his job this spring after a Twitter contact shared a private direct message he had sent about frustrations at work.

Some social media networks allow you to have separate profiles for your personal friends and family and a more professional page for acquaintances and anyone browsing the web looking for information about you. But this is no guarantee that inappropriate posts or photos from your personal page won’t be shared by someone with more lax privacy settings.

If you do find out that racy photos of you or your negative comments about your boss ended up being shared, you should try to delete them. Remember, though, that content on the Internet rarely disappears for good and the wrong person may have already seen it.

“No excuse can cover up one of those mistakes,” Huhman said. You’re much better off admitting the mistake and letting your boss know that it won’t happen again, she said.

The right way

Being found on social media is important to building a career, establishing a presence as an expert in your field and keeping in touch. But sharing too much personal information online is always a mistake. Over-posting can be problematic, too, since it can make you appear unproductive. Having too little information in an online profile can be interpreted as trying to hide something or as a sign you aren’t well-established in a career or community. The key, say experts, is striking the right balance.

Establish yourself on a number of platforms, but make sure to maintain each of them appropriately. For more professional profiles, on LinkedIn or XING for example, you can simply post links to relevant articles to create a presence for yourself or join discussion groups and participate — professionally — in conversations that apply to your line of work or expertise. Keep in mind, your comments on articles and blog posts can often be found in search engines. So be careful what you type when commenting.

You can also draw attention to your more professional profiles by being selective about where you post, said Dan Schawbel, author of the upcoming book Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success. Do you really need a profile on Facebook, MySpace and Google+ to keep up with friends and one on LinkedIn to keep up with your career? Consider culling the number of profiles you maintain.

Take advantage of tools like Hootsuite.com and SproutSocial.com, which allow you to manage all of your profiles from one place, suggested Schawbel. That way, you can be sure to maintain consistency in how you present yourself — or in how you selectively present personal information. Make a spreadsheet of the social networks you’re on and mark the date when you update each profile so you can ensure they are consistent and current.

And don’t forget to Google yourself regularly. A 2012 survey from Connecticut-based ExecuNet found that 90% of recruiters type candidates’ names into search engines to get more information about them than what is on their resume.

What is your main source of news?

2 Nov

How people receive and process news is changing rapidly nowadays. Try to remember the most recent stories heard yesterday. Sandy storm hit US  east cost, Presidential campaign in US and etc. Where did you get most of your information? Where did you hear it first? In the past, most people tuned to a few sources to learn about what was going on in the world and country. Maybe it was an only TV channel or a favorite columnist in the morning paper. Today, people are getting their updates from dozens of different places. It could be social media, blogs and other sources. In order to determine where most people get info I conducted public opinion poll in central part of Baku, in Azerbaijan among 25 people, age 18 and older.

Tarana Agamaliyeva , 55 , housewife “TV is my favorite news source, but usually when I am in a bus or on the road I listen to FM radio for news” she said. Asif Bayramov, 25 , street vendor , says he is too busy to watch TV that is why his primary source for news is his mobile. “I go home late , sometimes even at 9 p.m and get very tired , so I don’t feel well to watch news on TV, usually when I have time I try to get news from my phone by going online” says Asif.

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