#7: My Media Interaction

#7: Sunday the 26th to Monday the 27th of March

What: Watched a television series on Netflix

How: I saw a meme on Facebook that was of the show and so I opened a new tab on my laptop and accessed Netflix to watch it whilst I was doing other small things that required little attention.

Why: I felt like watching something light and funny to relax after studying lots, working, going to house inspections and just being generally busy. Watching Netflix is left for my downtime and sometimes I desperately need some downtime. As I’ve previously stated, Netflix is ridiculously easy to use and it’s free for me (my sister pays and I leech off her account). I can watch it on my tv, phone and laptop and it quickly loads with a good internet connection, is ad free and best of all is effort free as all the episodes continue on after each other, rather than if I was illegally streaming them I’d have to access a different link to watch a different episode etc.

What: Applied for houses online with both the domain and real estate websites. Then looked up the location for these houses on the maps application on my iPhone.

How: As I’ve been accessing these sites a lot lately they have started to be advertised all over my laptop and phone, I am constantly getting popups on random websites, receiving emails and text messages all linking me to the site to check out the newest houses on the market. To look up the location I simply type in the address and can instantly see how far the house is from everything that I need.

Why: I’m currently looking for a place to rent and so of course I’m actively applying online for houses. It’s an easy and quick way to check out places and give people access to my information in a timely manner. The constant bombardment I receive from advertisements and reminders gives me constant access and ability to interact with these sites. Checking the location is important to me as I’m a young student without a car and need to be close to netball, uni, work and hopefully some friends.

What: Emailed people I found on FlatmateFinder.com as well the ‘Fairy Floss Real Estate’ page on Facebook, letting them know that I’m interested in sharing their houses with them.

How: The flatmate finder website offers contact details for each applicant and facebook advertisements on fairy floss real estate messaged me their details when I showed interest in renting out their room.

Why: I used these contact details to contact people via email as I think it’s an effective yet professional media platform to use for such an occasion. My email is also easily accessible on both my phone and laptop so I can receive notifications of responses as quickly as possible.


#6: My Media Interaction

#6: Saturday the 25th to Sunday the 26th of March

What: Looked up online what zoo tickets cost on the Melbourne Zoo website.

How: Typed into google ‘Melbourne zoo tickets’ and clicked on the first link.

Why: I wanted to go to the zoo but needed to make sure I could afford it. The website also offered a list of animals that were available to see at the present time. I looked this up because after watching so many videos of animals I thought ‘I want to go to the zoo’. I also needed to make sure that it wasn’t too expensive so as I wouldn’t waste time and effort getting to the zoo only to find out that it was out of my budget.

What: Updated my availability for work on Zeus TimeTarget.

How: I was sent an email reminder which included a link to follow to the site.

Why: The site easily allows me to notify my work (a very large corporation) that I am available for certain times, dates and events so as they can save time in offering me shifts as I can actually work at the times I’ve specified. This is much better than the comparison of them just blindly offering me shifts and wasting time and energy when I reject them and they have to continue offering them to others. It also makes it so much simpler that they send me emails that give me access to the site at the best times for the company.

What: Sent snapchats to my friends and read all the snapchat articles, and tested out the newest filters.

How: I simply accessed the app on my phone after receiving notifications that I was receiving snaps. I do not use snapchat how it was designed to be used (surroundings, photogarphing what I’m up to. I use my story for that sometimes, if I think it’s interesting enough to be uploaded and viewed by all my friends. I instead send stupid videos of myself and hold random conversations and catchups.

Why: I use Snapchat because I find it the most interesting means of communication for me. It’s fun and interactive and the articles are a great way to interact with media as you can easily send them to your friends and play the little games they include. There’s an option to subscribe to all the magazines that are active but I prefer to check them out whenever I feel like it.

#5: My Media Interaction

#5: Friday the 24th to Saturday the 25th of March

What: Once again, watched a film online.

How: I streamed it illegally from 123movies.com on my laptop.

Why: I watched it because I’d previously heard about the film and after some light research I found that it was very highly critically acclaimed. It had great online reviews (imdb), yet it wasn’t licensed for Netflix so I had to scout it out from other servers. I chose to look up my online reviews from imdb because it is such a popular and widely used source and therefor I find it pretty reliable and expect it’s information to be accurate. It’s also free. I used 123movies because I’ve used it in the past and found it to be of relatively good quality and minimal ads/viruses.

What: Played around on Facebook, scrolling aimlessly through news feed and saving articles, memes and videos.

How: I accessed Facebook on my iPhone in the free application

Why: I was temporarily bored as my boyfriend was playing on his PS4 and I could easily look at my news feed and half listen/half watch him. I always scroll aimlessly like this because it’s addictive to stay up to date with social media, get the latest memes and tag everyone before they tag you. It’s so easy to do this when doing other things too because it doesn’t require your full attention, you can easily look up and stop scrolling or pause a video etc.

What: Googled a phone number to cancel a debit card.

How: Opened up the google application on my phone

Why: I had lost my credit card and needed to cancel it ASAP. I googled it online because I knew that i’d find a solution with a phone number to call that would immediately cancel my card and stop people from accessing my account and stealing my money. This was certainly the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to do this, compared to going into my branch which I would have to travel to get to and waiting in line at customer service to ask them to cancel my card, not to mention I would have to wait until Monday when the branch would be open in business hours.

What: Accessed the CommBank application on my phone, and googled the gmcu website.

How: The CommBank app on my phone is so simple to use, it registers my fingerprint to give me immediate access to my NetBank account whenever and where ever. The GMCU website isn’t as easy to access as it isn’t an application, however on the website there is an option for mobile banking which is a mobile compatible system and screen.

Why: I need to immediately access both my accounts to check that all my funds were still there and had not been stolen, and to transfer money from one bank to the other to pay rent.

#4: My Media Interaction

#4: Thursday the 23rd to Friday the 24th of March

What: Used Google drive to complete University work

How: I have two accounts on google drive, one for personal use and one for University use. I live on my drive for university. The drive automatically uploads all my files to the web so as I can access them from any device as long as it has an internet connection.

Why: The drive is so easy to use and as I work on desktops at uni, my laptop at home and my phone when I’m out and about it’s certainly the best way for me to always have access to my work. For this particular assignment it’s been great because I can go on a google doc from anywhere and list out my internet use for the day as it happens (which is quite ironic) and then no matter what I wrote it on I can still access the list from any device.

What: Watched an online video on YouTube, a ‘how to’ in an effort to fix my portable hard drive.

How: I typed into google the issue with my hard drive and clicked on the top 3 links that were relevant. Two of these were ‘fix it’ kind of sites that described in a step-by-step fashion of what to do to solve the problem. The other was a YouTube video that actually showed you what to do so as to make it clearer exactly how to fix things.

Why: One thing I love about the internet is the extreme amount of communication and access to other people’s knowledge. I love taking advantage of things that make it quicker and easier for me to solve a problem I have, this is in place of physically taking it to somewhere or someone to analyse and fix (probably at a cost)

What: Downloaded an application on my mobile.

How: I followed an advertisement of a game that was in the game I was playing at the time.

Why: I’ve been trying to ‘train my brain’ so as I can expand my memory capacity and train myself to solve more problems etc. This advertisement was obviously relevant to the application I was already using and so was effectively placed for people like me. I downloaded the app because it was small and free.



#3: My Media Interaction

#3: Wednesday the 22nd – Thursday the 23rd

What: Uploaded a photo on Facebook

How: Took a photo on my iPhone with a friend. Then uploaded it in my already existing album. Facebook allows you to easily upload photos at anytime from any device.

Why: I uploaded this photo because the album represents all the ‘fun’ and ‘social’ things I’ve done throughout the year (obviously a filtered version), and I do this so that any one of my friends can go on my profile and see all the things that I’ve been doing

What: Read news articles on Facebook

How: Facebook offers tonnes of media at every turn. I can find news in my NEWS feed, in the ‘top news’ category and from being tagged in things and having things sent to me. I’m constantly bombarded with new information and media, from advertisements to magazine pages, even memes can be informative these days.

Why: I go on Facebook to keep up with new things, from what my friends are doing, to advances in popular culture and breaking world news. As the most compact form as social media this is expected. Facebook does everything and I find out most information through this platform.

What: Watched a movie trailer that came up in my news feed on Facebook.

How: Facebook is constantly advertising things, and due to the algorithms running in the background I get specific advertisements that are targeted at me due to what I look at, search, like and follow. Therefore it knows what I’m interested in and what movies I would likely want to see.

Why: I watched it because as Facebook predicted, I was indeed interested in seeing that particular film (Love Actually 2 ).

What: Watched another film on Netflix

How: I logged on to my account and simply scrolled through the database to find something I was in the mood to watch. Netflix is my first choice to watch movies because it’s external ad free (only advertises it’s own content), is quick and easy to use and of course because I already pay for it.

Why: I had some spare time on my plate before bed.

#2: My Media Interaction

#2: Tuesday the 21st – Wednesday the 22nd of March

What: went on a YouTube watching binge, got lost in videos of covered songs that had been edited to show videos of One Direction, I then went on to make a playlist on YouTube that included all these songs that I enjoyed and made me feel emotional.

How: I went on YouTube to watch a quick DIY but got distracted immediately by my ‘suggested’ section, as a song/video I’ve already seen and loved came up and I was instantly in the mood to hear and watch it. YouTube suggestions are a great method used by YouTube to keep an audience engaged in the site, so you finish watching something and it suggests relevant videos for you, and this goes on and on until you exit the site (which can be very hard to do). YouTube also has ‘playlists’ and a ‘watch later’ category so as you can track your own use of the site and plan for easy use in the future.

Why: I just felt in the mood to watch a video, and after watching and listening to a few I thought ‘I want to listen to these all again’, and so I made my own playlist

What: Watched a TV series and a Movie on Netflix (vampire diaries and me before you)

How: I logged onto my sisters Netflix account with the intention of watching a movie and immediately saw that Me Before You had been recently uploaded so I watched it straight away (and yes I cried) before I went to sleep. When I woke up I had some spare time before my study timetable started so I went onto Netflix again and in the Continue Watching category saw Vampire Diaries and thought ‘I might watch that’. So I did.

Why: I wanted to fill in my spare time with watching something and Netflix was readily available and easily accessible.

What: made a new playlist on Spotify

How: I have Spotify on both my laptop and iPhone, so I can access it at almost anytime, since I’m always on one or the other. I pay for the app monthly so that I can save songs when I’m online to listen to offline. The app allows me to search radio stations and other peoples playlists so i can easily access new music and add them to my own library.

Why: I just love listening to music, I do it as much as a I can.

#1: My Media Interaction

Day #1: Monday the 20th – Tuesday the 21st of March

What: posted 2 photos (2 separate accounts) – production

      • one photo on my public account (friends and family)
      • one on my private account (only close friends)

How: I took both of the photos on my iPhone, and slightly edited the lighting in them in the ‘Photos’ application. I then thought of some lightly humorous (if I may say so myself) captions to be the cherry on top of my post and entertain my audience.

Why: I uploaded the photo on my public account to show my friends on Instagram what I got up to over the weekend. I’m not going to deny that it’s fake, I mean yes I was so happy to be enjoying a night with my friends but the photo was set up to make it look more perfect than it was. I also uploaded it for myself, I use Instagram as a sort of edited album for myself, to save great memories. I uploaded the photo on my private account to update my closest friends on what I was doing at the time (complaining about something of course). This account is a ‘truth behind the Insta’ kind of set up, where all the photos we post are the ones without filters, that are more to show each other exactly what we’re up to.

What: liked multiple photos – interaction

How: I was using Instagram with my phone, so I simply entered the application (generally upon encouragement through notifications from the app), scrolled down and double tapped on every photo that I generally liked.

Why: I did this to show my appreciation for others’ contribution, and I was reminded to check up on the newest feed with notifications that encouraged me to enter the app.

What: stalked people I don’t follow in the explore section – consumption

        • looked at pretty photos and then went on to the distributers profile to check out their account
        • continued finding people through those accounts and kept going

How: it’s very easy to find new accounts on Instagram, I don’t follow a lot of people because it fills up my news feed too much and I can’t keep up to date, so I randomly stalk instead.

Why: I felt the need to know what was happening in people’s lives. I wanted to see their pretty or funny photos and appreciate them. To keep up to date and in the know.