Source 1: Facebook https://www.facebook.com
Facebook is a popular universal social networking service where users create profiles, pages and groups to exchange messages, updates and photos.
My group has created our digital artefact on Facebook. UOW Project Happiness is a public page, allowing Facebook users to ‘like’ us and in doing so, receive our updates, messages and photos/videos.
It’s a useful platform as it provides us with a quantitative number of how many followers we currently have, and is very convenient in communicating with them as opposed to alternative platforms. We also all have the ability to control the page from our separate devices so page management is very convenient. It also offers the option to ‘boost’ our posts to gain more views, however this is a paid service.
Source 2: Using Facebook to market your Business https://www.business.qld.gov.au/business/running/marketing/online-marketing/using-facebook-to-market-your-business
This guide, provided by the Queensland Government, outlines how to use Facebook to market business.
Although it’s aimed at businesses, it is still relevant as it provides us with useful guidelines on how to engage audiences and utilise Facebook features to create a successful page. It also explains a variety of benefits we can gain from choosing Facebook as our platform.
It is credible as it’s written from a Government source. Although informative, the guide is fairly basic and contains information I already knew. Overall though, it is clear and structured well, making it easy to read.
Source 3: Happiness clubs spread positive vibes on campus http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/04/17/college-happiness-clubs/2090439/
This online article written by Haven, explains how happiness clubs are increasing in universities in the USA and are spreading positive vibes on campus. It stresses the importance of helping and cheering up fellow students.
This source is very relevant to our digital artefact as we have essentially created a mini version of a happiness club at UOW. I also found that the activities the clubs from other universities were doing are quite similar to ours.
As it was written by a collegiate correspondent, I find this source credible and useful in comparing US happiness clubs to UOW Project Happiness. It provides insight from college students and provides great examples and ideas. The only limitation is that it only focuses on universities in the USA.
Source 4: Stress Less https://books.google.com.au/books?id=BoACQrolqqUC&pg=PA219&dq=happiness+reduces+stress&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjUi76mwZnMAhWBJpQKHWfLANYQ6AEIKjAB#v=onepage&q=happiness%20reduces%20stress&f=false
This online book by Colbert delves into the stress epidemic that nations are faced with. Made up of 20 chapters, he highlights effects of stress and offers solutions and tips to reduce stress.
One chapter, ‘Cultivating Happiness…’ stood out as he explains the benefits of happiness and reducing stress. As part of our artefact, we strive to spread happiness and laughter and Colbert clarifies why it’s so important, particularly for stressed university students.
Colbert is credible physician, although this book is slightly out-dated, published in 2008. As an online book, the whole version was not available, however I was still able to obtain a sound level of Colberts insight relevant to achieving happiness.
Source 5: Random Acts of Kindness Ideas https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas
This website presents a compelling argument as to why everyone should engage in random acts of kindness. They promote kindness in small ways and offer ideas and stories for inspiration.
The kindness ideas they suggest are very helpful for my artefact as they provide inspiration for ideas we can do on campus. Each idea offers detailed information and are ideal as they are all free and simple to do.
The website is bright, positive and very convincing. It is set out well with easy to read headings for users to find what they want. The only limitation is that not all the ideas presented are suitable for campus.
Source 6: Why Making Someone’s Day Benefits you too http://www.chroniclebooks.com/blog/2015/08/06/why-making-someones-day-benefits-you-too/
This blog post showcases the simplicities in life that make people happy, using an infographic of a book to further exemplify this.
The post offers suggestions for small gestures of kindness and facts about their impact, on both you and others. This has been one of the motivations for our artefact, as we feel good making others feel good through random acts of kindness.
The blog infographics are quite informative and clearly highlight reasons to be kind. It also adds colour to the blog and breaks up the text. However, the post feels like more of a promotion of the book rather than an helpful article for individuals to read.
Source 7: Power of Positivity https://www.facebook.com/powerofpositivity/
This Facebook page is run by a news and media website with a mission to provide daily inspiration, motivation and tools to live a happier life.
We use this website to share inspirational pictures and quotes onto our digital artefact to continue and spread the positivity to Uni students who need a little encouragement or compliment.
This source is quite credible with a large audience of 6,187,485 Facebook users. It contains a large variety of different messages, allowing us to select the most relevant ones for our digital artefact and the ability to just click the share button is extremely convenient.
Source 8: 100 Compliments ready to deliver right this minute https://www.happier.com/blog/nice-things-to-say-100-compliments
This blog post, written by Kogan, offers 100 short and sweet compliments to give to someone to brighten their day.
This website was helpful in writing out some compliments to give to students on campus. They’re appropriate for both genders and compliment different things, ranging from sweet to humorous.
The post is structured well and easy to read. The compliments are easy to read through quite quickly to spot the best ones, however, they are quite simple and some of them are a little old fashioned or unconvincing.
Source 9: How Visual Content Drives Massive Social Media Growth http://www.prepare1.com/infographic-visual-content-drives-social-media-growth/
In this online article, Ball emphasises the importance of visual content to engage audiences and drive traffic to websites, particularly on social media.
Visuals are of great importance for UOW Project Happiness, in particular photos and videos, to express happiness. We upload original videos and images to inform our audience on what we’ve been doing and we also share inspirational images or funny videos.
I found this article to be quite cluttered with too many images, and although the written content was okay, it wasn’t very formal. However, it does suggest some helpful tools in creating original images and infographics to improve marketing content online.
Source 10: Watch all the Viral Cat Videos, It’s Good for your Health http://www.ibtimes.com/pulse/watch-all-viral-cat-videos-its-good-your-health-1970975
In this online article, which also features videos, Poladian outlines a study done by a Researcher, Jessica Myrick, who found that participants felt more energetic or had less anxiety or sadness after watching cat videos.
As part of the digital artefact, we often share funny videos in the hope to make people laugh and smile. A few we have already posted have included cats and animals and this article provides more ideas.
It was very interesting to learn that watching cat videos actually had some potential health benefits. The piece is short and quick to read, followed by cat videos after the written text. The study is also quite recent and the researcher appears to be credible as she is from the Indiana University Media School. I do suggest they provide a link to the research so I can obtain more details.