Social Media is Beneficial!

I have actually had multiple conversations with this topic with my parents. I can remember when computers were the new hit thing, I was very young and my dad was so proud when he bought his first Microsoft Office, Windows ’95. I remember playing video games on the computer and it literally taking an hour to boot up. My mom trumped my dad when she purchase the Microsoft Office, Windows ’98 edition and simply explained she is always up to date with technology, as she is a Nurse Manager for two floors at the Medical College of Georgia.

I remember thinking what fools my parents where as I was playing on my Mac in homeroom at my extremely privileged private school and thinking how silly they were to even compare their Windows to the amazing Mac I could do so much on.

Wow, have the times changed!

Both of my parents have Ipods, Iphones, Macbooks, etc. My dad has even talked about getting an Ipad. My mother is not yet on Facebook, but I’m sure she will join the force soon. At first they were both very nervous about new technology, social media and well it all, but after seeing the amazing things they can do and the people they are now able to stay in touch with, I don’t think they will ever go back.

If I had an employer who was a little nervous about social media, I would simply show them all of the things I could do for their company using social media. Sending out surveys via the internet, keeping a blog for customers to refer to, posting deals on Twitter and having fans on Facebook… even though these outlets may seem so foreign to the employer, by explaining the benefits of really relating to the customer, I think I could swing them a vote in my favor. After all, I did with my parents!

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Oh my childhood…

Wow, what an intense question! There is no way I could pick just one favorite TV show to bring back because there were so many great ones:

Hey Arnold, Rugrats, Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, Goosebumps, Recess, All That, PB & J Otter, Dexter’s Laboratory, Pepper Ann, Braceface, The Power Rangers, The Powerpuff Girls, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Doug, Clarissa Explains it all, The Amanda Show… the list could probably go on forever!

I would bring back these TV shows, each of them, because they all had some sort of monumental meaning in my life! Probably not as much as I think, and I’m sure if I watched them now I would be so bored, or annoyed by how silly or childish they really are. But when I was a kid, these TV shows were the best part of my Friday night, when my mom would let us order pizza and we would all sit around and watch T.G.I.F! I know that not all of these shows were on T.G.I.F. but the ones that were… they were the best shows ever! I actually have some shows of Hey Arnold, Dexter’s Laboratory, Doug and even All That on my Netflix account! I enjoy getting to watch them, but they are all reruns and it is high time for new material! I would personally love to bring back Gilmore Girls, even though that was a little after my childhood and more of my teenage years. I have every season of that show and it is the best, and if I could, I would rewrite the last (7th) season, because they got a new writer and it frankly wasn’t as good as the first 6!

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Social Media

I am so glad that I have a class like social media to help me understand all of the different sites that are out there. Social media is huge and honestly will continue to keep growing as time goes on. My parents recently got a joint Facebook account so that they can stay in touch with their friends who no longer respond to their email messages. I think that is something that will continue to happen. People are going to move away from what is the norm, and shift over to the social media sites as means for communication.

With that, clients and employers need to understand the power of social media. I am thankful to be interning in an office that understands this concept, that lets me maintain the Facebook page for the office. I have researched other outlets for them to use, and honestly they could easily use other social media sites. They have started to use a blog on wordpress and I am so excited to see where that blog goes.

Using social media in a campaign is extremely important. It is extremely inexpensive, if not free and it reaches a much larger audience in a shorter amount of time! If I was in charge of a campaign or helping someone on their road with a campaign, I will definitely hone in on how important and useful social media is. The person running can upload videos, add linkablity, pictures, get to really tell there story, and then publish it to a mass audience.

Social media isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

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Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda

I’ve often pondered this question.

“If you could go back to freshman year, would you do anything differently?”

The truth is, yes and no.

I can remember how excited and nervous I was to be off on my own in college. And to be honest, I was so timid and reserved my freshman year. That is normally the time when people really come out of their shell and lose some of the inhibitions they may have had. Well not me. I was too scared to do anything too crazy. If I could go back, I think I would have had a few more adventures. Classes were so easy and I had nothing else on my plate and honestly had all the time in the world. I can remember when I thought taking 15 hours and doing nothing else was a lot. Now, I barely have time to eat breakfast in the mornings.

I think if I could go back, I would find a different group of friends, a stronger group that I really connected with. I was afraid at first to branch out, so I hung out with a crowd all from my home town, and of course learned nothing new about myself, life, the world… Not that I didn’t love those friends, and still do, its just college is about finding yourself and finding the things that you truly enjoy without the pressure from other people, and I definitely missed out on that my freshman year by hanging around with the same crowd. 

I did love freshman year though. The ease of everything… No worries, troubles or cares. It was a great time that I love to remember, but my later years in college is where I really developed into who I am today. So all in all, I guess I wouldn’t really want to go back and change too much, because then I might not be where I am today. 

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