This post is different than you’re used to but it is still relevant. I’m talking about social media and blogging today.
Before I started on this venture into CreComm I wasn’t very involved in social media.
I had Facebook in high school, but got rid of that. Quick aside — I always get comments on how few photos I have on my Facebook. People seem disappointed that with their rising friend count they can’t scroll through an awkward time lapse of my life. So for that small grace I’m glad I deleted my original Facebook and went without an account for quite some time.
When I left for a backpacking trip in Europe this past summer I got back on Facebook. It was a necessary evil. All the new people I met asked if I was on Facebook as a way to keep in touch and I caved.
I’ve never been good at saying goodbye and this way I can still see what everyone is up to and keep in touch. It’s very different than just exchanging emails. Because even if we aren’t actively in conversation I still know what’s going on in their lives because they update their Facebook.
I got on Twitter after my panel interview to get into Creative Communications at Red River College. The panel asked me where I got my news from and I asked them the same question. They said Twitter. When I explained that I was not on Twitter they said that was a mistake I needed to fix. This, my friends, is how @rogersonross was born.
The only account I did have before all of this was Instagram.
Because of the program I’m in I need to be up to date on blogging and social media. If you aren’t you might still make it, but you surely will miss out on a lot of important information that will make your life a lot easier.
My instructors get important information to us through Twitter instead of email. Twitter is one of my main sources of news. Facebook is how I stay in touch with classmates for group work, where we rant in insanely large group chats to keep our sanity. I use Twitter and Facebook to share by blog posts.
Surprisingly the one source of social media — Instagram — that I used before I got on all the others is the one I now use the least.
Something I’ve learned is that social media is addicting. If I don’t check it I’m definitely missing out and I know that. If it’s not the latest breaking news, it’s an entertaining Twitter feud,
I’ve learned a lot about communicating through my experiences with social media and blogging. I am especially in love with Twitter and how instantly you can connect with so many people. It is more meaningful than people who aren’t involved in social media would believe.
I’ve been able to tweet to businesses and people in communications, both local and abroad, about my thoughts on something they’ve said or done and have gotten responses. It’s a fun way to connect and be a part of the industry you’re getting involved in. Anyone looking to get into the industry should definitely get on social media, make their presence known and learn the ropes. You’ll be better for it.
One of the more interesting things I’ve learned about social media in the past year would be advertising.
It blows my mind how specifically you can target your ads and I’ll be playing with that in the future for a big independent project in my second year. Maybe I’ll even try a small advertising campaign for my blog. That’s all my musings on blogging and social media for now.
I recently logged into Twitter analytics and let me tell you, that stuff is addicting. I turned out quite a few tweets after that and kept refreshing that page to see how the stats changed. I use this information more regularly for my radio shows Twitter account than my personal Twitter.
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