My blog with opinions and facts about social media and public relations.

This is my first post as I embark on the journey that is JRNL 379- Social Media. I am actually very excited for this class and can’t wait to see what semester holds for me.


Being that I am a for lack of better words a social media whore, it is going to be awesome to look at social media in possibly a different way and to learn new things. Oh and when I saw social media whore, I mean that in the way that I have all types of accounts with various social media sites. I also like to be on the newest/latest/greatest thing. I have account with everything from facebook to tumblr to the long and often forgotten live journal and even myspace.


So this post is my reaction to the reading for this week. For this class we are reading Engage! Revised and updated by Brian Solis. This week we are on chapter 3, The New Media University.


I found this chapter rather interesting. the first paragraph I found myself in agreence with. It said “We are forever students of new media. While we learn through everything we read and practice, we should never strive to master something that evolves much faster than our ability to fully grasp its lessons, benefits, insights and pitfalls.”


One thing that I try to never loose sight of is how fast and ever changing social media is. I find especially with a site like facebook people forget that. The whining and complaining from me friends every time the layout changes for example. I would find much humor if someone were to ever tell me that they have mastered social media.


I think what this chapter tries to explain to the reader is 1. how ever changing social media is in the world and 2. how to make up for what you loose when it comes to social media such as relationships. It is not so much that you loose relationships but you have to go about making them, maintaining them, and improving them in a different way than in a place without social media. Interacting online is obviously very different than being face to face. You have to be aware of what and how you are wording/saying something because as it often happens things can be misinterpreted. I can’t tell you how many times that has happened to myself personally.


ANother thing I liked in thechapter is the short definition that they came of with for social media.


“Social media is any tool or service that uses the internet to facilitate conversations. ”


Even though the definition is often changing I think that this is an appropriate definition. Note that whether you are blogging online, posting a status on facebook, or posting a comment on an article somewhere you are potentially fostering the start of conversation and that site or post is acting as the facilitator of that conversation.


Overall I found this chapter very interesting and that it held a lot of relateable truth.


Comments on: "Kick off post for my Social Media class" (4)

  1. Emily, I laughed when you used the term “Social Media Whore” but i’m guilty of that as well.
    You said, “one thing that I try to never loose sight of is how fast and ever changing social media is,” which is totally 100% true on how fast things change and I try to keep that in the back of my head. Social media changes daily. There’s always something new to learn about it. As a fellow “Social Media Whore” I try to stay as current as I can.

  2. I don’t think social media will ever have a complete solid definition. it is growing to fast and changing every day! i think it is one of those thing you just have to go with the follow of things. Just stick to one thing at a time. i prefer twitter over facebook though i had facebook before twitter. i took the time to figure twitter out and i feel in love with it! where facebook i just have no interest in it anymore. i think that is what social media has come to, you have find interest in it in order to enjoy it and to see the value in using it. if there is no value in using it then we want learn to use it.

    I agree i did enjoy reading this chapter because it was relate able. i understood the point that Solis was making. I think when talking about something that is already complex it a great idea make the language simple enough to understand. Solis understand that i wish others writers wrote like that so all could understand.

    overall great blog!


  3. Emily for those of us who teach SM it’s fun, but also challenging. Like the definition is continually changing so are the tools we need to teach students. It’s important for us as the professors to be on top of new trends so you as students can see how a new SM tool can be used.

    I’m currently working on figuring out how to include pinterest into class 🙂


    • I can imagine. Im sure its cool to see things change and evolve but i bet it can be a pain to.

      I love pinterest! I know a number of my friends who are going into teaching and the pin things that are ideas to help kids learn. Younger kids, but it is still cool. I’ve been seen pins on how to incorporate iPads into class.

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