A Reflection of My Social Media Experience

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Ah, social media! Don’t we all just love it? Nowadays it has become one of the primary ways to communicate and network with each other. When I attend a function or gathering, the question is no longer “What’s your telephone number/email address?” But now its “Do you have a Facebook, what’s your Instagram name, or Are you on Twitter?” I have personally become absorbed in social media and started my social networking journey with Facebook back in 2006 when I started college. At first Facebook was just for the college community but once they opened it for all networks, I got to reconnect with distant family members and old friends.  After Facebook, I joined Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.  I love being able to connect and share opinions, thoughts and photos with my friends and peers. It’s a great way to express yourself as well as meet new people.

I recall creating my personal Twitter in 2009 and not really knowing what Twitter was yet. All I knew is that it was the new “in thing” and a lot of celebrities were using it. It took me a couple months to get the real hang of “tweeting” from learning about followers to “hash tags and trending topics” and once I got into it, #iwashooked! The limit of expression in just 140 characters was the key and initial challenge to Twitter and I like that it’s a constant stream on ongoing communication.  It started with everyone I followed tweeting their current locations and activities, now twitter is used as a way of learning new information about different subjects, a source current news, what’s happening with favorite celebrities, new styles and trends, new music and etc.

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Using digital media in an online class will make learning more exciting and hands on. It’s a way for us to learn more about our classmates by using technology that we are already familiar with for the most part.  We get a chance to be more creative with our assignments and it introduces us to a non-traditional way of sharing our thoughts and opinions on the different readings. This blog post is my first assignment for my graduate class, and I had fun creating it! Even though I read blogs all the time, I never thought about the time and effort it takes to create a informative, attractive, and fun one. I will be updating and making changes to my blog as I learn more about the site!

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5 thoughts on “A Reflection of My Social Media Experience

  1. This is a super first post for the course! I am happy you have incorporated “art” to enhance your text. your treatment of the topic is just right: in depth and pithy. I look forward to more!

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