Blogging Is Interesting

Honestly, I thought it would be easy to create a blog on wordpress because all I thought I had to do was write my opinion and hopefully get people interested in what I have to say about certain topics. Although, it took a little more effort than coming up with interesting vocabulary and “cool” sources to get others interested in even reading my posts. I never realized that other social networks can help with gaining followers for my blog as well. I was able to learn how to integrate my other social networks to my wordpress and promote to everyone to take the time to check out my blog. The networks I had are Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and LinkedIn. I was able to go on each network to promote my blog to all my other followers in that they would view my blog and either “like” a post or follow my blog. And that’s just a start, just getting people to check out my blog, not even read your posts just yet. Then, with all that work to do, I was constantly checking my phone for any new updates or I would occasionally receive emails of new followers or “likes” on my page.

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After a while, I lost track of the fact that blogging was my actual assignment because I would get into my work with a lot of promoting and keeping myself updated. This is why I chose my podcast to be about how people get distracted with social media and do not pay attention to their actual reality anymore. In my podcast I was able to interview three teenage girls about how social media distracts them not only from their social life, but their school work as well. It turned out to be exactly what I thought. They are very much distracted with keeping themselves updated with social networks, such as, Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat as opposed to figuring out what their homework is and how to get it done. Also, they admitted that they would get work done a lot more efficiently if they did not pay so much attention to their social networks. So, you can just imagine how hard it was for me to get my work done for other classes because not only was I too busy trying to keep myself up-to-date with my family and friends on social networks, but also with the new assignment I was given by my professor.

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Completing my blog has been a great experience and has given me more knowledge of the internet. There are just so many topics to write about and engage in group conversations. Though, I do have to say my favorite post was about Thanksgiving because it was so personal and the whole thing was my opinion, as opposed to finding other sources and figuring out what the Thanksgiving holiday means to other people. It was an interesting post and I found myself writing more than I had too, so, I had to stop myself before I started repeating myself or started to sound boring! I’m glad I was able to create my own blog and I hope I continue to add more posts to my blog because it was fun.

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Socially Successful

In all honesty, promoting your own blog and trying to gain followers takes a lot of work, and it really is not as easy as it looks.  Writing about a specific topic is easy because tons of ideas pop into your head and you have to figure out how to organize it, so that it makes sense to others.  Although, making a wonderful that could probably give you an “A” paper, doesn’t guarantee you an increase in followers or likes.  There are various ways to get people to visit your blog, such as, “make sure all your written content is optimized with the right keywords and hashtags.” (Frasco, How to Create Raving Fans).  I’ve read in an article that you can also “take a look at what is trending in social media and jump on the bandwagon by also linking to that content.” (Garcia, How to Make the Social Web Work for You).

Though, you don’t always have to sound like a robot all the time.  Otherwise people won’t be interested in what you have to say, like the way most of us don’t like talking to operators on the phone.  Let your readers know you’re a normal human being like them and you are just expressing your opinion on your blog.  It’s important to constantly promote your blog as much as you can, but it is just as important to “interact with people rather than beating them with your message.” (Garcia, How to Make the Social Web Work for You).  You can also create other online social networks like Twitter and Facebook to promote your blog.  I’ve also learned that “the more accessible you are, the closer your fans will feel to you.  The closer they feel, the more they’ll want to bring in their friends to share in the experience.” (Frasco, How to Create Raving Fans).

Citations:

Frasco, Stephanie. “How to Create Raving Fans.” Socialmedia Today. Dec. 6 2013. Web. http://socialmediatoday.com/socially-stephanie/how-to-create-raving-fans.

Garcia, Isra. “How to Make the Social Web Work for You.” Socialmedia Today. Dec. 6 2013. Web. http://socialmediatoday.com/isra-garcia/1974676/how-to-make-the-social-web-work-for-you.

Happy Thanksgiving

I used to think that Thanksgiving was about having that one holiday to spend it with family and eating a lot of food.  Though, after leaving off to college and knowing that I won’t be able to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my family, I’ve learned a different meaning for celebrating this holiday.  It’s about being thankful for those who were or are in your life and appreciating what you have.  No matter how close or how far apart you are from friends and family, they will always be on your mind and in your heart, and that’s all that matters.  I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  And thank you for following my blog.

Increase in Video Chats

I want to bring up a new topic and talk about the positive part of how we connect through social media.  What has been very popular these last few years is what has been used to chat better with families, friends, and colleagues, which is video chatting.  Whether it’s through Skype, Oovoo, FaceTime, or Google, it’s definitely happening around the world.  I mean, who wouldn’t use it?  It practically works anywhere you would like to use it. 

Video chatting is basically a way to communicate with someone else who is not available near you, group chatting is not available, and still be able to hear their voice and see their reactions.  It’s as if you’re talking to the other person right in front of you, face-to-face.  Families who are long distance from one another can communicate by using any type of video chat available.  For example, parents who want to communicate and see their child because their child has gone off to college, they can use Skype through a computer screen or mobile phone to video chat with one another.  I’ve read, “though Skype is now eight years old, software—and others like it, including Apple’s FaceTime and Google chat—has become a regular fixture in a growing number of American homes…” (Scelfo, Video Chat Reshapes Domestic Rituals).

Also, video chatting has a positive impact on people who need to communicate with colleagues or other business organizations.  It is a lot easier and cheaper communicating through video chat, than it is through a basic phone call, email, or text message.  Organizations have “saved thousands of dollars by avoiding international phone charges.” (Halper, Video Chatting Connects Operations).  I’m more than positive that if someone had the chance to save thousands of dollars just to do something as simple as having a conversation, then they would definitely take advantage of the opportunity.  “The rise of video chatting programs has updated the way nonprofit managers communicate with staff and clients.”  (Halper, Video Chatting Connects Operations).

It’s obvious that video chat is preferably used over phone calls.  It’s not hard to use, especially “with the proliferation of built-in cameras and microphones on computers and mobile devices,” its led to “an average of 300 million minutes of Skype video calls…globally…” (Scelfo, Video Chat Reshapes Domestic Rituals).  Who wouldn’t want to choose video calls over phone calls?  It’s so much easier, don’t you agree?

 

Citations:

Scelfo, Julie. “Video Chat Reshapes Domestic Rituals.”  New York Times. New York Times. Dec. 21 2011. Web. <http:www.nytimes.com/2011/12/22/garden/video-chat-reshapes-domestic-rituals.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0>

 

Halper, Zach. “Video Chatting Connects Operations.” The NonProfit Times. The NonProfit Times. Mar. 7 2013. Web. http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/news-articles/video-chatting-connects-operations-2/

Getting the Word Out

Before I started to promote my blog to the social media world, I had to learn how to do it effectively first.  I read articles online through Google, read a few required readings from class, and some links provided on Twitter.  Then I began to start promoting my blog through the social networks I had with my own account.  Such as, Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress.

Through Facebook, I decided to share the link on my status and write a description about it.  A picture popped upp, along with the website link to my blog, and was shown on my Facebook business page.  I did the same thing for my actual Facebook page.  Then, for Twitter, I shared my blog page link along with a description that said, “FOLLOW FOLLOW” or “Check it out. Comment or Follow!”  I did that a couple times on my Twitter page and on a hashtag page.  It was #blogchat on Twitter where there were other accounts trying to gain followers as well.  So, I would comment on their blogs or posts and shared my blog page with them, hoping they would check out my page and follow it as well.  Lastly, I checked out blogs on WordPress and started to comment on some posts, but I made a mistake by not following them because I didn’t gain them as my followers.  After two days of trying to promote my blog, I did not gain any new followers.  I received responses to the comments I left on other people’s page and more views to my page but that is about it.  Though, I know if I continue trying my method and finding other ways, I would eventually gain not only followers but people who can relate to my blog.

Citations:

Smith, Standford. “6 Clever Ways to Use Twitter to Get Your Blog Noticed.” http://askaaronlee.com/6-clever-ways-to-use-twitter-to-get-your-blog-noticed/>. Web. 2013

Gunelius, Susan. “15 Tips to Increase Blog Traffic.” Simple Ways to Get Your Blog Noticed in the Blogosphere. Web. 2013. <http://weblogs.about.com/od/bloggingtips/tp/TipsIncreaseBlogTraffic.htm&gt;.

The Impact of Social Media

As we increase our skills through technology, we increase our use of social networks. Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have people in contact with one another on a personal level and with a relationship through business. Which, unfortunately, is why social media is going to eventually become our reality. Social Media is going to be the best choice of communication, the best way to form a relationship, and the best easy way to share information.

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“Instead of attending meetings, workshops, and rallies, uncommitted individuals can join a Facebook group or follow a Twitter feed at home…” and still be considered as being involved with the community. (Papic and Noonan, Social Media as a Tool to Protest). As opposed to before when mandatory meetings tool place in the middle of the sidewalk and they communicated through general announcements, posters, flyers, or phone calls. Though, people have found the “use of social networking media such as Facebook and Twitter to help organize, communicate, and ultimately initiate civil-disobedience campaigns and street actions.” (Papic and Noonan, Social Media as a Tool to Protest). Important issues are eventually only going to be handled through social media and they will be resolved through social media, rather than doing it the correct way and confronting the issue in person. Soon, we will be more afraid of starting a social network war rather than a war with actual weapons and life or death situations.

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War in relationships through social media, allowing the public to see, is becoming a social norm. Relationships on a personal level are being developed and crushed, all through social media; sometimes without ever meeting each other in person. We choose to get to know one another through social networks on a personal level or business connection because it has become easier and faster to communicate. Our basic information is being handed “out to virtually anyone who asks…” (Social Media Privacy: A Contradiction In Terms?). Which is much easier for people to be interviewed in person for a job or on a date and faster than filling out a stack of paperwork. Social media has gained enough power “to help develop an emotional connection between a brand and its users.” (Costa, Brand Building: Connecting With Consumers Through Social Media).

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Connecting and communicating with one another “can be done by e-mail, but social media broaden the exposure and increase its speed, with networks of friends and associates sharing the information instantly.” (Papic and Noonan, Social Media as a Tool to Protest). Are we ever going to meet who we could possibly be working with or dating for the rest of our lives? The better and faster we get to communicate through social networks, the more reason why we begin to build relationships through them. Which will probably end horribly because information is guaranteed to always be sent, read, or used correctly. Therefore, leads to miscommunication and poor work ethic. “We willingly relinquish our valuable information to a multitude of companies…” and then a war begins when the information shared through social media is not used correctly. (Lawrence, A Loss of Privacy: The Fault Lies With Us). If we stop relying so much on building better ways to communicate, connect, and share information through social media, then work and relationships would be a lot more successful. Right? What happens to reality when social media is not available?

Citations:

Costa, Jose. “Brand Building: Connecting With Consumers Through Social Media.” Huffpost Business. 19 Aug. 2013. Web. < http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jose-costa/brand-building_b_3950341.html&gt;.

Greebaum, Dov. “A Loss of Privacy: The Fault Lies With Us.” Lawrence, N.Y. New York Times. 16 Oct. 2013. Letter. <mobile.nytimes.com/2013/10/17/opinion/a-loss-of-privacy-the-fault-lies-with-us>.

Papic, Marko and Noonan, Sean. “Social Media as a Tool for Protest.” Stratfor Global Intelligence. 3 Feb. 2012. Web. <http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/20110202-social-media-tool-protest&gt;.

“Social Media Privacy: A Contradiction In Terms?” CMO Network. Forbes, 24 April 2012. Web. ,http://www.forbes.com/sites/onmarketing/2012/04/24/social-media-privacy-a-contradiction-in-terms&gt;.

It’s Not a Secret

Keeping Information private and making sure important information is secured from getting leaked out is becoming an issue in social media.  Businesses and organizations share every piece of information they can to attract users and subscribers online.  Though, they require private information as well in return, but it does not mean it will be held in one of the best security systems.  Private information can be leaked out at any time.

            Social networks, such as Facebook, consider how to keep user’s private information secured.  They have one link to hold basic general information and another link for private settings.  It’s a great idea, but can we really trust that our information is not going to be shared?  Although, it is also our fault, we do have to take responsibility in releasing our personal information to social networks and business organizations online.  “We willingly relinquish our valuable information to a multitude of companies” and we don’t realize that it can become an issue to our lives. (Greebaum, A Loss of Privacy: The Fault Lies With Us).  We are getting used to giving out our personal information to anyone because it is a normal thing to be asked upon from social networks and it is no longer a big deal for us to fill out the answers to the questions.  Our basic information is being handed “out to virtually anyone who asks, regardless of how long the business has been in existence.” (Social Media Privacy: A Contradiction In Terms?).

            Before social media spread out worldwide, private information was kept in a file and securely placed in a file cabinet.  We would fill out a few pages with a couple of questions for each page and copies were made to be kept by whoever needed the information.  Although, we want to transfer data faster and easier, “it helps that we rarely are asked to hand over a whole stack of personal information in one massive data transfer.” (Social Media Privacy: A Contradiction In Terms?).  So, is our private information really secured?  Is personal private information now becoming our basic information to share?

Citations

Greenbaum, Dov. “A Loss of Privacy: The Fault Lies With Us.” Lawrence, N.Y. New York Times. 16 Oct. 2013. Letter. .

“Social Media Privacy: A Contradiction In Terms?” CMO Network. Forbes, 24 April 2012. Web.

Interpersonal Relationships & Twitter!

Interpersonal relationships are between two or more people who communicate with one another through physical and emotional needs. Twitter is a great example of where people full fill their interpersonal relationships via social media. People can tweet whatever they would like to say to the world, in hope that someone will read it. Which is why Twitter gives the options of “favorite” or “retweet” because it shows the person who tweeted their emotion, that someone else understands them.

There have been tweets I have seen that have had over a thousand retweets and over five-hundred favorites from people who are most likely not even friends with the person who tweeted the post, only acquaintances. Though, I am sure the tweeter likes to see that many people who can also relate and knowing that “it’s amplified to tens of thousands of people” in the Twitter world, makes it that much easier for the person to get acknowledged. (Sam, The Social Media Borg).

People also have the option to reply to a tweet. Then that is where a full conversation can happen between two or more people. A conversation can be held by people who are related to one another, friends with one another, or between people who probably don’t know each other at all. Though, some great conversations, can lead to great acquaintances. The conversations through social networks will stay online, it will not proceed into a face-to-face interaction.

The interpersonal relationship online through social media seems more important than talking things out in person. Posting on emotion online will possibly receive a favorite, retweet, conversation, or nothing at all. Although, out of the thousands of tweets being posted, I am sure one of them will get acknowledged by someone else. As opposed to saying an opinion out loud and possibly hearing a negative comment in response, it is probably easier to deal with not getting feedback at all from a tweet posted or being able to delete a negative comment and forget about it.

Citation(s):

Fiorella, Sam. “The Social Media Borg: A Culture of Likes.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 29 Apr. 2013. Web. 10 Sept. 2013.

The Future of Socializing

The truth of the matter is “the actual substance of our daily lives is distraction.” (Franzen, What’s wrong with the Modern World).  Franzen talks about how he does not like websites such as Twitter or Facebook, but unfortunately those are websites on top of everyone’s check list.  Twitter, Facebook, and Instragram have over a billion users approximately and probably will continue to increase the number of users every day.

People, teenagers most likely, spend more time taking pictures to post on Instagram, or tweet their opinion rather than saying them out loud, or even text someone across the dinner table.  Personally, I think it is a distraction to my school work because I more interested in reading what is new in the social networks rather than what is being said in my books.  “So many new users pour onto the Internet each month that public education always lags behind practice.” (Hampson, Twitter at 7: Smart or Stupid, we are what we tweet).  I, myself, am guilty of spending too much of my time paying attention to my smart phone, rather than what is going on around me.  I interact with my family more through text or email than when I see them in person.  Tweeting, quoting, and retweeting on Twitter or posting photos and exploring my friends new photos on Instagram are things I can do all day every day.  Then, when it comes down to getting my homework done or studying, I get easily distracted with my phone or computer.

Social media networks seem easier to interact with others more than in reality.  Friend requesting people through Facebook, following people in Twitter, or even accepting a friend request from someone you do not even know.  Therefore, most likely, we would not interact with that person face to face because we have only seen them on the computer screen.  “Facebook quitters had left behind an average of 33 Facebook friends, or about as many ongoing Facebook members, who had an average of 349 friends.” (Bosker, These are the people of are quitting Facebook).  Which proves, the fact that no matter how many people you can add as your friend on any social network, they are not all your true friends in reality.

Although, as much fun it is to be a part of the cool new media, it can be danger to our lives.  As Franzen mentioned, “technology is affecting our health and safety.” (Franzen, What’s wrong with the Modern World).  Many stories have been told about killings caused by people who choose to text and drive or talk on the phone while driving.  If people obviously cannot get work done by using their phone simultaneously, then what makes them think they can use their phone and drive at the same time?  Also, the other way around, people getting distracted with their smart phones while walking in the streets and not being aware of their surroundings.  As far as our health, I have heard that we could get arthritis or carp tunnel because of texting too much.  As well as ruining our eye sight from staring at the bright screen for too long, especially at night.  We try to use our smart phones or computers at night because that is the best time to receive free time and be able to write essays, finish work, or communicate with family and friends.

Therefore, referring back to Jonathon Franzen’s point, “we deliver ourselves to the cool new media and technologies…” (Franzen, What’s wrong with the Modern World).  Figuring out ways to use technology seems more important than trying to remember notes from class and passing exams with self-knowledge.  Television commercials are mainly about new technology rather than useful material such as, animals and people who need help.  Nowadays all you see is people walking around with their head down and their face glued to the telephone screen and not enough face to face interactions in society.  Eventually people will not have to show up in the world outside because everything can get done with their new technology.

Citations

Franzen, Johnathan. “Jonathan Franzen: What’s wrong with the Modern World?” The Guardian. The Guardian, 13 Sept. 2013. Web. 17 Sept. 2013. <http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/sep/13/jonathan-franzen-wrong-modern-world&gt;.

Hampton, Rick. “Twitter at 7: Smart or Stupid, We Are What We Tweet.” USA Today. Gannett, 20 Mar. 2013. Web. 21 Sept. 2013. <http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/19/age-old-bad-judgment-lives-long-in-digital-age/2001557/&gt;.

Bosker, Bianca.  “These Are The People Who Are Quitting Facebook.”  The Huffington Post. 20 Sep. 2013. Web. 17 Sept. 2013. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/20/quitting-facebook_n_3962473.html?utm_hp_ref=technology