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Twitter to the Rescue!

23 Apr

Review of How Social Media Helped Travelers During the Iceland Volcano Eruption

The recent eruption of the Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajokull (I can’t pronounce it either!), caused distress to arise all over Iceland. Airlines saw their losses flashing before their eyes as flights were postponed not only hours, but days!

The traditional thing to do when one’s flight gets delayed, cancelled, postponed, etc., is call the airline’s toll-free phone number. As thousands of people were tying up the phone lines, JL Pagano, from Ireland, decided to tweet about the situation. By using the hashtag #ashtag, the airlines were able to contact those who had scheduled flights and were able to update the passengers on their flight status.

For the full article, visit Mashable.

In this situation, one can notice how the Internet has revolutionized our life style. Social media has brought benefits such as developing relationships with others from the comfort of your home or cell phone, to major corporations contacting their consumers to inform them of pertinent information.

It is so smart for companies to use social media because they are reaching out to their consumers. When trying to deliver an image about a company or product, companies need to know their audience. Since consumers are using social media, it seems obvious that companies should use social media as well.

Although some people see social media as a waste of time, events like the one mention above simply prove the practical uses of social media. We all need to learn to love social media because it is the way to go in our day in age. Soon we will no longer be required to refer to it as social media but it will simply be media because it is so revolutionary.

Get involved with the social media revolution!

One Week of Twitter

24 Feb

In order to learn some ways in which Twitter can help college students, who are majoring in public relations, network with PR professionals, acquire internships or jobs, and simply communicate ideas, the students in Barbara Nixon’s Public Relations Writing class were to tweet for one week as an assignment.

As a user of Twitter merely to communicate with friends socially, I thought that this assignment was great. I did learn that there is a totally different aspect of Twitter when I started to follow professionals who are working in the field that I plan to develop a career in.  By communicating with professionals through Twitter, I can not only learn what these professionals do exactly but I can also get a job or internship lined up.

Just as relationships can develop between a blog writer and the subscribers to that blog, tweeps can communicate and develop relationship through time. They can learn from each other’s career experiences and further their own career.

PR professionals also post links to articles that relate to their career field. When Google Buzz came around, the majority of the professionals that the professor recommended that we follow on Twitter were talking about it. Some enjoyed Google Buzz and others shared how it lacked privacy security and shared that personal information was being revealed. Overall they all shared their opinions and other recommended it to the Twitter followers or opposed the Google Buzz hype.

When one seeks an opinion from someone, one can simply ask a question on Twitter and receive answers from followers. On Twitter I noticed how I was attached to the knowledge of those who I follow and my followers. Twitter enables me to access real life people from my computer as opposed to handing out surveys and awaiting results that might never come.

I will continue to tweet long after this assignment and look forward to learning different things that I can do via Twitter to develop not only my social connections, but my professional career as well.

Follow me on Twitter!! Whitness07

Social Media Interaction

25 Jan

Just like all the other things that are far greater on the Internet, social networking has become extremely popular. Most people, including myself,  have said goodbye to their little black book of addresses and phone numbers and simply added their friend’s profile to their friends list on a social networking website.

 The ever so popular Facebook , developed by two college students, is well-known worldwide with the largest percentage of users outside of the United States! I’ve had a facebook since my senior year of high school and it has gradually become my site of choice.

The idea of Twitter may seem very redundant since all one does is answer the question “What are you doing?” It actually gives a user, or “tweeter,” a substantial amount of information. Personally, I subscribe to, or “follow,” news reporting tweets, sports tweets, my favorite musical artists, as well as companies or persons of interest. I’ve been tweeting since April of 2009 and I even tweet directly from my BlackBerry smartphone.

Myspace is the networking site that I have been a member of since my mid teen years. I used to be on myspace all the time but now find myself visiting it only a couple times a month. The main reason I still am a member is to keep up with my friends from high school that have yet to get a facebook.

I have never had a weblog before because I was not sure what I would write about. Now that I have gotten a little bit of exposure to blogging, it actually seems quite enjoyable and I look forward to blogging a lot in the future.