Final Reflections of Past Posts… New Direction?

Hello everyone I’m back again, I would like to apologize for the long wait between my last post and today’s post I will be back to my regular posting schedule starting this week.  In this final assignment I reflected upon all of my thoughts this semester and what I have personally learned about social media and its power to influence both business and social life alike. Personally I would like to think my perception of social media has changed.  I now use Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google ++, Skype and of course WordPress.  Each tool I have listed contributes to increasing my digital footprint.  As usual you can find the criteria for this assignment at the SMET loyalist website here is a link http://smetloyalist.wordpress.com/.

Social media has become a great part of how society communicates today.  Using the proper combination of tools could make or break you both as a  business, and as an individual if  some degree of discretion isn’t followed when posting content.  During this semester in the  SMET course our class has been given examples of how social media has been used poorly, and how social media has been used correctly.  Examples of poor usage manly consisted of how Twitter and Facebook can quickly backfire if you are not careful about what is posted, and or know about all the rules/ guidelines of your workplace regarding social media.  With Twitter I have discovered just how fast things can go south during Obama’s campaign in 2008 a member of Kitchen aid’s Twitter team posted “Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! ‘She died 3 days b4 he became president’. #nbcpolitics,” @KitchenAidUSA posted to 24,000 followers before quickly deleting the tweet you can find out more about this here http://mashable.com/2012/10/03/kitchen-aid-obama-dead-grandma/.  Some of you may think how could Facebook go south especially if you lock it down right? well although you can lock Facebook you are not entirely safe recently we have learned about a teacher from Barrow County Georgia who has lost her job over some pictures she posted on her Facebook taken while she was on her vacation in Europe with beer in her hand another co-worker found these pictures and took them to the principle needless to say she lost her job over the simple issue of what was done during her spare time.  This teacher argued she had no idea what the guidelines were and feels cheated and is currently attempting to get her job back,  check this story out here http://www.alan.com/2011/02/08/high-school-teacher-loses-job-because-of-facebook-picture-holding-beer-and-wine/.

Social media is not all doom and gloom.  If used properly social media could become free Public relations, add space, and customer interactions.  Over the course of our time in SMET our professor has been in the process of teaching us the do’s and do not’s, and the steps necessary to become more professional with our social media outreach.  The first step taken was starting this blog.  At first writing this blog was difficult but as we progressed throughout the semester it became easier to speak my mind via the internet without worry.  Each classmate has a blog of their own and each classmate went into this course with a different level of knowledge.  I would like to think after this semester we have gained a fresh perspective of social media and will take things more serious, I hope the others will continue to blog it has been enjoyable ready their posts.  Step two in our professors plan was for each of us to make a twitter account if we did not already have an existing account.  I think this was a great plan because Twitter has become a quick and easy way to organize group meetings and check up on friends when time is pressed.  Twitter game in three steps for us over the course of the semester the first was just to create a twitter account and participate in weekly SMET chats giving feedback on what we have learned and sometimes how it was applied depending on the questions she would ask.  Step two for Twitter was very simple but still just as important we were asked to add a professional bio for our followers.  Finally the third step was simple link Twitter to our WordPress blogs this three part step process allows for the potential of more interaction over time.  Twitter has been a great tool for connecting with fellow classmates, as well as the professor, when ever we had quick questions to ask she would get back to us within a couple hours of the initial tweet which was great.  I have enjoyed writing this blog and will continue to do so into the future.

A tool I have not posted about to date and is equally as important is Skype.  Skype is a free internet based calling service that allows you to get in touch with anyone you may be interested in talking with all over the world, provided they also use Skype.  Skype is no longer a free service if the person you call is using a cell number.  With Skype there are endless possibilities for business potential using the internet, especially for the small fish in the sea.  Your probably wondering how Skype applies to anything I have been saying thus far, well here’s how Skype allows the user to take pictures of the contact they are conversing with  and even goes as far as shared screens should both users mutually agree and accept the invite. So even something like Skype you still have to remain cautious because there is still the potential for others to do you harm not to mention everything you do on the internet stays on the internet for someone else to view elsewhere.

Since starting this course my prospective of social media has changed for the better.  When posting my content I have become more professional and have locked down my Facebook page to show other users only what I want them to see not embarrassing party pictures.  Before learning about the controversial topic of social media to the degree we have in class my view of it all was  limited and all of my profiles on the various platforms I used were completely open to the public for the most part.

With all of that said I would like to thank every0ne for following my class blog.  In the future I will continue to post on my blog page and I look forward to seeing what social media has to offer me with this new found respect and prospective I have gained.  I will be posting next week with a newer style/ format I encourage everyone to check it out and let me know what your thoughts are.  It was a pleasure to be a part of this class and I have no doubts in my mind that the information gained here will be used in a positive way to impact the future.

I look forward to keeping you all posted hope you have a great weekend!

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