We are all aware of the many social media sites that exist. From Facebook to Twitter to RSS Feeds we are constantly and daily bombarded with social media. It is almost as if we cannot get away from it. Truthfully? You can’t!
Social media tools are the largest tool kit that one can buy. Most times we don’t even have to buy it! With a few clicks and a few entering of information we are well on our way to becoming a media tool guru. But how do you use it? How does it incooperate into your daily life? Do you use it everyday? Once a week? What do you use these tools for: good or bad or just for fun or is it for work? So many questions so many diverse answers. Maybe if I tell you how I use social media tools you will get an insight into them all and can then correctly evaluate yourself.
Prior to my Internet and Society class, I had many of these media tools. From LinkedIn to Twitter I was part of this world. Come to think of it, I’ll be honest: my email address was part of these tools sites not me! Yet during this semester I realized just how beneficial these tools are! Take Word Press for example. I have used it before as the Chair of CSO’s Newsletter Committee yet I never used it personally to blog. I had Twitter because one night I was bored and playing around with my Android smartphone. Google + I had because I wanted to see what it was like. Facebook..well…everyone has one but to me I had exhausted myself off of Facebook. The changes on there no longer made it appealing to me. LinkedIn..hmmm..yes I had one but I never even built a profile. I was just another empty page with only my name. As a teaching assistant I realized, flash drives can get lost or I could get so busy with classes that I forget to type up a quiz. Thank goodness for Google Docs! I could sit in class or on the bus or having lunch and type a document right off my phone and know that it will still be there when I got to a computer! Tech geek? maybe! Inspired? Oh yea!
My Internet and Society class also helped me to go beyond being just an email address on these internet tool sites. I am now a fan! I have developed a knack for blogging. I constantly look for ways to change up my Word Press blog. I go through Twitter looking for interesting articles and finding new persons or accounts that interest me. Then let’s not mention all the updates on what’s happening in the world! I sit in the morning and go through my RSS feed looking at news items that I would not otherwise have seen since I am at school.
Keeping the line of communication open is an amazing experience. Finding new ways to grow in a world gone tech savvy is so beneficial. Everything is online! So how does these tools benefit your life? How do you use them?
PS: Did anyone else notice how the interface of Word Press changed?? Awesome!