Final Reflection – Social Media in the Palm of My Hand

Final Reflection on Social Media

Social Media-hand

It is unbelievable that the end of the semester is here. As I sit here and write this final blog reflection all I can honestly think about is my future and what is to come next. Personally, I have had one exhausting and rigorous semester … but no worries, you won’t hear me complaining.

This class, rather, social media (twitter) wasn’t my thing. I was not addicted like my fellow peers, but it encouraged me to give media platforms another chance. Initially, I started this semester stating that I thoroughly dislike social media because from past experience, I saw it as something where individuals were called out for some issue or vise versa. Between professional athletes, social interactions and academic purposes, I pretty much only observed the negative outcomes from using social media.

It was not until midway through the semester, after diving into a couple of classes that I realized how to make social media work for me. Instead of allowing social media to filter out the negatives, I needed to utilize these platforms to my advantage. Social media holds great value and getting information out there quick fast and easy we can then leverage that in achieving greater opportunities for in the future.

I have taken social media to the next level. I found myself using Twitter and Facebook for anything possible, achieving more knowledge and information. I think when people think of social media, they think of specific platforms like Instagram and Twitter. However, if you were to take a step back and observe the internet, it really is a portal of information and is astounding to know there is out a lot to absorb.

For the purposes of this class, I would tweet and “tweet-watch” and just familiarize myself with the most recent and up-to-date news. Keep in mind that I barely engaged in Twitter,or any other form of social media of that matter prior to this class, I started to follow sports and the ARod, MLB player, court case. I followed current news, like CNN… and using my classmates to inform me on what their interests are and getting information on events I wouldn’t even think to follow or did not get the chance to. My wanting to know more about particular platforms, issues, and events that influence our society took a toll on me, encouraging me to do more, learn more, and ask questions.

I must say this class is worth taking. It is worth diving into and exploring. If individuals already know the pros and cons of social media under societal and professional circumstances, I would encourage them to offer their ideas, speak on thoughts and encourage critical thinking on how to improve businesses, improve individual brand and how to leverage social media to your advantage. I am absolutely astounded as to what I can do with social media. It has informed me in many ways, and what I enjoyed most was learning how at the end of the day, social media does not fit all ages. Whether at different ages, different social reason, business usage, it is refreshing to know that it affects everyone differently. I think it is important to embrace this as society dives into the realm of social media more and more each day.

THANK YOU PROFESSOR KANE AND CLASS FOR A WONDERFUL SEMESTER!!!!

like-thumbs upPS: In addition, I think social media platforms are like cell phones. They are a planned obsolete that everyone is active on for a scarce amount of time until they are bored, has died out and there is no NEED (because of society) for it anymore. Society is engraved on Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, YouTube, etc. I will not be surprised if these platforms lack user activity within the next 5 years or so. I wonder what new platform will replace these popular platforms in the near future. — New discussion topic to end our final class?

6 comments

  1. It’s so great to hear how your perspective on social media has changed by taking Social Media for Managers. I think one of the reasons that some people have similar initial feelings with respect to social media, and dislike it because they feel it can bring a lot of problems. I think people who don’t understand social media may let the negative social blunders and mistakes outshine any positive ones. Without an understanding of social media, it’s easier to be afraid of the potential mistakes that can be made on it. However, I’m glad that your perspective has changed and you have a better understanding of the positive effects social media can have as well! Also, I liked how you ended your blog post with a discussion question. It would be awesome to keep the conversation going as new platforms develop and I would certainly like to talk about it in class. Nice work!

  2. Thanks for sharing your perspective about the course and social media in general. It’s interesting that you chose the course also if you didn’t like social media in the beginning. But the course really changed also my view on social media. Before the class I used it to connect with my friends by sharing, commenting and posting. I saw commercials of businesses on my site, but never thought how companies use social media and how they handle the downsides of it. Also the sharing of different perspectives through our discussions had an influence on my point of view. I totally agree that this class is worth taking. We learned a lot about both the private use and the way businesses take advantage of social media. As social media is constantly growing I think it is important to reflect about its advantages and downsides to be aware of the effects it has on our society.

  3. I like your honesty about your initial feelings on social media, and you weren’t alone– @xoxohz ‘s final reflections post mentioned some of the same feelings. I’m glad that this class showed you some of the positives of social media–it’s how I get a lot of my news as well. And I agree with @epehota –loved that you ended on a discussion question, and an interesting one. One of the reasons that I like social media is that is aways changing and evolving, and new platforms are emerging. I wish I could predict what will come next, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

  4. Whether some of us were a little bit scared of social media, disliked, or were just straight out confused, I do not think you are alone if being wary about social media. While this class certainly did point out the bad things that are associated with social media (ie companies trying to capitalize on a natural disaster or tragic death via SM), it also has shown me that we can become more intimately connected even if it is through a computer or iPhone screen as opposed to in-person. Professor Kane often spoke about how he has used Facebook to stay connected to and reconnect with colleagues and friends. As many of us are graduating this year, it will be interested to see if we start engaging with our friends via social media that we would normally wave to across the quad but might not hang out with on a regular basis or we will just resort to Facebook stalking and never truly engage intimately?

  5. I really enjoyed reading your blog and the view you had on social media coming into this class. I love that you found a way to make social media work for you… it’s flexible. People can customize social media any way they want to make it work in a way that’s most beneficial to them. On the other hand, a lack of customization can lead to bad social media experiences, like your case of truly disliking Twitter. Focusing on the bad can be hard not to do sometimes though. I’m sure as a basketball player you thought Tom Izzo’s insights on social media were interesting: “I don’t think social media is helpful to any human being on the planet.” Maybe we should write him a letter and try to coax him into enrolling into Social Media for Managers? I’m sure @profkane would be open to streaming his classes to make it work haha. In your 4th paragraph you said, “when people think of social media, they think of specific platforms like Instagram and Twitter.” That was me at the beginning of the semester, and, just like you said, I needed to take a step back to realize that social is so much more. It really is a portal to endless information. Similarly to the other commenters, I like your postscript! The comparison of phones to social media platforms is fun to think about, and definitely a good discussion topic for our last class

  6. I loved your post! I wonder too whether activity on social media will die out in the future. We are so active on these platforms that Its hard to imagine that we can keep it up. At the same time, its also really hard to imagine that we’ll stop. I wonder if there are any other moments in history where the use of technology skyrocketed, but only for a brief period before becoming obsolete.

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