Final Reflection on Social Media
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!!!!
PS: 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?