I’ll begin with a disclaimer: I once was really into using social media.
When everything was new and there was some coolness-factor, albeit minimal, in being a “First Adopter,” I learned all I could about each new social network, all the features of Facebook, and any app that I could install on my android phone. This social media boom began back when Donald Trump had a reality TV show and President Obama was just beginning his first term as President. In 2009 I blogged on Tumblr, tweeted as @erickaye, checked-in with Foursquare (I think), and liked what my friends had to post on the Facebook news feed.
For me, the Social Media bubble burst in early 2014. It didn’t go out with a bang as much as it just slowed down, before coming to a screeching halt. It was sad near the end. I mostly resorted to retweeting photos from Simpsons episodes.
Just when I thought I was out…
But I want to be here for the following reasons:
- I feel old and out-of-touch. Before even going off the grid, I was becoming afraid of new technology. Best og luck to you if you think you can get me on Snapchat. My good friend, who is older than me, recently told me that when his kids are away at college, he keeps in contact with them through Snapchat. I don’t have kids… therefore that means I don’t need to use snapchat. Right? The valuable lesson is that I need to somehow learn, or get more comfortable with new technology again, before I run out of ways to communicate with people. And soon. Sad, but true.
- Spoiler Alert: I will use this class as an opportunity to present a social media strategy for a startup. Just because I am no longer as enamored with social media, doesn’t mean I don’t want to learn about it. This summer I interned for Nix, a wearable tech startup, and created their social media strategy from my own research. I need to continue this research through the fall semester and rely on feedback from the class. Yes, you! You can help determine which platforms work best for Nix and when Nix should go-live on these platforms.
- And finally, to share photos of my puppy.
I have been asking myself a question since the first class. What if nothing cool happens in the world of social media this semester? Is that okay?
I have tempered my expectations for anything cool this semester. Or, maybe by lowering my expectations, I hope to be really caught off-guard when it happens. What do we want to see?
Cecil the lion? The Arab Spring? Ellen Degeneres’ Oscar Selfie? #Bringbackourgirls? University of Alabama Alpha Phi Sorority bid video? Simpsons photos? Grumpy Cat? Oreo Super Bowl 3rd Quarter Tweets? The downfall of The Fat Jewish? The NFL leaving out Tom Brady from their Super Bowl 50 Tweet?
For someone who doesn’t use social media much, I clearly have been aware of a lot going on the past few years. I still follow the news.
Interestingly, Twitter was once my first source of news. Now I read The Skimm, look through Flipboard, and set Google Alerts. I am also really into podcasts now. Sorry to go off on a tangent. One of my future posts will be about enhancing your Twitter feed to get the most out of your social media experience.
Sure, I would like for something cool to happen this semester. It would be great to discuss in class; however, how will we know that what we are talking about is really interesting and newsworthy? Prove me wrong and be something earth-shattering, monumental, so freaking historic and revolutionary we never knew it was ever possible. But then again, I am lowering my expectations.
Finally, I want to try a lot this semester. It’s not all the time that you enter the last year of your college life and the last year of your 20’s. Remember that.
Expect a lot more than Seinfeld clips (link below) and photos of my puppy, Haifa. I am getting back into this just as President Obama’s second term as President nears an end, and Donald Trump makes a run to be…well it feels like it is another reality TV show.
Greetings and Salutations, IS6621.