I feel like just yesterday I was writing my first blog for this class about our initial thoughts on social media. I remember sending @piercematt121 a text asking him how to write a blog since he is a casual blogger in his spare time outside of school. I considered him an expert, yet his response was “just go with it,” and that I did.
I have actually really come to love blogging due to this class. I took this class because I loved social media and would someday like to turn that passion into a career. However, my love consisted of coming up with quick, witty captions in the form of a Facebook status, Instagram caption, or a Tweet. I initially thought writing 600+ words every two weeks would be a nightmare and I would eventually run out of things to say. But luckily, I was proven wrong. I found that I didn’t run out of things to say because social media is everywhere! In most of my blogs, I related social media to a hobby of mine, or something that I loved, and I was able to talk about it easily. I noticed that the majority of my classmates did the same which made them very enjoyable to read. Similar to our presentations I learned a lot of new things related to social media that I would never have known otherwise. I also realized I truly found my voice while blogging. Instead of in a typical class where I had to write papers, I could actually hear my voice in the material I was producing which was pretty cool. I loved adding humor into my posts and writing about whatever topic I set my mind to rather than having to follow a specific rubric, worrying about if I would get it right or wrong. Homework was actually fun for a change and I actually looked forward to it!
I also learned a lot through keeping up with Twitter. I have been an avid Twitter user since 2008, however, I have noticed over the last year or so, my Twitter usage has dwindled. I find that I no longer have time to keep up with everything on my Timeline so I gave up on using it completely until I took this class. This class has given me that extra push to keep up with it and I am so glad that I have. Since I made a separate Twitter account for this class I have noticed the way I use Twitter has changed. Instead of using it to see what my friends are up to I find out what’s new with my favorite brands, updates in the social media world, and current events. I feel like this is a much more professional but overall a more valuable way to use the platform. I have never been as caught up with current events as I have been while taking this class and I have Twitter to thank for that. If something major is happening in our world, it is all over social media which I think serves a very valuable purpose. I believe that Social Media is and will continue to be the best source for news as everything happens so instantly.
When I first told my friends I was taking this class, their typical response was “You don’t have any exams, that’s sick!”My parents on the other hand had a different response: “If you don’t have any exams, how are you going to learn?”I told them that if they were to take this class, they would be so lost, and would not be able to understand half the material we learn about since neither of them are social media users. I am happy to say that I can go home to my parents to tell them I have learned the most in this class than I have in any of my other classes this semester. Everything that we have learned in this class is so relevant to what is going on in our world today. I think it really stresses the message to live in the moment, which I think is something we often forget about in this point in our lives. A number of us are undergraduate college students who are constantly stressing about our plans post-graduation. I think that a lot of professors at Boston College, and in the CSOM department in particular, teach students subject matter that they believe will help them in their future. I think Professor Kane teaches us the message that there is so much going on in the moment, and it is important to pay attention to what is going on right now, and how it will effect our future. Overall, this as been my favorite class I have taken at BC thus far and it has taught me an immense amount of knowledge that I am certain I will use in my everyday life, as well as in my future. Bye for now #IS6621, It’s been a pleasure!