Unless you are a big fan of Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” you probably think my blog title is in reference to a new filter on Intagram sponsored by McDonalds, promoting breakfast foods. But it’s actually referring to the show’s main character, Kimmy Schmidt, who after being held in an underground cult for 15 years, re-emerges and has to adjust to a modern life full of social media, new technology and new slang.
As you can see, Kimmy is still a little behind the times, and is catching up on all the new lingo and platforms that we use these days. I thought of this character as I write my final blog post, because I felt like Kimmy when I first signed up for this class. I even said in my first blog post, “It’s still very early in the semester for me to really feel like I know how social media and digital technology affects our world, but I’m really excited to learn more.” How naive do I sound? How lost? How clueless?!? But, because of Professor Kane, some great guest speakers and all of you, I now have a strong understanding of the roles social media and digital technologies play in a business context. These days I’m feeling a lot less like Kimmy and more like this Harry Potter look alike:
Ok, maybe I’m not anywhere near ready to teach this stuff, but I am definitely more knowledgeable about how we are adapting to a sharing economy and finding new and creative services within this economy, how we use and should be using big data to help make strategic decisions and grow businesses, and what not to do if and when you are managing your organization’s social media account. In addition, I’ve seen some really amazing presentations which taught me about Slack, Venmo, SoundCloud and many other tools I knew nothing about before taking this class. I’ve even been able to tell my friends and family about the value of social media and how it can help to build a brand, and have had
intelligent semi-intelligent conversations around algorithms and analytics.
What I really appreciated about this course is that I learned a lot of new, practical information that I can actually use in my job. I can also take this information and use it for future classes in the MBA program, which I am really excited about. The highly interactive, fast-moving pace of the class was the perfect way to learn about social media and technologies, because that’s the way it is in real life.
My favorite part about this class is that although we physically met as a class on Mondays, the discussion and learning continued throughout the week. Using Twitter and our blog posts, we were in constant communication with each other, and we were always commenting, posting, responding and sharing new information. I really loved how we all contributed to each other’s learning experience, and a majority of the time it was done online.
I’m going to miss feeling like I’m an insider with social media and technology, but because of this class, I definitely want to make a more conscious effort to keep up with these things. It’s not only interesting, but we have seen throughout this semester that if we stay informed and up to date on these areas, then we can really contribute a lot to our workplaces, discussions and life in general.
And, of course, I would be remiss if I did not mention how amazing snack time was each class, and how much I appreciated that.
Thanks, everyone, for a really great semester. This has by far been my favorite class in the MBA program, and I think it’s going to be hard to top this.