As most of you know, T-Pain closed out BC’s academic year with the annual Modstock concert, which is held on the last day of undergrad classes. This got me thinking: what better of a way to center my final blog post than on T-Pain? Without further ado, I present to you my final thoughts as told by T-Pain.
“It seems as if you just talkin’ it and don’t know what to do” -Let’s Get it On (2005)
This is how I felt about social media coming into the class in terms of utilizing social media to its fullest. I had a Twitter which I used to follow my friends and a few sports teams, but didn’t realize its full capabilities. Twitter is a powerhouse for news, and now with the purchase of Periscope, live streaming events. What I originally thought was a fun tool is actually much, much more. When it comes to Facebook, I drastically underestimated its capabilities. I didn’t even think about how much information of mine that they have and how they use that data to sell me products. Who knew every time I signed in through Facebook on a different app that’s just more information for them to sell? At times in class I was just floored.
“Feel like I put some brand new 24’s on a brand new ride” –Bartender (2007)
For one, my Twitter experience improved exponentially. Following the #IS6621 hashtag opened up my eyes to the true world of social media. I read so many interesting articles, engaged in so many discussions, and ultimately came out with a great grasp of current events in the social media world, as well as in other world news. I can directly attribute a lot of my learning to the interactions I had online with classmates and it’s a cool feeling to reflect upon. My Twitter experience had never been as rich as it was in this class. The blogging was a fairly new experience for me as well, too. The extent that I had “blogged” in the past (if you could call it that) was posting on the discussion tab of my other classes’ Canvas page. The fact that I now could post and get comments on my post was a new experience and allowed me to expand upon what I had learned. For example, in response to one of my blog posts, other classmates commented with additional articles related to what I had talked about. I had not seen these articles, but I loved them and I’m thankful that they were posted. And as an added bonus, my mom also really liked this because she could read some of the work I had done.
“Talk to me, I talk back, Let’s talk money, I talk that” –Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)(feat. Yung Joc) (2007)
One of my favorite parts of the class was the interaction with classmates. I think this is where most of my learning came from. In a traditional classroom setting, the professor lectures the students and that’s how you learn; however, with all of the online and offline communication, for us it was as if there were 40 teachers in the class. There’s no way I could have read all of the articles under the class hashtag, but when the first 30 minutes of class was hearing from classmates about what’s going on in the social media world, it felt as if I had read all of the articles.
So let’s talk money: I did not realize how extensive the business side of social media was. I think this is why the guest speakers were so helpful in learning. It’s easy to look up stats and numbers on companies, but getting an inside perspective is unique and probably one of the best ways to understand how to best utilize social media resources. Critiquing moves such as Twitter’s purchase of Periscope or how Snapchat can monetize their app were great discussions. Ultimately, social media is not just about advertising as I previously thought, but about building a brand and a business, and advertising is part of that.
“I’m not goin’ nowhere girl I’m stayin’” –I’m N Luv (Wit A Stripper) (feat. Mike Jones) (2005)
In the end, social media is here for good. It’s not just a fad, but it’s the future. And it’ll be a major part of my future, too. To varying extents I plan to keep on using Twitter, blogs, Facebook, and whatever else catches on. I haven’t used Slack yet, but intend on using it soon in the workplace. The future of social media is exciting, and I’m excited to be a part of it.