The results are in! By unanimous decision, it seems that 100 % of ISYS6621 students enjoyed the class this semester! I must commend Professor Kane for such a semester, boasting such worthy results.
While this poll most definitely falls into the dreaded fake news debate, and may have had a significant yes bias, 27 of you in ISYS6621 took the time to vote “yes” in the poll. I believe this still speaks volumes. Personally, this class has been one of my favorite classes here at Boston College to date. Many other classes here at BC try to incorporate the world news into their curriculum, but most of the time it just feels forced. Maybe it is just the nature of tech and social media, but I believe that the constant news attention and communication with classmates made the course feel so much more fluent and natural with world events.
Specifically for me, Twitter played a big part in my class experience.
As you can see I probably wasted way too much of my life away on there, but truly I enjoyed reading all of your comments, and going through all the new tech inventions, fake and real news releases, and overall class banter that took place week in and week out. Despite the many tweets I skillfully crafted, one of them will forever be my favorite.
Yes… my most liked tweet was “Eagles > Drones”… This tweet boasted an impressive 11 likes from the likes of one of our very own Carroll School Deans, Ethan Sullivan, along with the Official Boston College twitter. This spurred a string of follows from some other official BC figures, and honestly now I feel like I must continued to deliver the witty hard pressing news they all signed up for, even after the semester ends.
My Tweet game was not always so strong though, and I like to think I built a more steady audience as the semester went on. Some of my favorite news outlets I picked up great current digital and tech stories from were: BBC Technology, MIT Tech Review, Gizmodo, and BI Tech.
If you are not already, I would recommend following all four of these accounts. BBC and MIT Tech provide stories from more of a “techy” viewpoint, while BI provides a business mind perspective with specific tech relevance to the market and industry. My Favorite out of these four was Gizmodo, which may not have been the most tech centered account, but from time to time they would blog about some of the most innovative tech solutions and companies that left me drooling.
Outside of the Twittersphere, I enjoyed being in the classroom with a variety of Undergraduate and Graduate students. This was my first class of this type, and I believe I benefited greatly from hearing the varying perspectives and generational thought processes, on social media issues. This age variance carried over into the presentations as well, where the presentation formalities and topics varied by age and practice. In all my other classes I get to hear undergraduates take stabs at businesses they had never worked a day for, and in this class I actually got to hear from many students who either worked for an established company, or started their own.
Overall, coming into the class I had no idea what it would be like to participate in a running blog. I had read blog posts from time to time, but never have I had so much information and different stories all in one centralized place. I really think this is beautiful thing and I got to know many of you and your interests on a much deeper level than I would have in class. Along with this, in my initial class reflection, I reflected on how I used many social media platforms, but only really used them to communicate with my friends and with my family. Coming out of this class, I believe the biggest difference from this is my newly acquired knowledge and more mature sense of how relevant social media is for 21st century companies in their day to day practices. I believe tech and social media will only continue to grow, and the ways we rely on them will follow. I am grateful for this class, and I believe that I now possess the ability harness the digital world and social media, for new and more substantial business applications. This in turn has made me a more marketable and knowledgable job candidate, and future employee. See you guys in class Thursday and Happy Holidays.