“You’re on Twitter, don’t you have work to do?”
Ummm yeah, and I’m doing it. It’s called a social media class. #IS6621 has hands-down been one of my favorite classes at BC and it wasn’t just because of the built-in excuse of claiming that being on Twitter was productive to my homework efforts. And to be honest, I constantly used this class as a rationalization for my high-quality procrastination skills. I actually meant to start writing this draft two hours ago but got sidetracked because I went on Twitter for this class and never came back to finish my blog. But here we are and I think that two hour gap is pretty telling about how vast the internet is and how easy it is to get lost.
I thought I knew a lot about social media coming into this class but I was definitely proven wrong. I didn’t consider myself a Twitter expert but I have a lot of knowledge about the platform seeing as I use it to jokingly run two other Twitters (for my intramural ice hockey team & to troll my roommates) in addition to my personal one and the professional type one I used for this class. I have an absolutely new appreciation for Twitter and the way it’s transformed into more than just a sports news outlet for me on a daily basis – it’s now my go to news outlet in general.
Twitter was just the tip of the iceberg. Since the beginning of the semester we’ve seen an evolution on the other platforms we all know and love (mostly). Facebook becoming a monster by incorporating stories and then everything with their FB Live struggles. Instagram’s use of stories and the continual emergence of food posts/clickable sponsor ads. Snapchat’s IPO. Pandora launching a premium service to combat Spotify. Blockchain & bitcoin ATMs( mind-blowing to me). Lol @ Uber & United.
This class has been an absolute treat because everyone is able to be themselves and there’s no real stress with the exception of running out of blog topics, not knowing if a GIF is good enough or those nerve-wracking 7 minutes that you’re in front of the class presenting. All of the presentations were great and I learned something new and different in all of them!
Being in this class has really opened my eyes. I’ve paid way more attention to how different people use social media and I’ve paid way more attention to what digital companies are doing. Emerging technologies is a topic that gets me really excited and everyone else had that same level of passion which really made this awesome.
Some things I’ve noticed thanks to this class:
1.) I’m not the most conversational person but whenever I’m alone in an Uber I now find myself asking them about their thoughts on the company. A really interesting thing that I’ve found out is that a lot of them drive for both Uber & Lyft and most of them clearly prefer Lyft. I say mostly and not all because a driver that I had a week ago actually said Uber because Uber offers drivers promotions & incentives for hitting a certain number of rides in a day or a week. The driver actually claimed that he thinks Uber is too good to the drivers and pays them too much? I have a completely different impression of that, as I think most of us do.
2.) My dad, social media, and ultra runners. I almost dedicated an entire blog to this topic but decided against it. My dad does not have a Facebook and has no interest in connecting with people from his younger days. He does, however, have a Twitter & recently an Instagram. His reason for those platforms? To learn more about the people who engage in his new obsession – ultra running. Last year my dad bought himself a Smart TV and became obsessed with watching vlogs, mostly of these ultra runners. He sends me videos all the time or asks me if I’ve seen this really obscure race in the middle of nowhere. His obsession with ultra runners has forced me to be extremely interested in this strange sport of people willingly running 100 Mile races. Their lives and videos are even so cool that I contemplate whether or not I could do one (first we’ll see what happens at my first marathon in NYC this fall). Anyways, my dad decided to extend his obsession from YouTube to Twitter/Instagram and now he DMs me posts from his favorite runners. Weird fact: One of them is in Nepal planning to run up Everest in the coming weeks. Like what? People on the internet are crazy.
3.) I’m more interested than ever in the future of tech companies and how impactful their changes will be in our lives. Will Snapchat & Twitter find ways to make money and still be relevant in a few years? What is Amazon actually doing? Amazon has so many different projects going on at once and I’m not sure which is going to be the most evolutionary one. What does the future hold for Mark & Co.? Facebook wants to take over your life in every way possible and they want Messenger to be the only app you use on your phone. Is Google going to do something revolutionary? What’s Apple’s next move? In my opinion, these questions don’t even scratch the surface of the future of technology. Self-driving cars, AR/VR, blockchain. The future of technology is exciting and I’m incredibly curious where it’s going.
Prof Gallaugher’s Computers in Management class is the reason I chose Info Systems as my concentration because of the lectures on how technology companies were so successful. Prof Kane’s Social Media & Digital Business course tapped back into this interest in even more exciting fashion. It was incredibly fun to go to class each Wednesday to talk about the ever-changing tech world. This was absolutely an enjoyable experience and a perfect class to finish up my IS major. The conversations, in class and on Twitter/blogs, were awesome and I learned way more than I ever anticipated. Thank you all! Keep on tweeting and having fun over social media, I’ll miss #IS6621.
As everyone continues on their paths, whether that be more school or full-time employment, remember the advice of Coach Eric Taylor:
Unrelated note, the Mets lost 23-5 today so I’m reusing the Wilmer Flores GIF from my presentation to close out this post and my #IS6621 career. #CryingEmoji