So that’s it. A great semester over. While I am sad about this class ending, my emotions are more with the fact that in less than three weeks I will be a college graduate. WHAAAATT. How did that happen? I think back to four years ago when I had just found out I got into BC. I had just finished work and walked out into the parking lot and my family was waiting for me. A giant BC envelope in one hand and flowers in the other. The first thing I did (once I stopped crying tears of joy), was make a Facebook post. Boston College Class of 2017.
It’s kind of funny how my BC career started with a social media post and it will end with one as well. While it literally is a full circle, the path to that circle has been anything but a straight line. I’ve changed my friend group, my major and my life plans a few dozen times. The one thing that has been a constant is social media.
And my social media has grown with me.
By this I mean social media has been constantly changing. The popularity of certain sites have clearly changed over the past four years. RIP Yik Yak. A social media site platform that had so much potential but fell short. Instagram, a small following when college began has quickly become something similar to the popularity of Facebook. Phrases like “I need to insta that” have quickly become a popular saying in moments that are worthy of Instagram. Social media has also been surprising- did anyone think SnapChat would actually become successful? Or how about Facebook? The site that never goes away but instead continues to expand to all generations (Shout out to both my parents for getting on “The Facebook”). And honestly I did not predict any of those successes/ failures.
Through this class I learned that social media is rapidly changing. No one can really guess why one piece of social media takes off while another one falls short. It just happens. Who knows if Facebook will be able to read our minds in 5 years? Technology will be forever changing. It seems as though these creators are in a race to create the next big thing for technology. The question truly is do we need it? For example Bitcoin, (still have no clue how it works) was it a necessary creation? I feel as though we could survive without it. But what do I know? It truly might be the future of all currencies.
My usage of these sites have also changed. I no longer make statuses on Facebook, twitter had become a thing of the past for me and Instagram receives two posts a week instead of my constant posting of photos. I think this comes with self-confidence that I have gained throughout college. I bet my usage will continue to change. Regardless of what my usage is, or what sites it is on there is one certainty, the popular social media sites will change once again. I hope Facebook stays around solely because all my photos are saved on the site.
This class has also helped show me how social media can be more than just a random post. There is the creation of many different emotions and actions that occur off the screen. Airbnb and Uber has helped create this sense of trust. It is okay to get into a car with a stranger. These two types of businesses could help move our overall community/world into a more trusting society. Maybe I am just wishful thinking but I truly hope that this could be the start of a more trusting community.
Then there is the twitter component of this class. I probably got 80% of all my news this semester from Twitter. It actually is pretty reliable, is easy to navigate to the top things happening and gets straight to the point. I wish that more of my classes had a twitter component. I was able to gain confidence by tweeting about relevant things going on in the world. I am one of those people who does not like raising their hand and answering questions in class. So this gave me a chance to have my voice be heard.
I am extremely grateful that I took this class and wasn’t scared off during that first day. I was able to see the benefits of social media and learn a lot about different types of apps/technology that I had no clue even existed. Thank you all for a great semester!!