When I first signed up for this class, I had no idea what I was getting into. I didn’t have a twitter account, I had never blogged before, and wasn’t a huge social media user. I was actually pretty intimidated by our blog posts assignments at first, but they quickly grew to be my favorite aspect of the class. It is incredible to look back on all of the content and stories we covered over the semester. This class and my time with all of you taught me five concrete lessons that I will take away from Social Media and Digital Business.
- No Small Talk!
As Professor Kane briefly mentioned in class yesterday, I really believe social media has allowed us to be more informed, which can lead to more productive conversations about current topics. Our interactions as a class on social media were like mini briefings in which we could absorb a ton of data that eventually led to class discussion. As news circulates faster and faster on social media, I think this phenomenon will help us all avoid the weird small talk we all dread
- Social Media Connects People
One of the best attributes of social media is the ability for distant friends and family to connect across the world. This capability has changed the way we communicate with others. Could you imagine sending a message on horseback, or mailing hand written letters any time you wanted to reach a loved one? Fear no more! Social media is at our fingertips.
- The Balance
Today, there are some who think social media has hampered our ability to interact with others. On the other hand, some believe we have had enough experience with social media that we now realize how to balance the two. It is aware to many that social media can compromise our ability to hold a meaningful conversation, and because this topic comes up and we address it, we are naturally improving our balance between the two.
- New Features
The big question with social media has always been, “Whats Next?” From our conversations over the semester, and from our Twitter presenter last night, I think we are just seeing the beginning of the “live” feature that we all know and love. It was interesting to hear how Twitter has been adjusting and implementing this feature. It makes me wonder what might be next, but that leads me to my final thought…
- Technology Everywhere
Imagining the future of social media and digital technology is scary to me. Technology has been evolving at a crazy rate, and I think even the best predictors probably has it wrong. I think social media will just be a constant process of learning and changing with the innovations of different eras.
Lastly, I want to thank all of you for a great semester. Our interactions as a class through various mediums of communication were both enjoyable and educational. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.