Writing this final blog feels different, since it has been quite a journey.
Instead of going through notes and references that I had done research for, I can just sit here and tell a story. This semester, which is also my last semester in Boston College, is just coming to an end way quicker than I realized it would be.
By reading my first initial thoughts one more time, I just can’t believe how much I have learned along with the class. My first blog post was titled “first blog ever”. With no blogging experience, I found it quite relaxing to write, probably the beginner’s luck. My first blog gained some interests from readers in class. They were eager to know what interesting things were going on in China related to Social media and digital business.
“That could be a way to go.” I told myself. As I read blogs from other classmates, I found that everyone had his/her particular interests and sticked with it. Like I can expect fashion post from Addison, and gaming updates from Nero. As for me, I picked a track for myself, blogging about technology/social media related to my home country. Hence, companies like JD.com, OFO, WeChat, Momo, Dingding were brought to the blog field.
Blogging and reading others’ blog are quite interesting. As an international student, I have to say I have acquired some writing skills from this blogging activity. In class, the discussions flow really fast, and luckily I was able to jump in and made some comments. I remember right after the first week of class I signed up for the second student to do presentation. I chose to do the company I interned last summer, JD.com. I was glad that my classmates were very interested in the two insights I had, which are users persona as well as accurate marketing were highlights. I was surprised to see detailed comments from Professor Kane and my classmates. They were very encouraging and with critics as well. Although I did get a chance talking to those who were not in my reading group, I really appreciated their effort.
This is the first marketing class I did since marketing principle, and it would probably the coolest class I have every taken in Boston College. Every week, we are exploring a trending topic from facebook to blockchain, from auto-driving to tomorrow’s dark side of technology for our last class. The individual presentations from each student are even more interesting. After listening to last week’s presentation about Space, a robotic restaurant, I am determined to try a bowl this Thursday on their first day of business!
This class also helps forming my habit of tweeting. I was not a tweeter prior to this class but a heavy user in instagram. I was a little bit conservative since I was once told everything one did on the Internet would leave a print. However, as I started tweeting, I found the good side of this social media platform. There are just so many interesting things to share! In this case, it could solely be for learning purpose. After three month, I found out that gradually I have gotten used to sharing interesting articles from sites such as tech crunch, medium and Bloomberg technology. I love reading and replying all the interesting articles, comments from my classmates. Sometime it could just be an opinion, sometime it could be a picture taken in daily life about seeing a new technology was put into use. I will definitely miss the twitter field and blog sites after this class definitely.
This class really gave me a broad exposure of technology as well as social media, linking my daily life to social media closely. I was able to form a way of criticizing those trending news, making my own opinion on them, and most importantly, sharing with others with even just a little bit of social impact.
I gotta say, all the topic we have discussed, all the projection we made in class are likely to happen in the foreseeing future. Yet I really hope those would turn to be positive to our society. Auto-driving will deliver safe service while traditional drivers would find a new way to make living. Social media platform will finally prioritize users privacy as their most significant issue to deal with. There will be more innovative Blockchain application put into use, and crypto currencies will find their values and become stable… Technology will provide more bright side to us than its dark side.
It has been swell! The last class does not mean an end, but a new beginning. I will keep learning, stay on top of all the trending news, keep tweeting. The learning experience has been fruitful because of this class, and it will not stop!
See you guys in class!