Tag Archives: MySpace

How Tom Changed My Life

Social media has been an exciting part of my young adult life. And it all started when I made my first online friend, Tom from MySpace. My parents never allowed me to have a AOL instant messenger because they feared their baby boy might be harassed in a creepy chat room. I was in eighth […]

From Myspace to Facebook to Instagram to ?????

    The Ice Bucket Challenge, I bet you have all done it.  First, the water was not that cold and the challenge was not that difficult.  Who ever thought that taking a bag of ice, dumping it into a bucket of water, and pouring it over your head would be done by millions of […]

Social Media Journey: Humble Beginnings and Initial Thoughts

This blog entry has been on my mind for quite some time. Being someone who spends a lot of time on the computer, it was interesting to look back and figure out my journey through social media. Thinking about the first instance that I used social media was daunting, but after some thought, I immediately […]

Taking the Social Media Plunge

Okay, I’ll be honest… I initially took ISYS6621 thinking it would be an easy MBA elective. I thought to myself, “How hard can a class about Facebook and Twitter be?” When I found out we would have to blog, comment, and tweet on a normal basis, I got a little anxious. Facebook is the social […]

You Have 7,196,807,790 Friend Requests

I used to pride myself on knowing every person that I was friends with on Facebook. In reality though, I don’t know if that was ever true, and now, with 1,993 friends, I can say with certainty that this will never be true. Social media is great for many things: image editing, instant news updates, restaurant recommendation, […]

Social Media & Me

Prior to joining this class, my knowledge of social media and awareness of it’s influence on my life was limited.  Yes, I had a Facebook account, perused Instagram daily, had my resume on LinkedIn, and communicated through emails. However, social media seemed to be an activity that I selected to participate in, rather not something […]

Wait! Where did that feature go?

“OH NO! I can’t believe that Facebook changed again. I can’t find anything. I wish they would just stop doing that.” This phrase has been uttered so many times in so many different ways over the years, but Facebook continues to make the same mistakes. Or perhaps that is their winning formula? I don’t mean […]

The Transformation of my Social Media Experience

Introduction to Social Media My introduction to social media came when I was in elementary school, back in the days of AOL and dial-up. My mother helped me set up an account to use so that I could play games online, which later progressed to use of instant messaging, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), and then […]

How Much Are Your Connections Worth?

Ever wonder how much all of your Facebook friends are worth?  Wondering how much value your Instagram and Twitter followers hold? Companies know the value of being connected to consumers organically—and they’re willing to pay.  Regardless of return on investment and specific sales resulting from social media efforts, followers in general hold worth in the […]

The Social Network(s): Not Nearly As Unfriendly As They Used To Be

If you’ve seen “The Social Network,” the critically acclaimed Aaron Sorkin/David Fincher movie that tells the story of the origins of Facebook (as adapted from The Accidental Billionaires), then you surely remember one particular aspect of the site in its earliest form: exclusivity.  According to what is now a semi-disputed historical account, Mark Zuckerberg liked […]