The social media networks that i take part with is youtube, Facebook, twitter and instagram. My twitter and youtube are the only two that are public. And my Facebook and my instagram are private. The way I choose is if anything where I would post personal aspects of my life would be private. The Boyd’s “controlling your public appearance” didn’t change my outlook about social media.
As a Information System Management major, I have seen my professors having there own website. It’s really is awesome that we can do that and someone sitting in thousand or all the away around the world they can find us just by our domain identity. So I want my domain name to be my first initial and my last name together. As I move forward in life, I would like to use this as a professional site. But that was taken. I couldn’t sign up. Hope things will get better soon.
Social Media is everywhere now! It has expanded from just an email or wired telephones through cans as we can only image. Because today is so outdated, its hard to keep up with all of technology! But thank goodness for improvement in social media. I remember using AIM chat room through my AOL account, and it was a big thing back then! Today, I’ve never met someone who’s ever said, “hey, hit me up on AIM later!” Now it’s all about Facebook. I actually never wanted to join this social network until my best friend decided to create an account for me. This way I can contact family out of the country. Not only do I get to do that, but I am also able to post and share my thoughts and opinion. Whether it is through a photo, video, worded status or commenting and liking.
Besides Facebook, I am also connected to LinkedIn; a professional social network. Which my father recently invited me to. I hardly ever use it, but it is a great way to follow up on professional networking. You can also find great opportunities there once you’ve connected with the right people. And by ‘right people’ I mean, those interested in your profile and what you can offer to their business. Another network I engage myself with, is the ‘all known’- Youtube! Everyone has been there a million times. Even if they don’t have an account. The fact it is open to everyone and anyone without signing up, is great because; everything is there and vividly provided! As opposed to Flickr and Instagram which are other networks I’ve more recently started to share photos. Therefore, all of these networks has its own purpose and value. But at the same time they are all linked. For example, if I searched and watched a trailer for the new movie “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” on Youtube, I have an option to share the video on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Email or SMS. Through these other media networks, others are also able to view and tally up the number of views to that trailer. Just because I hit ‘share and post!’ Crazy right!? Well not in a mad sense, but it’s really cool that all of social media has developed so widely and guess what? They are not finished yet.
Certain media can be private and/or public. Lets use another example now; where I take a photo at the beach with some friends. But I don’t want everyone to see. I can either; shoot that particular person(s) an email and send it, bcc if more than one. This way all of my senders won’t know I’ve sent it out to them all. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all of these other online social network, can also be used privately or publicly.
When it comes to making my choices as to which network to use, it all comes down to security. How many people all at once can you confidentially trust? Not everyone is out there to communicate. There are some who wants to steal and even ruin your connections. This is why it is extremely important to set up all social accounts so that they are secured!
I only use two forms of social media, Facebook and Google+. I never got into Twitter or anything else besides that. I have all my filters and privacy set up. I only really use social media to keep in contact with people and I occasionally weed out all the people I don’t even glimpse at. I barely do much on Facebook and Google+ as is but it will always be a habit of miens to check just to see what is going on. Boyd’s article is very informative in my opinion even though I knew how to do most of that stuff on my own already, I don’t like to air my private life out there for all the world to see.
I engage in many different social media such as Facebook, YouTube, Vine, Instagram and Twitter. I use my Facebook to keep in contact with old friends and family that are not in my phone contacts. Even though most of the media portrayed on Facebook I still use it to see what’s new with news in music and politics. I also like to see what my friend or family is doing throughout their day. I only use YouTube for one thing, which is to watch any type of videos in the world which I find quite amazing. I am on Vine strictly for laughing matters. I love to get a good laugh here and there so anytime I want I visit Vine and it always give me a good laugh. I use Instagram to post pictures of anything, I also like and comment on other peoples post which makes it entertaining. Using Twitter might be my most constructive one. I am a huge sports and music fanatic, so my Twitter has none of my friends or people I know; it is widely dedicated to just sports and music. I keep up with famous athletes, sports teams, famous artists and latest songs. All of my social networks are public because I have nothing to hide, anything in my life that is private isn’t anywhere on none any of my social networks. I have read Danah Boyd’s “Controlling Your Public Appearance” and it doesn’t change my thought on the use of social media because my same thoughts will always remain the same. I barely use social networks, only if I have to or I am not busy. Most of the time my social networks are deactivated and I don’t use them until I get a break from school. I will never let social media be a distraction or a frustration to me. There are a lot of things I see that rubs me the wrong way but I never let it get any further, I just brush it off and move on because at the end of the day life still exist and the real world is still happening. My advice to anyone with social media, don’t let it control you, you control it.