Me and Social Media?

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 Because today is so outdated, its hard to keep up with all of technology!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!

Social Media isThis BIG!

Internet sensation…Apparently!

 

Social Media Enthusiast

As I stated in my first Weekly Reflection, I am a huge social media junkie. I’m currently engaged in Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. And have been using each of these for a few years now.

I use each of these accounts quite differently as they are all meant to be used in a certain way. I share images, quotes and my own personal thoughts by blogging on Tumblr. I also use it as a communication tool when interacting with people around the world. Instagram is more of a space where I can share images and videos, that I’ve taken with my phone, with my friends and people I know personally. Twitter is strictly for little tidbits of my daily life that I feel comfortable sharing with whomever wants to see/read. I post the occasional mediocre picture on there, as well, that I wouldn’t feel comfortable posting on my blog (Tumblr) or my image feed (Instagram/Flickr). Flickr is where I post personal images taken with my digital camera. I post them here because they are of higher quality and Flickr has a really nice website to display these pictures adequately, as opposed to Instagram’s small and primitive app/website. And YouTube is where I post videos that I have shot with my camera and edited on Windows Movie Maker.

All of these profiles are public except Instagram, which I do make private, from time to time, depending on how personal the images and videos become. By making my corners of the internet public, I’m able to connect with different types of people and share ideas and engage in creative/interesting conversations. I’d like to think that each social media website serves it’s purpose and it’s nice to be able to put a piece of you out in the internet for people to view and ultimately give feedback on.

After reading danah boyd’s “controlling your public appearance” my opinion on how I should portray myself on media sites has changed a bit. Every once and a while I will post something inappropriate on my blog but for some reason I never thought that it may come back to haunt me one day, so after reading this article, I will definitely start to make my blog more appropriate for general viewing in case I need to use it for school or future employment.