Category Archives: Social Media

Networking = Builing a Community

Last week, I went to the Networking Expo hosted by the OSU Women in Communications.  I had a pretty good time talking to different employers, even though the resounding message I heard was that everyone needs undergrad interns and not new employees, bummer.

I did receive some really great advice from Jill Brown of the Oklahoma Gazette.  She said that if she were to give any advice to college undergrads, it would be that they need to network.  They need to get plugged into their future community and meet people because those people will be incredibly benficial in the future.

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Can you be too social?

The interesting thing about taking a course on social media is that you can no longer just admire it from afar or be partially involved in it.   Instead, you become so occupied with all things social media that you start to ignore the real relationships in your life.  Instead of picking up your phone and making a call, you’re direct messaging your friends on Twitter.  You may end up staring at the screen for hours waiting for new blogs to upload into your reader.

Figuring out the give and take in the relationship between social media and the rest of your life takes a little bit of effort.  I’m definitely still struggling to figure this out.  Over the weekend I didn’t check Twitter, my Google Reader or Facebook all day Saturday and I didn’t miss it at all, but when I got back on everything Sunday afternoon, I felt a little bit out of the loop.

I suppose it is all apart of the learning process and fortunately, I’m in a class that allows me a whole semester to try and get the hang of it.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3

I’m not supposed to tell you this but making your own Web site is super easy.  So easy that in less than 30 minutes my Social Media class created our very own.  It cost very little money and still needs some content development but the creating of the bare bones of the site was a breeze.

This Web site is being set up as a community for the JB students at OSU to talk with PR professionals and alumni about jobs, internships, resumes, networking, etc.  It is also going to be a great resource for high schoolers trying to discover what they want to study in college.  They will be able to ask questions and get the answers that the college Web site doesn’t have available to them.

Keep a look out for more development at sociallyorange.org.

Social Media advice from Ellen Degeneres?

In Social Media class last week, we had a guest speaker from the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank.  Her name is Natalie Wright and she is in charge of all of the social media endeavors for the food bank.  Wow.  There are very few non-profits in the Oklahoma City area who have a single person dedicated to social media.

Natalie focused on helping us to think about how we communicate through different media.  She stressed the importance of speaking as you normally would, not speaking as if it’s a media release at all times.  This helps to build trust and relationships.

In other parts of the social media world… This weekend while watching TV, I heard Ellen Degeneres give advice to an audience member on how to update her Facebook status and America’s Next Top Model encouraged viewers to go on Twitter and discuss their views on the show. Wow.  Social Media really has infiltrated the mainstream.  Also, on Twitter I’ve found and am following Ashton Kutcher (aplusk), Demi Moore (mrskutcher) and Soleil Moon Frye (moonfrye).  It’s pretty fabulous to feel like you are on the inside track with a celebrity, I love it!

The Not So Beaten Path

This blog is going to be focused on my fiance’s and my dream travels; we’re always talking about all the wonderful places we want to visit and all the super cool things we want to do when we’ve earned some money and are no longer broke college kids.

This is going to be a collection of information about the fabulous places we plan to travel to someday.  The only requirements are that the travels meet my need for culture, his need for adventure and our mutual need for delicious food and drink.

Enjoy!