Tag Archives: Social Media

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.

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!