Last Day of Class…

Over the last semester, we’ve done a lot of different things. From blogs to LinkedIn to Social Media Strategies, all of these things have somehow worked together to form a coherent, cohesive class which I have enjoyed very much.

This class wasn’t what I expected. That wasn’t meant to come out in a bad way and, honestly, this class was better than I expected. I signed up for it expecting to just learn about when each social media site was formed and how various companies use their accounts, things like that. While that made up some of the content for the class, we did things that I didn’t expect.

Visiting the Humane Society (which may have become an issue because now I send photos from their Twitter accounts to my boyfriend once a week asking if we can adopt a cat) and creating a social media strategy for Creighton Recent Alumni are things that I never thought that we would do in this class. That being said, they ended up being my absolute favorite parts of the semester. That and pie day.C9Os2nBV0AAfzCx

If I were to change one thing about this class, it might be just the amount of lectures. I don’t think that the lectures are boring or anything like that (This is coming from one of the only people who seem to actually take notes during them), I just think that some people might get slightly bored with listening to a lecture and looking at a PowerPoint every single class. Maybe making some lessons more hands-on might relieve this? I’m not entirely sure. However, this is the only thing I can think of to change in terms of this class.

Overall, I really enjoyed this class. I enjoyed basically every topic that we talked about, I liked the projects, the blog posts have caused my writing skills to improve. I can’t really think of one thing I didn’t like about this class. Good job Carol!

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Visual Beauty on Social Media

If you are an organization that relies heavily on visuals and the sort, then I wholeheartedly believe you should have an Instagram page for your organization. Personally, I love Instagram. It’s probably one of my top three favorite social media sites, and on that site, I even follow a few brands and nonprofit accounts that I think use Instagram to their advantage.

In terms of brands, there are a few that come to mind as using Instagram and sites like it to their advantage. A few that come to mind include National Geographic, Saturday Night Live, and HomeGoods.

Some photos from the mentioned Instagram pages (left: HomeGoods, SNL, National Geo)

There are two brands that I think go above and beyond when it comes to Instagram: NoYourCity and Ballet de l Opera de Paris.

First, NoYourCity is an account that shares photos of New York City. The photos are so beautiful! I’m talking professional grade beauty right here. I think this site does a really good job of showing the positive parts of New York. It also does a good job of showing that the images you post on Instagram don’t necessarily need to have a bunch of things happening in them. They can be super simple but still get the point you intended across.

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The other brand that I think does a very good job of using Instagram is Ballet de l Opera de Paris. This one also has images that are more simple in concept, but are still beautiful! I don’t about you, but I can’t fly to Paris at the drop of a hat to take in a ballet, so I appreciate this account because it shares images of the productions they put on. One of the other things I LOVE about their account is they use up the whole ‘three photos a line’ aspect of Instagram. It’s hard to put into words what I mean, so I’ll just show you.

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You see what I mean?

Now, apart from brands that I follow, I did happen to come across a certain nonprofit account that I think does a very good job at using the account. That account belongs to NeverThirst. This account belongs to an organization that… well I’ll let them explain it. “We are called to bring clean water, health and hope to those who lack access to what many of us take for granted every day” This account is very nice because it does a number of things via their photos. The first is that it shows the crisis for clean water by showing what the water looked like before filters were installed.screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-11-44-32-pm

It also posts pictures showing the people who are helped with the clean water, which does a good job of emotionally connecting with the followers. This photo that I found is one of my favorites for that exact reason

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Overall, I think that all the accounts I talked about in this post do a very good job of using Instagram for their advantage. Not every brand that has an account, nor every nonprofit, does a very good job at getting their message across with their account, but these do. Personally, I don’t follow many brands except for the two I said were my favorite, but some of the other ones I listed I might actually follow now because the pictures they post are just so enticing. Honestly, some of these brands have better Instagram accounts that I do… maybe I should have been taking notes.

The Voice of Generation: A Good Voice or a Bad One?

There are SO MANY social media sites out there today. Seriously, when I was in high school, there were only the two big ones: Facebook and Twitter (and Snapchat in later years but we will get to that later). Now, there’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, LinkedIn, YouTube and that is just the tip of the iceberg. I feel like every time I go home for breaks, my younger siblings try to convince me to join yet another social media site which, most of the time, I refuse. The sites I myself use include Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube. I have a Tumblr and a LinkedIn, but I don’t really use those sites all that much, or as much as I used to. Back in freshman year of college I was obsessed with Tumblr, I would be on that site more than any other of my social media sites, and I think the reason for that was that I had never seen a site like this before. But now? Now I rarely go on it. Actually, I’m fairly certain I deleted my profile on that site, that’s how much I don’t use the site. The other sites though (Facebook, Twitter, and all the other ones I mentioned that I have profiles on? Yeah those), I go on those FREQUENTLY. We’re talking several times a day, probably if I’m on my phone I’m on each of the sites once every two hours, and if I’m on my computer I check Twitter every half hour with Facebook just being constantly open.

Even though my habits regarding social media have changed over the years, my overall feelings about them have, for the most part, stayed the same.

PROS:

 -Gives me the ability to keep up with friends and family who I’m not with 24/7 (AKA anyone back in Illinois)

-For the most part, it’s how I get my news, especially when it just happens (This is referring mostly to Twitter, but sometimes Facebook is pretty good about keeping me informed with more developed news)

-Allows me to keep up with what my favorite social media stars/celebrities/ overall famous people are doing (…that doesn’t make me sound too stalker-ish, right?)

– It’s entertaining (THIS IS A HUGE PRO! These sites are so good at giving me something to do when I’m bored, it’s unbelievable.)

CONS:

FAKE NEWS! This didn’t use to be a problem, and on Twitter I don’t see it quite as much as I do on Facebook, but now? Now I can’t log into my account without seeing at least one or two of these fake articles online. And they are things that are CLEARLY fake if people bothered to Google them! Ok, I’m going to stop because if I don’t the rest of this post will just be me complaining about this, and I don’t think anyone wants to read that.

-Having to see every opinion one of my friends/relatives have and their reasoning about why it is clearly superior my own. This has just gotten worse since the elections, but it’s always been bad, though maybe that’s just with my family? Anyway, I have found myself just blocking certain people because I can no longer read their posts about politics, their opinion on current events (Planned Parenthood funding, shootings, BLM, you name it they have an opinion on it), or anything like that. I don’t want to hear about that! It’s not why I got social media in the first place! And most people feel the same way!

Overall, I love social media, don’t get me wrong. The pros outweigh the cons in my opinion, though only slightly. The sites I use the most (Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat) each have their own pros and cons, but overall they each do a good job at their intended objectives, and the overall objective each has as a whole which, in my opinion, is to entertain. Most people go on social media because they are bored and are looking for something to pass the time. There are exceptions, such as if you are using social media for work or such, but for the most part it seems like an entertainment tool, a way to stay connected to individuals around the world, and things like that.