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Social Media Done Right

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When you’re feeling #bored, many of us gravitate towards social networks to fill time. With the aid of numerous iDevices, your social networks are never far away. Sites like Facebook and Twitter are fun and easy ways to stay updated on what’s going on with your family and friends (especially once everyone has returned to their respective campuses!), share important events, and even advertise. However, with great technology comes great responsibility and it’s easy to step over the line when it comes to social media. When in doubt, follow a few ground rules to make sure you’re not over-sharing.

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1. Never share personal information

This one is a bit of a no brainer, but it needs to be said. Every now and then an overzealous recent grad will receive their first real paycheck and post a picture of it to their Facebook page. Hashtag face-slap. Anything that has your account number and routing number (aka checks) on it can be used to hack into your bank account. Other tidbits of information that should never be shared are pictures of your driver’s license, credit cards, home address, phone number; anything that can be used against you.

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2. The internet is forever

Once you post something, just remember that you can never “un-post” it. Sure, you can delete a tweet or an image on Instagram or even that Facebook status where you described your boss solely with expletives. But in this age of information, it’s all too easy to screenshot or save any post. So even if you think it’s deleted from cyberspace, anyone could still have proof it existed.

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3. Grandma-proof your posts

As a general rule of thumb, if you wouldn’t be comfortable with your grandmother seeing what you are posting, you might want to think twice before hitting that “post” button. This certainly narrows the field of acceptable posts quite a bit, but just remember that future employers, your professors, college admissions offices, and quite possibly your grandmother will see what you say on social media. Don’t give Nana a heart attack. Don’t be that grandchild.

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4. If you can’t say anything nice…

Just don’t say anything at all. What are we: five year olds or college students? Judging by some of the things we say on social media, it’s hard to tell. We are all old enough to be able to mediate ourselves and learn to respect the opinions and viewpoints of others of others, and with the exception of hate speech, there is nothing wrong with voicing our opinions as well.

 What do you think? Are we sharing too much on our social networking sites? Share you thoughts in the comments below!

#MFH (My Favorite Hashtag)

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Being a social media guru I always like to check out what is trending on Twitter each morning and get a good laugh or some extra knowledge in where I can.  Sometimes complete strangers, established or not, on Twitter can entertain me for a few moments.  Check out this example of a pretty good trending hashtag on Twitter this week that gave me some chuckles in my morning read.  The hashtag was inspired by the twitter account @midnight: late night game show thing hosted by @nerdist on @ComedyCentral

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If you have seen the movie you know why this is very sick, sad and quite frankly…still funny.

Oh…so they went to college? Sounds about right. 

Where is the fun in that?

Leave me a comment or tweet @knetbooks using the hashtag #MFH to tell us your favorite hashtag and we will feature you in a future blog! Happy Friday…..enjoy your weekend :)

 

Social Media’s Affect on Education

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Not so many years ago, all the cool kids hung out on MySpace, looking for the cuties and talking to random people you would never meet in real life. Today, MySpace is ancient history, but the realm of social media is expanding. We need blogs, Twitter accounts, LinkedIn, and even Facebook to help connect to potential employers, get into social networking, and help us land a job. This need and use of social media has helped to transform aspects of college education and college life in general.

As a student in S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, it’s hard to escape the importance and prevalence of social media. Magazines, companies, films, celebrities, and just about everyone else can now be found on some, if not all, forms of social media. In essence, it’s the way of the future. Schools often now suggest creating blogs so employers can get a sense of your writing and personality, and managing a professional Twitter to get an idea for what your industry is like and perhaps catch the attention of a certain employer.

Social media is no longer just a way for high school students to find other students who also like puppies. It is a full blown industry that can close and open doors for you depending on what you’re talking about on your profiles. There are now college courses taught on the various social media platforms, how to create a professional profile, and the importance of maintaining these profiles.

While some argue that social media distracts from school time—which is true if kids are sitting in class on Facebook chat; surely their parents are super proud and putting that tuition money to good use—it can actually be seen as the student taking the future into their hands. By encouraging the students to follow, for example, different magazines, magazine editors and writers as a magazine major, this can only serve to exemplify the passion they have for their future careers. Further, students then have a chance to potentially interact with professionals in their field, by posting a Facebook comment or sending a tweet. Social media can revolutionize students getting ready for the job market as they can see first-hand some of the skills and day-to-day tasks of people in their field on the job, which can help them choose courses and find the best internships down the road.

Through teaching social media or using social media in the classroom, a student’s education is broadened. The Internet connects the world and with social media, the world has platforms on which to communicate and build significant connections for their future. The class can have discussions through a Facebook page or on Twitter, instead of having to deal with emails back and forth. Professors can hold a Twitter Q&A with an old colleague still working at a company students in the major would love to hear about. And remember that time James Franco taught a class via Skype? The opportunities are endless and with more unique social media platforms, more doors are opening.

Though many people still don’t understand social media and see it as a waste of time, it is quickly becoming the way of the future. Social media has already helped land thousands of people jobs and internships, which in turn has made it a necessity to be taught in some form in school so students understand how to make best use of these platforms on a professional level. So, embrace your Facebook, be kind on your Twitter and learn, learn, learn!

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I’m reading Western Civilization 1715

Tastiest Tweets: January 6th

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Our favorite tweets from the last week!

The 4 Stages of a New Relationship ow.ly/8iqNN from @CollegeCandy

Famous Women Talk Love and Sex in 2011 ow.ly/8cEO1 via @tressugar

Why go back to college?! The Top 10 Reasons from @myFootPath! ow.ly/8j59n

The 25 Most Beautiful College Libraries in the World ow.ly/8j5uh via @flavorpill

Making Money in College (Legally) ow.ly/8irmO from @collegecures

How Much Stress is Too Much? Managing Anxiety in College ow.ly/8hP7B via @HerCampus

Fun fact! Alaska became a state today in 1959. ow.ly/8gD7w

 

 

 

Tastiest Tweets: December 30th

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These are our favorite twitter posts of the week:

3 Things to do Instead of Going Out on New Year’s Eve ow.ly/8bsRi via @CollegeCandy

The 21 Most Memorable Tweets of 2011 ow.ly/8b70C via @mashable

4 Risky Places to Swipe Your Debit Card ow.ly/8b7Fe via @BankRate

How to Impress Your Girlfriend’s Family ow.ly/8bsoT from @CollegeTownLife

7 Ridiculous Origins of Everyday Words ow.ly/8bsOE via @cracked

The 10 Hottest Trends to Look Forward to in 2012 ow.ly/8cF4J from @HerCampus

It is official… 143,000 Students to Lose Their Pell Grant Next Year ow.ly/8cFaZ via @uspirg

Enjoy!

 

Lovejoy

I’m reading Human Anatomy

 

 

Tastiest Tweets: December 9th

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These are our favorite Twitter posts of the week:

10 Hottest Geeky Women ow.ly/7Prc6 from @ChaCha

WARNING: 1 in 3 Young Professionals Suffers from this Career-Related Condiditon ow.ly/7Ppgr via @BrazenCareerist

HAHAHAHA! Ode to Finals Week ow.ly/7R7jy from @CollegeTownLife

5 Tips to College Success ow.ly/7OpiC from UniversityChronicle.net

We love this! Instructional Diagrams for People Who Suck at Everyday Life ow.ly/7Op3y via @cracked

#tigerblood was the #2 hashtag of 2011! Want to learn the rest? Check out @twitter‘s year in review ow.ly/7R7ir

OMG! The world’s largest insect ever photographed! THIS THING IS HUGE! ow.ly/7NdEj

America’s 30 Druggiest Colleges ow.ly/7LFmz from @thedailybeast

Beat the college exam stress with these tips from @USATODAYCollege ow.ly/7NLY0

Enjoy!

 

Lovejoy

I’m reading Business Law: Text and Cases