Farewell Fall 2013

Here we are, another semester completed, memories made, a blog created, and an undergraduate student left with effective ways to use social media (appropriately). When promoting one self via internet the rules of etiquette are ones to follow. Before this course, the thought of creating a twitter account nearly gave me an aneurism. Just thinking about the headache of unbearably constant news feed updates full of ever-changing but always confusing abbreviations made my stomach turn. I won’t say that I was never interested in this fast paced, icon of the youth’s debauchery of the electronic age, it prior to this class, but suppressed that inkling of desire, instead pursuing, what I believed to be, more important endeavors. I undoubtedly exhausted little effort towards understanding Twitter’s main purpose. Personal branding through social media is key to sucessful self-promotion. In this course I learned that one advantage of news feeds is  informing its followers about current events or breaking news. Webpages allow people to connect across vast areas through an intricate virtual world full of possibilites and information. Learning the effective ways of properly using the internet for an advantage to enhance self image can be tricky. A blog is a great way to jump start yourself. By sticking to the 80/20 rule, crowd pleasing topics, and accurate writing, self promotion becomes easy. For years, I’ve spent countless hours and late nights on media sites connecting with friends on Facebook, Myspace, and even AOL (I FEEL OLD), reading through threads, music blogs, and NPR news. Learning new techniques on self-promotion is a must have in the world of Mass Communications, allowing the mind-numbing experience of aimlessly wandering through webpages to become an advantagous experience, drawing people to your own personal page full of your own personal thoughts and expressions. This course thought me about the importance on social media and the ways to use it to my advantage. I will continue to update this blog, even after this semester ends. Thanks for tuning in.

-M

During the Noah & the Whales performance at Empire Control Room in Austin.

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