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#NewhouseSM4: Looking Back

23 Apr

It seems crazy that another semester is coming to a close here at Syracuse University. As I look down the list of everything we have accomplished in #NewhouseSM4 this semester, it really is crazy how many different social media platforms we have come across. Just to name a few: Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, Pearltrees, and Pinterest barely cover the multitude of platforms I have used this semester. Here’s some reflections from this semester:

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Favorite Social Media Platform: HootSuite/Twitter

Why? Before this semester, I mainly used Twitter on a personal level, tweeting about sports and the daily happenings in my life to my friends. I made a new professional Twitter for this class and immediately started to use Hootsuite. At first, I was skeptical of Hootsuite, but I can safely say that I prefer it to going to the Twitter website.

Least Favorite SM Platform: Google+

Why? Ok, so I know I’m not unique in disliking Google+ because a lot of people do. The big reason I didn’t like it was that I could not connect my Google+ profile to my Hootsuite account, making it a burden to move to and from Hootsuite when I wanted to post content. I did really like Google+ hangouts though, which is a plus.

Most Annoying Social Media Platform: Pearltrees

Why? I think it’s a work in process and has the chance to be one of the best curation tools on the Internet, but I just found it annoying and slow when using it at times. I also don’t like how any random user can change around your Pearltree without that user’s consent.

Favorite #NewhouseSM4 Speaker: Megan Gebhart (@megangebhart)

Why? My favorite speaker was Megan Gebhart, a Michigan State alum and creator of 52 Cups of Coffee. The reason she is my favorite speaker is because she told us great stories, and after class ended I was still looking to read more of her accounts of 52 Cups of Coffee.

At the beginning of the semester, I never thought I would have learned this much about social media. Honestly, I wasn’t even aware that there was this much to learn about. I’m looking forward to staying in tune with the ever changing world that is social media.


May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

21 Mar

The Hunger Games and Social Media

This past Christmas, one of the presents I got was the Hunger Games trilogy. I had seen the trailer on television a couple of months earlier, and had to see what all of the buzz was about. I started reading the first one, and could not stop until I had read the last page of “Mockingjay,” the third book. I immediately could not wait to see the movie adaption of the film, which is actually coming out this Friday, March 23.

So what does this little anecdote have to do with social media? In #NewhouseSM4 today, Oliver Starr (@OWStarr) – Chief Evangelist for Pearltrees – was our guest speaker. I was excited because I wanted to learn more about Pearltrees, a social media platform that was new to me and had left me dumbfounded after a couple of uses. To anyone that is unfamiliar with Pearltrees, it is a curation tool that presents “pearled” material in a web-like structure, instead of the linear and boring drop-down bookmark menu.

Anyway, in class,  Oliver had us simultaneously create a Pearltree about the Hunger Games. When he asked our class who knew of the Hunger Games, the majority of girls raised their hands (not surprising). We got to all grab links about the Hunger Games from the internet and work together to organize them. It was a bit glitchy at times – Oliver said this was probably because Pearltrees had never experienced so many users curating information together at the same time. I was glad to be apart 0f a Pearltrees experiment and have the chance to read so many articles about the Hunger Games!

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