Posts Tagged ‘Learning’

If I Had Known Then What I know Now..

May 18, 2010

I’ve always told myself I would’ve graduated on time two years ago. If I did, I would not have the knowledge that I have now. “Things I Wish I’d Known in College” by culpwrit posted by @Uandrews  caught my eye because there are certain lessons that can be passed on to college students so that they are aware that college isn’t about going to class. College inspired me to not give up on myself nor my education after being told I was not college bound. In addition, here are my tips below. Feel free to add to the list!

 If I Had Known Then What I Know Now(In addition to  “Things I Wish I’d Known in College” by culpwrit):

  • take electives that interest you and that you could minor in
  • Always understand and double-check behind your advisors
  • Make sure all paper work is completed
  • Know the consequences if you have to transfer
  • Begin writing your resumé before sophomore year
  • how important your GPA is even in your first year
  • ALWAYS read the syllabus (it will haunt you if you don’t)!!
  • Try to understand the reasons why professors need certain assignments to be completed
  • Lastly: Make a list of your talents by your sophomore year to narrow down what major you want to declare

 

I would not change how long it took me to earn my college degree  because it taught me life lessons and skills that are needed in the professional work force. What would you add to the list? What have you learned outside the classroom during your college career?

Social Media Newsrooms (ch.10)

April 21, 2010

A social media news room is a place where you can tell the media, clients, and others exactly what they want and need to know.  Social Media Newsroom (SMNR) is similar to the traditional online newsroom; it consists of having media coverage, news releases, events, and media contact information.  Social media news rooms are a plaee where these people can:

  • view all your media coverage
  • see all of your past and present news releases
  • look up your past and future events
  • read and link to all of your book reviews
  • see and link to all the social web places you are a part of (including widgets and badges you have available)
  • download multimedia material such as photos, podcasts, and vidcasts
  • view bios on each person within the company
  • Subscribe RSS feeds

Businesses that want or get alot of media coverage should have a social media newsroom.  Having a social media newsroom portrays to the media and to the prospective clients that you are making an attempt to make their jobs easier.  Also social media newsrooms have the opportunity to be optimized for search engines, RSS feeds, and social bookmarking services. Businesses who have or are thinking about having a social media newsroom have an advantage over the businesses who don’t tap into the social media because SMNR’s allow people to come across your information when using search engines.

Set Up Your Newsroom Sections

1. Media Coverage:

  • offer direct links to online sources & to PDFs of the media coverage your company has received

2. News Releases:

  • traditional Social Media News Releases links

3. Events:

  • a section or a list of events your company hosts

4. Social Media:

  • links to all the other places you are on throughout the Social Web

5. MultiMedia:  

  • hold images, audio/video clips
  • flyers/brochures

Passing Employer’s “Background Check”

April 13, 2010

 My mom e-mailed me this article: Employers monitor your social networking profile.  More and more companies are spying on their employees as how much time they spend in the social web whether it’s on Facebook or Twitter. Companies are also watching carefully the content on their employees’ profile.   This is reality, especially for students and job seekers.

 Just like a portfolio or an interview,  a person’s character says it all.  Even though an employee might be outstanding in their career, they have to be careful on how they conduct themselves outside the professional world.  For example, I am aware of what I say on Facebook , what I post, and what images are on my profile. It doesn’t make much sense for me to prepare a professional portfolio, resume, and go to various conferences to further my public relations career if my social profile content isn’t professional or appropriate to share with potential employers.

Outside of work, student organizations, and class, you still represent those organizations. What you say and post on your Facebook Profile or Twitter represents those groups as well.  Companies today are realizing that.  As a result, companies are taking matters into their own hands by spying on their employees using a new software called Social Sentry.  Social Sentry is a software that can track a person’s social web use only on Facebook and Twitter, but will also track use on LinkedIn, YouTube, and MySpace in the future.

How does this pertain to me is what you’re asking right? Well it pertains to you in so many ways.  One way is the time a person spends on Facebook by updating their status throughout the day making it seem like they do not have anything else to do besides “play” on Facebook. As a result, it doesn’t look good on the employer’s side. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to make your profile more appropriate:

  • if you have to question a photo, don’t upload it or tag yourself
  • What groups are you associated with on Facebook? Will your mom be proud of these groups?
  • What type of language is on your profile?
  • if you were asked in an interview to log into your Facebook, would you be ashamed?

You never know who’s checking your profile or using Google to search for you. Companies aren’t just using the traditional background checks. They are using the social web to their advantage to conduct their background checks as well: Will you pass the background check? If not, companies may dismiss or fire employees due to their social web profile content and behavior.

Social Bookmarking and Networking Strategies (ch.6 & 7)

April 13, 2010

 Social networking is a way to “build a strong foundation in the Social Web, not about how many thousands of friends or followers you can gather. Rather, it is about improving your reach to the people you are actually in your target market,” (A Survival Guide to Social Media & Web 2.0 Optimization).

LinkedIn is a “great tool for people wanting to connect with other professionals, or for those seeking professional positions.  It is also ideal for consultants and service firms seeking clients,” (A Survival Guide to Social Media & Web 2.0 Optimization). 

Twitter is a micro blogging platform that answers “what are you doing?” in 160 characters or less. Also, businesses using Twitter also can link their site on Twitter since other social sites have similar features that Twitter offers. 

Once a business has chosen social sites they wish to be a part of, it is also important to be able to know how to social bookmark, what it is, what sites are social bookmarking sites, and how it works.

“Social bookmarking is a way for you to save your favorite blogs into one web space and tagged them with specific terms so you could easily search and find them later,” (A Survival Guide to Social Media & Web 2.0 Optimization).

One of the top social bookmarking site is Delicious.  You can bookmark a site by clicking on “post to Delicious” and enter tags along with notes to the site you want to bookmark,”(A Survival Guide to Social Media & Web 2.0 Optimization). With every social web tool, there is a strategy in utilizing social bookmarking.

Keep in mind what social web is all about: interacting, sharing, and collaboration. It’s not about self-promotion. In other words, choose a couple of social bookmarking sites first such as Technorati and StumbleUpon.  When you use these sites, you can bookmark your blogs, your company’s or business site, as long as you bookmark with others who share the same interest as you. 

After doing all of this and social networking and bookmarking, how do you know if your company or company’s site is successful and not getting left in the Social Web world?  Well, there are sites such as Digg that use crowd-sourcing. Crowd-sourcing  is a site that allows users to determine what news stories, blogs, or websites are popular (A Survival Guide to Social Media & Web 2.0 Optimization). 

Digg encourages its users to “digg” stories they like, and as a result, determines if that story is popular or not through a voting or a rating system.  Once users “digg” stories that appealed to them, then the site will “dugg” up stories or blog posts closer to the front page of the site.  In other words, the more users “digg” social web content (blogs, news stories), the closer the content will move up to  the front page of Digg, (A Survival Guide to Social Media & Web 2.0 Optimization). 

So there my friends is why  and how business can decide how popular their online social web presence is along with their social web content.

Shift Happens: Viral Videos

April 11, 2010

“Just what is it that makes a simple little video like “David After Dentist” become a Viral Video? Also, share links to (or embed) at least two of your favorite videos that went viral.”

People learn in different ways. Some people have to visually see the information to retrieve information while others can only hear it once while the other people only have to read the information to comprehend the information. Thus, is why we as public relation practitioners have to  be able to create podcasts, embed our podcasts and videos in our blog posts. 

Social media is dependent upon people communicating and participating throughout various social media websites. The most exciting part about social media is that people are able to communicate through blogs, Twitter, and other sites. One of the social mediums that is forgotten that people can communicate through is viral videos. 

YouTube allows their viewers to search videos by most popular and by categories in addition to searching trending topics. Videos similar to blogs, have to gain a mass audience in order for it to gain popularity.  Anyone can post a video on YouTube, but only a few videos go viral or in other words, become popular and gain a mass audience.  Like a movie, videos have to be unique, creative, and in a sense, have a good sense of humor. Watch  Evolution of dance, for example:

Evolution of dance has more than 138 million views. Jud Laipply, a comedian is discussed on Time.com.  He became popular because he captures his audience through his personality by imitating various dance moves from Vanilla Ice to the chicken dance to different “Grease” dance moves.  This video made the top 50 best YouTube video list. 

However, on a serious note, I have watched this video in different classes. This Did You Know? video and ,  has inspired me to think more deeply on an intellectual level about technology, intelligence, and other ethnic diversities.  Compare these two videos:

with

What amazes me is that the Evolution of dance video has more views than the  Did You Know? video. Why is that? Why is it that I’ve only seen the Did You Know?only in two classes and has less views than the Evolution of dance? Both videos have a point.  Why do you think Evolution of Dance is more viral than Did You Know? 

 This post is dedicated to all of my professors, colleagues, and Twitter followers who have helped me throughout my public relations career including @Mgroover, @Barbaranixon, @rdfrench, @paullyoung, @chrisbrogan, @kmatthews, @missrogue (The Whuffie Factor author), @GingerCM, among many others and to the creators of Twitter. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t know what a podcast, wiki, or a blog is.

Social Media Tools Summary

April 11, 2010

From conducting a social media monitoring report to creating a social media resume to creating a podcast, I have learned more about different social media tools than being an active participant throughout the social media world. First I will discuss the lessons I’ve learned in conducting a social media monitoring report to an explanation of the benefits of having a social media resume to how important it is to know how to create a podcast.

For our Social Media & Public Relations Online class, we were required to conduct a social media monitoring report. I had many thoughts running through my head such as how am I going to do this, what is a social media monitoring report, and of course why do we have to do this.  We had the option to pick a Fortune 500 company, which I chose Verizon and Att&T. The goal of this assignment was to understand how people and consumers are talking about organizations and companies and how they were talking about the organizations or companies.  As I was completing this assignment, I used various social media tools and advice including Addcitomatic, IceRocket, Samepoint, Social Mention,  tweetgrid, Twazzup, along with Google Alerts and Twitter Search.  I got these social media sources from Professor Kaye D. Sweetser, PHD, APR.  To my surprise, I got an A on this assignment because I took the time to become familiar with all these social media tools and what each one had to offer.  Having to a social media monitoring report shows that I’m not afraid of new assignments or technology and it is a project that can be in my portfolio.  I wasn’t aware of how many social media tools there are even though I’m a social media junkie.

My class is required to have a social media resume, which I already have.  I created my social media resume using Weebly.  It took me about three to four hours to complete last summer.  Like any other resume, it can be improved and has work that needs to be done to my resumé. But, when I show or discuss my resumé online, it impresses other potential employees because I took the time to stand out and not just have a traditional hard copy resume, but I have an online resume as well. Today, most companies or organizations only take resumes via e-mail or through their website submissions. Therefore, it is vital for today’s job hunters to be comfortable using the Internet to market themselves by creating a resumé online.  I wasn’t told at the time that I needed to have an online resume. Instead,  I took it upon myself to use my knowledge and skills to create my page using  Weebly.  To be creative and determined and to use my knowledge my professors have provided me with, it is only in my best interest to do something without being told to better myself professionally and to further my student career.

Not only is it important to be able to be knowledgable of what a social media monitoring report is to creating a social media resume, it is also essential in understanding how to create a podcast along with posting it to blogs.  At first, I thought there’s nothing to creating a podcast. It’s just recording yourself, but in reality it’s not.  There are a lot of strategies into creating a podcast.  Similar to writing a paper, a podcast also has to have an introduction, some main points, and conclusion. In a podcast, you as the author have to tell your listeners when the next podcast will be published, where it is located, and how your readers can post comments about the podcast topic.  The benefits of a podcast are that listeners can subscribe via RSS feeds, and be able to listen to the podcast through their cell phones, Iphones, Ipods, and through blog posts.  Thus, podcasts give listeners and understanding of who you are, and gives you the author an opportunity to relate to your listeners. Futhermore, podcasts are a tool in which can enhance a person’s visibility within the social media world.

Lessons social media websites have taught me

April 11, 2010

I’m an active LinkedIn user, Twitter user, along with other websites before I enrolled in Social Media & Public Relations online class with Nixon.  What I didn’t understand was the power of a background on twitter, twitter usernames, and what information is on certain social media websites can be extremely powerful.  For example, I chose my username Leh1185 from my e-mail account because I was not comfortable using my first and last name on all these websites. In a way, it is my trademark name since my username is used throughout all the websites I am on.  Of course, some people might disagree or criticize my username, but it works for me and makes me stand out throughout social media. LinkedIn is similar to having a resumé online. I didn’t understand why we had to get a LinkedIn account until I began to use it to my advantage.  For example,  I was in the hotel business room lobby finishing up some schoolwork which is when I met the vice president of Ameristeels in Florida while I was out-of-town for my sister’s soccer game. The first question he asked me was do you have a LinkedIn account? Of course I said yes, which was then I thanked my professor for requiring us to have a LinkedIn account.

Another lesson I’ve learned utilizing and being active in the “social media world” is that you have to understand why you’re using various social media tools and websites, what the purpose is, and how you can relate to people who follow you or read your blogs. In other words, not just having followers for “follower statistics for bragging rights,” you have to understand why do you follow those users and know their professional background.  I use Twitter to ask other professionals, professors, and fellow colleague  questions about various topics from resume tips to assignment questions, to general questions such as should you have a ring back on your cell phone when you are job searching or job hunting? .  LinkedIn however, is beneficial to me because it allows me to have various widgets and applications which my friends or connections can look at along with my resumé.”  One application I have on Linked In is amazon reading book list so that my connections can see how I am staying up to date and current within social media trends. PROpenMic was the first website I used in researching for internships.  It allowed me to discover what general public relation agencies and companies are looking for in potential interns, who’s hiring, and what skills I need to have or improve to market myself for that particular internship or job.

Blogging has been a challenge for me due to my writing since it is a weakness of mine. I didn’t know how to blog, what to blog about, and not knowing what to put into a blog. But, since blogging is a requirement for my Social Media & Public Relations class, I became better at blogging. I am coming to understand that blogging does improve writing skills along with understanding that blogging can consist of videos, various media tools, and widgets. Blogging gives me an opportunity to express myself through my unique writing and to discuss what I’ve learned throughout my college career.  I am now able to link my blog post to my Twitter, LinkedIn, and Weebly account so that others can see my personality and challenges that have helped me grow and become more professional and not just being portrayed as a “college student.

Below is a summary of what I’ve learned:

  • Usernames and backgrounds can impact your professional background
  • Understand your followers, who they are, and what their professional background consists of
  • Blogging is an opportunity for anyone to express themselves and improving their writing skills
  • Blogging allows anyone to discuss their topics using various media tools such as videos and widgets
  • Being active on different social media websites has increased my professional skills, confidence, and to show others that I’m not afraid of new social media or technology tools.

Implementing Social Media Tools without knowing it

April 7, 2010

 It is difficult to get lost and be invisible within the Social Media Web.2.0 era, but there are helpful and free (yes free) social tools that are helpful to publishers and companies to become visible within social media. The tools  I will be discussing are widgets and badges.  I was unaware that I was using widgets and badges without knowing what these tools are provided by WordPress.  What is a Widget? According to A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization, widgets are used to add interactive features to blogs or websites  that can be customized.  For example, I use sidebar widgets such as  my calendar posts, search box, archives, tags, categories, and blog subscriptions provided by WordPress.  I was not aware of how many widgets  that have  specific functions.  Widgets are interactive because they can be customized, help visitors find your site through the social web, and suggest other related content your readers would be interested in. Some of these widgets are Digg, Delicious, and Lijit. I have not heard of Lijit until the required text A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 OptimizationLijit is a widget that operates similar to a search engine for the readers. The catch is that you are able to decide what will be included in the search engine.  One among many benefits in using  Lijit is that it allows readers to search all over the social web for your content.  Widgets are a valuable marketing tool  if they are popular and can be used in different ways.  Widgets are different from badges, which will be further discussed below.

A badge “is an icon or logo that has a link back to its source, which serves as a way of  displaying one’s membership or presence in a community on the Social Web,” according to  A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization.  I really thought a badge was more difficult to explain than that, but it’s that simple.  For example, if you’re a PROpenMic member, you have a badge so that other users are able to see that you are a member and can connect with you.  So what’s the difference between widgets and badges is what you’re asking yourself. Badges are logos that can be used as widgets and both social media tools have the same purpose, which is to provide additional interactive features for your readers (blogs) or for your customers on the company website.

Students’ Benefit Utilizing PROpenMic

March 21, 2010

   PROpenMic’s demographic is  public relation students, faculty, and practitioners where all can take part through various applications such as blog list, forums, upload/post videos, and add photos. Once someone becomes a member, that person can update their statuses, add music application, and invite their friends to become members. What is so unique about this site is that it allows its members to engage in various ways than just blogging or adding photos. However, I believe that this site is similar Twitter and LinkedIn in the sense that this site is a potential networking site. In other words, it isn’t a place to not be professional.

I became a PROpenMic member  (LaurenHopkins) last year for a class requirement thinking to myself “great another site I have to keep up with in addition to my class projects.”). Last summer, PROpenMic came to my rescue by having the  intern-search that lists various public relation jobs along with the job description and location. For example, I am a member of the jobsinternships which was created by Robert French (@rdfrench). The purpose of the group is to see what jobs or internships are available and to send an internship/job seek request. This group is also automatically shared via Twitter so that members are able to view it in two different sites.

In addition to all the great applications this site offers, I was able to send Robert French a personal message with questions thinking I wasn’t going to get a response. However, I was in for a surprise when Mr. French responded to me in that same day.  Just by asking him questions without hesitating, I’m able to follow him on Twitter and he follows me in return. Thus, creating network connections and just by him following me, I have other professionals like him following me as well.  This site has benefited me so much that it was hard to list just a few benefits I have experienced utilizing PROpenMic and in using social websites in general.  With that being said, I can update my status on PROpenMic which will then be automatically generated on Twitter. Thus, participating one on social networking site can lead to other numerous connections on other sites such as Twitter.

Work Dynamics Changing due to Social Media

February 26, 2010

Work today consists of utilizing social media to engage with customers through blogs, react to their comments via Twitter, and to market the company through Facebook.  As I become more of a “social media junkie,” the“Social Media: Friend or Foe?” podcast  made me think about how  social media is changing the way people work in offices and at home. 

Employees can  use their personal Facebook and Twitter accounts to  ask their friends/followers for ideas and tools they’ve used before to help them with their current work strategies. Also, workers are able to have their Twitter followers “retweet” their questions and as a result, receive links, posts, and discussion boards to help them with their projects.For example, I am planning a kids’ fashion show charitable event for C.A.S.A (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and my Facebook status was “I need fashion show “themes” & titles for a kids’ fashion show..any suggestions?! I asked on Twitter if anyone had any kids fashion theme ideas while I was in the office. I was working utilizing the Internet to create ideas and search how others planned a fashion show. Employees aren’t wasting time on Facebook, Twitter, or on various blog site on the time clocks. What they are doing now is asking their friends or followers ideas, advice, and solutions to problems that others can help them with. This is how people are working today and it’s certainly proper as long as employees are actually working and  not using the Internet for personal purposes. 

Social media is becoming the “customer feedback/suggestion box,” which is where social monitoring comes into play. Company employees  can use social monitoring sites such as  Addcitomatic, IceRocket, Samepoint, Social Mentionpostrank,along with social media monitoring tools such as  tweetgrid, Twazzup, trendistic, to discover what is being said  about their company in a real-time format. So, if there is negative feedback about a new product launched, companies can immediately respond to their customers with solutions to the problem. Even though employees may not seem like they are working or doing their job because they are using the Internet for company purposes doesn’t mean that they aren’t working effectively; it’s just another way of how work is being complete and accomplished outside of the internal company offices.

Who knew that social media and the Web2.0 would have such a major impact on the  future of working?