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Thoughts on Social Media (Revisited)

Over the past four months social media has become a substantial part of my life. I have spent countless hours browsing, researching and writing about countless different social mediums. Generally, I received the different mediums well but I found some a little tedious. I genuinely believe platforms like Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter generate great opportunities. However, I personally think some mediums like Foursquare and Flickr are monotonous.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I think social media, social expression and having a social outlet via the web are positive things. I just think some mediums do these things a lot more effectively than others. Flickr is great for photographers and people interested in browsing pictures and categorizing them. For people outside that specific niche though, it is pretty useless. Foursquare is good for showing your friends where you are, finding friends and stalking people. I might be old school, but I think that’s kind of scary.

All these mediums allow both independent business’s and large corporations to connect with there costumer base, which is generally seen as a good thing. They allow regular people to connect with their friends, family and colleagues. They give opportunities for people with similar interests to make connections. However the different levels of effectiveness in these mediums is overt. Facebook added a Foursquare type application inside of it called places and has millions more photos than Flickr. The general usefulness of Facebook or Linkedin in comparison to Flickr and Foursquare is not even debatable.

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Thoughts on Flickr and Buhduh’s Photography

When this assignment was handed to us, I had no idea what Flickr was. After spending a few hours on the site, I honestly grew to enjoy the content. The content on the network is posted by people from all walks of life. From the tourist with a Nikon to legitimate professional photographers. It is unique in that anyone regardless of skill or ability is able to get involved and be recognized. Programs like Instagram for mobile phones have really helped photo sharing networks by making it extremely simple for anyone to take an aesthetically pleasing picture.

Buhduh’s Flickr page consists of mainly original content. His photos have a large variety of different subjects but he is primarily posting travel related photos and vintage audio equipment pictures. I decided to pick him more based on the pictures of his vintage equipment. There are pictures of vintage turntables, receivers, radios, tube amps as well as a variety of more unique items. Buhduh’s eye for making these items look good in a picture is very well established. His photos of his travels are also incredible.

Buhduh. Turntables. 2011. Flickr

Realistically, I don’t see Flickr having real longevity in the world of social media. This is because platforms such as Facebook have much more photo sharing activity. Flickr is great to kill time on. However the fact is that Facebook has million more users, pictures going up, applications and content on it already. I truthfully can’t see Flickr thriving, much less surviving.

URL to Buhduh’s Flickr Account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bede/

Warning: Extremely Volatile – A Facebook Page Review

Warning: Extremely Volatile – A Facebook Page Review

Breaking Bad is an Emmy Award winning television series aired on the American Movie Classics Network. The AMC network primary airs films but features a limited amount of original programming. These productions include critically acclaimed series like The Walking Dead, Mad Men and Hell on Wheels. The official web domain and Facebook page dedicated to the Breaking Bad series is exemplary by today’s social networking standards.

Breaking Bad primarily follows protagonist Walter White. White is a high school chemistry teacher living in the heart of New Mexico with his wife and two children. He is diagnosed with stage III lung cancer and given two years to live. White’s medical prognosis, along with his motivation to gain financial security for his family, lead him to the world of methamphetamine production. The series chronicles the journey of an ordinary man in this extraordinary situation.

AMC’s utilization of Facebook as a marketing and networking tool is absolutely outstanding. They effectively maintain a sense of community, and generate hype through the use of social media. Their Facebook page provides videos, interviews, photos, sneak peaks, summaries, forums, games, and longer descriptions involving the series. AMC is extremely dedicated to keeping the Breaking Bad fan base in touch with the characters, directors, and writers involved with the show. They consistently update their domain with new material surrounding the show. AMC also uses Facebook as tool to sway traffic from one page to another. Whether you are surfing ‘The Walking Dead’ or ‘Mad Man’ webpage, a ‘Breaking Bad’ link won’t be too far from you. This is an effective way to generate new viewership.

The American Movie Channel’s Facebook pages are all excellent examples of how to successfully employ the many opportunities social mediums have to offer. AMC possesses a substantial web presence and they have a firm understanding  of the benefits social networking has to offer. They continue to impress their followers with frequent, relevant, and free content.

Visit Breaking Bad’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BreakingBad

Don’t think twice, it’s alright?

Managing ones online reputation can be a daunting task. Going out with colleagues, having a bit too much to drink, or having an opinion someone doesn’t agree with can now destroy an entire career, and/or degrade everything a person has ever worked to accomplish. Censorship and self-regulation is a strong part of any individual’s or business’s daily routine in our society of political correctness. If these entities expect to be successful, they must remain neutral and indifferent while using social networks and other mediums. Due to the potential backlash surrounding social media, it is completely understandable why people and companies alike are frightened of a negative online reputation.

The story of someone’s life being flipped upside down for the worse because of a poor decision on Facebook or Twitter has been told a thousand times. A person writes a contemptuous message about their job online, only to find that they have no job the next day because their employer has read the message. It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to recognize the content you are posting, and the intended and unintended effect it may have on your peers. The age of an anonymous internet is dead and what you post and write online follows you forever.

That being said, the obsession with reputation today is seen by some as a human fault. This paranoia by masses of people over how they are perceived by others can be incredibly destructive to the ego of any individual. Investing a great deal of thought and time into a project or opinion, and then having your audience or consumers reject it can destroy a person’s sense of self. This is especially true in the world today where one’s reputation can be can be lost without deserving, simply manufactured and often goes without merit.

Reputation management has been a part of society since the dawn of civilization. Whether it is right or wrong, people will judge you based on every single decision and action you make in life and there is no getting away from it, not even online. Opportunities can be squandered because of a foolish decision on the web. All in all, it can be said that people will get a more realistic and sincere online experience when people think twice about what they say.  Maybe Bob Dylan was wrong on this one folks.

Thoughts on Social Media

Social media has grown so substantially in the past 10 years, it is unbelievable.  Outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress have truly revolutionized our world.  The question is whether  this revolution has been for the better or the worse.

Today we see people treat blackberry’s and smartphones as if it was there first-born child,  this dependency can not be healthy.  Although social media has a place in today’s society,  it is being abused by quite an extraordinary number of people.  The number of hours that teenagers and adults a like spend on social media is preposterous when they could be accomplishing something remotely productive or creative.

There is a very thin line when it comes to the world of social media, and it is not unusual for someone to take an opportunity to network themselves and turn it into a mockery of useless information and unsubstantiated opinions.  Many a time, I’ve seen an individual go from producing a thoughtful, autonomous piece of work to creating a poorly constructed and rather lousy product.

In conclusion, I believe social media is a very powerful tool but like all powerful tools must be used responsibly.  Moderation is key and as long as there is purpose to the social expression it is a great thing to have at your disposal.  It is when people begin exploiting these engines that it becomes a problem.  Nobody wants to read verbal diarrhea.