Learning is Continuous…

What did I learn from this social media class? I think the better question is, what DIDN’T I learn? From the start, I was kind of a hopeless one. I was the only person who wasn’t a journalism major, wanted to pursue a career in dentistry, and the probably the only person who didn’t know where to start with a Twitter account or a blog. I basically started from scratch (So Carol, you should be proud. Everything I know, you taught me). I had never heard of LinkedIn, Klout, Kred, Social Mention, didn’t know how to use GooglePlus, etc. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I no knowledge of Social Media. I just about had a Facebook account.

This class taught me more than throwing my name out there and handling more accounts than I can imagine. I learned that Social Media is not just for entertainment purposes. We learned in this class how to make a personal brand, make a name for yourself really. I think my favorite assignment was writing a sentence that sums yourself up. I never really thought of how to put my personality and my goals in one sentence. I didn’t even think such a thing was possible! Social Media is for making connections too. It is about interacting with everyone else and not just your friends. They say that networking is how you get your foot in the door and Social Media opens up so many more opportunities.

I really enjoyed that in this class, we were able to do such a wide variety. We went to the Humane Society and who would have known that has to do with Social Media? It was interesting to see how companies like the Humane Society needs one particular person who’s job is to manage all of the Social Media. It really makes a difference for a company like that because it allows the public know the new animals that need a home. Otherwise, what are the chances that a person just walks in and wants to adopt an animal. By using Social Media, people are able to see and fall in love with an animal ahead of time and animals are able to be adopted quicker. I also liked how we looked at KONY 2012. That was inspiring and makes me want to contribute. It’s amazing how powerful and much impact a 20 minute movie can have. To tie everything up, presenting a Social Media plan created by each of us, we learn to put ourselves in the real world and complete and assignment that is very realistic, while also presenting to the class–not my favorite thing, but I learned that practice is important!

Overall, I really enjoyed this class. Sure it’s easy to pick up another psychology class for my major, but branching out and trying a journalism class, I feel more rounded as a person knowledgeable, and ready for the real world.

Tags: Social Media class, Facebook, KONY 2012, Humane Society

Our Media Outlets Just Keep Growing…

It is amazing to learn that within the year 2011 Facebook grew from 117 million users to 133 million users in the U. S alone. That’s amazing! If Facebook alone can grow 16 million within a year, imagine how other social media outlets are growing. I remember when Facebook began as a network where people could connect with old friends and current friends. It wasn’t long after where companies began to advertise on the side panels of the page. Now, a company doesn’t exist without a Facebook page or a Twitter account. In order to have a successful company, it is all about getting your name out there and making your company recognizable. How can you accomplish this? By using these media outlets! It’s unreal to believe that twenty two years ago, when I was born, internet wasn’t even popular.

Today, we can’t go through one day without the internet. The internet is our source of information. According to The State of the News Media 2012, 9% of the traffic from news sites come from social media. Remember when the news came from newspapers that were delivered everyday? Now a day, people are getting their information from Twitter, other people on Facebook, or even mobile updates. Don’t get me wrong, this is definitely eco-friendly but isn’t it a little extreme how reliant our generation is to the technology we have? and the social media that is apart of our lives?

According to the statistics shown on The State of the News Media 2012, it shows that out of all social media sites, people spend a significantly greater amount of time on Facebook compared to Tumblr, Pinterest and Twitter. According to this article, Facebook recently worked with news organizations to develop ways for the news and Facebook be intertwined. As a result, they produced Facebook Connect, which allows Facebook users to connect with other social media accounts. This makes perfect sense as to why I have to sign into my Facebook or Twitter account whenever I want to evaluate something online.

I think it is really great that the internet has expanded so much within the past decade. It is amazing how much has changed. When Facebook first started, I would never believed someone if they told me how big it was going to be. However, I do not particularly like the fact that Facebook is apart of everything, and even the news. I think it is too overwhelming. I like to keep things that are social and professional apart. I feel like Facebook to me is personal and social. Keeping it professional is just another thing that I have to worry about and it keeps me from being my true self on Facebook. Soon enough, I feel like EVERYONE will have to have some sort of social media whether they like it or not. As of now, there are still people out there who hate the idea of Facebook and I respect that. I’ll admit, I’ve had my moments of deactivating my Facebook. But since it has grown to be such a huge company within the past few years, I can only imagine how much bigger it is going to get. In order to prepare for what may come, I might just have to get rid of my social aspect of Facebook and make it strictly professional.

Tags: Facebook, Social Media 2012, Change

Let Their Words Do the Talking

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen my tweets on #lifeadvice. I like to sound wise and full of wisdom and give life advice. They’re usually things that I read on other sites that I think people could use and apply to their own lives. I take them to heart so I feel that by sharing them, someone else could benefit from them too. 

ImageI came across an article that suggests that you can get anyone to like you…GUARENTEED. What does that even mean? How is that possible? It’s just a matter of life. NOT everyone is going to like you. That’s why you choose those people you call friends. Anyway, I continued to read it and decided to challenge YOU and see if this is really true. So there are a few things you need to do. The bottom line is, let that person talk about themselves. That’ll get them to like you. Here is what the article suggests you do…

1) “The Big Three” as the article calls its. You have to appear as if you’re not a threat. The “eyebrow flash,” “head tilt,” and “smile” are the three components to a friend. They convey to the other person that you are not intimidating. 

2) Empathetic Statements. The article suggests that by suggesting empathetic statements, you are focusing your attention on the other person. This is a good thing! First off, who doesn’t love talking about themselves? I mean, really. By making them feel good about themselves, it just encourages it. 

3) Flattery. It’s about them. What’s not to love? If you’re confused, please review suggestion number 2 as to why this is a good trait. 

4) Asking for a favor. You might think, why is this even a good trait? Well it is a sign that if you’re willing to ask someone for a favor, they might as you for a favor back. In a sense, it makes you closer to that person. You share a bond. Of course, this might be slightly flawed because if it is abused, you could ruin a relationship, but for the most part this is a good thing. 

Now that I’ve shared with you the four traits that could “make anyone love you,” test it out! Share your results and let me know what you think! 

Tags: Talking about yourself, Body Signs, Life Advice

The Truth Behind Teeth Whitening

So who doesn’t like white teeth? Doesn’t white teeth just make you feel prettier, more confident? Like you can take over the world by just a glimpse of your smile? I’m sure we’ve all been obsessed with teeth whitening and with recent advancements, people are able to buy whitening strips at the local store and whiten it themselves. In the past, people were only able to whiten their teeth by going to the dentist’s office and having them professional whiten them. However, Crest, Opalescence, Aquafresh, etc., all have whitening strips available. What’s the difference with these strips and when you get it done at the dentist’s office? More than you know. Actually, whitening your teeth is not good for your teeth and it shouldn’t be done on a weekly basis.

I’ve brought it upon myself to research the details and tell you why it is not good to always whiten your teeth. Whitening toothpastes or whitening strips has a higher amount of pH and chemicals that can cause excessive abrasives to the various layers of your teeth. The damage that can be done by these products can be potentially irreversible.

Whitening products contain peroxide. There is not much of a difference between the products you can buy at the store and the products dentists use. The defining difference is the strength of the peroxide. With lower levels of peroxide in a produce, it will just take longer for the same results as something of greater concentration. But in reality, these whitening strips are only whitening the top layers of your enamel. It is really only getting rid of those coffee stains, what doctors call an “extrinsic stain.” When you go to a dentist’s office and get it professionally done, the penetration of the rays reach into the deeper levels and whiten those layers, what doctors call an “intrinsic stain”. That’s why when you have professional whitening, your teeth feel more sensitive post-whitening. Although your teeth may feel sensitive for only a short while, as a side effect, it is weakening your teeth.

Although teeth whitening has many benefits and may simply make a person feel better about themselves, whitening teeth is basically the equivalent to weakening your teeth. Every time you whiten them, you take just a little something away from them. Whiten your teeth in moderation. It isn’t something to obsess over and do constantly. Do you really think people notice every time you whiten them anyway?

Remember, you have your own set of teeth for life. Treat them with care. You only get one set unless you’re happy with getting yourself a nice set of dentures. There’s nothing wrong with dentures, but keep in mind, those are like the retainers that you refused to wear every night as a child. Instead, dentures are wore every day and only taken out at night. So if you love your teeth, be wise about whitening them. Love them and they will love you back.

Tags: Teeth Whitening, Whitening Strips, Enamel, Peroxide

Nebraska Humane Society Reflection

Last week, our class went to the Nebraska Humane Society and talked to our own Creighton alum Elizabeth Hilpipre to talk about her social media campaigns and strategies. I thought Elizabeth had a lot to offer. She wasn’t afraid to talk about her failures and I think that is a really important quality in a person. As human beings, we naturally fail. We can’t succeed in everything and the most important thing is to learn from our mistakes. One of the things I really admired from Elizabeth’s talk was her determination to try things again and again. She talked about how in her first campaign, she began with asking followers to donate money. Instead of a positive outcome, it turned sour and people felt that she was out of place for asking for donations immediately. As a result, Elizabeth talked about how it was important to build a relationship with the followers-and that’s what she did. She posted information, photos, videos of the animals at the Humane Society and eventually people grew warmer to her. They felt that it was actually a person that they were interacting with and eventually when she asked for donations again, people were more willing to donate.

Another point in her talk that she talked about that interested me was that she straight up asked her followers what they wanted to see. She felt that by asking them what they wanted, she didn’t have to beat around the bush and try to find out what they liked and didn’t like. People immediately responded to her with ideas that Elizabeth could do to interest more followers. As a result, Elizabeth did exactly that and the number of followers and interactions increased exponentially.

Something I was very surprised about was how attached to the social media sites she was. To me, as an ordinary user who uses social media for entertainment purposes, I can check my Twitter or Facebook whenever I want. I don’t have to respond to people immediately or ever. Instead, for Elizabeth, she tries to respond to her followers as quickly as within the hour. This is great for the follower. The follower feels like they are being heard and that they are talking to a REAL person. Especially with so many companies who use automatic voice messaging systems, being heard by an individual is so much more. However, the downside to this would be that she is constantly attached to her phone. I have no idea how she does it. I could never do it. I would be so sick of it and annoyed. But Elizabeth makes a great point that interacting with followers only helps her campaign- so in other words, “you gotta do what you gotta do!”

I think the greatest point to take away from her talk was that interacting with the followers is the most important thing to do if you want to spread the word. By simply posting whatever you want and what you think might influence people will not suffice. Not everyone things alike and everyone has their own ideas. As a leader of a social media campaign for a organization that relies so heavily on their followers, the leader has to be willing to listen to others and open to ideas. I think that without this, your organization could suffer greatly and lose the potential of expanding.

Tags: Nebraska Humane Society, Social Media, Community

STOP KONY 2012

I remember when I first heard this phrase, “STOP KONY 2012.” People were tweeting about it but I had no idea what they were talking about. One of my friends briefly described to me that Kony was the head of a LRA but I had no idea what that meant. The ignorant me just assumed that he was just some kind of dictator. I still had no idea what it was until I watched this video. Looking back, I’m embarrassed that I didn’t actively look into what Kony was about and why it was such a big deal. “Knowledge is power.” By being educated on the topic, we should use it to our advantage to help change the world for a better good.

When we look at the influence STOP KONY 2012 video has and how it reached a hundred million views within only six days, we can see that social media is more apart of our lives than we think. Social media has the power to be inspirational. It’s easy to think that any video can reach a hundred million views as long as they’re entertaining or embarrassing. But with this video to reach a hundred million views faster than ANY OTHER video in history, we can also see that a video that can educate people and get people involved. Social media is not only for us to communicate with each other, stay in contact, stay updated on current events, but it can help educate others and attempt to change the world. If you think about it, would this have been possible twenty years ago when social media did not exist? Probably not!

It’s amazing to think that by simply watching this video and interacting with social media, we are educating ourselves. We can make a difference. This video can change the way we see ourselves. We can help the people who need our help and we can spread the news by doing exactly what we’ve been doing–interacting on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Social media is used by all age groups. But the people who probably use it the most recreationally are probably the younger age group. This video can speak to the younger age group and have them REACT. It’s amazing that we can easily find videos on YouTube that can entertain us, make us laugh, share with our friends, but it’s even more amazing that a video can change our views on the world and want to make a difference.

I thought this video did an amazing job describing the topic in simple terms. This isn’t an easy topic to understand. I’m sure there is so much more to the story than what the author shows. But he explains it simply by describing Kony, what he does, the effects of what he’s done and what WE can do to attempt to stop him. He showed us through his video the passion and energy he has to change. He only shows his optimism and it is almost contagious. You want to be apart of this change that can change the world. I think my favorite part of this video is that he gives us a deadline. He says that the video expires on December 31, 2012. It gives the viewer the energy we need to want to make a difference and we almost want to jump on it right away and act on it. He makes a great point that in order for us (the people) to act and change what is going on, we have to be educated. I can agree with him that if people are uneducated on the topic, there is nothing that can be done. I was one of them! So by the power of social media, share with your friends, family, aquantances, etc what STOP KONY 2012 means. We have the power to do it and we have no reason to not.

Tags: STOP KONY 2012, Social Media, Change, Inspiration

Are You Sleep Deprived?

One of the most important things to me in life is sleep. I appreciate every moment of sleep and I make sure I get enough sleep every night. With even an ounce less of sleep than  normal, I don’t function. You’ll probably think, “wow, this girl is lazy,” but to me, I say I’m smart. It’s the psychology major in me. In fact, sleep is absolutely essential for every human being. Here are some facts that I found online at http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2nWSyW/www.psychologydegree.net/facts-about-sleep/ that proves the importance of sleep.

Did you know…

1. When you’re sleeping, your body does three things. Your brain recharges (this is why it is important to sleep instead of pull an all nighter and cram for a test), the cells in your body repair themselves (this is why when you are sick, you are strongly advised to sleep), and your body releases important hormones (I got nothing).

2. The amount of sleep varies depending on your age. If you’re a college student, you should be sleeping at roughly 8-10 hours (I thoroughly enjoy my 10 hours of sleep a night).

3. Men have dreams about other men 70% of the time, while women dream equally about men and women.

4. We can only dream about faces that we have already seen. Although we sometimes convince ourselves that we have never seen them before, our brains may not actively remember it.

5. Dreaming is normal. People who do not dream generally have personality disorders.

6. 12% of people dream in black and white. Because of color television, the number of people dreaming in black and white has decreased significantly.

7. For all the college students out there that are sleep deprived! You can die from sleep deprivation before food deprivation. You can last two weeks before starving to death, but you can only last ten days without sleep before it kills you.

8. Blind people experiences their dreams with emotion, sound, smell and touch instead of sight.

9. Within five minutes of waking up, 50% of your dream is forgotten. By the time you reach 10 minutes within waking up, you’ve already forgotten 90% of your dream.

10. British soldiers were the first to develop a method for staying up 36 hours without sleep. They put on special visors that emulated the brightness of a sunrise and it woke them up.

Although these ten facts may not particularly relate to you, I’m sure you could find some fact that has convinced you that in fact, sleep is very important! As a college student, it is easy to cancel out sleep in your schedule in order to study for that test, or go have a social life. Instead, think about it this way, you’ll be a lot healthier if you get that sleep in and sacrifice your social life just a little.

Tags: Dreams, Sleep, Sleep Deprivation, Rest