Get Back On That Horse

I was in a good place for awhile when it came to updating and writing on my beloved website/blog. I posted regular updates while in New York, or at least semi-regular. I’ve never been perfect, by any means, about daily updates or always writing about the things (I think) make good posts. However, lately, I find myself reasoning out of posting due to the fact that I simply haven’t in several months.

Much has changed since my last post.

I was reflecting on my impending graduation that was to take place in December, what would change, and what would come next. Well, graduation already feels like another life ago, as does college. In reality, it has only been about 6 months, and yet I find myself in a place I never thought I would be.

Thankfully, I have a job, one that challenges me daily, keeps me on my toes, and in an office where I am always working on something different. Not to mention my co-workers are pretty great.

And now that I am settled in this “new life,” if you will, it is time for me to stop making excuses. To stop saying it has been too long, and to add to that expansive space of indefinite time. It is time for me to take action!

And so with all of this disconnected, mumbo-jumbo I bring you… Me, me getting back on that blogging horse, and (hopefully) getting back to where it all began. Join me, as I reconnect, and we become “Wire[d] In…”

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The Olympics vs Social Media

The Olympics are in full swing, and this year is the first year that social media has really been around during the games. And that’s become more and more clear with each day, and each new news story about the role social media is playing — for better or worse.

The pros:
-By following my favorite Olympian on Twitter, or by liking them on Facebook, I feel more connected to them. It’s all much more personal and now I want them to do that much better because I can connect with them. If I’m lucky, they might even reply to a Tweet or in some cases call me!

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The Power of a Domain

I kid you not, my second new years resolution (or was it third?) this year was to own my own domain. Well, it took me 6 months + 30 days BUT I DID IT. (Better late than never, right?)

After purchasing the oh-so-precious and highly coveted ValerieWire.com (Yes I just linked to the website you’re on solely because I CAN.) I came out to the kitchen to profess this glorious occasion to my mom and she just laughed and said I sounded like Salem the cat.

I’ll take it as a compliment.

 

But seriously, the domain is a powerful thing. Even though I’m more limited to what I can do than I thought (seriously, WordPress, no plug-ins unless you’re hosting by WordPress.ORG?!), I still feel like I claimed what was mine today.I suddenly feel the professionalism, the security and the creativity to do with it what I want (or, well, what I can…).

Professors have been repeatedly telling us for I don’t even know how long that we need to own our own domain. It gives us an identity, a presence and a personality that no other place on the web can. I can perfectly showcase who I am, my strengths, what I have done, and how to be contacted all in one place.  It serves as the perfect hub of all information about me in a nice little nutshell. I can post my resume, portfolio and other things to send to employers, prospective clients and everything between!

Now, I could create business cards that just said valeriewire.com (If I really wanted to) rather than a less than impressive valeriewire.wordpress.com address. And this site directs people to every other branch I have in the internet as well, including what I can do offline.

Point is, it’s affordable, it’s manageable, it’s easy. Now when professors harp on students saying there is no reason not to own your own domain this day in age, I don’t have to awkwardly avoid eye contact. Whatever the reason you’re holding back from purchasing that domain you’ve been thinking about — just do it. It’s only a few bucks a month for something that will leave a priceless lasting impression on all who visit.

New Phenomenon: TV Character Twitter Account

I’m not sure how many of you are avid TV watchers & Tweeters (Twitterers?) like myself, but I can’t help but notice this growing trend.

What is it?

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Google Glasses Boggle My Mind

Seriously, though.

These glasses are going to change the world.

 

I first read about them back in February in a NYTimes article and I was baffled by the thought of it. When I read they were suppose to come out by the end of this year my thought was HAH! Yeah, okay.

But low and behold…

I just opened my browser this afternoon, which opened to my favorite news website (and homepage) Newser and THIS article was staring at me! I couldn’t believe it! There those puppies were.

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RIP: Privacy

  Privcacy is a thing of the past, and this is something we’re all just going to have to live with.

In our world of technology — Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Google, and so much more — it is almost foolish to think that there is still a way to be private.

I know, you’re sitting there thinking, “But I can make my account private so only people I want to see can see it.” Right? WRONG.

Just because your account is private doesn’t mean that it necessarily always is.  What if someone who you trust sees something you post and re-posts it? What if someone else posts something about you elsewhere without tagging you in it or letting you know it’s there? These are just a couple of scenarios of many that can infringe upon what you believe to be your private information.

The true question is, though, why are you putting information online that you do not want to be available to the public?

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Googling Close & Personal

I know Google+ hasn’t been the most successful social media venture of our time.  But, it has been a learning experience and a new world to explore the way we interact, adopt and use social media in our lives.

Now, Google has come along to shape another part of the way we live — by our searching.

Of course, this is largely determined by your use on Google+… but, is that really the question at hand here? No.

Why?

Because anyone could have a Google+ at this point, and anyone could be Googling you, and you never know what they’re going to find unless you Google yourself in all the ways and formats that other people are able to.

The point: when signed in to a Google+ account and searching a person’s name, “personal search” results come up first.  What does this mean? Well, let’s take a look.

This is now what comes up when I Google myself.

The first thing that jumps out at me is the “personal results” … so I clicked it, and I found this.

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