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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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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Nonprofits: Telling Your Story

As I’ve discussed throughout the last few weeks, blogging has an unlimited number amount of benefits.  However, these have been mainly focused on the benefits of blogging from a PR standpoint, or for students.  For the purpose of this post, I’m going to be focusing on the benefits of blogging as a nonprofit.

For my social media class this semester, I helped create a social media campaign outline, and one of my parts of the project was to focus on creating and implementing a blog. It lead me to one very, slightly obvious, conclusion.

All nonprofits have a story to tell.

A nonprofit is constantly doing work for one common goal or purpose.  A nonprofit is always working toward something, creating something, planning something, etc. If a nonprofit is working toward something so specifically, and always doing something different that constantly relies on outside support, why not blog?

As a nonprofit, you are constantly communicating between donors, the public, the board, and everyone between.  It’s all about making your nonprofit noticed, getting those donations, fundraising, and working toward your common goal.

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Got Glue?

Have you gotten glue yet?

Okay, okay, I realize that’s a really bad play on words.  Forgive me?

But seriously, have you checked our GetGlue yet?

It’s a pretty interesting and unique site compared to most of our social networking sites we visit daily…

GetGlue was launched in late 2008 by a NYC based company called “AdaptiveBlue.”  Since then, it’s really been a bit slow taking off, but I really believe more people should be jumping on the bandwagon for this one. And here’s why.

1. FREE *REAL* STICKERS — The premise of the site is that you “check-in” to what you’re currently doing. No, you don’t say where you are — no creepy stalkers here.  You just check in to the entertainment that you’re consuming at the moment.  What are you listening to? What are you reading? What are you watching? Discussing? Thinking? It’s all there.

It’s just like on Facebook or Twitter where you say what you’re doing, except here you “check-in.” And, after so many times of doing so, you get a sticker!

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SoMe Relationships

Facebook vs Twitter

Today in my Social Media in Public Relations class, we got into this discussion based on social media relationships — specifically, Facebook vs Twitter.

One side was that Facebook is better for relationships.  Why? It’s not as public, you can control who sees the things you post, you can interact more, you can simply do more.

The other side, Twitter, was that it’s more about sharing thoughts, ideas & content and not making and maintaining relationships.

Valid arguments were made both ways, but it made me wonder, why can’t they both used to build and maintain relationships?

Just as we all have different relationships with different people, why wouldn’t we have different relationships on Twitter than we do on Facebook?  Twitter is a great way to get your information out there, to share content, to get the point across (you do only have 140 characters, after all).  It’s also a way, though, to connect.  Twitter is one of the only media that can allow you to easily search for people of common interests and follow them with an easy click.  Then, suddenly, you’re allowed into their world of tweets, thoughts and other various content they decide to share, which will (most likely) coincide with your interests (given that, after all, you decided to follow them.)

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New Media Occupying the Voice of the 99% — #OccupyWallStreet

You may or may not have read my last post about Occupy Wall Street, and that’s just fine.  This is serving as a bit of a follow-up…

Since my last post, I have opened my ears and eyes a bit more, and as a result, I have become a bit more educated and informed about what is going on down on Wall Street, and throughout other cities in the world.  Since then, I have also received several mentions on other blogs related to Occupy Wall Street, and it’s begun to fascinate me how little attention Occupy Wall Street, or the other Occupy (insert city/state name here), have gained in the main media.  The media only seems interested when larger events, such as protestors being maced, or a large number were arrested when crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.

Take notes, friends.  This is something that is usually only seen and heard in history books.

But, are these news outlets doing their job?  Are they explaining to the people why these people are being maced, or arrested, or why they’re even there to begin with?  Is the “popular” media, making the protestors out to be harmful, destructive individuals, or people simply coming together to peacefully unite in change? Is the media doing its job? Or is New Media leading the way, while the “popular” media is taking a back seat ride and looking the other way?

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