Storify Stomping Grounds – Flight MH370

My Storify story covers the unusual disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines plane flight 370. From the exact time on March 8, 2014, my story tells the reader how the eerie disappearance emerged into the hands of the media. This particular Storify goes over key events and happenings as they slowly unfolded to the mass audience. Although the plane has not yet been found, the story is still very interesting and will answer many questions to those who are uninformed on this very topic.

Check out my Storify story ‘Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is still missing – where could it be?’ HERE.

If I were to grade my first experience with the social media site Storify, I would have to give it an A. I thoroughly enjoyed site and the ability I was given to actually create a story. I thought the topic I chose was perfect for the use of this website. I also was impressed at how @MAS (Malaysian Airlines Twitter) handled the whole situation via social media. I have never used any kind of application like this one and I look forward to using it in the future – possibly for my final Special Topics Course Project!

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My Sincere Cities

We all have cities that are near and dear to us.

These three cities on my very first Google map are either my favorite place or where I want to be.

The cities listed are:

  • Where I was born
  • A city I find interesting
  • My dream city

Can you guess which city is which before reading the descriptions??

How To Get The Most Valuable Twitter Followers for FREE

Ian Cleary’s post titled “More Twitter Followers: How To Get More Twitter Followers Today” constitutes how YOU can get more useful Twitter followers in today’s digital age.

The whole point of the post is to give a do-it-yourself approach without having to spend a ton of money for fake followers. The seven tips Cleary lays out are as follows:

  • Follow relevant people who are already engaging with you
  • Seek out relevant people based on their expertise
  • Monitor keywords
  • Find popular and relevant Twitter users.
  • Use hashtags in your tweets
  • Advanced Twitter filtering
  • Share great content.

By following these steps, businesses will be able to get the correct type of followers – people who will benefit the growth of the business. Today many Twitter accounts just go for numbers…while numbers increase credibility, the random followers don’t have a high interest in the workings of the company and whatever message they are putting out for their audience. Engagement has become a  key player with the birth of social media in the digital age and getting followers that can RELATE to your business will engage more which will in turn, give the company a better image.

The main message that I got from Cleary’s post is that you, the business has to find a person or team to do a little research. It may be tougher than simply buying followers but it pays off and you don’t have to pay anyone off…so get your research caps on people!

Whether it be finding business supporters, mass searching for related keywords in someones ‘Bio’, or monitoring keywords, you have to do a little work. There are many helpful programs that let you do so as a business, such as Commun.it or ManageFlitter. You must have a good knowledge of the place that employs you in order to figure out the right audience for your Twitter.

After reading this article, there are many things that I think companies should already know to use…but with a twist. Cleary provides better ways to get your business’ Twitter off the ground by finding the right followers who can progress the company’s image.

Reading this post gave me a little more insight on the business aspect of Twitter and how to save $$ while doing a good deed for the company. Check out the post here.

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Twitter Scavenger Hunt Sadly Has Ended

In this post:

  1. Topics from the Hunt
  2. Top 5 Tweets from other Schools
  3. Engagement with other Students
  4. A little fun with Vine
  5. Me & My Partner’s Reflectiont

Here are the Topics for the Scavenger Hunt:

#1: School Spirit!

#2: Favorite Eating Spot

#3: Professor on the Street

#4: Student on the Street

#5: Academic Excellence 

#6: Scenic Spot

#7: Little-known Fact

LKF Ctd.

#8: Fanatic Fans

#9: Extracurricular extravaganza

#10: Freestyle 

Our Favorite Tweets from other Schools:

https://twitter.com/GinaL0925/status/432986362435076096

https://twitter.com/MultimediaLS/status/432934454906986496

https://twitter.com/laurajhaskell/status/432742823817793536

Response Tweets to Participating Students outside SHU:

Had some fun with the Vine app during the Hunt

Partner Reflection on Scavenger Hunt Assignment

Highlights:

  • Interaction with students from other schools
  • Sharing cool information about Seton Hall
  • Learning interesting facts about other universities
  • Using Twitter in general

Challenges:

  • Fitting what we had to say in 140 characters
  • Getting real time pictures

We had a great time taking part in this Twitter Scavenger Hunt. SHU is #1!

Is the Future of Social Media Casting a Bright or Dark Light?

For many reasons, people believe that people should be cautioned due to the way Journalists and Public Relations Professionals are using social media. Both Nicholas D. Kristof in his New York Times article, “The Daily Me” and “Beyond Gringas: Tech Innovation Alone Will Not Democratize Media” by PBS’ Seth Ashley both take concerning views in the spread of news through social media.

Kristof’s main reason for concern about the social media takeover is ‘The Daily Me‘ itself.

Kristof basically focuses this article about people and their sin of selfishness being  a major downfall. When we use the internet, we would never think to read something that doesn’t interest us or read something by someone who’s opinion we disagree with. I believe Kristof’s main point here is that our ability to pick and choose our news is slowly separating us from one another as humans.

This is a very interesting outlook. I agree with what Kristof is saying because the ‘proof is in the pudding.’ If we don’t figure out how to change our habits, our nations will result in, as Kristof puts it – “polarization and intolerance.”

Ashley poses a similar position in his article but focuses more on people being controlled by social media’s ‘digital giants.’ There is however a silver lining in how we can change for the betterment of our future.

We as consumers to everyday material on the internet have become primary targets for top companies. When we like what a certain company is doing, we are hooked. We are being controlled. Us humans are the ones who tangled this web, so we have to untangle it as well by not giving in so easily. This is not as easy as it may sound.

If schools and other institutions can start to follow these tips, there is a good chance the untangling can begin sooner than later.

On the other side of the spectrum, some writers have an exciting outlook on Journalists and PR pros ability to use social media.

In The Economists’ “The People Formerly Known as the Audience,” the author is pushing for positivism through things like Twitter.

The ability to use Twitter as a source of news relates back to the first two articles in a negative way. Although we can see what is going on instantly, this news could be false. It is just as easy to believe something that is verified as it is to believe something that is not. We must be careful what we read and spread.

In Briggs’ introduction chapter of “Journalism Next,” he goes into the evolution of journalism through the evolving internet.

As I was reading this, my opinion on the future of journalism changed. I only associated journalism with the old fashion way, it is so much more now that we have organizations like ‘Huffington Post.’ We must be able to change with the times and journalism will always be in need more, it just depends on journalist’s willingness to go get it.

Finally folks, Scott’s first chapter ‘The New Rules of Marketing & PR’ lets aspiring professionals know that times have changed and we can do it our way.

I love this ‘you can do it’ positive approach. The profession of marketing or PR can be our oyster – they are broad, just like our knowledge. Don’t listen to the old rules, create your own path by marketing your way.

More than your day to day social media — SHU COJR Course Blog