Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Social Media: My Obsession

I’m going to get a bit personal here for a minute. My whole world changed in 2008. Why, you may ask? Well, 2008 is when I signed up for Twitter. You may laugh, but I thought it was the greatest thing ever. (I still do). Back in 2008, I only really thought of Twitter for my personal life. I creeped on some celebs and only followed a couple people (and had even less follow me). Then, my friends signed up in 2009. We started to tweet each other when we were sitting in the same room.. it became sort of an obsession. "Text me, tweet me, if you wanna reach me," was/is a common thing we would say to one another. We would see who could get a celebrity to respond to their tweet first and all kinds of stuff like that. I’m sad to admit that we would tweet at Tom Felton during our one night class pretty much non-stop. Sadly, he never answered any of us. In the beginning, I only saw Twitter as something that was cool... something I could use to keep in touch with my friends and see what celebrities were up to.
Later that summer, I began to realize how Twitter could be used as a business tool. I fully believe that there is no better way for a company to connect with their customers. It’s simple, it’s fun, it’s personal. Before social media, customers really lacked a way to casually contact a company. Social media has changed everything. I started to tweet for the company where I did my internship (College Lifestyles) and it was so satisfying. I got to talk with our readers--people who were from all over. I use my personal Twitter for the blog, because I didn't want to have a blog-specific account. I would rather you guys talk to me, compared with a "blog version" of me. Sure, I don't only tweet about books, but I would much rather things be a bit more personal anyway. Twitter (and other forms of social media) allow us to have our personal and professional worlds collide. Some may see this as a bad thing (people not being hired for pictures they have on Facebook, etc.), but I think it is an amazing thing. I’m looking to enter the social media marketing field, so it makes sense for a company to check out my online presence. It’s like one big portfolio. Sure, I have posted a few things either on Facebook or Twitter that I wouldn’t show to a potential employer in a portfolio I made myself, but such is life. I wouldn’t change anything.
If you’re just as obsessed with social media as I am, please chat with me on Twitter! @KaitorTot Also, be sure to send me any links to social media articles--I’m obsessed with reading them.
Just like me, the characters in the television show, “Fringe”, are able to function in both their professional and personal worlds without upsetting the balance. You can pre-order your copy of Fringe: The Complete Third Season on DVD here today: http://bit.ly/o2MYBv!
I have been hired by Warner Bros. WBWord division to promote Fringe: The Complete Third Season on DVD/Blu-Ray.


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