This weeks student featured post is all about Twitter. Students in PRCA 3330 are assigned to participate in activity going on in Twitterville for one week. I love the insight and forethought that this student puts into the assignment.
This week in the public relations writing class that I am assisting with the assignment calls for students to spend one week tweeting on twitter.
I decided to update an old post from my PRCA3030, Social Media, class and re-post it with some tips for students in my class.
Twitter For Public Relations Students: Episode 1
2.What is Twitter?
3. Why public relations students should use Twitter
4. A few people I follow and why
5. How to begin using Twitter for Public Relations
- Personal Branding
- Be courteous
Yes you can!
I recently read a blog post by Michael Hyatt that provides readers with very detailed instructions, including pictures, on linking your Facebook and Twitter accounts. I wish I would have known about this little trick months earlier as I have a hard time switching between and updating both social networks on a regular basis. The process is so simple that it took me a little over a minute to successfully link my accounts.
his weeks featured PRCA 3330 student blog post, A Fake Twitter Account, comes from Abby McConnell’s blog. I found this post to be highly entertaining and I even began following the fake account just to see what it was about. Needlesstosay I like it a lot!
Foursquare has been the subject of many tweets on Twitter lately and the subject of many morning show clips. Just what is foursquare? And most importantly, what’s in it for me?
I noticed about a week ago I started seeing tweets from people who I follow-on Twitter mentioning the site foursquare.com. These people were unlocking different badges and becoming the ‘mayor’ of different businesses.
So, what is it? Foursquare is a mobile app that tells your friends where you are. Users get badges by visiting different places in town and checking-in to foursquare. Let’s say you frequent your local Starbucks, you could potentially become the mayor of Starbucks and gain a badge if you check-in from there a lot.
Tweet!!! Tweet!!! Tweet!!! As a class in PRCA 3330 we were all required to tweet for one week. Each person was to send out as least 20 original tweets and respond to at least 5 classmates.
I set up a Twitter account seven weeks ago as part of my own personal social media experiment. I don’t use Twitter everyday, however I am on it a least five days a week.
Initially, I had snubbed Twitter thinking to myself, ‘Who cares where you ate lunch?’ I figured the whole thing was just a fad and expected people to quickly get bored and move on to the next best thing.
For PRCA 3030′s topic of the week I was assigned: “Social Media: Friend or Foe?” : Listen to Shel Holtz, Mark Ragan and others discuss “concerns and objections around the adoption of social media communication channel.”
Being a very visual person, I was a bit scared that with my ADD tendencies I wouldn’t be able to sit through the entire podcast. To my surprise Mark Ragan kept me engaged the entire time. His idea to role play was great and it offers listeners many arguments for social media implementation.
In this podcast Ragan acts as moderator and gives real life examples of barriers and questions you may encounter when trying to convince the CEO to embrace social media. There are many concern and objections to adopting a social media communications channel for those who are not familiar with the many free, open-source software available.
Just a quick update on my social media experiment. I am addicted! I had to force myself to take a weekend off.
Blogging has been the hardest for me altogether. I have a hard time getting my thoughts to come together on paper. I am hoping that in time things will become easier. Practice makes perfect.
I am still learning to navigate Twitter and WordPress, but I am getting more confident every time I use them. Any tips for a new user?
This week for my social media class I was asked to read various tweets defining social media. I was then asked to create my own personal definition.
@trevoryoung Social media is a catalyst for change – change in the way we connect with each other, change in the way businesses communicate with the world
@dbreakenridge Social media means listening carefully and learning to share valuable information that bonds people and builds strong relationships
@MarketingVeep Social media shrinks time and place’ it imposes a stark brevity; it leads strangers to each other; gives booming voice to a whisper; turns two legs into an army
I feel like each adds a different dimension to the definition of social media breaking it down into smaller segments.
At least that’s what I thought as recently as Jan. 11, 2010.
In the past 10 years, I have not really had the need for a Facebook page, Twitter account, or any other social media profile. I tend to keep in touch will my family and a small circle of friends by telephone.
I graduated high school in 2000, three years before MySpace came into existence, and the most that I had ever used the internet for was research. Now it seems like social media networking sites are everywhere. The first thing that classmates ask me when they want to keep in touch is, “Do you have a Facebook?” When I say no people usually take a step back and look at me as if I have three heads.
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