Monthly Archives: March 2010

A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization *Chapter 7* Social Bookmarking & Crowd- Sourcing

  • Social bookmarking is a way for you to save your favorite blogs and websites in a public space the same way you might save them using your own web browser.
  • Examples are:
    • Delicious.com
    • Technorati
    • StumbleUpon
    • Searchles
  • A crowd- sourced news site allows its user to determine the popularity of a news story, blog entry, or website, through various types of voting or rating systems.
  • Examples are:
    • Digg.com
    • Reddit
    • Mixx
    • Gabbr

Delicious -TOW 11

 

Delicious is a social bookmarking site, in which you can track all your favorite or most visited sites. We can all benefit from this by seeing what sites our friends and families are going to. Students can benefit from this especially if you are working in a group because this way you can see where all the other group members have been researching. In the end, Delicious can probably make the research portion of a project run a lot smoother if everyone is informed of the sites that all group members are using. People can use Delicious also if they want to track sites that way they can refer them to others.

 I personally use StumbleUpon, I find this social bookmarking application very entertaining. I know that whenever I’m bored that I just plug in my interest to StumbleUpon and it brings up the most bizarre but interesting websites.

 Below are some sites that I bookmarked on Delicious. These are all sites that I frequently visit.

http://delicious.com/micaelac329

PR Open Mic-TOW 9 & 10

PR OpenMic is a social networking site developed by Robert French.  The site is targeted to students who are majoring in PR, professors, PR Professionals and people who work in PR departments. Some of the first things that the site suggests are for you to invite your friends, customize your page, and then begin to add content. Once you join the site you can update your status for others to see. For example if you are looking for an Internship, this is a perfect way to let others know that way anyone who is looking for interns can see that you are obviously interested in PR and can connect with you. There are many applications that PR OpenMic offers for example; you can upload videos or pictures, comment on posts and read the open discussion forum.

PR OpenMic is beneficial to students who are graduating because this site allows for people to post job openings, or internship opportunities. The sites also offers networking and connections to specific people who work or are apart of certain groups on the site.

The part that I find different about this networking site compared to others is the open discussion forum, because you can read and comment on these posts. Where as most networking sites just provide the connections and not really provide a place for people to see your thoughts. The site is similar to Twitter, because you can update your status. In addition the site also similar to LinkedIn, they are bothe sites used for networking and you need to be professional on them. 

PR OpenMic is beneficial to students who are graduating because this site allows for people to post job openings, or internship opportunities. The sites also offers networking and connections to specific people who work or are apart of certain groups on the site.

The part that I find different about this networking site compared to others is the open discussion forum, because you can read and comment on these posts. Where as most networking sites just provide the connections and not really provide a place for people to see your thoughts. The site is similar to Twitter, because you can update your status. In addition the site also similar to LinkedIn, they are bothe sites used for networking and you need to be professional on them.

A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization *Chapter 6* Micro- Blogging & Social Networking

  • Social networking is one of the most powerful social media strategies you can implement.
  • Facebook is currently the fastest growing social networking site and an ideal first choice for anyone or any business wanting to get a solid foothold in the social web.
  • My Space is a combination of a Facebook profile and a Facebook page.
  • LinkedIn is a networking site that is more professional and it focuses on professional experience and expertise.
  • Twitter is considered a microblogging platform.
  • Social Bookmarking and Media Communication:
    • Flickr
    • Delicious.com
    • StumbleUpon

Internship Advice

With graduation quickly approaching, I begin to think what is next for me? Starting in May, I will begin my internship program with hopes that this will open the door for me. Most employers are now hiring individuals based on their real world experience. An internship is the perfect opportunity for people who are looking for that real world experience, but at that same time still have the guidance and assistance from a mentor. An important factor to remember is that no matter how small the job or task is on the internship site you are still getting that feel of a real life job is like.

An internship also gives you the opportunity to gain knowledge about that field, implement the skills you already have and know, as well as work with others and learn team building skills. Internships can help improve your communication skills and how well you effectively communicate with co-workers.

Another good thing about internships, is this is the one time in-between your college career winding down and your professional career beginning- I’m sure for those of us interning will be surprised how much we grow up during that short time frame. During this time it is also essential to remember networking. This is a perfect time to reach out to those in the company you are interning for make sure you really impress them, this way you can use them for references in the future or for social networking.

Internships are not only a time for superiors to evaluate subordinates, it also a time for subordinates to evaluate and assess superiors, current employees, and the company. For example if the company was really impressed by you and offered you a job but you were not pleased with the company- then you would not want to accept an offer where you will not be satisfied. Make sure that the company you are interning for has ethics and standards that they go by, that match your likings or preference.

I found this site to be helpful for anyone looking for tips on internships: Top Tips for Internship Success http://www.fastweb.com/college-jobs-internships/articles/573-top-tips-for-internship-success. I liked how the authors offered tips of being professional, here are some of them:

  • Show up on time. Tardiness is not a quality employers look for in potential hires.
  • Take only the specified break-time for lunch or coffee and always return on time.
  • Avoid missing work. If you must be absent, request permission from your supervisor in    advance.
  • Dress for success. Take cues from your co-workers and dress appropriately.

Another key factor the authors mentioned was about keeping a log or maintaining a record. This is good idea because you do not want to forget anything you learned during that time. Here are the tips they offered:

  • Log in with a daily journal. Create a list of your daily tasks and chart your feelings about your work. Which tasks did you like the most? Which seemed the least interesting? Reviewing the list later can help you make future career decisions.
  • Record your various projects. Describe the purpose and guidelines of each project and your particular contribution.
  • Keep a professional souvenir. Ask your supervisor if you can keep a copy of any projects you work on – brochures, reports, etc. These can be a great addition to a portfolio when you’re looking for a job.
  • Keep in touch and keep a record of your performance. Ask for copies of any performance reviews. At the end of your internship, ask for a letter of reference.

Trade Book Review: “Here Comes Everybody”

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A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization*Chapter 5* Podcasting

  • A podcast is a series of audio or video files that is distributed over the internet.
  • The plan for creating and promoting your podcast looks something like this:
    • Record and prepare a podcast episode.
    • Upload the episode to the Internet.
    • Publish the episode to a blog, website or service.
    • Create your podcast feed.
    • Burn your podcast feed to FeedBurner.
    • Promote your podcast on your website or blog and in podcast direct.