Social Media

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You Never Know Who’s Watching!

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It’s true, you don’t! As most of us tweet, blog, and write stuff on Facebook without being aware of who is reading what we’re saying, we have to be careful because someone important may actually be watching you!

During the start of University I tweeted completely unaware people were even bothered about what I was saying, I just tweeted for me, forgetting that there was a whole world out there to read what I was writing – BAD MOVE! During a University project, where we used social media to make a video go viral (which we succeeded in doing), I had a direct message from a Lecturer at Uni telling to be careful what I was writing on Twitter as we ‘had a lot of eyes on us’. He was right! We ended up having 2 different interviews from that because they were following what we were doing and saying whilst we were all completely unaware of it!

Since then I have been careful about what I write on the internet – it’s a big thing you know and a lot of people can see you! I even had a e-mail yesterday from podium.me asking for an interview with me about my recent blog post about the “Rate My Shag” pages on Facebook. Just when I thought my blog wasn’t popular!

It’s an amazing thing the internet, be careful what you do with it!

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“Rate My Shag” Facebook Pages…Really?

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Just when you thought Facebook couldn’t pry into peoples personal lives any more, someone creates a University “Rate My Shag” page.

One of the first groups to appear were by people from Newcastle University and Nottingham Trent, soon they swarmed England and the pages were popping up for nearly every University – yes I even saw one for my own University (no I did not join it).

Apparently Universities were outraged that they were associated with such groups and made an effort to get them taken down, however they were not up for long anyway as approximately 1-2 days after they were created Facebook took them down. That did not last long, did it?

Many people have spoken up and said it’s a form of bullying and it’s humiliating – and it is, I agree. From an outsider’s point of view and being a student I did see the funny side when I first heard about it, but imagine being one of those people who has been named and shamed, it would be mortifying and I feel sorry for anyone who has been. An article from The Independent tells more about what was posted.

Well I hope the creators of the pages had a fun, erm, day, but I think they should be worried if their Uni’s find out who they are.

 

Social Media Addiction – Is It Real?

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I, like many others, am the stereotypical young person who is always looking at some sort of screen. If it’s not my Blackberry, then its my Nook tablet or my Dad’s iPad, or my laptop or my TV. Sometimes I am even looking at 3 at once!

As most people, I can access Facebook and Twitter on my mobile so I can easily check what’s going on no matter where I am, and yes, I probably check them too much (every 2 minutes isn’t normal, right?). I use these as a newspaper when I am commuting, whether I’m on a bus, tram or train I will scroll through my news feed to see if anything new is going on. I use Twitter to tell me life events rather than watching the news, and I’ll have a group conversation via Facebook as opposed to meeting up in person. Surely everyone else does the same thing though? I think as a society we’ve got to a point where it’s normal but could it actually be classed as an addiction?

I’m sure plenty of people know what I’m talking about when you leave the house and leave your phone behind, you feel ‘lost’ without it. Many Blackberry users have been known to see the red light (the notification alert) even when there are no notifications, but they are adamant they have seen it. I will hold my hands up and say I have been sure in the past I’ve seen the red light when I in fact have not.

I have read an article from The Telegraph (I read it online, surprise surprise) explaining a study which was undertaken to see if people who claim to be addicted to social media have withdrawal symptoms when they go without Facebook and Twitter. Indeed they found out they did get withdrawal symptoms when they were forced to go cold turkey.

What would happen to people like me if Facebook, Twitter, or even mobiles were to disappear? Would we need to go to social media rehab?

A Window Shoppers Dream

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The first step is admitting you have a problem, right? OK I admit it, I’m addicted to Pinterest!!

As being someone who loves going into shops and looking at what’s on offer without having an intention to purchase, it’s great for me! I can snoop through all different fashion items and add them to my fashion board without spending a penny!

When I first heard of Pinterest I thought, right so you gather all pictures you like…then what? Nothing? Well then, what’s the point of that!? Then I tried it and I love it – I know it’s a complete waste of my time but I enjoy gathering ideas and looking through interesting pictures.

I have different boards for tattoo ideas, travel ideas and fashion. I only have 8 people following be – but that’s beside the point, I do it for myself!

I think it’s definitely a woman’s site/app, I could never see a man using it; I don’t think they would enjoy it at all. But it’s a site that I would recommend for all women who like materialistic things, seeing what they want to own but may not be able to afford, or even women who like arts and crafts and want to gather different ideas.

Definitely a site you need to discover if you haven’t already.

F******k

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Should Facebook be monitored more heavily?

Videos are being shared between friends now more than ever on Facebook and we can’t click play without having to brace ourselves for what we may or may not see!

Personally, I stay clear of most videos in my news feed, I will only watch ones sent directly to me. When videos are circulating from the torturing of animals to self-harm to porn how can we expect our news feed to be safe? The most horrific and vile videos can be seen on Facebook and yet there are millions of 11-16 year olds who could be at the receiving end of these (yes, I know the minimum age is 13 but we all know younger people are on it- they lie).

Would you want your children watching these videos?

I think Facebook needs to crack down on the videos that are shared and be able to stop explicit videos being shared altogether or block anything with over 18 content on YouTube. Or even for people like me who don’t want the opportunity to see things like that just block videos from the news feed altogether. Have you got any better ideas?

I know it hasn’t always been like this, so when did it all change? And why? Sort it Facebook!

“Start being a professional today”

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Some of you may already be aware of this website, but for me it’s a new revelation. SimpleWash (once known as FaceWash).

It’s a website which has an app on Facebook and Twitter, which allows you to log into both social media profiles and you can search a word to see if you have previously tweeted it or wrote it on Facebook. The whole idea of it is to type in any swear words, search if you’ve used them, then it gives you the chance to delete them before anyone else can find them!

When people are young and unaware of what these profanities or explicit comments could do for their potential future, SimpleWash gives people the opportunity to delete all these mistakes and have a clean start before entering the professional world.

You don’t have to only look for swearing, you can look for any negative words or comments and delete them, for those days when you thought it was a good idea to rant online.

SimpleWash helps you to not only delete earlier mistakes but also make you think twice in future about what you’re really writing online and whether that would offend a potential employer. Seeing some of my old tweets/statuses shocked me, and I have certainly learnt what to and not too tweet or talk about online.

Great app. Very clever. Very useful.

For those of you that want to try it out: http://simplewa.sh/login

Good Twitter Management is Key!

I was scrolling through NandosUK’s tweets yesterday, noticing that most of their feed is filled with replying to people who have had a bad Nandos experience.

I thought I’d test them and point out that a lot of people seem to have negative experiences in their restaurants by the looks of their Twitter feed, so I tweeted…

my tweet

To my surprise, not long later, NandosUK replied! This is what they said…

nandos reply

Great Twitter management from Nandos here, they gave a good answer, controlled the situation and I was left with nothing to reply back, perfect!

The vast amount of people who follow brands on Twitter do it for a reason, we want to know what brands are saying. We want to see they are replying to their customers and rectifying any problems. Customer service is key in any organisation; they are the people keeping the business going so treat them correctly and listen to what they have to say!

After all, marketing is all about fulfilling the customers’ needs.

Do you have any examples of good, or even bad Twitter management?