Twitter Conversation

Throughout the past couple of weeks, I have reached out to a few educators in my field, but have been unsuccessful in hearing back from them. Many of them had many followers and I am guessing that they may get a lot of “buzz”. They may not have had the time to answer back or they may have overlooked the notification. I know from experience that I can be very busy with school work and sometimes even forget to answer my friends or family when they contact me. Although this module has ended, I would like to continue to reach out to educators in the future and hope to get some good ideas from articles and information that they tweet.

Twitter Conversation

Recently I tweeted one of my favorite blog writers, Brian Rubenstein, to ask how he got into writing, he eventually became a writer for The Soup, Tosh.O, and currently the show Suburgatory.

I tweeted him…

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So I emailed him. I had his email previously from having to ask him for his password to his new blog site.

His response…(click to enlarge)

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I really enjoy Brian’s writing style for my entertainment purposes. Although I may not be necessarily be aiming for a profession in the writing for entertainment industry I still enjoy most forms and styles of writing and find it a wonderful way to express myself. If anyone I can touch me with their styles of writing I consider it pretty special and unique and Brian’s writing does that for me which I reached out to him.

Re: A Better Online Reputation – Business Standpoint

Recently, Nicole Agli tweeted an article that I found very interesting and pertained to our group’s topic on social media. It discusses the ways that businesses can build a better online reputation. The article is titled “12 Steps to a Better Online Reputation” and written by Andy Beal. Since I am a student hoping to have a full time job soon after I graduate, I have realized that my web face should be quite professional. This article was eye opening because it discussed the ways that businesses can make their reputation online better also.

The steps were: (1) benchmark your existing online reputation, (2) identify your different reputations: brand, products, CEO name, slogans, and marketing messages, (3) listen to what your customers are saying about you; it’s free market research, (4) claim and build out your social media profiles, (5) create amazing content that others will want to share and Google will want to display, (6) always take the time to thank your supporters for their favorable tweets or blog posts, (7) provide your customers with a great customer service experience, (8) never talk trash about your competitors, it makes you both look bad, (9) be proactive in building online reviews and learn from the negative ones, (10) monitor your online reputation for any unhappy customers, disgruntled employees, or critical bloggers, (11) when you make a mistake, apologize quickly and be transparent in your explanation, (12) learn from your mistakes. Build a better company and you’ll build a better reputation.

This article was interesting to read. I never realized how important it is for businesses and companies to have a great online reputation. The content we put on the web is permanent and can affect our reputation. Companies want to have a great reputation for business just as much as people want to have a great reputation for the own being.

Re: Make Twitter Your Favorite Way to Meet People

Recently, Jenn Adams tweeted an article that I found very interesting and pertained to our group’s topic of social media. It is titled “Make Twitter Your Favorite Way to Meet People” and written by John Muscarello. One tweet led John Muscarello to having drinks with the co-founder of a multimillion dollar company. Dave Kerpen is the co-founder of Likeable Media and is a New York Times best selling author. He wrote a great article titled “Summer Is the Time for Networking. Grab a Margarita. Muscarello loved sharing great articles with his network so he tweeted a link. Dirk ended up responding to Muscarello telling him that anytime is a great time for a margarita. Muscarello was just going to respond with “I’m not going to argue with you!” but, instead, he wrote that plus “Being that we are all from NY, would you be interested in grabbing margaritas?” From there, they set up a day to have margaritas and made it an open event for other Twitter followers. 70 people ended up registering for the event.

The event was a lot of fun and Muscarello ended up meeting two very successful and interesting people. This article was really cool to read. Networking on twitter is one simple way to meet new people. It allows you to contact/ communicate people who may be very successful or even famous. Most of the time these people will not respond, but it is definitely cool to know that there is a possibility. Twitter opens up the doors for opportunities. Tweeting articles and following interesting people could result in opportunities that we never thought could be possible.

Re: Building Online Reputation

Recently, Nicole Agli tweeted an article that I found very interesting and pertained to our group’s topic of social media. It is titled “The No Nonsense Guide to Building Online Reputation and Influence” and written by James Arnold. What’s Your Web Face discusses many areas about one’s reputation on the internet and on social media. Although the article mainly talks about building online reputation from a company’s standpoint, there are many good points that individuals can take from the article as well.

One line from the article that really caught my attention was “failure to protect your online reputation can cost you dearly”. I have read many articles and watched many videos about professionals who have lost their jobs due to inappropriate posts they made on social media. Your online reputation plays a huge role in everyone’s life. It will cost you dearly if you are not smart about what you post.

The article goes on to share some tips that could help us to build an impressive online presence. Building online reputation is not easy. The web is already very congested so it takes effort to be original, creative, and still uphold our reputation. The article first tells us that we need to focus on our target audience. If most of our followers are educators, short articles and content about education would be a great thing to post. The information you post must be interesting, informative, and thought provoking. The article also suggests that you are active on social media. This doesn’t mean tweeting all day long or constantly updating your Facebook status, but it means to engage with your fans and followers.

I found this article interesting especially since many employers today are using social media as a way to look at applicants. We should try our best to look professional on social media.


The Social Media Experiment

After learning about how easily accessible and public information is on social media, I began to search more about the topic. I came across an article that I found to be extremely interesting. Jillian D’Onfro writes the article titled “This Guy Stalks Strangers On Social Media And Confronts Them In The Street With Everything He Knows About Them”.


Comedian Jack Vale searches through social media posted near his current location. He then stalked the posts by these people and found them on the streets. Once he found them, he spouted information that he had learned about them. Many people were freaked out and shocked that a stranger could find so much information about them. One of the people Jack approaches is named Jessica. He approaches her by saying her name and then continues on to mention her dog, Paris. He also mentioned the dog’s nickname, “Par-bear”. Lastly, he states her last name.

From this experiment, I learned just how easy it is for random strangers to find information about me. It is important to keep your accounts private, unless you are willing to let the rest of the world see what you post. I especially think that younger people such as teenagers should definitely have their accounts on private. Jack Vale could have been a very dangerous person approaching these people on the streets knowing so much about them.

Social Media Parody Video

This parody video was made by the local Fox channel in Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas. It starts with the first 20 seconds or so seeming like your average news channel coverage on the scene of a city hall shootout. However, when it comes time to see the reporters on the scene, the first one is tweeting and the next reporter even takes a “selfie” with a dead victim found at the crime scene!

I think the spoofs in this video really highlight how we use some of the social media and how ridiculous they can honestly sound. How silly did the one reporter sound telling us about her checking into “Foursquare” at Starbucks?

The example of the reporter tweeting the shooting and not actually being involved in what was going around him hit home for me. I know there have definitely been times when I out was somewhere too busy trying to get the perfect Instagram photo or tweeting about it rather than actually just enjoying it in the moment.

It may sound silly saying all these things (skyping, tweeting, liking a page) out loud and watching others engage in them so seriously is a little cringe inducing but I think it brings something important to mind.

It is okay to be an active user in all outlets of social media. However, to immerse yourself so deeply that you lose touch with the reality of a situation is when a red flag should be raised. After watching this video, perhaps next time you go to use social media you’ll do so more consciously and with purpose. I know I will!