Monday, December 8, 2008

Tweet! Tweet!

Well, it's official! You no longer need to have any interaction with someone to know what exactly is going on every moment of there life. That is if they keep up with their Tweets. Twitter provides a service to its customers that allows for 140 characters to update all their "followers" on what they are doing.

Honestly, I'm having a really hard time getting into the twitter thing. It seems like just one more account to check. I'll give it a little while and see how it goes. I think part of the problem is that the only people I know that are on twitter are my classmates. To me, this raises the question, who else is on twitter? Well, let's see. I read an article on that the Salvation Army is using Twitter to update people on money-raising events this holiday season. I thought that was pretty exciting. But who else is on there in Twitter land, what are they talking about, and how do I find out? Well, I went to my home page and scrolled down and clicked on "search." This brought up a page much like google search, but only searches with Twitter You could type any word and Twitter shows you the most recent posts about that subject. I never could figure out how to find businesses on Twitter by searching within Twitter, but if I googled it I could fine the orgainzation's twitter home page and then I could begin to follow it on Twitter. I think Twitter needs to make it easier to find new friends and organizations to follow.

Overall, it is a neat concept that I think has a lot of PR potential. Twitter obviously still has a lot of room to grow and a large potential audience. I just think it hasn't fully caught on quite yet. Good luck Twitter! I know you're starting to grow on me.

Monday, December 1, 2008

I Want Your Job!!!

Ok, seriously, does Brad Mitchell not have the coolest job ever!?! It sucks that he has to work such long hours, but that job would rock! I spend hours on social networks and blogs in my free time. So, the idea of getting paid for that blows my mind! I'm sure it's not quite as fun knowing that you HAVE to keep all those things up and running, but it sure beats my stressful work environment! It is such a great concept for the university as well. I can not think of a more perfect way to target that "possible future MSU student" population than through this perfect array of social media that Brad Mitchell is beginning to tackle.

Also, I thought the idea of ITunes U was very exciting! I would have loved to have that option as an undergrad and beyond if I were to miss a class. Also, I think it can be a great addition to online classes. Our lives are all so fast-paced these days that it would be nice to have the option to catch your missed lecture on the road! Also, what a perfect opportunity for student athletes who are forced to miss several classes anyway. They always seem to have earphones stuffed in the ears anyway. Why not get pumped up for the game with a little COM 115 lecture?

Overall, I am just so excited that Missouri State is embracing the new technologies of today's youth and beyond. Now, if you'll excuse me I need to go catch up on my Google Reader, check my Facebook account to see how my friends are doing, find a few more interesting articles for tonight's class to tag on Delicious, and update my twitter status to "Krissy is caught up on my COM blog." Thanks!