Digital Media Platforms

I remember when Facebook came out–I was in college. There was a lot of buzz around campus regarding the new website, so I created my profile too. It was an innovative way to communicate indirectly in my opinion. Think about it–I see you in person on campus, we don’t speak, but we can communicate, even be friends on Facebook. In 2004/2005, I honestly didn’t think Facebook would be relevant today–guess I was wrong. Do you remember the poke button? I didn’t like it at all. So you poke me, I poke you back, and that’s it? Not even a message?

Today, Facebook has evolved tremendously and changed the way we communicate/interact. At corporations there are guidelines instructing what you can do on your “personal” social media page(s). People have been fired from jobs, relationships have failed, and crimes solved due to Facebook and the evolution of social media in general. Facebook isn’t a true reflection of a person’s reality. For example, do people with large friends list (in the hundreds & thousands) actually know each “friend”? I doubt it. Your Facebook page is your brand–the way you want people to view you. It can either help or hinder you. Also, safety is a concern while using various digital platforms too. Privacy is my #1 concern.

Although I thought online learning and creating this blog (my first one) would be easy, I did face several challenges navigating each site. I’m new to blogging and Skype gave me a headache. In my opinion, it’s not user friendly–or maybe I’m not familiar with it. Slowly, but surely I’m learning how to navigate online for school. Eventually it will become easier as I become familiar with each digital outlet.

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