As most college students will boldly admit, I too am a facebook junkie. According to the home page of the site, “Facebook is a social utility that connects you with the people around you.” And boy, does it! These days, for an often procrastinating college student, it is also a wonderful distraction from homework, a mode of stalking friends whom you wouldn’t normally know so much about, and a way to stay in contact with friends from the past whom you wouldn’t normally think to call. But more than anything else, it’s an addiction.
As part of my advanced PR writing class, our professor, Tiffany Derville, assigned and recommended that we sign up for even more social networking Web sites. These included Twitter, Linked In and PR Open Mic. Appreciating the idea of being better networked in the realm of public relations, I signed right up without a second thought. Now, however, I have come to realize the time-sucking implications of being more involved. Now, not only do I have a facebook infatuation, but like David Alston and other PR professionals, I am a social media addict.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I have become so interested in the possibilities associated with these sites that I’ve begun to research other possible uses for them. Twitter, for example is not simple the update mechanism I initial assumed it was. It has been formed into a tool for connecting people in a web-like network that can be a support system, a job leveraging tool, or a way of asking questions to a large group of people with a variety of interests, careers and knowledge.
In my 48 hours of Twitter use, I have become an enthusiast.
I would be interested in hearing the pros and cons that others have found using the world wide social-media web.