As part of my degree I am now undertaking a subject called “Social Media”. I used to think that social media meant online friend groups and photo sharing, but over the last year or so I have done a few subjects at uni that have exposed me a little more to what social media is. This blog for instance was started up due to a subject at uni, and then linked to another subject blog I had to do later. Having never considered writing a blog before it was interested to see who read what I posted and what they had to say in return.
You can be offered jobs through LinkedIn, I have learnt valuable information from people I have never met or spoken with on blogs, and you can maintain friendships with people that live on the other side of the world through facebook. I have facebook, twitter and blog accounts, but due to my infrequency of use, I only really get a chance to read and communicate with people that I already know and speak with. When I see some of my friends and colleagues blogs and the amount of engagement they get, its easy to see how beneficial these applications can be, and understanding these resources is the first step to being able to use them to benefit yourself.
I mainly look up blogs and posts that relate to either my study at the time, or things that i am interested in, typically volleyball, however on the odd occasion interesting topics pop up out of nowhere. This is one of the best things that I can see about social media, the accidental conversations that you can join, and the wealth of knowledge you can obtain, through the variety of sources that can be linked together. On the other hand though, the risk of people abusing these resources and the loss of security are always a concern. Hopefully as people share more and more information this issue will be minimised, whether through safety protocols or simple knowledge and understanding by the users.