After reading this week’s section of the text book: Chapter 4 and Chapter 5: The New Media University Social Media 101 and 202, I feel like it was well worth the read. There was a lot of interesting tidbits to learn from the readings about social media and a lot of points that stood out. It dragged a little bit but regardless, here are my thoughts on the readings.
I love the fact that it pointed out who exactly is using our social media sites that are now dominating the world. As we talked about in class, I found it very interesting that the older generation is really growing in the amount of people that are looking at social media. The world we live in is now expanding and the older generation is learning that if they want to adapt in the new world we live in, they are going to need to start understanding more about the world they live in.
The chapter also showed that the internet is for everyone. Yes, as social media sites begin to attract an older crowd, other sites attract a younger crowd. Until this reading, I had never heard of Poptropica.com but this site apparently has over 76 million registered users. 76 million is an absoloutely astonishing number. That’s double the amount of people that lived in my home country… and I lived in Canada. Canada isn’t exactly a small place… quite amazing to think a site intended for a range of 5-10 year olds has a higher registered user than one of the higher populated countries in North America. Wow.
I find it crazy to believe that the internet is just at the level that it has gotten to. The whole world is changing around us but I don’t believe people are really taking that into effect. It’s not just social media. It’s the entire world and Internet.
Chapter 5 had a lot of interesting pieces as well. I thought the whole section on press releases was very interesting. Its not something a lot of people think about but press releases really not changing until just recently is true. Its been happening the same way for a century as the reading put it but it just recently changed now to fit the sudden social media trend. News releases are coming from twitter. Imagine telling that to one of the founding fathers of journalism… a site named twitter would be breaking news better than most sites.
I also enjoyed the points about calendar events on facebook and how we can now see what our friends are doing by looking at their calendar. Its kind of creepy to think you can know exactly who is going to the same party as you. Weird stuff.
Overall an interesting two chapters to read about in social media.