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End of the Beginning: #NewhouseSM4 Wrap Up

As a college senior, my final semester classes have flown by. None more quickly than COM400: Social Media U Need 2 Know/#NewhouseSM4, an inspiring course on social media platforms, strategy and use for professional purposes taught by @DR4WARD @NewhouseSU. As a daily user who knew the ins and outs of Facebook and Twitter, I believed I had a pretty solid handle on both platforms. Quickly realizing how unaware I was of social media’s expansion beyond these popular sites, I was eager to learn more.

From a #NewhouseSM4 review of Facebook & Twitter, a Linkedin overhaul, an experimentation with Google+, a revelation with Pearltrees and a intensified obsession with Pinterest, I achieved a better grasp of each platform and now understand its intended purpose and use. Using HootSuite to balance and organize the platforms, the class moved on to social media measurement, understanding Klout, Empire Avenue, PeerIndex and numerous other sites that have developed unique formulas or algorithms to measure a person’s social media influence.

Particularly intrigued by the topic of social media scoring, I completed a group project, #upGRADESU, with four other classmates. We discussed Klout perks, the differences in scoring tools, case studies of companies and businesses already adopting social media scoring and our discussions with social media professionals experienced in scoring or score benefits.

Through #NewhouseSM4, I also heard from professionals throughout the semester on social media engagement, analytics, collaboration, measurement, listening, integration and curation through in-class Skype sessions or live discussions. With each week’s lesson or guest speaker, I completed a module in the HootSuite University training courseware and am now a HootSuite Certified social media professional.

Without a doubt, #NewhouseSM4 has been one of the best and most rewarding classes I have taken in college. I’ve learned so much in such a short time and will certainly be continuing my navigation of the ever-changing social media waters. I recommend the class to anyone interested in getting a better grip on social media not only for their personal branding, but for professional skill and knowledge as well. Take a look at the syllabus if you’re interested!

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Back in the Saddle Again: My Social Media Ride

Taking a few jaunts in the ever-evolving world of social media has caused me to push the pause button on blogging. But while I’ve been away, I’ve learned so much – the ins and outs, rights and wrongs, successes and failures of social media. I’m ready to return, but not before I look back to my beginnings in social media.

MySpace was first. The strange, yet exciting way to put my life on the internet and share it beyond AOL Instant Messenger ‘away messages.’ I jumped to Facebook when I reached high school to be in constant contact with my friends. It wasn’t until I entered college at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University when I began to fully appreciate social media. The ability to connect with friends across the country beyond email or online chat, through music, photos, links and shared conversation was invaluable to feeling at home in a new world.

I now realize that growing up with technology and social media has made it an inseparable part of my life. I’m connected through multiple devices in multiple places at one time, and can’t imagine a day without it. It has helped me find internship and job opportunities via Linkedin, grow my online chloe + isabel jewelry sales business, connect with thought leaders on Twitter, and prepared me, through firsthand experience, for a career in fields becoming increasingly more focused on social media, advertising and marketing. After recently completing the HootSuite University Social Media Education Program, I am now a certified social media expert.

My worlds have collided in the best way possible. My passions, education and career have combined to form a transportable, accessible and traceable path of my life, an idea other users and marketers alike will share use of for years to come.

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