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.