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Social Media

A few years ago if someone would have told me Twitter would grow to become a multi-million user social media tool, I never would have believed them. I started using my personal Twitter account (@HalleySuzy) in March of 2007 as a great way to bulk message my friends. I have grown to love Twitter as a tool to meet new people, know what my friends are up to and network with people in my field. I love all that Twitter has encompassed over the years and how much it has grown!

By creating a twitter account I wanted to network and build relationships with people in the Broadcast Journalism field, stay current on the latest news and read about a the interesting adventures of stranger’s daily life.

Twitter is a great way to communicate! For example, I follow Beverly Kidd from Channel 3 in Phoenix (@bevtv) and tweet at her occasionally. I recently told her I was applied for the internship at Good Evening Arizona with her and she replied “Yay! Good luck:) RT @HalleySuzy: Just put in my requests for internship interviews. Of course GEAZ with @bevtv was my top pick! :)” ¬†Without Twitter, I would not have been able to communicate and network with Beverly Kidd or any other journalist.

I think Twitter and blogging are essential to a journalist’s work. Blogs allow instant feedback and Twitter gives the opportunity for communication unlike before. Both tools are essential in social media and bringing the audience and the media closer.

I have two seperate Twitter accounts, a personal account and a professional account. I made my personal account private as it’s somewhere I post personal tidbits about my life that I would not prefer the whole world to know about. I have a professional account that I use to update about school, journalism and current events while being able to promote my Thrifty Thinking Blog. I like having two accounts because I like the option of keeping some of my thoughts available only to the certain people I choose.

I have created a Facebook page for my Thrifty Thinking blog but I feel I have the biggest response through Twitter and my blog itself. I thought about creating an account on Fark and Reddit for ThriftyThinking, but I feel I would have better response with submitting a certain blog posts on those websites in order to receive traffic to my site. I want to avoid looking like a spammer or advertiser.

My main goal was to become prevalent in the journalism field and I feel by creating a Twitter account I have began to build the foundation to relationships with other journalists.

Overall, I have to say that I LOVE Twitter. There are many social media sites out there, but Twitter is #1 in my technological heart.

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“The Voice of the Internet” is a website I visit daily. Unlike Digg, Fark or Drudge Report, I prefer Reddit for the simple and easy to navigate design.

First off, Reddit hardly contains any distracting advertising. It has a list of links to websites, pictures justified on the left hand side where it is easy to skim through and select what you would like to read more about. Advertising is usually located on the right-hand of the screen when displayed and as a top ‘sponsored’ link.

Reddit uses a simple color for the background and uses blue for links and as an accent in certain places. Reddit uses a simple font- nothing fancy or difficult to read.

With a list format similar to Fark and Digg, Reddit stands out with its extremely simple format of text and links.

A popular discussion recently on Reddit was about revamping the website. Many avid Reddit users disagree with a change as Digg recently changed their design and lost tons of readers. Reddit readers enjoy this website because of it’s simplicity and easy navigation.

If I were to make changes to Reddit’s layout, I would make an option for users to login to their account and have customized layouts. This way users who want to change the appearance will be satisfied and it can stay the same for those who like it just as it is.

Again, one of the main things I love about Reddit is how simple and easy it is to use. When you first visit, you are greeted by numerous links to click upon. There are also links at the top of the page explaining the different sections of the website you can venture into. I like how these are separated into different sections so I can find something that interests me quickly, where it be news, funny pictures and comics or advice posts.

Joining is also extremely easy without any hassle or long annoying process. Registering for Reddit literally only takes a few seconds. Reddit does not require you create an account with your email and I like knowing Reddit will not be selling or spamming with email with advertisements.

Finally, one of the design elements I find important is the ranking system of websites or picture submissions and comments. This allow readers to rank the submissions higher or lower and it will appear on the website accordingly. I feel this is a great feature because the submissions enjoyed the most will be the highest featured and not just the most recent boring story I do not care to read. Reddit readers communicate about every subject featured on the site and have a great sense of community. Alongside the newsworthy and comedic photos, I greatly enjoy reading the ‘Ask Reddit,’ where users submit an issue or question they want advice from Reddit users.

Reddit is very interesting in how it continues to gain popularity with such a simple website design. Most would believe that in this 21st Century, only websites created in flash with interesting things to look at in every pixel would be thriving, but Reddit just goes to show that isn’t always the case.

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