Anybody who knows me knows that I’m addicted to Facebook. It’s easy to use and it is one of the original social media sites. For journalist I feel as if Facebook gives you the most freedom when it comes to creating content. Your not limited to any silly characters like Twitter or any cropping of large photos like instagram. You basically can do what you want, which also can be a problem. Facebook deals with the same idiotic habit that people have when it comes to posting content. Some people tend to post the most inappropriate things on social media. Funny thing is that it is people in high paying positions that typically post dumb things that get them fired.
A couple years Adam Smith an executive at a tech company found out the hard way. He posted a video berating a Chick-Fil-A employee because he couldn’t understand how she could work for such a homophobic company. Of course the video goes viral and he gets fired from his $100,000 a year job. As journalist we have to be careful on social media. Keep the post informative without being too emotional.
When used properly Facebook can help you to create a huge following. You can post video and news feed. With Facebook you can almost create your own channel for users to tune into. Many corporations are using Facebook as a platform to promote and journalist should do the same. Since Facebook was one of the first social medias the number of users on it is huge. Don’t get too personal with your page. You should create two pages one for your profession and one for family and friends. Even still you must be careful not to post offensive content that could potentially get you in trouble.
There are so many blogs online sometimes its hard to find the good from the bad. I know personally I have my own preference for what makes a good blog. Me personally I like a simple interface, I can’t stand blog sites with a million widgets and links. Sometimes it can a bit confusing, after all I just want to express myself for the masses to see. A good blog should captivate and grab your interest from the start.
One of my favorite blogs is Twitter. I mean it’s super simple, you only have 140 characters to express yourself, and it’s entertaining. The accessibility is what makes it one of the best. Even if you never seen Twitter you could easily pick it up. Also the fact that you can network and market yourself is a big plus. Look at Katy Perry she has over 63 million followers, that’s a lot of influence. The best thing about Twitter is that it really doesn’t matter if you’re famous or not, you can have an audience who listens to your opinion.
My next favorite blog is Facebook. Ah..yes Facebook. Maybe I love Facebook so much because she was my first social media love. I mean it’s hard to forget about your first. Now don’t get me wrong she isn’t perfect. Over the years she has became more and more intrusive. She knows things about me I never told anyone. Somehow she knows everybody I have ever known in my entire life, which is kind of creepy but I love her the same. It’s comfortable. Facebook was one of my first experiences with blogging and social media. I have the biggest following on Facebook and that’s part of the reason I like it. I’m more intimate with the people on there as oppose to Twitter. I don’t like some of the privacy issues, but oh well I think it’s a part of the territory. Facebook doesn’t have the best interface, but I’m so familiar with it that it doesn’t matter.
Alright enough about the good blogs I have to go to the bad. The thing about a bad blog is mainly the website itself. I have seen blog sites with good content, but the website was horrible. One example would be Mediatakeout. The website constantly tries to redirect you to other sites or apps. It’s so bad most of the information is not accurate. It’s your basic gossip site, which wouldn’t be that bad if it function correctly. The last blog that I feel needs improvements are company blogs. It doesn’t matter which one they all are horrible. I just feel like corporate blogs are force. I don’t feel like it’s genuine. I just feel like they’re trying to collect and analyze my data; which most do. A corporate blog is a joke. I mean think about it it’s hard to voice your opinion when money is involved.