Second Year!


I’M BACK!

I MADE IT TO SECOND YEAR OF UNIVERSITY!!! I’m sorry I haven’t been active over summer, well since finishing my last year of Uni; I’ve been super busy and I just haven’t had anything worth blogging about. But, I’m back and will try to blog soon for you…some more useful Social Media related posts which I know you all love. Is there anything in particular you’ve got in mind or ANYTHING SM? Let me know in the comments if you have anything in mind or if you’d like to raise a SM issue/point to me. It always helps if I get suggestions then I can try develop your ideas and help you guys solve any problems you may have. No, I’m no professional but I can, for example, figure out how to use something in order to help others. I usually get the biggest response from blog posts which are, of course, informative and helpful to you all…so I do listen to what you all want to read because afterall I enjoy writing content that you’ll enjoy….although I have to enjoy writing about it – otherwise that’d be no fun!!

Anyways, I’ll finish rambling because this post was basically a post to let you know IM BACK! 🙂
BUT, before I go a question for you all to think about or reply to in the comments: do you think data/multi-media/content/status’ etc. which you publish onto the internet could be used against you?

Stumbleupon as a marketing tool?


A lot of people use social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest to increase traffic to their blog, and to basically market their blog. Stumbleupon may be unknown to a few people, but if you’re into social media I’m assuming that you’ll have AT LEAST heard of Stumbleupon.
I’ve been thinking for the past week “what could my next blog post be?” and it occurred to me that I don’t, 100%, know what Stumbleupon is, so I thought I’d do a little research, find out what other people are saying and see what you think to it…have you used Stumbleupon? If not, maybe you’re like me and don’t really know what Stumbleupon’s purpose is. Well if you want to know, keep reading…

What is Stumbleupon?

It’s both a social bookmarking tool and a social voting tool.

Stumbleupon allows you to save (bookmark) the links to pages which you like, which is similar to other online bookmarking tools such as Pocket, Instapaper and Delicious.

Also it allows you to either thumbs up or thumbs down articles, if you like an article you are randomly shown when you press the “stumble” button you can hit the ‘thumbs up’ button, if you don’t like the article then you can hit ‘thumbs down’.

How to use Stumbleupon?

Go to www.stumbleupon.com

Sign up for free and what interests you – this will help Stumbleupon to find articles of interest to you

It’s that simple, then you can ‘start stumbling’.

 

I have shared my blog posts on Stumbleupon and have found that I have gained quite a bit of traffic, so it’s definitely a good marketing tool.

BUT could it be the next big thing in the marketing world? …I don’t know about that. I just don’t quite get it.

I will continue researching about Stumbleupon, researching how other bloggers/marketers are using Stumbleupon to promote themselves and I’ll get back to you with a “how to use Stumbleupon as a marketing tool” type post, or something similar.

Let me know if you’ve used Stumbleupon or point me in the right direction – let me know how you use stumbleupon as a marketing tool.

As always I enjoy hearing your thoughts and hearing about what methods for marketing you do.

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5 MUST HAVE apps for students going abroad


If you’re a student and are looking to go abroad, then what apps will you need? Yes, I really did just say ‘what apps will you need’!!!!

The time has come where we no longer only consider what we need to pack to take with us, but (apparently) we are considering what apps we’ll need installed before we journey away from what we deem ‘home’, in order to stay in contact with our friends and family.

Top 10 apps to install before going abroad:

  1. This one may seem obvious (to some), but a great app to have whilst abroad would be WhatsApp. WhatsApp is a FREE to download app which allows you to contact your family via. using 3G or WiFi services. You can send multimedia messages, enjoy group chats, no pins or usernames (uses your mobile phone number), no international charges. Available on BOTH iPhone and Android
  2. Viber – Make calls to anyone anywhere in the world for free with Viber, as long as the person you want to contact has the application on their phone. It is similar to Skype, but without the video calling, although you can send video messages and text as well. Available on BOTH iPhone and Android
  3. Skyscanner – Plan your next trip home (or adventure to another country) and find the cheapest flights using the handy search results display, which allows you to view prices by day, week, month or even a whole year. It also directs you to the cheapest company for each flight when booking. Available on BOTH iPhone and Android.
  4. XE currency converter – If you’re a student and you’re going abroad then you’re definitely going to have to be watching your pennies. This app lets you know just how far your money is going with this currency converter, which stores the latest rates to give an accurate figure when you’re not connected to WIFI or 3G. It also comes in a selection of different languages, which is a bonus. Available on iPhone and Android
  5. BBC Weather – you never know what the weather is going to be like, so be equipped with a weather app installed onto your device. This app allows you to have several locations available at the swipe of a finger, so you’re able to check the weather in multiple countries. This app is free and is available on iPhone and Android.

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Related articles

The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/study-abroad/10-musthave-apps-for-students-on-their-year-abroad-9301734.html

TheStudyAbroadBlog: http://thestudyabroadblog.com/top-50-iphone-apps-studying-abroad/

DiscoverExcursionsBlog: http://discoverexcursionsblog.com/the-13-best-apps-for-traveling-abroad/

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The Internet.


I know the internet is used by millions of people on a day to day basis but I wonder what it would be like without the internet. Would people feel socially outcast? Would people feel as self conscious? Would there be as many medical/scientific advances? Would people be more sociable?

Without the internet the world would be a completely different place.

For me the internet is a vital part of every day life; after all I am a student studying a media degree…making the internet important for my studies. The internet enables people, who in the “real world” may never meet, to speak…converse…get to know one another. The internet can create relationships, partnerships, careers.

On the other hand the internet can break relationships, it can destroy someone’s career…I believe the internet is what you make of it. If you put information, pictures etc. you aren’t proud of on the internet then, at the end of the day, you’ve only got yourself to blame if that information, or a certain image, comes round to bite you.

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Social Media: Do We Share too Much Information Online?


Some people share more information online than others, but the question is….

Do YOU think we (as a society who uses the internet) share too much information online?

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What Social Media should I be using?


Browsing through my WordPress and Twitter feeds (where I have most followers and interactivity) I see a lot of people questioning; “what social media should I be using?”. It would seem that, even though people want to get their content (blog, website etc.) out there, they’re either A) reluctant to join dozens of social media sites, or B) just don’t have the time.

Personally, I am a member of Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and, of course, WordPress!! This may seem a bit unnecessary to some people, while other people may also be members of these social networking sites. HOWEVER, and this (to me) is the most important part, even though I am a member of all these different social media sites, I have 3 primary ‘go-to’ sites – 3 sites which I will ALWAYS update (whether it be asking a question or posting a newly published blog post).

My ‘go-to’ sites consist of LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook as I (personally) have found these create the most traffic to my blog! These are the 3 sites which work best for me…it may not be that way for you, though. If this isn’t the way you do it, how do you manage your social networking sites? Do you have 3 (maybe more, maybe less) ‘go-to’ sites? I’d love to know how you manage your social media sites.

Basically, if you’re new to blogging, or are just getting into integrating your social media; find out what works best for YOU. Maybe you’ll find posting a link to a couple of your blog posts every 3-4 hours (or whenever you feel is necessary) on 2 different social media platforms is enough. If that works best for you then I say go for it. It’s entirely dependent on yourself; how much time you have, and so..

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to connect with me, after all I’m on enough social media for you to reach me!Alternatively, you can contact me here (via email).

Thank you for reading, I’ll see you in my next post.

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Effects of Social Media


Does social media affect the way in which we behave? Is social media influencing what we do and how we do it? Do you think social media affects you?

It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without your smartphone…isn’t it? As saddening as it sounds we are becoming increasingly hooked to our mobiles, tablets and other  devices. Social media is often perceived as being a platform for teens, however this is no longer the case! In 2013, 71% of online adults used Facebook.

There are issues surrounding social media and how much it’s used, especially (it would seem) by younger generations as parents may worry about high usage of social media leading to poor spelling, grammar and textspeak. However, social media isn’t all negative as it offers many opportunities, if used in the correct way, and it provides us with a whole new way of communicating.

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Some social media sites restrict their users with a character limit. For example Twitter, which forces its users to post updates which are no longer than 140 characters long (including any pictures, links and hashtags). To begin with, when you start using Twitter, this can be an issue, however you learn to condense your ideas into 140 characters after using Twitter for so long. The character limit, however, results in people overusing textspeak; which involves a lot of abbreviating. For example; LOL which means laugh out loud, BTW which means by the way and so on…

Improving your writing

Gone have the times when you’d just write to one single person, as you can potentially reach hundreds, even thousands, of people with just one singular post. Therefore, the issue surrounding social media eroding our writing skills could be viewed as being a load of nonsense, because actually social media offers many great tools to improve writing skills, such as blogging. Blogging doesn’t just improve your writing skills, it also helps build your audience…social media has enabled writers to reach a large audience and fast!

Distinguish between Proper Grammar and Textspeak

Twitter encourages the use of textspeak because of the 140 character limit, however Facebook doesn’t have a character limit. Therefore, Facebook users can afford to use proper grammar; also as there is no character limit this would encourage users to use proper grammar (although I guess it’s a personal choice)! Meaning users of social media have to learn when it is and isn’t appropriate to use textspeak (such as abbreviations, slang etc.). Although blogs, emails and even some written papers can, occasionally, include some textspeak, slang or abbreviations, most writers know the correct way to write according to their audience, and they often do so.

Do we overshare on social media?

Social media has opened up people’s lives, as people post Facebook status’ about things they wouldn’t necessarily tell their friends face-to-face, or on the phone. This could, potentially, open up conversations in person, likewise using “social” media sites such as LinkedIn to display and showcase your expertise can also gain you connections in your desired area/field and potential employment. Thus social media isn’t as isolating as people may think!!

Positive effects of social media

  • Connects you to others, whether it is to talk about general interests or it is strictly professional.
  • Social media has enabled ‘normal people’, who wouldn’t have without social media, to become writers; to express their opinions, share their insights and experiences.
  • Connects like-minded people.
  • Possible job opportunities.
  • Oversharing can be useful, if the information which is being shared is useful.

Negative effects of social media

  • If social media is used in the wrong ways it can, potentially, stop you from getting a job. For example, posting pictures of you getting drunk on Facebook isn’t professional and so wouldn’t look great to anybody wanting to employ you.
  • Can become a platform for bullying, snide comments and generally putting people down; which is the perception some people have of social media.
  • Oversharing can become very irritating if the information which is posted is irrelevant to you, i.e. pointless Facebook status updates.

These are a few points on the effects of social media, out of thousands. So, if you’ve got anything you’d like to add feel free to comment below!

What other effects do you think social media has?

Let me know your thoughts, opinions and insights in the comment section below…as always I look forward to hearing from you!!

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Twitter Tools To Help You Track Your Twitter Growth


Ever wondered how much of an impact your Twitter account is making?

Well there’s no need to wonder any longer because these 3 tools will help you keep track of your Twitter accounts growth..

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Social media- good or bad?


Social media involves interacting with people to create, change, share and exchange information with the online community.

There are many examples of “social media” websites, for example; Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr. These are all popular websites used in people’s everyday life to share information with the online community that they’re building up. Social media is a brilliant way to build friends and gain contacts, i.e. for business, which could be very beneficial for you.

Once an online presence has been created it isn’t always easy to build up an online ‘community’ of people, an audience, you want to reach out too. People spend a lot of time trying to build this ‘community’ which is why people would argue social media is negative. People seem to be spending more time creating an online ‘community’ than building up relationships in reality i.e. distancing themselves from family and friends.

However, there are infinite opinions about social media, such as this video on YouTube which is a great insight into social media.

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