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Social Media Friend or Foe? April 12, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 3030 — eroche1 @ 5:22 pm

In the discussion the panelist discussed as the title clearly demonstrates is the social media something that people should adopt or something that should be put up for adoption.  Though the conversation was not always about this matter and would drift to a political side there were good points made by the panel.

Social media in fact can be a person’s friend. People as well as companies can use the social media as advertising. Companies can have a fan page and post different ads or even special offers for free. It is the best publicity that one can have and with no cost. They can also monitor what their customers are saying and wanting. By using social media monitoring companies can see complaints or praises and reward or fix problems that are happening in the company. All these items seem like a pretty good reason why businesses should be friends with social media. Students can even use social media to their benefit. Whenever something as homecoming comes around people are advertising for free on social media sites. This puts hanging up signs everywhere on campus to shame. I would be willing to bet that not that many people walk all around campus all the time. By the time a person is older they have a certain building that they pretty much live in. A student may not see a sign somewhere on campus, but they will whenever they log onto a social media site.

Social media can also not be a person’s friend. With jobs already being extremely competitive one picture on the internet that rubs a person’s potential job offer the wrong way could make them lose the job. Social media is a friend unless there people do not monitor it like they should. It is up to a person if they lose their good ole friend social media.

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3 Responses to “Social Media Friend or Foe?”

  1. meghanlane Says:

    Hey Emily,
    I like how you addressed that ethics are different for each person. This is a really important thing to keep in mind if you are a business that is engaging in social media monitoring. I have to agree as well that the problem does occur when other people directly post something about someone else. Like that website about college campus gossip that was taken down a few years ago. I also think that all in all social media monitoring is a good thing because it allows companies to address their consumer’s problems and concerns on a more personal level.
    -Meghan

  2. Jessica Cameron Says:

    Social media helped me out so much when I was helping Lindsey Wood out with her homecoming campaign as I am sure it helped Fallon out. And it was my biggest way of sharing the word about War of the Wings the two years I was in charge. What a help it was when it rained the first year and we had to move the event to legends. In just a couple hours the entire community was informed through Facebook that the event was still happening and that it had just moved locations. Thank you Facebook!

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