Comment #1: Public Relations Matter: 9 (more) Tips to Help You With Online Summer Classes, by Barbara Nixon
May 25, 2010
Thank you for the very helpful navigation tips and clarification! I appreciate your organization! Online classes can prove to be impossible without an organized professor! So, thank you!
Comment #2: Along the Coast: Retrievers, by Abby McConnell
May 30, 2010
I have only eaten at Retrievers once but I agree, it’s not great. They have really good drink specials and entertainment. The progress they have made over the past couple of years has really boosted their business as well. The expansion and introduction of all of the TV’s and the stage have made it an overall much better sports bar/restaurant.
Comment #3: Better Communication Results: Facebook’s Privacy Settings: Clearer Than Mud, by Lee Hopkins
May 30, 2010
It is amazing how many people truly think that noone will ever go searching for them through the information we all so willingly post on the Internet. From cell phone numbers to schools and home addresses.
One good thing about Facebook is that they do make it somewhat evident and obvious to its users that their information will be released to third parties. There are many ways to ensure your privacy 100% but it seems as though noone really takes the time to double check these settings. Out of the 400 million users, it is astonishing that only a mere 2% will actaully consider “quitting” this addiction.
June 1, 2010
Paula’s advice is great. I agree, one must think of these social networking sites as a process. I sometimes find myself getting frustrated with Twitter because it is confusing. I haven’t quite figured out how to search for people and find the actual person I am looking for. Somewhat like MySpace, there are some many different user names and profile addresses, that it is almost impossible to find people. Whereas with Facebook, real names are used and real company names are featured. I have had Facebook for all five year it has been around and have over 2,000 friends. I have had MySpace longer and have about 400. Simplicity is everything in social networking sites because the user if left to figure the site out on its own.
June 1, 2010
I agree, the more you write the better you write. Not only do your actual typing skills improve, allowing you to get more work done in a shorter amount of time, but practice allows you to more effectively express yourself on the computer. It is interesting to read that bloggers are concise, lifelong learners and that they plan ahead. These are characteristics of myself that I never considered in blogging. Being new to the blogging world, I constantly think of things throughout the day that would be fun to blog about. I have really taken to this hobby and enjoy reading what others have to say about bloggers.
Comment #6: HipHopWired: 8-Year-Old Removed From Class For Using Olive Oil Hair Product, by Danielle Canada
June 7, 2010
Kicked out of the classroom because of a teacher’s smell preference… are you serious? This type of action can be humiliating to a child of that age. Being sent out of a classroom for the mere smell of your hair is incredibly insulting. First of all, did the little girl walk into the store and pick out her own hair products? Was this a simple matter of hair care or was there more to this story? I feel the utter ignorance of cultural differences between this child and her peers is going to ultimately hurt this school. She did nothing wrong, nor did she deserve to be humiliated in front of her peers. I personally would be devastated if I was permanently removed from my – honors – class and placed with other children simply because my teacher felt she was allergic to the way I smelled.
June 14, 2010
Maggie, Your writing is so entertaining. I love that you update all your fellow bloggers on your week 🙂 What a great way to reflect on the many things that can happen in such a short period of time. This is a great place to reflect. I love that picture of you, your mom and sis. I remember we had public speaking with Groover together and you spoke about the Special Olympics and your sister. I just couldn’t help but think about how amazing you are and how lucky Katie is to have such a wonderful sister. A real inspiration you are.
June 14, 2010
SHOCKING – this had opened so many doors. I believed all along that Natalee was murdered by van der Sloot, or that he was a part of her murder/disappearance. I have a personal connection to those who were with Natalee in Aruba and have had a strong passion for this case. It makes me sick that he has struck again. He should have been locked up so long ago, but instead another is dead. Stephany should be alive. If he had been locked away from the Natalee case, Stephany would have never had the opportunity to get her hands on his computer and find out of his involvement in the Natalee case. This is all just sick. At least this time his father is not around in his defense. He will get what he deserves. I hope the Flores and Holloway families can all find peace in this terrible happening.
This is baffling. Snooki is the nickname of a reality show “joke” celebrity. She has gained fame from having large hair, tan skin and a larger Jersey accent. She is known for drinking, dancing, and fist pumping. What on earth is McCain thinking by sending her tweets? Is this McCain’s way to gain more attention? Was it just a friendly “hello” tweet? Either way, I personally feel that McCain needs to stick with hi political circle, while the overly tanned Jersey girl sticks to her circle. Just seems like a desperate move on both parts. McCain should be tweeting about things that would be of interest to the public, like what is going on in politics or updates of the Gulf, not chit-chatting with reality TV stars.
Comment #10: Smart Marketing – Social Media – Building Brand Loyalty Through Community & Engagement: The Five Unwritten Rules of Guest Posting on Blogs, by Danny Brown
June 14, 2010
Thank you Danny. I am a new blogger and have yet to figure out the do’s and don’t’s of guest blogging. I am a PR student at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA and have to blog for a writing class. I was off to a slow start on my own blog but seem to have things rolling now. I think guest blogging is a wonderful way to get your name and personal blog more in the public eye. With all of the social media outlets that are used in the PR world, it is vital that you know how to network on such mediums. I will certainly bookmark your blog and refer back regularly. Thanks again.
Comment #11: PR Junkie – For Communication Addicts Everywhere: L.A. Times misspells ‘credibility’ in front page story about mayor’s credibility, by Michael Sebastian
June 14, 2010
How ironic! The best part of this typo is the word that is misspelled. Although with “ility” words, it is often easy to misspell them but as the editor, one would think this type of silly mistake would be corrected after the first round of proof reading. This is a mistake that cannot be corrected once published. This makes me think of other publications, such as blogs. It is crucial that the copy is proofread then proofread again. Front pages are the focal point of the newspaper. An error such as a misspelling can not only badly reflect on the paper itself but also the editor. Grammar is critical and must always be perfect.
Comment #12: Smart Marketing – Social Media – Building Brand Loyalty Through Community & Engagement: 52 Cool Facts about Social Media, by Michael BrownJuly 6, 2010
It is wild to think that over just the last few years, all of our lives have been drastically changed by social media. Whether you are in the PR field or some other professional area, social media and networking have left an everlasting footprint on the way we live our lives. I read once that if Facebook was a country it would be the third largest in the world, WOW!
Most people once had house phones, then cell phones, now its smart phones and what some consider hand-held computers. I continually hear the question of, “What did we do without cell phones?” Now I hear, “I don’t know what I would do without my Blackberry and E-mail.”
Nearly 90% percent of people are a part of some social networking site; talk about a growing trend.July 12, 2010
If you are anything like me, graphics make any type of information more interesting. I can’t stand sitting down with just a bunch of words, trying to gain anything from it. I am a very visual learner and think that links, graphics, images, videos, and specified formatting is so crucial. Presentation is everything and first impressions means the most; so if order to gain credibility and appeal for your company or service, I think a Social Media News Release is the best way to go. I might create a SMNR for my client, The Gentle Barn, just to have the experience and know-how.July 12, 2010
I agree with your tips and think that if I had no experience with blogging, these would have helped me. I think it is so crucial to develop a blog that is not only believable, but also entertaining. I cannot stand going to a blog post about something that I am really interested in, just to find it full of errors. Mistakes can be so distracting. I also think it is important to stay on top of what is going on. I, myself, have found several blogs and people on Twitter that I check out every day because I know I can find the ‘latest.’ I hope one day when I begin developing blogs about more newsworthy rather than class worthy subjects, people will see my blog as a place to turn to for the most recent information.
Comment #15: Akw11’s Blog: PR Connections #4, by Ansley WoodardJuly 12, 2010
I was surprised to see that a fellow student was also reading Danny Brown’s blog. I love the information he posts and read it often. It blows my mind to see the statistics for these social networking sites. I read on Twitter that if Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest in the world (are you kidding me?!?!) How lucky are we, as soon-to-be PR professionals to be introduced to the field at such a prosperous time. Social networking has always been of huge interest to me, same for you I’m sure, and I look forward to seeing where “online” takes us!July 12, 2010
I thought this chapter was interesting because I have always wondered about ‘commercially’ type advertisements. When doing the Public Service Announcement assignment, I found myself so scatter-brained because I had so many examples in my head about how to construct one. I think PSA’s make a huge impact on the business a company acquires due to the fact that they are heard my SO many people. I know I have heard RMTs on the radio and reached for a pen and paper to record something that was said. The good thing about PSAs is that they are straight to the point, there is no wondering what it is about or what point it is trying to make.July 12, 2010
I know the frustration. It’s almost comparative to when you finish uploading an album of pictures to Facebook and they don’t submit. You spend all that time tagging them and writing captions to describe all the pictures when all of a sudden, Facebook stops working. The frustration comes along with Twitter as well. I am not aware of anyways to bypass this problem, but I know I sure do see the birds carrying that whale more often than not. I am not huge into Twitter, well at least as far and linking, post images, and retweeting things, but I do see the importance of being a part of such a rapidly grouping network.