“Social media isn’t a fad.”
On Mon. June 16, Retha Hill talked to the students of Walter Cronkite High School Summer Journalism Institute about social media.
As the Cronkite New Media Innovation Lab Director, Hill explained her job is, “preparing students for a 21st century journalist world.”
Hill showed the students the different social medias and how one can connect to users.
“Be careful of your brand and of what you do on social media,” Hill said.
To conclude her presentation, Hill showed the students videos of new technology, such as Google Glass.
The next stop for the Digital Media kids was to create a mobile phone app. William Guthrie, Cronkite New Media Innovation Lab senior developer, did a step-by-step lesson on how to create an app using Como App Maker.
The students created their app, many linked it to their social media accounts.
Hill explained to the students to show admission officers the app that the students just created.
“It’s a walking portfolio,” Hill said.
Guthrie always had an interest in technology. His advice to the students was, “find the part of technology you like best.”
Everyone is connected by internet. Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram has made it even easier to contact and connect with new people.
“72% of all active internet users are now active on social media,” statistic from Jeff Bullas.com.
Now a days it’s rare to find somewhat who isn’t on one or more social networks. Many people believe that social media is just a fad, but truth be told, social media isn’t going anywhere. Instead it’s growing. And it will keep growing.
With the new inventions, such as Google Glass, it will make the world simpler. One won’t need a phone, rather they can just use Google Glass and just look inside and one will be able to do anything.
It does raise the concern that our world is becoming to dependent on technology. It seems like now a day one can do anything with a click of a button. But if we take a moment to think about it, we realize that technology is a part of our life. We have to take it with a grain of salt and expect it.
Another concern is employers looking at job applicants’ social network profiles. Recent statistics show that half of all employers use social networks to look at job candidates. The biggest advice anyone can say is, “Be careful of what you decide to post on social networks.” If it’s a risky post, then you probably shouldn’t be posting it.
Social media is a double edge sword.