Week 8 Comments

March 24, 2011

http://alkeenan.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/social-media/#comment-12

I agree with everything you said! People have forgotten how to communicate in the real world! It is insane. I can’t believe it’s even a question, of course we could function without it. I still know a lot of people without a facebook, although it does get to be fewer and fewer it seems like.

http://amandakep.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/social-media/#comment-49

I know exactly what you mean by saying you would feel relieved if it weren’t there anymore. I think sometimes people let Facebook take up too much of their time and it just gets to a point where it’s like, why bother?

Social Media

March 24, 2011

I do remember a time before social media, however, it was still very much a part of my childhood. I remember in 6th grade I got an ICQ account. It was so cool. I could add all my friends and IM them whenever  we were both online. Internet connections were still pretty horrible. Often times people would log in and out without notice, disconnect for ten minutes and have to reset the whole connection. If someone tried to call it would also end the connection. It was rudimentary but it was the beginning of my social media experience.

Later in middle school ICQ was out and Aol Intant Messenger or AIM was in.  Everyone had an AIM account. We finally got a DSL connection so I could be online whenever without disrupting the daily lives of others.  Our home phone was still the way most everyone contacted us so before we got DSL there were many a dispute over the amount of time I spend online chatting with my friends.  Middle school also brought on the onslaught of Myspace.  Tom, in all his brilliance, set up the first multidimensional social networking site. Now we weren’t limited to a screen name, icon, and small profile.  We could have as many pictures as we wanted, list all of our interests, change our user name anytime, and customize our profiles. We were free!

Then, Myspace became a breeding ground for scene kids who wanted to befriend as many people as possible for no apparent reason than to somehow convince themselves they had friends, although I doubt they knew 10% of the so called “friends.” Suddenly advertisements were everywhere. Random bands and organizations were bombarding you with friend requests and messages. It got to be too much. Not to mention all the creepers.

In high school I dropped social media pretty heavily. I didn’t check my Myspace anymore and I didn’t want a facebook. I finally bent to the pressure at the end of freshman year of college. All my friends had one and looked at me like I was a freak when they found out I didn’t. Plus, I wanted to keep in touch with them over the summer.

While I enjoy social media as much as the next person I wouldn’t miss it too much if it shut down. I have a twitter but never use it. Facebook can be entertaining sometimes but after awhile it just gets to be too annoying.  They need to be careful not to end up like Myspace. I would suggest watching the advertising. I know it is necessary and helpful for many businesses but it won’t do any good if people decide to stop using it. Businesses might suffer at first, but I think they would just start utilizing the old sources for frequently again. Television, magazine, billboard, and radio advertisements are still used but sometimes not as often as they would be if social media weren’t such a great outlet. The one truly unique thing about social media is the word of mouth advertising that goes on. When you see an ad you might not think twice about it, but when you hear from a friend or family member about the great new place down the street, suddenly you want to check it out.

Week 7 Comments

March 11, 2011

“I agree about needing to think through what your clients image is and if that of the other company truly supports it. Good thinking.”

http://tinaspeak.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/seizing-the-day-a-situational-analysis/#comment-31

“I totally agree with not just sitting around and waiting for life to happen for you. We have to make things happen! Sometimes opportunities are waiting for you, but you have to be the one to find them.”

http://brihalpern.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/seize-the-day/#comment-9

Seizing

March 11, 2011

I believe in always taking advantage of opportunities.  “Seize the day” is a great quote and a good policy to live by, but like everything it should be done in moderation.  One way I have seized the day is I woke up at 6 am and couldn’t go back to sleep. I woke my boyfriend up and said “Lets go.”  He was unsure, especially when he asked “Where?” and I didn’t have a clear answer.  We ended up going to the beach, making new friends and scoring a free dinner.  If I hadn’t decided we needed a random road trip none of those things would have happened.

I fully believe in seeking out opportunities but also remaining open to those that come to you. There are many ways presented that might not be in ones immediate idea of promotion for a company but when it comes along it’s usually a good idea to take advantage of it.

I think one way companies have recently seized an opportunity was when Xbox and Playstation used the exact same technology as the Wii to create their new systems.  There is no notable difference in the technologies except some prefer one to the others.  It seems a little shady but they seem to be pretty popular.

One thing I love is now the best cellphone network, Verizon Wireless, finally has the iPhone available! This will be a wildly successful venture for both companies.  Most people who were dying for an iPhone were not willing to compromise their service. Now many more people will have the product and be able to use it with much greater success.  Also, people who were only staying on the AT&T network so they were able to use their iPhone will likely switch networks, at least when their contract is up.

Week 6 Comments

March 4, 2011

“I picked Target too! It’s such an obvious choice! I think a lot of people would be a lot happier if there was one here.”

http://brittanihill.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/give-me-liberty-or-give-me-super-target/#comment-23

“I think a dollar theater is a WONDERFUL idea! There is one close to where I live back home and it’s awesome.  Sure, you have to wait a little longer for the movie to get there but when you’re saving so much money, who cares?”

http://lynnleej.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/small-town-with-growing-numbers/#comment-26

Target! We need you!

March 4, 2011

If I were on a committee faced with the decision of which business to try to bring to Statesboro I would pick Target in exactly no time.

First of all, who doesn’t love Target? I’m sure there are a few nay-sayers, as with anything, but the majority of people I know would shop at one all the time.  Heck, I know a lot of people that still shop there quite frequently and the closest one is in Savannah.  If we had a Target I can guarantee that not only would the Statesboro locals be putting money into it, but also people from the smaller, surrounding communities.  The closest Target to my hometown is about 30 minutes away and we still go there about once a month.

The thing that makes Target so much better than Wal-Mart and similar competitors is quality and cleanliness.  First of all, their clothes are awesome, decently priced, and are good quality.  Also, I have horror stories of the nasty things I have seen in Wal-mart.  It disgusts me to even think about it!  I have never experienced anything close to that in a Target.  Not to mention rudeness or hostility when faced with an employee there either, which I wish was true for all the places I frequent.

Overall, I think Target would provide a nice alternative.  They have just as much a variety with so much more!  My recent purchases from there include my bicycle and my even the bridesmaids dress my friend picked for us to wear in her wedding!

 

Week 5 Comments

February 24, 2011

http://yasminehorton.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/this-one-is-for-you/#comment-13

“I went kind of silly with my post but I really appreciate how sweet and genuine yours is. I also choose someone who passed away though, they were my best friend so I know how it feels to wish you could have one more meal together.”

http://bellag1.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/my-dream-dinner-party/#comment-23

“Zach Galifianakis is a riot! I love him. Your table would be an interesting mix of people but it sounds fun!”

Dinner Party Time!

February 24, 2011

If I got to host a dinner party and only had four seats open at my table I know exactly who I would pick.  First, I would choose Wayne Coyne, the lead singer from The Flaming Lips.  I saw them play a concert last summer and it was by far the best I’ve ever seen.  Next, I would choose Johnny Depp.  He has been one of my favorite actors since I can remember. Also, he is so dreamy.  My third choice would be Daniel Tosh, star of the show on comedy central Tosh.O.  If there happened to be a lull in conversation I’m sure he would step in and offend someone and things would get rolling again. Finally, I would have my best friend Alonso Hurtado there.  He passed away a year ago and I often find myself wishing I could talk to him just one more time.  Plus, we were interested in many of the same things so I know he’d appreciate my choices.

I have a feeling the conversation would float around a good deal.  Some possible topics would almost surely include Hunter S. Thompson, who would have to be at the party as well, drug use, music and crazy times in general.

Other people at the party would be loads of my other friends and my boyfriend. Bands and artists such as The Drive-By Truckers, The Strokes, Modest Mouse, and Jack White.  I would also invite some of my favorite writers, Chuck Palahniuk, J.K. Rowling, and Kurt Vonnegut.  If  I were able I would also invite Batman, Wolverine, and Dr. Jean Grey (because I am a comic book nerd).  I would invite some actors such as Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, who knows, maybe my party could be what reunites them! Also, John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, and Seth Rogen.

The reason for this party would basically be to celebrate my favorite things in life. Namely my friends and music.  Also, to give a bunch of awesome people who would probably never meet the chance to interact.  This party would be at Six Flags Over Georgia so after we were done eating we could move over to the stage to watch all the bands play a short set.  Then we could hit the rides and since it’s my party no one else would be in the park, so no waiting in line!

Week 4 Comments

February 18, 2011

http://mdlarotta.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/ipad-jargon/#comment-16

“I totally agree with you. I think Apple makes a lot of quality products but as I said in my blog, it seems like a digression in technology. They should be putting more effort into actually creating something instead of mooching off their other awesome ideas.”

http://xinwandylan.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/topic-of-the-week-feb-14/#comment-9

“Why would you get one just to collect? Is there any function it has that you aren’t getting out of your other products now? Also, you might want to proofread, spell check won’t get words you spelled right! :)

iPad—The newest thing you don’t need

February 18, 2011

iPad’s are cool looking.  My infatuation with them ends there. Overall I think they are pretty useless.

They are not as functional as a laptop and I would never think of replacing mine for one. Although I have not looked at one for an extended period of time what little I have observed about the operating system leaves a lot to be desired.

I have a touch screen phone (not an iPhone) and the keyboard on it is alright because I have the ability to use it the same way as I would have an old phone. I think trying to type that way on an iPad, however, would drive me over the edge.

I feel, if anything the iPad is a digression in Apple technology.  It isn’t even as functional as an iPhone.

It would take a lot of improvement in order to get me to purchase one, much less replace my laptop with one.  It is pretty impressive that they are able to market their completely useless products to make you feel like everyone has one and if you don’t you’re missing out on something, but I’m not buying it.