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R. LaFlam


I definitely agree that Podcasting does have things to offer people, but like Mikelle said, I don’t take the time to sit there and listen. I think that there are other ways to get through to your audience.


Viral Videos

We  have all seen those videos that end up on Good Morning America, or the Today show because of the amount of publicity it has gotten. Whether it be something funny, crazy, or just something that people have never seen before, we all have come across its links. One in particular that I recently saw was “Awkward Kristin”. The funny thing about this video is that my good friend Corrie Lovette works with the girl who is featured. The video got so much attention that even Ellen recognized it and had to have Kristin on her show! Check out the video.



Comment #4

R. LaFlam

New U

We both discussed this in class when we shared what we learned from NEWSU! I completely agree with everything that was discussed in this Webinar. Community is never about you, and like you had said in class, when you try to be the owner then you’re going to fail.

The Power of My Twitter

When I first started Twitter, I didn’t realize that it would become extremely handy in the future. As Barbara Nixon has shown us, Twitter can help you in life, and get your noticed. In my recent post about AllStar Weekend, I posted a question for their fans with the hashtag “ALLSTARWEEKEND”. I got a  lot of responses back in questions that they wanted me to ask the band. Once the questions were answered and posted on the YouTube channel, I saw that the video was being passed around from fan to fan and is currently at over 1,400 views. The video is now all over Tumblr (Which I am unfamiliar with). I have talked a lot about twitter in this blog, but as I have experienced first hand, the power that twitter has can really get you noticed in whatever you are looking for. From interviews, to tweeting a politician, a celebrity, or about an issue. Twitter has the power to make or break you depending on what you post and how many people are affected by it.

Twitter & Finding a job

Its coming to that time of year where all of us seniors are stressing out. Partially because of the end of college, finals, and other things. But, more so because its time to enter the real worl

d. Many people dont know exactly where they will end up come graduation. I for one, have had a hard time deciding what part of the country to even look at working in. For me, in news, the possibilities are nearly endless. All depending on the market size of the station (Market #1-#210), you could end up in small town Oregon, or even upstate NY. The trick is to find the job that works best for you. While looking at ads/openings that organizations post is a great way to find out what positions are available, sometimes all you need is a good connection.

Personally, Twitter has become one of my best friends. After posted news broadcasts, my reel, and other news packages that I have done, I have attracted dozens of followers who work in the industry. From producers, to anchors, and even some news directors. If you are someone who doesn’t like social media, and doesnt have time for twitter, make time for it! When people get to see you on a personal level, as well as a professional level, I think they are more likely to consider you for a position when they see you as a package deal.

Foursquare–Whats the big deal?

I must admit that when Foursquare first became popular, I was into it. Becoming the mayor of things, and checking in everywhere you go seemed like fun. But, whats the big deal? Many people including myself dont really care where you are checking in at (every 5 minutes). But, most companies are smart, and they are using Foursquare in order to gain business. Social media has become a very big money maker for companies today, so they would be stupid not to use it to their full advantage, including Foursquare. Many companies are using incentives for their users who “Check in” at t heir establishment. For example, many restaurants are offering free appetizers or discounts on drinks if you check in while you’re there. This is great for people who frequent these places, or for new people who find out about it and want to get a deal.


At the same time, foursquare can be a downfall to business as well. While the incentives for customers are great and often times turn out to be great offers, many times, people can make fake foursquare accounts for businesses (why? I dont know) and use them to trick people. People will go into the establishment and try to redeem their discount or free product and are unable to. This is only something that looks bad on the company and often times upsets the customers, sometimes enough to make them not come back.

Personally, I dont use foursquare because of the annoying posts that it makes. I dont necessarily need everyone to know where I am at every minute of the day. I do have many friends that do have the app, and often times get free stuff out of it. But, as a time consumer, and a sort of a privacy situation, I dont think I would go back to it.

Social Media: Big Money for BIG business?

I thought that this podcast was a really great idea. Most people dont really understand the though process on both sides of this issue, “Is SM right formy business?”.  They talked about Dell, and how customers can tell Dell how they are doing through social media. I think this is something that every company needs to do in order to have a successful business. 

One thing thats discussed is “What if someone says something bad about my company? I may lose control”. Thats one thing I worried about when putting 96News on YouTube. I worried that if I put myself out there on the news and someone didnt like it, that they would post something that could harm my reputation or the news show itself.

“We might as well get rid of telephones…people are picking up phones and calling and TALKING about things” — This is something that is so true, just because you dont have social media attached to your company, doesnt mean that people arent talking about you, you cant escape it. It would only be something that works in your favor as a business owner or head of a business.

The podcast then begins to discuss people you may not even know who are benefiting from social media. “Joe the maintenance worker” has 500 connections on Linkedin. He uses it to learn from other plumbers and maintenance workers who show him different ways to be better at the job he is at now. The way that the CEO in this podcast was against social media was very surprising to me. If that was me, I would take every opportunity in order to make sure that I am connecting fully with my customers and making the best out of their experience while buying or using my product, and be able to tell me how to make it better.