My Social Media Lineup

It’s inevitable. Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I reach for is my smartphone. Social media apps make up about 80% of my phone’s content (since I am just a stereotypical teenager).

Check out my social media lineup:

I have been meaning to create a Twitter account for the past few years, and for some reason have never gotten around to it until last month. What I like about Twitter is the real-time ability to stay connected. You choose who and what you follow, so you choose what you see.

Facebook is the site that everyone has been using since junior high, and everyone continues to use as time goes on. For me, Facebook is a way to stay connected to my older friends and family back home. I think that the site works well since it is accessible to all types of user (because let’s face it, how many of us have a grandmother who uses Facebook?)

Instagram is easily my favorite social media site. I do not post pictures that frequently, but I love that I am able to get a glimpse into the lives of others I follow. Additionally, if you follow Instagram’s page, there are some very cool photography pieces that they feature every couple of days. The only thing that I would change about Instagram to improve it, would be the profile building. Facebook, Twitter, and other sites have a more accelerated, multifunctional profile page that Insta lacks.

Finally, there’s Snapchat. It is one of those apps where it is hard to explain the point or use, you just have to try it out. I was skeptical before downloading Snapchat for the first time, because I didn’t understand the point of instant messaging people using pictures. Now, I can’t go a single day without using Snapchat. I like being able to see what people are doing, or simply seeing their face without having to video chat.

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Comments

(a running list of comment posts)
  1. Top 10 Celebrities with Great PR Teams!- Katherine B
    See post here. Comment posted on September 17th, 2015.
    “I love the formatting of this blog post (and your entire blog in general). It is very easy to follow and actually captivates attention. Also a very creative idea for a top ten list, I never would’ve thought of that. Using the celebrities to link us to the topic of public relations was a very cool idea!”
  2. How Social Media Sites Allow me to Stay in Touch with My Loved Ones- Sergio G
    See post here. Comment posted on September 30th, 2015.
    “I also use almost every social media app that you do, except the Whatsapp! I like that you use social media to stay connected with your loved ones. I definitely agree with you that social media sites are one of the best ways to stay connected and keep updated with family (even through my family is a lot closer to me than yours is!)”
  3. Burd’s Tweet Challenge- Katie B
    See Post Here. Posted on October 7th, 2015.
    “Nice post! I love all of the pictures you chose, especially the last one that you took in the Beehive! Using photos in almost all of the Tweets makes them more interesting and engaging, and I think you did a great job of achieving that.”
  4. 10 Best Public Relations Jobs- Q
    See Post Here. Posted on October 21st, 2015.
    “Even though it is one of the older ones, I really liked this post! I found it to be very helpful and interesting. I guess I never really realized how many options there are when it comes to a job in PR. I also really like the overall format and design of all of your posts!”
  5. Internships- Q. See the post Here.
    “I think this was seriously one of the best posts I have ever seen in this class! I really like the visual components you used, and how you listed and described each aspect of the internship categories. ” Posted October 28th 2015.
  6. Communication and Interviews-Angela C. See the post Here.
    “I really liked reading this post, because your point is so valid! I have had three long term jobs, and have gotten them all through strong communication and interview skills. I feel much more confident than I used to when it came to interviews, and I think that is so important. Good post!” Posted November 11, 2015.
  7. Shut your yik yak- Kat. See post here.Posted on November 19th, 2015. “Thank you for literally putting all of my thoughts about Yik Yak into actual words! I seriously agree with everything you said here, and I also find it extremely entertaining how people think that their major life problems will somehow be solved by posting anonymously on a social media app. Good post!”

Cavemen Communication

It always amazes me when I meet someone who lacks basic communication skills. One of my biggest pet peeves is trying to communicate with an individual who possess the communication skill level equivalent to a caveman. Now, I am actually a very nice person! However, if you posses any of the characteristics listed below, I may internally cringe or avoid talking to you.

In no particular order, here are ten characteristics/types of people who absolutely suck at communicating:

  1. Lack of eye contact “My eyes are up here, buddy.” Just kidding- but seriously, if you cannot focus on the person you are talking to, don’t bother talking to them at all.
  2. No enthusiasm/emotion– You should at least try to act like you care about the topic or person you are talking about/to. If not, at least pretend you do!
  3. Text Lingo– if you use the phrase”lol” when talking to me in person, I will probably hit you.
  4. No Punctuation– because “let’s eat mom” is very different from, “let’s eat, mom”
  5. Bad Body Language– no words necessary for this one.
  6. Uneducated People- nothing’s worse than listening to someone not know what they are talking about.
  7. Boring People– enough said.
  8. Poor Listeners– because believe it or not, one must actually posses skills to be a really good listener.
  9. Unorganized Thinkers– even I am a fan of “just winging it,” but don’t get too confusing on me
  10. These People

Foo Fighters Take On Communications And.. Life In General?

It just so happens that one of my favorite movies of all time is John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club. So, when I saw that #38 on the list of greatest PR blogs in the world is PRBreakfastClub, I felt that I was inclined to check it out. After scrolling through a couple of posts, I found a pretty interesting one where Dave Grohl and The Foo Fighters drop in to give us all some advice on not only PR, but life in general.

Don’t know Dave Grohl or The Foo Fighters? Here you go :

Still don’t know who I am talking about? That’s okay! Check out their greatest hits here.

While it isn’t crucially substantial that you understand who these guys are, what they have to say is pretty relevant and interesting. Grohl has made a list of five communications (and life) lessons that we can all benefit from learning. They are explained further on the blog post, but they briefly include:

  1. Share things, thoughts, and ideas with everyone and anyone
  2. Stand up for what you believe in all the time
  3. Be ready for the unexpected
  4. Try new things
  5. Admit your mistakes and learn from them

These are some pretty good points, and Grohl does a pretty good job of pointing out their relevance not only in communications and public relations, but in life.

What I like about the actual physical blog itself is the simplistic (yet interesting) format. Burgess, the author, uses a simple numbered list to relay the message to blog his readers. He also provides several hyperlinks for further investigation into each topic. That way, readers don’t have multitudes of information and text thrown at them, they can choose what they want to check out (because we all know that no one wants to read those giant paragraphs) Additionally, graphic pictures were added for visual aid, which attracted my interest and most likely the interest of others as well.

Overall, the PRBreakfastClub turned out to be a pretty good find. Take some time to check out the rest of what Burgess has to say.

About Me

My name is Kelcie, and I am currently (I change my mind frequently) a freshman Communications major at SAU. I am from the small town of Elmwood, Illinois. I am usually extremely busy, trying to balance school, work, and a social life. I love to travel (I have been to some pretty cool places like Italy and NYC). I also enjoy listening to music and hanging out with my friends. Click here to check out my favorite place in Italy!