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Over the last month and a half I have been trying to get my head into the social media game, in particular the world of blogging and tweeting, and overall I have been enjoying it  but one thing is certainly clear, it does not come naturally to me!

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What do you know? Social Media actually WORKS.

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There’s no denying, the average person, myself included, is involved in some form of social media. Typically for its namesake… to be SOCIAL. But then there’s those of us who want to know how social media is utilized in the fields of advertising, sales, promotion, public relations, etc. These days, it’s rare to find a business/company that does not manage a social media front. But is it working for them? The quick answer: ABSOLUTELY. Working in retail myself, this is great news.

A study done by Twitter and Datalogix has proven that online advertisement content and promotion are working for businesses offline. Well, at least for the 35 brands tested. But coming from someone at the bottom of the totem pole (I’m a sales associate), it’s nice to hope online advertising is working for the higher ups in the company. But here’s what their study found:

1. Those who engaged…

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My Experience with Blog Promotion – (What’s Yours?)

The ways in which I have been trying to promote my blog involve commenting on and liking posts by others, following blogs that post of social media issues and re blogging articles that I feel relate to what my blog is about, which in turn gets those bloggers to follow back. I also use many tags (around 10-20) in each article and keep track of my “blog hits” with the WordPress widget on my sidebar.  I frequently share my blog posts through my Twitter and Facebook pages made specifically to draw attention to my social media blog.

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So far, my blog has had 105 hits, which means it has been visited, posted on or viewed 105 times (I’m thinking this post will bring it even higher!).  This leads me to believe my promotion has been somewhat effective. I think what has helped with this, aside from my tags leading people to my blog, is that I often post my post links to my Twitter, through which I am following about 20 accounts that post about social media news.  Some have followed me back so when they see my links, they presumably visit my page and read my other posts.

I have had a few regular users who comment on my posts that I do not know personally.  None of them seem to disagree with what I say, so they express their agreement, offer further support, or pose further questions. Each of my blog posts has around two to three responses and/or “favorites.”

In other efforts to gain more followers/readers, I have commented on around 20 blog posts that relate to social media in some way.

I also re blog posts that I find really cool or interesting.  This encourages the original author of the blog post to follow me. Plus, they usually thank me for re blogging them.

I plan to continue frequent updating and searching through tags that I am interested in, so I can favorite and comment on them in order to spread the awareness of my blog even more.  I also think that regularly posting significant or interesting content will benefit the popularity of my blog considering I am already above 100 views at the rate of promotion I have kept up with thus far.

How have you been successful with your blog promotion so far? Have any tips?

Civil Disobedience Through Social Media

Civil disobedience has been a significant part of our famous world history, but with all the advances in technology and social media, it has taken a whole new direction.  Since society’s transition into social media, all forms of political activism and protest are able to be formed through use of the Internet by means of petitions, fundraisers, mass letter-writing and call-in campaigns to street marches, picket lines, sit-ins, and occupations, plus many newly developed techniques.

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The term “civil disobedience” generally makes people think of Rosa Parks or Mohandas Gandhi protesting for civil rights and peace.  They also associate it with being dangerously public and they remember how often it puts people at risk of arrest.  The awesome way civil disobedience, or cyber civil disobedience, methods have been transforming is that people can come together to plan and protest behind closed doors in the privacy of their own homes and without having to put their bodies on the line.

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The ways people can now take action online are separated into three categories of “disruption,” “information distribution” and “infrastructure.”

Disruption tactics, as you can imagine, aim to interrupt peoples’ flow of information and usually feed them alternative information, such as “Website defacements.” This is when a group or individual takes over a Website and replaces much of its content with their own propaganda to convince the user of their opinions.

Information distribution focuses on releasing secret information about a person or organization in protest to their actions or beliefs.  The most famous case of information distribution in recent history is Wikileaks.  The main goal is to put injustices out for public view, and cause more people to go against whatever is being protested.

The idea behind infrastructure in terms of online civil disobedience is replacing systems that have been compromised in order to get people off of them.  An example would be if the government began spying on the activities of a Website.  Users of the site who were not okay with this would create ways to make it harder for them to spy, or they would create a different site and stop using the compromised one.

These new approaches have been very prominent in all cultures and wouldn’t be possible without the many skills of hackers.  The idea behind it all is to spread important information to people who need to know.  When used for good, it aims to stop negative forces from having too much control.  When used for bad, it may prevent people from getting information they need, or feed them untrue information.

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What do you think this means for politics and for global issues? Is this movement into technology and social media good or bad?

Sources:

Sauter, Molly. “The Future of Civil Disobedience Online.” Io9 – We Come from the Future. N.p., 17 June 2013. Web.

27 Oct. 2013. <http://io9.com/the-future-of-civil-disobedience-online-512193648&gt;.

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