According to comedian Bo Burnham, “social media is just the market’s answer to a generation that demanded to perform” was hungry to show off to others that need of being heard. Well, thankfully social media itself has shown us it is. It´s pretty meta, huh?
Social media and teenagers
Now we see how our classmates have become models in their own world where they have invited us, which in turn have an audience ourselves. The trend for girls today is to snap suggestive poses and place them on Instagram and get tons of followers.
Social media made us feel that our every utterance was pretty witty and worthy to be shared with the world. It is like if we were born with this sense of arrogance that we need to be shared with the world. But we will not get too deep into this.
How social media is used in business
The great impact social media has no mystery to anyone. The reach it has is so universal. Companies, big corporations, and businesses are no strangers to this fact and they exploit it.
You are probably following some pages on Facebook or Twitter related to business. The best part of it for businesses is that it is free. Well, mostly but it still offers a great opportunity for expansion at a very low cost.
There are even jobs for social media. These large corporations have now included a social media strategy within their marketing efforts. The budget includes hiring a social media strategist to run this area. It is crazy!
Social media in education
You bet that when you become a fully professional, you will find the all-pervasive nature of social media. This means that we need to bring it down to our classrooms. Don´t you find it unbelievable that we can now model a true business plan just by pulling out our cell phone from our pockets?
Think about that essay that you need to have done by next week. You are trying to beat (literally) ideas out of your head, but nothing works. Now look at yourself landed here reading this, you were probably directed from a social network. This is the moment where you find out that there is this awesome professional writing service that can help you with that essay. You click on it and bam!, you got yourself a high-quality essay.
There are so many other ways in which social media can be used inside and outside the classroom as a research tool. It is no longer only about the last school gossip or that hate Facebook group that lashed against girls used lip gloss (or whatever…). It is a matter of getting past following celebrities to find out they broke a nail.
This is about placing a powerful tool at the service of a better good. Still, do not know how you can use social media as an online educational research tool? Let´s briefly explore the biggest ones.
Well, of course, we will put the Facebook on this list! This site offers enormous opportunities for you to connect with people with similar interests. These people are usually resourceful and they are more than willing to share their knowledge and expertise with you.
So, instead of randomly googling stuff, you can get personalized help from students going through the same problems as you. You can have the confidence that whatever they are sharing has proved to work for them. It might as well work for you.
Now, imagine all the opportunities you have to investigate the feelings ingrained in people’s hearts and minds regarding topics such as politics, religion, society, etc. It is right there!
The ‘gram has grown exponentially since it started in October 2010. If you follow the correct well-minded people you will find valuable contributions there. You can search up-to-date information or beautiful snaps of recent events of discoveries using the appropriate hashtag (which they totally copied from Twitter).
Twitter is considered by many as a vast basin of curated information. This is where you ask yourself, why go to Twitter if I can go straight to Google? Oh, there is a big difference. Although Twitter was not meant to be a search engine, you can actually search stuff using hashtags. Still, don´t see a difference? The content that you find will be backed up by professionals who can respond to it.
For instance, how much would you trust an article shared on Twitter by Neil deGrasse Tyson as opposed to one you found on Google? Or how would you get instant news by people about an event taking place at the moment?
Besides this, you can join interesting conversations, known as Twitter chats, where you can hear and provide insight in pretty much any topic. You can try #scistuchat, for example.
We probably do not need to expand too much on this one, but you already know. With more than 80 million videos and thousands been uploaded every minute, you will definitively find that video you are looking for.
Social Media is Powerful
So there you have it. Put social media to work for you. It will still be fun. The best part, it is all at the tip of your hands.