Saturday, October 22, 2011

Social Media has taken the stage

Twitter, foursquare, apps, Facebook, Google+, etc have found their way into the Adventist communicators vocabulary...finally! finally? I guess the tone you take depends on your personal preference to the-140 characters or less-world we live in now.

I'm in Chicago for the Society of Adventist Communicators convention. Arrived on Thursday and I am headed back to Seattle tomorrow, but in the meantime my little baby notebook is full of thoughts about these posting things that I have tried to keep at the controlled edges of my life for quite some time now. I was not an early adopter and I just think the whole thing is far too trendy and invasive for my liking, but I think the posting monster might take my imagined control quite quickly and in the very near future.

Working as the Marketing, Recruiting & Public Relations person at Auburn Adventist Academy means that it is sort of my job to be into this online social experience we find so valuable and rewarding these days. I have been rebelling mostly. I post to our Auburn facebook only when I have to and I have been refusing to dive into "Tweeting." (Does no one else thing that is the most ridiculous addition to our English vocabulary?) Anyways, my personal feelings aside, based on what I have heard this week, I think I am sort of excited about the possibilities that can be cultivated through proper use of social media. Even "tweeting"...blast.

Side Note: Kessia is the coolest. She was here with Adventist Information Ministry (AIM) from Andrews. She is employed as their social media guru while she is in between her masters and doctorate studies. Wise. Engaging. Authentic. So cute. Her passionate personal feelings on the matter is why I now have these...

@jessijoturner  [and]  @AuburnAcademyWA

don't hate.

the changing face of social media...xkcd's "Map of Online Communities"

xkcd - spring 2007

"Map of Online Communities 2"
xkcd - spring & summer 2010

The 2010 Social Networking Map by Flowtown
tribute to xkcd - 2010

kessia...if you read this...know that you were the very first "follow." Be proud!


chelsea said...

jessi, what?!?!?!?!? wow.... you have a "twitter"... blast. =)

kessia reyne said...


I will now follow you and DM (direct message) you my phone number and email address and we can talk about concerns #2 and #3 :)

You can do it!

Ben Schnell said...

I'm studying marketing too. well not yet, but I've had some similar thoughts, just not nearly so well developed. thanks for sharing!

Anthony said...

Jessi Jo I love your blogs. They seem so clear and I love that I can hear your voice. "Darn..." I always think of twitter as twitterpated from Bamby and I hate that. However, I (sheepishly look over my shoulder) belong to this miniblogging world. At least I have another friend to join me. Also, I agree wholeheartedly with the above description of Kessia.
Talk to you soon.