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#BostonStrong

On Monday morning, in my social media class, we had a lecture about “Crisis Communications.” On Monday afternoon, the Boston bombing happened.

Talk about eerie timing. I was at work when the actual event occurred, and was therefore able to follow it online in real-time through news outlets and on Twitter. Especially on Twitter. It is insane how much social media has changed the way news is reported. In the days following the bombing when the 2nd suspect was still on the run, people were tweeting pictures from their homes in Watertown like this one:

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Seeing pictures like this on my newsfeed makes everything seem so much more real. I wasn’t just hearing about it from news anchors or newspapers the next day–I was hearing about it from people just like me WHILE it was happening.

Here’s a picture that went viral on Facebook:

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A story about the man in the cowboy hat ran alongside the picture as it made its rounds on Facebook. He had lost two children in recent years and decided to become a peace activist to help spread the word. When the bomb went off, he rushed to the aid of a severely wounded victim (who was running in memory of the kids from Newton, CT) and did everything he could to help. He is a hero.

As horrific as the bombings were, social media allowed people to see the heroes that arose during such a tragic time. It provided an opportunity to come together as a country. It even helped the police to discover the suspects, as people were able to post personal photos online from the event and draw connections using others’ photos to compare.

I’m proud of these heroic people and wish I could thank each and every one of them. In a time when such atrocities can happen, it’s nice to be reminded that there are still genuinely good people out there.

#BostonStrong

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Netflix For Facebook? No Thank You.

The other day I was reading an article on Mashable about a Netflix and Facebook integration. To sum up the story, apparently people were not allowed to share their Netflix histories on Facebook because of a law passed by Congress and President Reagan in 1988 called the Video Privacy Protection Act. It prohibited  “wrongful disclosure of video tape rental or sale records” and  “similar audio visual materials” which basically meant that sharing your Neflix history was evil.

But that’s all about to change!

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Now Netflix users can share their viewing histories on Facebook to their heart’s content!!!

When I was reading the article I thought to myself “Self, who in the world would want to share their Neflix history on Facebook for all to see?!” I mean, doesn’t everyone get sucked into watching something weird or truly terrible at one point or another on Netflix? Be honest now…

I started thinking about it and a person’s Netflix history can really say a lot about them. This is what mine would look like. I think it says, “Lucy is a cool gal who appreciates spending time outside and hanging with friends”:

Monday: “5PM: Lucy watched episodes 1-22 of How I Met Your Mother-Season 4″

Tuesday: “6PM: Lucy finished Season 4 of How I Met Your Mother and watched episodes 1-13 of Season 5″

Wednesday: “2PM: Lucy watched episodes 14-19 of How I Met Your Mother; 7PM: Lucy watched episodes 20-24 of How I Met Your Mother; 12AM: Lucy is still watching How I Met Your Mother

Thursday: 10PM: “Does everyone know if Lucy is ok? She hasn’t logged any episodes of How I Met Your Mother today”

Friday: 11PM: “Lucy is watching My Life is a Lifetime Movie followed by Preacher’s Daughters

and that’s not including the weekend. Boy do I get crazy with my Netflix on the weekends! Perhaps a romantic comedy here and a “Critically-acclaimed Understated Father-Son Drama” or a “Cerebral British Crime Movie from the 1980’s” there.

(Sidenote: why are the categories SO specific?)

What I’m trying to say is a) that I watch too much How I Met Your Mother (thanks a lot, Elizabeth) and b) that Netflix is a guilty pleasure. No one wants to show just how much time they spend watching it. That, I can assure you, is one application I will not be installing on my Facebook…

Seriously though, who doesn't wanna be this guy's friend?

Seriously though, who doesn’t wanna be this guy’s friend?

That said, Netflix has truly revolutionized television. Cable is all but obsolete these days. Netflix has no ads and has an app for smartphones. The next episode is right at your fingertips. It even has its own shows like House of Cards which is insanely popular.

Plus, for the 95% of people that mooch off of someone else’s account, it’s free!

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How Facebook Changed Everything

Facebook turned nine yesterday.

WHAAAAAA?!

Let’s rewind.

Nine years ago, I was 13. Not my prime. (I would add a picture of my 13 year old self but I don’t want anyone’s eyes to burn out.) I was still dancing (standing in the corner) to “Yeah!” by Usher at the middle school dances and “The Reason” by Hoobastank was the #1 song of the year. HOOBASTANK. My, how we’ve evolved since then. (Here’s a list of the other top songs that year–it’s quite the compilation.)

At the time Facebook was started, it was only available to college students. I remember my brother, a college freshman at the time, talking about it and how weird it was that someone from his elementary school classmates had added him. I, being the trendsetter (follower) that I was then, of course had a Myspace, but I just wasn’t really that into it. I mean I was only on like 2 people’s top 8. (Well look at me now, world! I’m an almost-college grad with no job lined up! In your FACE haters!)

Flashforward a year, and Facebook was introduced to high schoolers– a crew to which I could now call my own. Freshman year, braces off, and a new lease on life (or at least a new haircut). At my school, everyone was required to have a laptop, as we were a very technologically driven school. (Thank goodness for that, because I don’t know how I would’ve gotten my Zac Efron-circa-“High School Musical” fix otherwise…) Anyway, Facebook caught on like wildfire, and I had to join in on the fun because well, everyone else was doing it! Obvi.

This was my very first profile picture:

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Me and my two best friends had a sleepover that first weekend that Facebook was introduced and spent literally the entire night adding friends from school and boys we thought were cute but who we would never talk to IRL. Because no, that wasn’t creepy at all. At that time, you had to go much further out of your way to stalk people too. UGH. Facebook opened right into your own profile. There was no newsfeed (a stalker’s dream).

A lot has changed since then. Facebook itself has changed numerous times, always to initial cries of protest, followed by slow acceptance and integration. There was the intoduction of the newsfeed, the timeline, targeted ads on the sides and later, within the newsfeed, and the most recent update, the graph search. I have also changed a bit since then. I no longer friend randos, (because that is scary–hello, “Catfish“), and I no longer love Jesse McCartney. Whatever happened to him anyway?

Regardless…

Facebook has paved the way for every other social media site that is popular today. Granted, others existed before, but they were nowhere near as popular and over-arching as Facebook has been since day one. According to an article on the Huffington Post, Mark Zuckerberg, at one point early on, considered adding a feature that would allow users to upload a resume so that companies could search for Harvard grads to fill positions. A LinkedIn before LinkedIn, we’ll say.

Personally, I’m glad Zuckerberg stuck to the more social side. It has allowed for the Advertising field to revolutionalize. This past weekend, there were more than 52 million social media mentions about the Super Bowl, and the majority of the commercials had some sort of social media call-to-action (primarily Twitter hashtags, but even a mention for Instagram!)

Everything we do has been affected by Facebook. We interact with people differently, we do our jobs differently, hey, we even search for jobs differently. Our lives are driven by the Internet. We have an infinite amount of information at our fingertips and we are using it to change the world.

I’m amazed that what was once just a silly pastime is now something that I’m looking to carry into my professional life. Advertising is an ever-changing field that I am ecstatic to be a part of. Who else can say that when they graduate, they will be able to get paid to work with social media?

Well the reason is you, Facebook. The reason is you.

Happy birthday.

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Generation Why?

Generation Y has a bad rap.

It is known as the “Me-Generation” and has attributes including narcissism, entitlement, and an obsession with being wealthy. While some of these  traits may be true (for some people, not me of course!), they don’t take into consideration the more positive aspects that sourround our generation. We are inventive, creative, and always strive to be the best. We’ve grown up around technology and its ever-changing world. I literally cannot wait until I can tell my future kids that I was alive when the internet didn’t exist, when the first cell phone was invented (I will never forget the Nokia brick that my mom first got), when Facebook was started (hello, hundreds of hours wasted discovering what my ‘friends’ were up to), and other obvious necessities like Netflix.

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It’s funny how much our generation likes to look to the past. There are countless blogs (my personal favorite is Thought Catalog – it’s perfect for GenYers–uber narcissitic…) and articles dedicated to things/shows/games/etc. 90’s kids should remember. I’ve found myself reading many of those thinking about how much I missed all of that 90’s gloriousness. Well, Internet Explorer just came out with a new commercial targeted at Generation-Y:

It basically contains everything I have ever loved. My Tamagotchi, Lisa Frank, and fanny packs! I love this new commercial and how it is clearly dedicated to reaching our generation. It doesn’t try to mask what it’s about and it touches on all of the magnificence that was the 90’s.

However, I’m pretty sure I’m the only person on the planet who still uses Internet Explorer.

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