How do you take something back once it has been pumped out to your entire social network and your most loyal followers and contributors haves “liked” it? How do you take back a simple statement of “this is happening in my life” or “this is official” when, due to unforeseen circumstances, it’s not happening. More likely than not, in 1 days time the majority of people will have already forgotten your post due to the fleeting nature of our information ridden minds. But what about those individuals that were invested in your statement and have an interest in it? Do you have to create a second post explaining that you will not intact be following through on what so many people were interested in (or at least seem to have an interest in)?
For an individual the answer to these questions may elicit an entirely different answer than if a company were responding to the debate. In a personal matter (and something that happened to me recently), I’ve decided to handle my “the back” on a more personal level. I don’t owe it to my entire social network to explain the circumstances under which my decision was forced to change. But if I were posting as an organization, I feel like I would owe it to my consumers and followers to explain the situation a little bit more on the forum in which i shared the original content.
I refer to this concept as “social media outer space” because once you put that information out there, it’s not coming back to you.
In my quest to attain the elusive MBA, I have stumbled upon a rather alluring course that has me captivated: Business 638 - Internet & Social Media Market. As your typical 20-something with a Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr (duh), etc. etc., on the surface level it can be assumed that I would be interested in the topic just because I fall into the millenial demographic. But there’s (much) more to it. Beyond your everyday use, I’m interested in learning about SEO, brand management, campaigns, and how organizations utilize social media to leverage their product(s). Something that I am very intrigued by, is content and what drives something to go viral.
I will be documenting my time in class here, rather than through a word journal of sorts, because it seems much more appropriate given the course. From what I understand of our “journaling,” we’ll be setting out a social media plan for ourselves as well as our grapplings, questions, discoveries and insight on the topic.
This week my current topic is: branding in the form of a username. I bring this up as I ruminate about RileyDeeee and if keeping this username is the most strategic move for me. Across all platforms, I have identified myself as RileyDeeee in an effort to streamline who/where all my ramblings are coming from. But as I get older (le sigh), I’ve been fighting with myself about this identity and if it’s the best one to keep. The change to @rileypdonovan seems inevitable and a “smart business move” (as rileydonovan is already occupied among most platforms). But there’s more to this change. I feel like I’d be giving up something that has been apart of me for nearly 6 years.
Is it worth the change? Will it help me position myself better in the professional world? Do I create another account? (I answer no to that one) Should RileyDeeee ultimately be put to rest?
I’ll be researching my next potential handle and keep you posted on my decision. Any suggestions?
Thanks for starting this journey with me. I’ll most likely ramble about the balance between personal and professional content in my following tale.
Until next time. (Because I feel like I should have a sign off).
give him to me.
IT’S FINALLY JUNE… which means we’re moving to our Huntington beach house in less than one week! I can’t wait to:
Wake up and run on the beach every (yes, EVERY) morning
Throw on a bathing suit after work and tan for the last 2-3 hours of sunlight
Spend most weekends at the beach
Live within 3 blocks of the coast, Main St, and the pier
Become best friends with the Main St. bartenders
Use our roommate matching Qudditch jerseys to meet new people
Get tan and fit
Live with a few of my best friends.
I’m feeling so blessed to have this opportunity, and I’m stoked!
—― Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum (via justbesplendid)