What I’ve learned

I’ll be honest: I never thought that I would be able to learn anything new about social media just by maintaining a blog. Having read the previous 12 posts, however, I discovered that before I started this little project, there was a lot I did not know.

I never knew that there were advantages and disadvantages to using Facebook pages over Facebook groups until my blog forced me to think critically about the issue. I would have never thought about the problem that news feed sites such as Digg and Reddit presented in terms of broken conversations, and I would have never guessed that services such as Yacktrack existed to fix this problem. I would have never included blogs such as ReadWriteWeb or ProBlogger in my RSS feeds.

Most importantly, I would have never thought about the impact that social media has and will continue to have on Internet users, and I certainly would have never thought about how social media and the Internet relates to my future career.

In light of this, I believe that I will continue to blog about social media in hopes of learning more about how the Internet relates to us as public relations practitioners and Internet users in general.

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2 Responses to “What I’ve learned”


  1. 1 Tiffany Derville June 1, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Bryan, getting to read your blog this quarter has been wonderful. You did a great job with exploring social media beyond our in-class discussions. I’m glad to know that you will continue blogging, and you can count on me as a lifelong subscriber.

  2. 2 bry0000000 June 4, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks Tiffany! I enjoyed using this blog to learn about social media and its role in public relations. I hope you require your students to blog in the future as well because I’m sure they’ll love it.


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I am a Journalism Student at the University of Oregon and the Public Relation's Officer for the International Student Association.
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