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Social networking sites- A new way to screen Medical student applicants?

This is a pretty interesting article although, worrisome. I’m sure most of us have been to one or two out-of-control parties and, post our pictures on facebook or myspace. Well. Here’s an article that says, maybe that is NOT good idea! The Student Doctor Network. It asks the question. Is it Ok, to post your good/fun times on any profile that is NOT private without taking into consideration that it may cost you a job? Guess I need to at least, post an appropriate profile picture!

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A little something from zakmo

My bestie Zackery, a PR student and budding Media Consultant, wrote a blog on Students Blogging. He writes that students that are blogging are doing it for more than just fun. It also doubles as a press release for an Awards show that we are both involved in and, it’s the beginning of what I think is going to be a fantastic start to something that will hopefully,grow to be wonderful for our online experiences.

For more information, contact:
Zackery Moore
ZakMo86@gmail.com
http://zakmo.wordpress.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In a Bad Economy, Blogging becomes more than a Hobby
Soon-to-be college graduates blog for fun and experience

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – At first glance, Antonice Louis, 24, and Zackery Moore, 22, would appear not to have much in common. Louis is a native Bahamian with a “no nonsense” attitude, while Moore is a native Alabamian with a thick Southerner’s accent. Besides both being college students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Louis and Moore have their own blogs; Louis writes The Angry Pre-med Student and Moore writes making a PRofessional. And with each passing credit hour, Louis and Moore are getting closer to leaving college and entering an uncertain economy on the hunt for their first job.

“The economy didn’t scare me at first,” says Moore, “but the more I hear about it from friends, family and professionals, the more nervous I’m becoming. And I know finding my first job is going to be hard.” That is one reason why Moore started making a PRofessional, a blog for college students about becoming a public relations professional. “When I’m competing for a job, I hope that having making a PRofessional in my portfolio will separate me from the rest.”

Louis says, “I’m loving this whole thing. Writing my own blog has been fun, but I think it shows that I can start a project on my own and take on full leadership. And I’ve been able to network with other people who love blogging.” The Angry Pre-med Student’s content is varied and could be about the fun ways to catch-up with a favorite television show online in one post and be about taking a road-trip to see the Northern Lights in another.

Louis and Moore met while working in a restaurant and have become best friends. “I think we accidentally encouraged each other to start blogging, I’m not really sure whose idea it was first,” Moore said.

Louis and Moore have this as advice to students about social media in general:

1. Be careful about what you say about whom. Moore had a bad experience where a former employer saw a negative post about his time at the business. “That’s definitely a bridge I won’t be able to cross again, but it worked out in a serendipitous way. I don’t encourage anyone else to risk it.”
2. Don’t just blog about your life. Louis says, “Only your mother cares about what you had for lunch. You should write about current events and trends if you want to show a potential employer.” She says if you want to use it professionally, you should write about topics that interest more than your friends and family.
3. The numbers count. Moore says that having regular posts can show that you have initiative, but it sounds better if you can back up your blog with numbers. “Blogger and WordPress both have features that allow you to track page views. And you can ‘cross-pollinate’ on other social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace and Twitter to draw people to your blog.”

It’s not quite done yet but it gives you an idea of what he’s getting at. I told him I would read it for him and tell him if anything is off. So far, It’s GOOD!

zakmo: making a PRofessional

Some cool Twitter tools

Searching around,I wanted to find some cool tools to make my twittering much easier and more fun. In my search, I found these interesting apps. Some you might have heard of or used before and others,you might’ve not. First off, a little background for those not familiar with Twitter ,is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.

Twhirl

Some of twhirl’s features:
runs on both Windows (2000/XP/Vista) and Mac OSX
connects to multiple Twitter, laconi.ca, Friendfeed and seesmic accounts
notifications on new messages
shorten long URLs (using snurl, twurl or is.gd)
cross-post twitter updates to Pownce and Jaiku
post images to TwitPic
search tweets using Twitter Search and TweetScan
timeline filtering
color schemes
automatically checks for new versions

Twitpic

Twitpic is just a good and simple way to post pictures with captions to your personal twitter account. You can post through the website or some third party app like twhirl or Twitterific, for the Apple users. The point is to use this and not have to go somewhere else, post there, then post to twitter or link to twitter.

TwitterMaps

Basically,Google maps and twitter joined forces so you can update your location and send a tweet about it.

Twiddeo

This a powerful but simple service that let’s you do one thing very well: Twitter updates with Video.
Upload from the web, your cameraphone and record from your webcam. That simple, that straightforward, that great! It is still in beta format and has a few bugs but, I’m sure for those that like making videos this, is for you!

Twitslikeme

You enter your twitter screenname and it searches for other twitterers “supposedly” that are like you based on your updates! I’m on the fence with this one…